1 hour is all it takes. I set my alarm for 1 hour earlier than I normally would this morning and met JC and the Quinn man for a gorgeous morning run. The secret smiles were out and about. I love how everyone up that early seems to know this beautiful secret of serenity, peacefulness and endorphins all flowing at once. I call it the secret smile – everyone seems to share it that early in the morning. All it took was getting out of bed ONE HOUR earlier to make it feel like I had enjoyed a lazy Sunday morning before my day even began. I loved it! We ran around the seawall, then even had time to grab a cuppa joe at one of our favourite spots. What a perfect start to the day! I still had time to enjoy my favourite bowl of oatmeal, check some emails and relax before heading on out for the day. ONE HOUR – that’s all it takes! So easy!
Since I had already fit my run in the morning, I was able to enjoy my evening that much more. I wasn’t worried about trying to get to the gym, or rushing to a yoga class. I walked around Kits, taking my time and got a few errands done. JC called to tell me that she had discovered a delicious chocolate chip cookie right by my house (which for some reason I hadn’t yet discovered) so I went there right away. Had to check this out. It was worth it. Good cookie – the lady even warmed it up for me too! Those small things really make a difference eh?! (p.s. I think I know of all the best cookie places all over Vancouver – if ever you want to know of a good one, just ask me!! AND if you know of one you think I should try, let me know too! I’d love that!).
Since I had all of this down time after work, JC and I decided to mix the ingredients of what was in both our fridges together and cook up a feast. Salmon, rice, veggies with a glass of wine to top it off. Priceless. What an amazing evening!! Good eats, belly laughs and even a few songs on the guitar. I love having a best friend who lives only 3 blocks away. Life is so good!
Today was amazing. It really felt as if I was able to enjoy a lazy Sunday morning as well as a fun Saturday night – all on a WEDNESDAY!! All because I woke up only 1 hour earlier to start my day off right. Those endorphins pumped me up for the entire day. I got to see a great friend, get some fresh air, and sweat – all before my work day even began. Try this on Friday morning! Set your alarm just a little bit earlier than normal, slip on your runners (have it ready to go beside your bed for motivation if you like – that’s what works for me) and head OUTSIDE!!! You’ll feel like a million bucks when you head to work. You’ll feel like you’ve just lived out a secret. Enjoying the secret smile with all of those other endorphin junkies soaking up the early sunrise and bird chirping crisp morning freshness. Ahhhhhh! I have to say though, I’m pooped now – but that’s okay! It was so worth it! Feeling this tired at bedtime feels amazing. What a great day – I can’t say it enough.
Enjoy the secret smile before the world wakes up. There is something special about the peacefulness before the buzzing work day begins. Go discover it. It’s only an hour earlier away. It’s waiting for you!
Smile with your heart!
p.s. I’m keeping up with my meal plans for the week! Day 4 days of Healthy Eats is posted (with a few cookies here and there)! Thank you for all of your comments, recipes, ideas, and encouragement for Crush 101! Keep ’em coming!! I love them all! I have to go to bed now, but will be responding to all of them within the next few days. THANK YOU!!! I feel so grateful!!! How am I going to sleep with all of this excitement?! Life is good :)