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  1. Amy Pritts
    February 8, 2024 @ 5:14 pm

    I believe we should accept who we are and enjoy it!


  2. Cheryl Brannon
    February 8, 2024 @ 6:02 pm

    Well I am exhausted just reading about your struggle to be a morning person! I’m a morning person. I’ve always been a morning person and staying up late (once a year on New Year’s Eve) just about does me in!!! So! My advice to you is to be you! If it works for you then it works for you Give yourself permission to say “I can’t! I’m happy being a night owl!”

    More power to you my friend! I’ll see you sometime soon in the in between hours of the day! Until then…Write on!


    • Joy Walker
      February 8, 2024 @ 10:55 pm

      Thanks for feeling my pain, Cheryl. It seems life would be easier sometimes if I were a morning person, but thanks for the advice to “be me.” I have been experimenting since January and my schedule has worked for me. It will be interesting to see how it works out for me this weekend as I attend a writer’s conference. For years I complained that organized bike rides and races started at 7:00 or 8:00 in the morning. I appreciate your input.


  3. Kim Sass
    February 8, 2024 @ 8:15 pm

    I get it. I have accepted the fact that there are morning people and there are night people. Neither can explain it to the other in a way to make them understand.

    I am a night person and although work tried to turn me into a morning person, night person always came back on the weekends and vacation.

    Who knows. You may find that night writer comes out at 2:00 am. Either way, continue writing.


    • Joy Walker
      February 8, 2024 @ 10:40 pm

      You hit the nail on the head when you said, “I have accepted the fact that there are morning people and there are night people. Neither can explain it to the other in a way to make them understand.” And I will forever remember when your sister Karen said to me,
      “I go to bed early . . . Early in the morning.”
      Yes, I HAD to be a morning person five days a week for my first 30 year career. Now that I don’t HAVE to set the alarm for 5:00 am most days, my body is almost always on vacation mode. Thanks for relating, Kim.


  4. Nancy Browne
    February 8, 2024 @ 8:20 pm

    Joy: My mom and sister (who were your Aunt Marge and cousin Carolyn) and our Great Auntie Ella had long conversations well after midnight. They would even start or work on sewing projects at that late hour. I think your night-owl tendencies run in the family. Keep up the good writing in those early morning hours!


    • Joy Walker
      February 8, 2024 @ 10:43 pm

      I didn’t know they would start projects after midnight. That’s funny! I do remember dad calling grandma and aunt Marge after the news or after a Tigers game. He told me he knew they would be up. Thanks for sharing.


  5. Tim Galanek
    February 9, 2024 @ 7:36 am

    I learned early on as “paperboy” in Detroit to go with the flow. Afternoon edition or early Sunday morning, it took what it took to get the job done.
    Later in life various jobs required staying up long hours or overnight and even work at the North pole where the sun never completely set in the summertime that created chaos for my natural sleep cycle.
    The short and long of it is that it’s doubtful if one can die from lack of sleep , so sleep when you want to or when you can. A simple wording change to “I will “ allows freedom to the creative process to do its own thing in due time .


    • Joy Walker
      February 9, 2024 @ 11:13 am

      What a great concept, Tim. “I will.” That’s way more positive. Thanks for sharing the story about being a paper boy. I’m sure people who work 2nd shift or 3rd shift have the same struggles. Thanks for reading and commenting.


  6. Donna Buettner
    February 9, 2024 @ 10:34 am

    Night owls unite !
    I wake with good intentions but find I’m kicking into high gear later in my days. I do not sleep well when an alarm is set. I’m thankful for all the years I’ve been able to just wake up on my own, go to work, and stay up until whatever wee hours I wanted/needed. Retirement has proven to be wonderful as I can do as I please.
    Don’t say “I can’t”I stead say “I can write every day, even if the day has turned to night ” !! As a creator you have to do things when you are most creative!!
    As always I loved this story


    • Joy Walker
      February 9, 2024 @ 11:10 am

      Ha! Love it! Thanks for sharing your story. Yes, I don’t call it a day until I go to bed. The after midnight hours of writing get counted for the previous day. Thanks for the encouragement and kind words. Looking forward to reading some of your writing. Write on, my friend. Write on!


  7. Julia Danforth
    February 9, 2024 @ 1:09 pm

    Since I have an inherited sleep disorder (mild, fortunately!), I’d fall asleep listening to the adults talk around the dinner table. Daddy would almost invariably fall asleep reading me the bedtime worship story. I had no problem falling asleep at 9 and during high school and college consistently woke up at 4 to read, get ready, practice the organ at 5:30 (no competition for practice time at that hour!) and maybe study. I’d still fight sleep in class, often. Could easily take a 10-20 minute nap after lunch to refresh and then head to class. Car rides I’d also invariably fall asleep. One time as a teen riding with my sister and brother in law for a camping trip, I heard my toddler nephew beside me saying, “Aunt Julia, you could hear me better if your eyes were open!!” It’s one of my best memories from this crazy sleep disorder! The other is when my husband and I were driving home from a family gathering and I heard him say, “That’s okay, I can talk to myself! I’m pretty good company!”


  8. Joy Walker
    February 9, 2024 @ 10:12 pm

    Glad you have been able to make light of a serious thing. Glad it is a mild case, but a frustrating disorder for sure. Love the lines:
    “Aunt Julia, you could hear me better if your eyes were open!!” and “That’s okay, I can talk to myself! I’m pretty good company!”
    Thanks for a good laugh. I think you should write some of your stories down. You have some good ones.
    Thanks for sharing these with us.


  9. Julie
    February 10, 2024 @ 8:09 am

    That was funny to read since I lived your late night habits when we were roommates!


    • Joy Walker
      February 10, 2024 @ 9:17 pm

      Ha! You remember me sitting in the hall? Too funny.


  10. Sharon Minnich
    February 10, 2024 @ 9:55 pm

    I have never been a morning person. I worked midnight to 8am. Was awake almost all day taking care of the preschoolers. I got about 2 hours of sleep during their nap time. This went on for 20 years. After I retired, I couldn’t sleep more than 4 hours a night. Now I go to bed at 11pm and am up by 5:30 or 6 am. I workout to the TV at 7am and have most of my email and computer stuff done by 8am. I probably won’t ever be able to stay in bed for a full 8 recommended 8 hours. You do whatever works for you. You know how your body works.


    • Joy Walker
      February 12, 2024 @ 1:19 am

      Sharon! Thanks for sharing your story. A momma’s work is never done, especially a momma of nine! You are one amazing woman. You wrote: “You do whatever works for you. You know how your body works.” Thanks for the advice. Funny, I truly thought I would get back on “first shift” this weekend because I went to a writing conference. I couldn’t sleep. Somehow I still stayed awake during the sessions and on the 3 hour drive home. Here I am at 1:00 am still going strong. It’s kinda cool to know you are not only a night owl, but an energizer bunny too. You do you too!


  11. Curtis Nash
    February 11, 2024 @ 12:57 am

    It is a struggle to be productive and disciplined when we get away with pushing to the late nights. This is a lifetime problem here too, and I simply have to have a routine, with a place outside of the home comfort zone. When I found myself a couple regular office hours, away from home, with my special chromebook, I was caught by surprise by the productivity. I began looking forward to it. One way i made it happen was reminding myself I would be done working by around 1 or 2 pm (I’m an English adjunct) and I could waste weekends and late nights watching TV. Usually documentaries on the space program and YouTube, and it’s glorious. Good luck, Joy!


    • Joy Walker
      February 12, 2024 @ 1:23 am

      Great to hear I’m not alone. Love hearing your story. Thanks for sharing, Curtis. Good luck to you as well.


  12. Kathy Minnich
    February 12, 2024 @ 1:20 pm

    Love that image across the top! Oh and nice blog.


    • Joy Walker
      February 13, 2024 @ 1:19 am

      Thanks, Kathy! I appreciate you reading and commenting.


  13. sherry warren
    February 19, 2024 @ 7:59 pm

    Retiring from teaching has been a challenge with a new schedule and routine. After having a routine for 30 years, getting up early, at school by 7am, home in time to fix dinner, then after dinner on the computer or preparing for the next day. I was always exhausted, so I fell asleep fast and slept well. Now, no special time to be anywhere! I now understand why you got in your camper when you retired, and took off across the country for 4 months!

    So, I get up with Tim, my husband, as he’s retired but found another job as bell captain at Barnsley. He leaves for work, I watch David Jeremiah and get spiritually fed for the day. I stay busy 4 out of 5 work day mornings by also walking 3 miles uphill with neighbors. Then breakfast, shower, and figure out what to do. It’s only 10am!

    I choose to serve any way I can, by working at a mission store, afterschool bible club, and feeding program at church. I wasn’t sleeping well, so a book by Christian author, Jennie Allen, called “Get out of your head” has helped immensely. Satan can get into your head causing you to worry about stuff and steal your joy.

    I’m figuring out this new routine, and I expect you will figure out what works best for you. We are all different, with different things that occupy our time. If you write better at 2am, go for it! I’ll think about you when I wake up at 2am for no reason what so ever! You’ve got this, Joy!


  14. Sheryl
    February 20, 2024 @ 7:30 pm

    If you’re a night person, celebrate and write at night! You’ll most likely find you have lots of company. I am not a morning person, and think that anything that starts before 10 a.m. is too early (and even that hour is borderline too early). Finding out that a job required one to appear at 8 a.m. or earlier was true punishment (and college classes that started at 7 a.m. were pure torture!) I’m just happy that era is over now. And like your relatives, I have no problems starting a new task after dinner.


    • Joy Walker
      February 21, 2024 @ 12:48 am

      Thanks, Sheryl. Celebrating our late night inspirations seems to be the consensus among us night owls. For now, I am embracing it. I write when I can write. I agree with the “that’s too early” thing. I always struggled to stay awake in my 8 am college classes and I’m so grateful that for the most part, I do not have to wake up early. Good to know you are a fellow night person.


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