.. and my relationship with coffee.
So I've been trying to turn myself into a "morning person" for a long time - it's been difficult! I was deluded into adamantly defending myself as someone who can only be productively creative between the hours of 11pm and 3am.
Now I'm just too tired to ever stay up past midnight! I'm succumbing to the getting-old. But one of my best adjustments was consistently walking the dog at the same time every morning. That gets me up by necessity. Also, somewhat oddly, I don't deny myself naps. I have thalassemia, and I just acknowledge that my body needs to shut off every now and then for me to function.
I wake up every morning around 8, including weekends. I walk the dog, I have coffee about once or twice a week (I have a tenuous relationship with coffee*, it sucks). Normally then I'd come home to some tea and toast, and park myself at my desk for the next 12 hours. I know I'm in the same boat as so many other artists trying to juggle creative lives, I'm just so glad the bulk of it is in the mornings now.
* I can't have coffee more than once every few days! I have to ration it, use my consumption strategically, and I think about it constantly. I am so hyper sensitive to caffeine that a little too much will make me jittery and uncomfortable for the rest of the day. If I have coffee two days in a row, the second day will consist of the most extreme high followed almost immediately by the most extreme low. I LOVE THE TASTE OF COFFEE! I want to have my high and taste it too, but some things are not meant to be.