On being a morning person


What sunrise looks like just a few steps from my front door.

I’m a morning person. You’re picturing it now: I get most of my important tasks done before noon; I eat proper breakfast; I wake up without an alarm. While those are all true, I have realized over the years that my particular morning-person-ness is a bit out of the ordinary because I actually enjoy getting out of bed at 5am.

It may sound hard to believe, but truly, being an early riser is the best way to get the most out of island life. Here are some of my favorite things about being a morning person.

  1. The roads are quiet. If I’m in the mood for a jog, dawn is the time to do it. There are few, if any, cars on the road just after 5am. At that hour, I’m about as likely to share the road with other morning exercisers as I am to share it with vehicles.
  2. As a matter of fact, pretty much everything is quiet. I can sit on my front porch in the heart of Road Town and not see or hear another soul. Likewise, if you fancy a sunrise swim or surf, you won’t be competing for space with many others. If you’re a person who savors solitude, early mornings are a treat.
  3. I can map out the day. Without the distractions that abound later in the day, it’s much easier to set goals for myself. It’s the time I use to clear my head and prepare for whatever the day might throw at me.
  4. I get things done. Sure, maybe it’s just everyday activities like cleaning out the cat’s box or running a mop around the kitchen, but something about having the whole day in front of me gives me motivation to check things off the to-do list.
  5. The view. Whether I’m on the road, hiking a trail or just sitting on the front porch, an island view of sunrise is sure to give me a big dose of gratitude for another day in paradise.

This piece originally appeared in the Limin’ Times on Jan. 12, 2017.


2 thoughts on “On being a morning person

  1. Beautiful Picture. My wife and some of our family retrurned to Roadtown for our third visit just this Christmas for a bareboat charter with Moorings. We love it in the BVI’s, not sure if it is true, but my opinion is that it is seemingly cleaner and safer than USVI. You have been there for a while. Buying property there and establishing residency seems somewhat complex even for me as a British and an American Citizen holding both passports. Do you ever feel like the “non-belonger moniker” carries its way in to your everyday living? Or do you feel you are received well by all of the residents all of the time?
    Thanks for your post, Andy & Dawn (also morning peeps) 🙂

    • Thank you! It certainly is a beautiful place to live, even here in the “crowded” capital. I haven’t spent enough time in the USVI to make a truly informed comparison, but my gut feeling is that while the BVI is more remote, making certain goods and services harder to access, it is also safer.
      Like most foreigners in the BVI I have some annual hurdles, like renewing my work permit and checking in with immigration authorities, but a day or two each year sitting in a government office feels like a small price to pay for living in paradise. Overall I’d say I’ve felt quite welcomed. When I compare my experience to those ‘expats’ who are unhappy here, the main difference I observe is that I’ve made an effort to be involved in the community through things like group classes and community service… Being a newswoman also helped a lot, as I couldn’t help but learn a lot about the place as I went about my work 🙂

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