Five Minute Friday: TIRED

Today’s prompt: TIRED

I have been getting up exceptionally early the last week or so. I used to start working (freelance, from home, blessedly) at around 6:45. Now I am getting things underway around 5.

It is a recipe for being tired, and I’m having a small challenge convincing my body to get to sleep earlier, but there is a crucial difference at this point in my life: I am so happy to have the opportunity to do this, to add something new to my skill set (and hopefully help the business out too).

It is not an exaggeration to say that during the first year or so that my father-in-law lived with us and we essentially had to have someone at home, I would pray for an opportunity that kept me at home, used my writing skills, and occurred early in the day.

It takes time sometimes to gravitate to the right fit.

I could technically, now that Dad is gone, get a regular 9-5 job. I may have to go that route eventually. But I find myself clicking out of job ads and hoping I can make the current combination work. (And note: I realize I am in a privileged position that Wayne has health insurance. I don’t take that for granted.)

“Tired” is much less draining when your internal motivation has woken up, regardless of the time of day.Five Minute Friday

Welcome to this week’s Five Minute Friday. Our instructions, via creator Kate Motaung: “Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.” (But I can’t resist spell checking, as you can imagine.)

10 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: TIRED

    • It’s a challenge! At the same time, I quite love it. It’s just getting my body to understand the new normal of an earlier bedtime and to get my husband to put out the clothes that need to be ironed earlier (yes I iron his clothes – it’s a labor of love and it is what it is (some people are all ” you do WHAT?”). 🙂

  1. Paula, I enjoyed your post. I love to write during the wee sma’s of the morning. But, like you, it’s challenging for me to get to bed early (notice what time I’m writing tonight? ;)) You are blessed to be able to have flexibility to work from home. May God continue to bless the work of your hands and give you joy in the labor!

    • The wee sma’s rock! I do pray for the right “thing” professionally. Working from home demands lots of discipline but it’s so great for the way my energy works. And although I think there’s a lot of generality out there about introversion, I really do recharge by being by myself — being around people in an office all day is draining (even though I have had many wonderful (and some not-so-wonderful) times with co-workers IRL.

  2. I always loved the predawn hours, the ‘ambrosial hours’ as a Sikh friend calls them. I kind of like that term!

    There is something in them that makes me remember that days of health and hope…and sometimes I feel hope stirring, against all odds.

  3. My husband has been getting up at 5 every day lately. I’m inspired – but from a distance. I accidentally woke up at 4:30 one day this week and stayed up. I got so much done and felt very accomplished. But the next day I felt exhausted even after sleeping 8 hours. I would like to get up earlier, but have to figure this thing out…

    • Yeah I understand. I have been different at different stages in my life. Part of it has to do with responsibilities too — like having to get up and gets kids off to school, etc. (which I no longer have to do). It is an equation for sure!

  4. I am not a morning person. I’m also not a night owl. Give me the hours between lunch and roughly 5:00 p.m. I don’t know how you can roll out of bed so early and get right to work, but more power to you!

    • Conversely, noon to 5 is often my worst time. I am so grateful to work from home so I can take a 15-30 minute power nap without an employer failing to understand why I am a better worker the rest of the day because of it.

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