I'm filling in for our health teacher this week as she's out for knee surgery. She only needed coverage for the afternoon today, which meant I got to sleep in and take my time this morning.
On days like this, my routine is very different from the get-out-the-door-ASAP style to which I usually adhere on a workday.
I love, love, love waking up without an alarm. There's something so peaceful about not being jarred awake by some annoying, repetitive sound.
If I had things my way, school would start at 10:00 so I would never ever have to set an alarm.
I also waited to shower until this morning. If you know me, the girl who does EVERYTHING the night before to avoid waking up early (lunch packed, clothes laid out, showered, hair fixed, makeup on... all BEFORE bed), you know this is a pretty big deal alone.
There was more than enough time to blow dry AND straighten my hair this morning. It's not that my hair is never fixed for school, but it always looks better (more body and straighter) when it's fresh. Plus, I feel cuter, so I get a little extra pep in my step.
I even had time to fix myself breakfast (a homemade Egg McMuffin if you care to know) and actually sit at the table to eat it, something that only happens on weekends.
As I was going about my routine, I couldn't help but notice how much calmer I felt without the need for a minute-by-minute time check. Generally, my mornings are planned down to the second, it seems, and if any part of my routine takes longer than normal, I run the risk of being late to work. Today, though, I had a good 2.5 hours to get ready, so I felt at ease. It's like I'm automatically in a better mood simply because I wasn't rushing out the door.
Disclaimer: I wouldn't say that I'm in a bad mood in the morning, but I don't usually feel very chatty or smiley until I arrive at work and have to put on my game face.
I pondered, for a moment, the possibility that I could set my alarm earlier every morning and keep this routine. Maybe I could even enjoy a cup of tea at home and read the news before I have to head to work.
And then I remembered how I feel when my alarm rings at 6:30 AM and decided that's plenty early enough. I'm not THAT interested in having perfect hair every day!
Is your morning routine more relaxed, or are you a get-up-and-go type of person? Do you think it makes a difference in your day?