My day begins at 7am. It’s a slow unfurling of bird wings, stretching to greet the day and shake off the unsavoury parts of yesterday. It’s padding across the carpeted hallway to indulge in a simple three-step skincare routine. It’s the soothing bubbling of water boiling in a kettle, that’ll blossom into the all-essential first cup of coffee of the day. It’s the familiar sound of the door opening as Milo and I head out to perch on Dad’s vegetable boxes; our tonic each morning.
My day begins at 8am. Garden shoes are slipped off at the door, and on go the tired, battered slippers once more. A quick breakfast. A 15-minute session on Animal Crossing: New Horizons to get my errands done and check in with my villagers. A short reading stint, before grabbing my laptop at 8.45am.
My day begins at 12pm. It’s getting up from a morning of losing myself in books or a Barre class, and taking command of the rest-of-my-day. It’s the clatter from next doors’ as they prepare lunch. The pitter-patter of Milo exploring the house. The faint scratching of pen on paper as I jot down notes, thoughts, to-do’s in my trusty bullet journal. It’s rapid tapping because on days like 12pm-start-days, it’s a slow start because inspiration is only hitting now. It’s little posture tweaks at my desk, leftover from reminders at yoga or Pilates class.
My day begins at 6pm. It’s logging off from my work laptop, snapping it shut and tucking it, in the third drawer down. It’s a refreshing shower, blissfully warm drops tumbling down, washing away any stresses from the day, a physical division of Work and Leisure time. It’s catching up with friends on WhatsApp. It’s stretching my legs out on the sofa, and reading beneath golden hour, beaming through the conservatory roof.
My day begins.
This post is a creative ode, unedited and un-proofread, to each time that my day can and does begin. It’s a reminder that you have endless opportunities every day to start again. It’s a reminder that some days can start at 12pm (my Fridays always do), and those are just as productive and valid as one that starts at 7am.