Cha Cha Sparks* on Waking Up Early

Jun 22, 2023 | Blog Beat, Cha Cha Sparks*

*These words are electric. They light me up.

Some people wake up with a sense of purpose and a call to duty. 

Some people, like me, wake up to an empty house and no exact time that they need to sign online. Some people, people like me, snooze their alarms in the morning, their subconscious dreams more compelling than this world. 

I’ve never been a morning person. My alarm sounds at 7:15 a.m. My body acts independently of my mind to find the snooze button as soon as possible. An animalistic reflex to stop the noise. When I close my eyes again I am sucked back into the dream like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. 

I hear the snooze alarm again and unconsciously swat it away. I do this at least twice. This morning the snooze sounded every eight minutes for over an hour. Sometimes that happens. Especially when I’m alone in the house. Propelled by purpose and reporting for duty, Justin has already left.

I’m grasping for reality. Copper Soup is helping. She pulls my hair under her paws as she walks across my pillow. She’s hungry. I force my eyes open and will myself awake. 

For the first minute my brain floods with excuses and angst. Then I steady on my feet and head to the kitchen. 

Originally from the east coast, Cha Cha lives in southern California with her fiance (he’s a plumber) and their bob-tailed cat, Copper Soup.

As a woman, Cha Cha spends her time writing, reading (though not as much as she wishes she did), watching Project Runway (way more than she wished she did—especially since the show ended in 2019), trying to exercise for at least 20 minutes a day (otherwise, she won’t leave the house because she works from home), learning how to manage her money, and talking to herself out loud.

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