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I am NOT a morning person.

I should say I am not a morning person… now.

I used to be a swimmer. In those days, waking up before the sun was not a problem. I had a goal.

  • Get out of bed.
  • Get to the pool.
  • Jump in the water.
  • Swim.

It was my thing. It is easy to hop out of bed when you’re passionate about the day, when you’re doing what you love.

It is also easy to hop out of bed when you have something to do with someone you love. I vividly remember traveling with my family as a child. The brother that kicks you when you have to share the pullout sofa, the obnoxious songs we’d sing over and over, the games we’d play to pass the time, the “are we there yets” and the screaming fights in the backseat when said brother crosses the invisible line to my side of the car.

The best part of traveling, though, occurred early each morning. Before my mom and brother woke up, my dad and I would sneak out for breakfast. We had a ritual – a space carved out just for us. It felt like we stole time.

So, in certain situations, I can rise to the occasion, wake up and conquer the world.

This morning is not any different. I can’t tell you the last time I set an alarm for 5:00am. Yet, here I am, sitting in a Walmart parking lot at 6:23am in Anna, IL watching our crew load in a stage, sound and misc. gear.

Our team has been working on a campaign for nearly a year… and this pop-up concert represents the final piece. Today is a rise to the occasion kind of day. The kind of day when you see all your hard work pay off. The kind of day when you are lucky enough to realize you are doing what you love. The kind of day you set alarms for and find yourself waking up every 30 minutes throughout the night to make sure you don’t miss it.

What gets you out of bed? What keeps your mind racing with excitement? Figure out what that thing is and do more of it.