Get Up Early

Advice to myself: Get up early. Dumb early. Before five o’clock a.m. early. Avoid the snooze button. Drink a glass of water. Meditate while the coffee water boils. Then journal. Then screen. Then gym, or run and yoga. Start every day this way because when I do I ride a high of positive feeling that lasts through the evening. Start every day this way because I am a healthy person with time for everything and when people ask me how I am able to do all of the things, the answer rests in three numbers: 4:40. As in a.m. Most…

Remember Savasana

Today is a Sunday with no plans. Nowhere to be. At some point I’ll need to venture to the grocery store for lunch fixin’s for the week. That will take maybe thirty minutes. I did a little laundry. Made eggs for my daughter and her friend. Straightened up a bit. Putzed. Now I’ll write a few letters. Read. Think about things. Wander into the backyard and marvel at the plants and trees.┬áMy sweetheart is a good gardener. Two of my favorite TV characters when I was little were Farmer Green Jeans from Captain Kangaroo and the Professor from Gilligan’s Island….

Avoid Sugar

News flash, I’m addicted to sugar. If you follow this blog you’ve heard me say it. If sugar were drugs, I would not have a life. I would be dead in a gutter. The most days I’ve stayed sober in a row is thirty. Sugar awakens in me a toxic hunger dragon that requires five times the calories my body needs to function. Sugar ravages my skin. It steals my energy. Sugar makes me feel so bad. I’m not that crazy about food. I’m not a foodie. But enter sugar into my diet, and I can’t stop eating. I’ve done…

Go Big on New Year’s Resolutions

It’s been hip lately to say “I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. I’m cool with the way I am.” I was going to do the same thing. I was on Twitter ready to Tweet “My 2016 resolution: Breathe.” The next thing I knew,┬áthis happened:   I'm starting my New Year's Resolutions right now. 1: Write three novels. — Maureen O'Leary Wank (@Maureenow) December 29, 2015 Then I just went crazy: 2: Write 12 short stories. All of them scary. — Maureen O'Leary Wank (@Maureenow) December 29, 2015 3: Lose fifty pounds. Then gain it back. As muscle. — Maureen O'Leary…