Why should I wake up at 5 am

Benefits of waking up early

You often hear about the benefits of waking up early, but I’ll be the first to tell you that early mornings wake-up calls are the worst. I’m in a comfortable bed cuddling with my boys, so why on earth would I want to leave before I absolutely have to? Well, lots of reasons, actually. There are so many benefits of waking up early and I’m not exaggerating when I say that starting the habit will improve your life and health. Really.

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How to get started on a goal

Don’t wait to start

It can tempting to put things off until tomorrow (or some other arbitrary date in the future that will probably never happen) when you have x, y or z. You’ll take more pictures with your family when you lose weight, you’ll write your book when inspiration strikes, you’ll eat better when you have more time, you’ll go on a date with your spouse when your kids grow up…The list of excuses is endless and my best advice is: don’t wait to start. For further reinforcement, you can read my past Motivation Monday post entitled “start now” (are you noticing a theme here?).

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New Year Check in Questions

New year check in questions

We’re a few days into a new year and while I wasn’t planning to start my new posting cadence until next week, I wanted to check in with everyone. I shared my words of the year on Instagram, which isn’t something I usually participate in. However, this year, I’ve taken comfort in creating a new routine, focusing on self-care and honing my focus on my goals. It’s never too early to take stock and adjust your course, so I have some new year check in questions for you to consider below.  Continue reading “New year check in questions”

New Year's Resolutions

New year’s promises

Did you see my 2018 roundup of all the top posts on opwrites.com in 2018? Go check it out! I’ll wait. Now, as we look to the year ahead, I’ve decided to make some new year promises. We all know that no one keeps resolutions.

I believe change can and should be made throughout the year. However, there is something undeniably exciting about a brand new agenda with blank pages. For me, it symbolizes a year full of untapped opportunities, fresh potential and high motivation. Continue reading “New year’s promises”

Lifestyle blog roundup

2018 opwrites.com roundup

As this year draws to a close and I reflect on the last seven months of blogging, I’m sharing a 2018 opwrites.com roundup of my top posts. It was a year of learning and personal growth, which I hope continues into 2019. I could do with less turbulence, but I’m sure all of us would appreciate coasting on smoother waters.  Continue reading “2018 opwrites.com roundup”

Christmas card ideas

Dog Christmas card: happy holidays from Buster

If you follow me on Instagram, you have a pretty good idea that James and I love Buster the boxer very much. Despite the fact that James is a hobby photographer, I don’t love having my picture taken. Those two things combined resulted in us having a dog Christmas card that features Buster in our front entrance (the rest of our house is equally festive!).   Continue reading “Dog Christmas card: happy holidays from Buster”

Gift ideas for writers

Christmas gift ideas for writers

Do you have a writer in your life? If you do, chances are that person is introverted and possibly difficult to shop for (or perhaps I’m just describing myself). In the list below, I’ve provided some Christmas gift ideas for writers to help you get started finding that special something for your special someone (who probably avoids real pants like the plague, or again, perhaps that’s just me). Continue reading “Christmas gift ideas for writers”