Early in the morning…

Before this post gives you the wrong impression, I have to tell you that I really do like sleeping in.  I used to be quite good at it actually. There are few things in life as amazing as waking up, thinking it’s time to get up, and then glancing over at my alarm clock to realize that I have a good 2 hours of sleep left.  So there you have it.  Just in case you think I’m one of those chipper early birds who leap out of bed with a song in my heart while it is still eeaaaarly.



And that’s a big but.  I love being awake very early in the morning.  It is so inspiring: a whole brand new day, and I’m lucky enough to see it crawling over the horizon!  When I am up at daybreak I feel like I am stealing time.  Does that make sense?  I feel like I am getting to see a part of the world that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise.


So last night I decided that I would get up early to catch the sun rise!  This morning I threw on a few comfy layers, grabbed my camera and headed down the street towards the lake.


Being awake at the break of dawn reminds me of my stint working the night shift. I remember sitting at my desk while the city comes alive with movement and sound and light.  And then while driving home I would see the early morning joggers, dog walkers and people opening their shops.  When I saw people out and about so early (while the rest of the world is sleeping) I vowed to myself that I would see the sun rise once in a while.



Being up early in the morning gives you perspective.  A lot of mornings I am on autopilot: making my lemon water and breakfast, checking my email, all that stuff.  But this morning I took a nice little breather and I got to wake up gently.  By the time I got back home to put the coffee on for Derek I was awake and excited about the rest of my day.


Do you wanna see some magic?  Do you feel like going on an adventure in your own backyard?  Then I dare you to get up early one morning, watch the sun rise and carry that feeling around with you all day long.  You will feel like you “stole” some time!

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  • Karolina
    April 22, 2018

    I’m not a morning person either, but I love seeing the sunrise. These pictures are spectacular!

  • Garfield G
    April 23, 2018

    Now I feel so inspired to get up earlier too! Great blog!

  • Janet
    April 24, 2018

    Wow Nienke. Those are gorgeous shots, but even better, the idea of deliberately taking time with the sunrise is brilliant! (And lucky you to live so close to a lake!)

  • Christina
    April 26, 2018

    I’m not a morning person but I do love the occasional early morning where it feels like the whole world is asleep. The beach is also my fave part of the Tdot, love it!

  • Sarah @ w30
    April 28, 2018

    Just found your blog – so cute! I enjoyed this post, and swear the message wasn’t lost on me, but … I love your shoes! Where are they from?! 😉

  • Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life
    April 28, 2018

    I’m not naturally a morning person, but it is by far my favorite time of day. I agree, there’s just something so beautiful about the morning…especially when it looks the way it does in your photos! Nienke, you take the most gorgeous photos!! 🙂