10 Tips On Becoming A Morning Person

10 Tips On Becoming A Morning Person

Make the most of your morning.

We all have to live through mornings, why not make it a pleasant experience? Other than the obvious caffeine, here are some tips to make getting out of bed a little easier in the morning.

1. Put your alarm across the room.
Good morning! The easiest way to physically get out of bed is to make it impossible to roll over and continuously press the snooze button. You would be surprised how much more awake you will feel once you get up and stretch your legs. Now that you are already up why go through the effort to crawl back into bed? Time to attack the day.

2. Hydrate your body with water, not coffee.
Before you do anything else, throw back an entire glass of water. Water is going to wake you up faster than coffee will because it hits your system quicker than caffeine. Water immediately hydrates your cells, waking you up fast.

3. Skip social media.
Checking social media is one of the most distracting, time-consuming activities that secretly steals a lot of your “me” time in the early hours of the day. Scrolling through your Instagram or Twitter feed gets your mind in the wrong place; comparing yourself to people online and so on.

4. Write to-do lists for the day.
Writing lists helps to organize a scattered jumble of thoughts onto one nice, neat sheet of paper. It is surprising how relaxing it is to jot down all of the tasks and errands you have to complete. This way, you can entirely eject the stressful dispersion of thoughts from your brain onto a blank page.

5. In addition to water, hydrate with tea.
Drinking tea can help to kick-start digestion. Do not fret, most teas have that caffeine you crave. If you choose to go the all-herbal route, green teas have amazing natural cleansing properties for your stomach, plus it has been known to help boost the metabolism.

6. Take the time to make a nourishing breakfast.
Fact. breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Rather than getting caught up in a dieting fad, think about what will truly satisfy your body and what will give you fuel for the rest of your day. It most likely will not be a doughnut, sorry. I love having a bowl of whole grain cereal in the morning, but I dress it up with some fresh fruit on top, and I swap out dairy for almond milk. The good thing about fruit is that you can pile it on to your heart’s content. I opt for some banana, strawberries and raspberries hand-picked from the backyard. Investing time into what you eat will make you feel better throughout the entire day.

7. Add some essential oils to your morning shower.
Peppermint essential oils aid in alertness! During or after your shower dab some oil onto your pulse points like your wrists and neck/décolletage area. If you usually save showers for the nighttime, add a few drops of a citrus-based essential oil to your cleanser to wake you up. Lemon properties help to restore the skin’s complexion and boost skin brightness.

8. Journaling.
Ease your mind and calm your thoughts. This is another way to skip out on social media. Journaling allows the time to reflect and become in touch with where you are mentally and spiritually. This simple act is balancing for the mind and the soul; it helps you to focus on yourself rather than focusing on what other people are doing in their lives.

9. Light a candle.
Your favorite scent only adds to the tranquility of a morning to yourself. Change the scent selection depending on the season. In the spring and summer time lean towards something fruity, floral and light. Fall and winter is best for musky, warm scents such as pumpkin, vanilla and ginger.

10. Focus on YOU.
Detach from the outside world, put your phone in a drawer, unplug completely. Time slows down once you remove all distractions and stress depletes. Use this time for total relaxation. You deserve it. Enjoy!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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An Incurable Disease Doesn't Change The Love I Have For You

Because one day the one you love the most is fine and the next day they're not, it causes devastation you never truly recover from.


Loving someone with an incurable disease is the most emotionally straining thing I have ever experienced.

My significant other and I have been together for almost six years. During the summer of 2018, we all noticed the significant changes he was going through. He had lost around fifty pounds and had a lack of appetite. We had figured something was going on, however, we didn't realize it was anything serious.

Fast forward to the Fall semester of 2018. I had visited my boyfriend and we had expressed certain concerns, such as, through the night I would try and get him to stop uncontrollably itching his legs to the point of bleeding, or that he was looking a little yellow and was exhausted all the time. After seeing his sister in November, while I was at school, she pleaded with him to go to urgent care because he did not look good. He was yellow, exhausted, and very sickly looking. We didn't realize that the urgent care visit would be the precedent of the rest of our lives.

After coming home for Thanksgiving and spending a week straight in the hospital with him, it finally set in that something was not right. Between all the vomit, getting moved for testing, the weakness, the constant calling for medications because the pain was so severe, and the almost month-long stay in the hospital, it hit me full force that something was really wrong. Words will never truly describe the emotions I was feeling, or the burden of my thoughts that I felt were too selfish to pass on anyone, so I kept them to myself.

When we finally got the diagnosis, we were surprised. PSC, otherwise known as Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, is an incurable liver disease that affects the bile ducts which become scarred and inflamed, more likely than not lead to cirrhosis and an inevitable transplant. There was no cure, rather the only solution was a liver transplant, and even then the disease can be recurring.

I was thinking selfishly. I was torn in two. What would our future look like? Could we have children? Could we ever do the things we used to?

Loving someone with an incurable disease is a mix of emotions. There is a constant fear in the back of my mind that he is going to wake up in intense pain and have to be rushed to the hospital. There is a constant fear of every time waiting for the bi-weekly blood test results to come back, in fear that his Bilirubin spiked again or he is undergoing a flare up and needs to be hospitalized. There is a constant anxiety that one day he's going to be fine, and the next day he won't be. Even the simple things, such as laying beside one another, was a constant fear I had, due to the pain he was in every day. What if I hit him in my sleep on accident? What if I accidentally hugged a little too tightly and caused him pain?

Loving someone with an incurable disease can be a fluctuation of emotions, however, he makes it worth it.


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