The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Started this audio book last week. I can’t stop listening to it! Wished my commute would’ve been longer. Junot Díaz, you are doing an incredible job.  

Just a few things I love so far: 

*set in Patterson, New Jersey and surrounding areas (that I am familiar with!) 

* has intersections of Spanish/English narrative

* is telling a story about a Dominican family and growing up with a tough mother (hello, that’s me!). 

*pulls from the Dominican history (like speaking about Trujillo aka El Jefe).

*the language the author uses is so rich, it tastes delicious.  

Go. Get. The Book. 


Why I Love Early Mornings


When someone finds out that I wake up extremely early (anywhere between 4 and 4:30am), they want to know why. This morning I was up at 4:07 thanks to the Sleep Cycle app that wakes you within a half hour range when it detects you being in the lightest stage of sleep. 

So, why?... Why wake up so early? 

1. The silence.

I simply love how quiet it is at 4:30 in the morning. Mind you, it’s not a deafening, scary kind of silence but more of a calming, centering kind: a sound of a distant train here and there, sounds of the heating system, house settling and cracking. 

2. The productivity aspect.

Such early mornings allow me to focus on what matters the most: writing, reading, meditating, learning, or simply being. 

3. The feeling of being ahead of everyone else.

When the rest of the world climbs out of bed around 6 am (on average), I have been awake and enjoying life (in my own way) for about two hours. 

Has waking up at this "ungodly" hour made a tangible difference in my life? Yes.

I feel more centered, organized, reflective, productive, and more aligned with my life values.