10 Things Every Morning Person Does

10 Things Every Morning Person Does

The funny thing is, most of being a morning person, is all about what you do the night before.

Being a morning person is both a blessing and a curse. In my past I've had phases where I slept past noon on a daily basis, but now I wake up at 8 am naturally and I kind of love it. What's to like right? I think its great to get up, get my day started, and get productive. I feel more energized, more in control, and more able to tackle the day. The funny thing is, most of being a morning person, is all about what you do the night before.

1. I have a routine

Sticking to a routine calms me down and relaxes me. Its a quick and easy way to deal with my anxiety and stress from school, without me ever needing to do anything out of my way. By following a routine, at night and in the morning, I am able to save time and worry of what I have to do.

2. I pack my bags the night before

I will pack my backpack the night before--books I need, notebooks I will use, a water bottle. It not only helps me mentally prepare for my day, but also gives me time to remember anything I might have forgotten if I'm in a rush.

3. I pick out an outfit the night before

So no, I don't always lay my outfit out the night before, but I do figure out what I'm going to wear and keep it in mind. I'm not forced to stick to that decision by any means, but knowing that I have to dress certain ways for my lab the next day or that I want to wear sweats gets me out the door a little faster and with less hassle.

4. I make my meals the night before

There is a pattern going on here you see? Sometimes I know I won't have too much time before my 8 am to have a nicely cooked breakfast, or that I will be on campus all day and need to pack a lunch. Doing so the night before not only saves me money in the long run, but keeps me healthy and on time.

5. I go to bed early

Some people think I'm kidding when I say my bedtime is 10 o'clock, but I'm completely serious. Trust me, when you are up and at 'em at 6:45 am, you would be tired by 10 at night too. I force myself to get into bed, even if I'm not tired, in order to take care of my health the next day.

6. I wake up extra early

Going to bed early means I can feel fully rested and energized for my early morning. I wake up with plenty of time to get ready and plan for the day ahead.

7. I only set one alarm

I am an extremely light sleeper, so all I need is one alarm to get up and moving. I usually wake up before it even rings! But for those of you who need a couple alarms, turn up the volume and only allow yourself to hit snooze once. Most days I am ready to just jump out of bed and get going.

8. I get productive

One of the first things I do when I wake up is workout. Its great having hit the gym by 9 am and being able to continue on with my day, feeling good about my body and having gained some energy from the workout. Getting productive first thing sets a hardworking mode for you the rest of the day.

9. I clean my room

Every. Single. Morning. I make my bed, clean up dirty clothes off the floor, straighten my desk. By decluttering my life in the morning, it leaves time to relax without stress and also is a calming environment to get homework or other things done in the rest of the day.

10. I plan out my day

I look at my planner, check my calendar, and I rush out the door to be early. I give myself plenty of time to make it to class, know when I need to do some homework here and there, and prepare myself for work or responsibilities through extracurricular activities. Knowing how much time I need to spend on certain things throughout my day keeps me feeling on top of things and organized.

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My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

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So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

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The 7 Best Pieces Of Advice I Have Been Given About Life

Some of the best advice I have been given over the years...


There isn't a central theme among these pieces of advice or sayings. They are all just random things I have been told over the course of my life–especially in the last week. I find these 7 to be particularly helpful in various situations, and try to keep them in mind when I am in over my head.

1. "Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself because there is nobody who is going to help you more than you."

You are the #1 person who can help your own case. No one knows you as you do, therefore no one will be able to help you more than you can help yourself. A lot of things are mental, so once you can convince yourself that you deserve something (whatever it may be) you can convince anyone. Another saying goes along with this, on the flip side: "No one can diminish you but yourself." You are in control of your own self-perception, and you are very much capable of being your own worst enemy.

2. "Stand behind your reputation because you can never get it back."

My mom sent this to me the other day. Be who you are, and do it proudly. Especially with meeting people for the first time, you can never have a second chance at a first impression. That being said, if people view you in a bad light, figure out why that is and fix it. You may not be able to change someones initial thoughts of you, but you can change the way they view you after that.

3. "The best things in life happen unexpectedly."

"Life is what happens when you're busy making plans," also goes along with this. Trying to plan out every little detail of your life is only going to lead to disappointment. Sometimes you find the best things/what you're looking for when you're not actually looking. Just go through the motions and things will work out the way they are supposed to.

4. "Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small."

It's important to celebrate the little things. Did you go to class today? Good for you. Did you decide to drink water instead of a soda? That's awesome. How are you going to work up to doing bigger and better things if you don't have anywhere to start?

5. "Whatever you're stressing about now probably won't matter in five years."

As someone who is often eaten away by their own worry and anxiety, this is a mantra that I try to constantly remind myself. While it may seem like a big deal now, you need to keep in mind the bigger picture. Will it matter in 5 hours? 5 days? 5 months? And so on. If the answer is no to ANY of these questions, it's probably not worth beating yourself up over.

6. "Stop being the 'go to' person for someone you can't go to."

Someone tweeted that their pastor said this to them and the tweet went viral. A friend of mine sent it to me, and it really made me think. Something I have struggled with over the years is making excuses for people who don't show up for me when I am constantly there for them. This is a helpful reminder that if they aren't contributing to you and your life, you shouldn't have to bend over backward to help them out and be in their lives.

7. "Two wrongs don't make a right."

While this is often a saying that parents use on their young children, it is applicable to pretty much any stage of life. My parents, especially my dad, have constantly said this, whether it was in reference to fighting with my siblings or dealing with people at school. Even as a 20-year-old, I find myself saying this when I hear about arguments and problems people are having. Everyone wants to get even, to best those who hurt them. While it's important to stick up for yourself, it is also important to be the bigger person and not stoop to their level (and whatever else your parents told you in these situations).

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