Creative Mornings

I have never been accused of being one of those morning people. The unique individuals who wake up naturally with the sun, full of energy, no alarm clock needed and seemingly glowing from a restful night of sleep. Instead of a warm breeze, chirping birds, sunlight through a window kind of wake-up routine, my mornings tend to look more like a dark and violent battle against the dawn. 

My new job however, has started me on a cycle of waking up naturally before 8am and I am discovering something new about the morning--it is so wonderfully peaceful. Although, at times, I still fight the urge to pull the covers back over my head and snuggle in for the long haul, I am finding a want to experience the calming effects of the morning hours. I am beginning to savor those precious hours when the world is still quiet and peaceful and the day is brimming with possibilities. It is in the morning that I find myself feeling most lighthearted, hopeful and inspired. 

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During one such morning this week, I discovered a clever website, CreativeMornings, a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. The idea began in 2008 with a simple concept: breakfast and a short lecture one Friday a month, free and open to anyone. Local chapters were established in cities across the globe (Austin, Portland, Detroit, LA, Warsaw, Stockholm...) with speakers chosen by each chapter based on a global theme. The speakers include design legends, hometown heroes, bloggers, chefs, non-profits and more. The themes include topics such as Art, Money, Happiness, Food, Childhood, Connect, Play, and Make.  

I've enjoyed reading through the website and taking advantage of the many videos available for each theme and city. The creative people sharing their stories are both inspiring and encouraging. There is also a quote section of the website with little snippits from the speakers. The quotes may be my favorite way to start the day. Maybe I shouldn't admit that, but the cat's out of the bag now, I'm a sucker for an inspirational quote.

Here's one I particularly enjoyed today:

Allow yourself the freedom to step away from perfection because it is only then that you can find success.

                                  -Chase Jarvis, Seattle

On that note, if your mornings sounds anything like mine, think about watching one of these videos with your morning coffee to start your day off on the right foot. 

From Austin, With Love