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Last night, I was in my bed, staring at the ceiling. It was 2 o’clock. It turned 3 o’clock. I started a new book and read the first chapter. Went back to bed. Became 4 o’clock.

You see, the last week or so I have been working late nights on the biggest deadline of my semester. I am finished now. So after a long coma-sleep and a peaceful first day of freedom, my body didn’t quite understand the concept of sleep anymore. Hence the staring at the ceiling.

Still wide awake, I could start to hear the first birds. At a bit past 5, I decided to go outside my kitchen balcony, climb the fire escape of my flat while sneakily passing my neighbors rooms and kitchens, and watch the sunrise on the rooftop. While I was sitting there as the world was still vast asleep, I wondered why I don’t do this more often. Not so much the early morning part, I don’t think I need to explain that. But the thing where you don’t do these kind of things, simply because you never do them. Not because you don’t want to necessarily, just because it hasn’t really occurred as an option.

Why do we always put the same thing on our toast? Why do we always walk the exact same route to work? Buy the same products in the supermarket? Settle for the same type of outfit?

We have our routine, our way of doing things that simplifies life and makes that we don’t have to think about every minor detail. It makes things a lot easier. But the down-side is that it makes us less open to amazing opportunities, having new experiences and meeting interesting and exciting people.

We can do basically anything with our lives at any moment. The question is, what do you want your life to be like? What would you want to do? So why not sit on the rooftop and watch the sunrise, bake gingerbread houses because you feel like it, paint stains on the street and make angels in the snow? I challenge you to live the life you dream of. Step out of your comfort zone and make it happen.

I sat. I thought. I was happy. Then I climbed back down, crawled back in bed and fell asleep.


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    joyce matula welch

    June 22, 2012 at 14:14

    Great post! :)

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    June 22, 2012 at 23:33

    This is a beautiful post Marielle. So thought provoking! You really made some great points : ]

    And I always forget what a great artist you are–that zebra unicorn is a-mazing! Plus, yay mosaics! It’s really fun isn’t it? Figuring out the design and then fitting the pieces together. Right? I’m so glad you’re into it!

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      Magical Day Dream

      June 28, 2012 at 10:48

      Yes! I know you also have some mosaic experience. We should exchange our mosaic tricks ;)

      I was thinking of perhaps doing a line of rainbow animals.. but we’ll see about that

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    June 23, 2012 at 02:52

    Wonderful post. The best things happen with the sunrise

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    June 23, 2012 at 14:09

    This was really inspirational and I thank you for sharing it. I admire your getting out there and mixing things up, living the life you desire. We could all do that a little bit more I think.

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      Magical Day Dream

      June 28, 2012 at 10:50

      You’re welcome. I am not always succeeding, but I can immediately feel the difference when I do. It simply makes me more happy :)

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    live sports

    June 24, 2012 at 06:18

    nice work

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    June 24, 2012 at 11:15

    I love this so much……. Thank you, thank you for sharing… I really needed this. P.S. I love your ponderings!!! :)

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      Magical Day Dream

      June 28, 2012 at 10:51

      Haha thanks! That’s a sweet thing to say, because I ponder a lot and I almost never really share those thoughts on my blog. Every once in a while I do.. so you motivate me to perhaps do it a bit more often :)

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    June 25, 2012 at 05:26

    what a good writer you are! I love this, and you are such a beautiful soul, and you are seeking–and I love that. thanks for sharing your heart with us;)

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      Magical Day Dream

      June 28, 2012 at 10:52

      Thanks Gina :) That’s coming from a great writer as well, which makes it even more meaningful!

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    Cassie @

    June 27, 2012 at 14:43

    I LOVE this! So glad you found my blog so I could find yours. It’s easy to be stuck in a rut and go about your daily routines with as much thought and enthusiasm as a zombie. Changing up even the littlest things in those seemingly mundane task makes such a difference. Lately, if I’m out the door a few minutes earlier, I’ll take a more scenic route to work. Just this week, I started lighting a candle before bedtime. (That flickering light seriously makes me sleepy!) It’s a nice way to appreciate those small moments just a little bit more and realize that all it takes is one simple gesture or change.

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      Magical Day Dream

      June 28, 2012 at 10:54

      That’s so great! You are so right that it is in the small things. Sometimes I also take a longer route to university just to be able to bike under beautiful trees. Love your take on it :)


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