I’m a morning person. Rise and shine. Early bird gets the worm. Good morning sunshine!

Don’t get me wrong, I love my sleep, but the minute I drag myself out of my pillow haven, I’ve started my daily break-up with my bed. That warm, inviting, never resentful bed – We have a fantastic relationship. Some may argue to ‘keep the dream alive…hit the snooze button,’ but I’m all about worshipping the non-committed relationship with my bed where we strictly sleep together. Those years of noon wake-up calls are long gone and I’ve adopted the old habits of the old. Moderately early nights and earlier mornings. Sleep is cradled like a forgotten nostalgia and I appreciate the nights when I can curl up with a book and make it a page in before my eye lids droop.

Waking early has awarded me with fantastic habits and a more-than-forgiving attitude to the world in the wee hours of the day. Weather permitting, (cut me some slack, I live in Canada), I get my run in first thing in the morning, get my dog out to burn some energy, have a hot shower and eat a real breakfast that doesn’t consist of timbits or cold, left-over pizza.

I haven’t always been so prone to early rising, and the habits of full-time work definitely helped to reinforce the rise and shine mood, but anyone can make the transition. One of my biggest secrets is my aversion to the snooze button. I know, its large surface area on most clocks is very tempting and those pillows and sheets that are perfectly molded to your body aren’t helping, but bypassing that seductress is key.

Having a life in the morning is something I committed to years ago and has stuck. Each time my alarm goes off I remind myself of that commitment and remember how much better of a person it has made me. I’m kinder to strangers, more welcoming to coworkers and happier to tackle my job. All commitments I am making this year need to hold this same dedication. Like waking early, the things I am promising to appreciate, value and do are sometimes a struggle, but can reward me with so much happiness. It’s all worth it. It’s better to not snooze.

Cheers to a year of keeping track.