I am not a bounce out of bed in the morning kind of person.
This surprises people considering my day job as an elementary school counselor. My work day begins at 7:55, and more often than not I hit the ground running. It could be a crying kindergartner who doesn't want to separate from his mom, it could be two 2nd grade girls who pinched each other because they were mad at each other, or it could be a colleague who wants to do some quick collaboration.
In other words, when I walk in the door I have to be on my 'A' game.
And, when I say it surprises people, it's because I have a very bubbly, positive attitude. Not over the top mind you, but enough energy that when I say I'm not a morning person, people don't usually believe me.
"But you're always so enthusiastic," they say.
Well, let me think, would you want to come and talk to a school counselor who is all mopey?
I wouldn't either. So, I put on my big girl pants and "fake it until I make it." Or, in my case, fake it until I'm actually awake.
I don't consider this not being authentic. I consider it being what my schools deserve out of their counselor. I mean, in all honesty, I would love to put a sign on my door that says what is in the meme above that a friend shared with me adding, "Come back around 10:00 when I've had enough coffee in my system as well."
But my little people don't work like that. When they are in crisis, they are in crisis. They are my world, and most of the time they just need someone who cares enough to listen and can give them the time to do so.
And this also explains why I get up at 5:00 AM each morning. I start my day slowly with meditation, bible study, and updating social media for my side hustle. I make breakfast for myself and I text with my dad. I give myself a couple of hours so that I can be more of a morning person.
What it boils down to is knowing who I am, flaws and all.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.