Why I’m a Morning Person












Photos by Amber L. Photography. SUP Board by Jarvis Boards

I don’t party. I don’t drink (ok, I don’t drink much). I think the last descriptor my friends would use on me is “night owl.”

I am a morning person, which means different things to different people. To some, it’s about the ritual of a warm cup of coffee and a quiet hour spent with a book. To others, it’s an oasis before the kids start stirring. I’d be lying if I said I leap from the covers bright-eyed and bushy tailed. It’s never easy to wake up at 5 and convince myself to put two feet on the floor or inchworm my body from a warm sleeping bag. So, why? I’m a morning person because so few people are.

Morning—early morning—is my favorite time of day. The rest of the world is sleeping; whatever I see in those still, early hours becomes a secret that only I’m in on. Well, me and a few fisherman or sleepy-eyed commuters.

I don’t pretend to know much. But if I could give anyone advice on how to live a little bit “better,” it would be to wake up early. It gets easier to do, but it never gets less incredible to experience.

It’ll be our little secret.


  • Amen sista! I love to be in bed by 9ish and am up everyday at 5 for coffee + journaling for a while before hitting the pavement, pool or my yoga mat. 🙂 What a beautiful morning for paddle boarding! Looks like you had the spot to yourself. “The day will be what you make it, so rise like the sun, and burn.” – William C. Hannan

  • This was a great post! I’ve always been a morning person, but even I’ve started to get up earlier and earlier (current alarm clock setting: 5:00am) because I want to get out there and enjoy being outside before I start my workday. It’s rad to read about other morning-loving outdoor women!

  • Such beautiful pictures, and so true! I have to be up at 5 am to teach an early morning class twice a week, and my partner and I like the schedule so much, we get up at 5 the rest of the week too! It’s a nice opportunity to spend quality time with each other, enjoy coffee, or even get a run in.

  • I feel exactly the same way! I used to struggle through early mornings until I got hooked on surfing…after that they turned into something I really enjoy. There’s just something about that stillness that only happens prior to 8am… hard to find it anywhere other that Outside and Early. 🙂

  • Love these photos! I’m a morning person too! So hard to explain to night owls but there is something so great about starting your day just a bit before so many others! And, of course, the sunrise!!

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