I Never Used To Be A Morning Person, But I've Grown An Infatuation With The Silence

I Never Used To Be A Morning Person, But I've Grown An Infatuation With The Silence

It wasn't necessarily a choice, but I have found a love for the sunrise.

In high school, one of my absolute favorite things was waking up close to noon on a weekend to the smell of my mom making pancakes in an attempt to finally get me out of bed. I'd be greeted with a warm coffee, some breakfast and a kiss on the head. Mornings to me were associated with afternoons, but now, I can't sleep in past 8 a.m.

It's like clockwork. I find myself starting to awaken from my daze around 7:30 a.m., resulting in me checking my phone to see what time it is. I always pray for it to be 5 a.m. so I can roll back to sleep, but the second I see it's close to 8, my mind starts wandering very far from dreamland and into reality. I fight to fall back asleep, but I never win. So I climb out of bed and start my coffee maker.

I blame my class schedule for my newfound morning affection. Last fall semester, I was forced to take morning classes because the courses were necessary and inconveniently located midmorning. I grew used to waking up around 8 a.m., so when it was time to set my spring semester schedule, I figured I might as well just continue with how my days were set up so I didn't accidentally slip up. Truth was, I enjoyed having my afternoons and evenings completely free to do how I pleased, instead of waking up late to spend my whole day in class just to go to sleep again.

Slowly but surely, my morning wakeups traveled into the weekends, and no matter how late I stayed up the night prior, I would expect to check my phone at 8 whether I liked it or not.

I would like to add that I understand 8 a.m. is not necessarily early. I would register a true "morning person" with a 5 or 6 a.m. alarm, but for a college student who only knows people who wake up around 11 a.m., I'm the oddball out.

At first, I was frustrated, especially since I became a person who craved to go to sleep before midnight, which in an apartment filled with loud girls who are all friends was nearly impossible. Because I couldn't sleep in, I would start to get exhausted from my lack of sleep and no matter how hard I tried to not check my phone, my body always knew the time.

I hated it, but then I learned to love the silence and solitude of the morning. One of my favorite things now is waking up before everyone to enjoy my cup of coffee on the balcony with my laptop to start my work for the day. I especially love reading in the morning so editing became a lot more enjoyable when I wasn't fighting the sounds of my surroundings anymore. I could focus only on the words in front of me, which, no brainer here, allowed me to grow in my craft.

I'm sure the late night owls, the people who go to sleep closer to 4 or 5 a.m., have the same feeling of comfort as morning people, but nights just don't work for everyone.

If you find yourself to be someone who can't sleep in anymore, well, you're not alone! I think the only thing you really can do is embrace your new attribute and enjoy it for what it is. As they say, the early bird gets the worm, so just choose whatever that may be for you.

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I Am A Female And I Am So Over Feminists

I believe that I am a strong woman, but I also believe in a strong man.

Beliefs are beliefs, and everyone is entitled to their opinion. I'm all about girl power, but in today's world, it's getting shoved down our throats. Relax feminists, we're OK.

My inspiration actually came from a man (God forbid, a man has ideas these days). One afternoon my boyfriend was telling me about a discussion his class had regarding female sports and how TV stations air fewer female competitions than that of males. In a room where he and his other male classmate were completely outnumbered, he didn't have much say in the discussion.

Apparently, it was getting pretty heated in the room, and the women in the class were going on and on about how society is unfair to women in this aspect and that respect for the female population is shrinking relative to the male population.

If we're being frank here, it's a load of bull.

SEE ALSO: To The Women Who Hate Feminism

First of all, this is the 21st century. Women have never been more respected. Women have more rights in the United States than ever before. As far as sports go, TV stations are going to air the sports that get the most ratings. On a realistic level, how many women are turning on Sports Center in the middle of the day? Not enough for TV stations to make money. It's a business, not a boycott against female athletics.

Whatever happened to chivalry? Why is it so “old fashioned" to allow a man to do the dirty work or pay for meals? Feminists claim that this is a sign of disrespect, yet when a man offers to pick up the check or help fix a flat tire (aka being a gentleman), they become offended. It seems like a bit of a double standard to me. There is a distinct divide between both the mental and physical makeup of a male and female body. There is a reason for this. We are not equals. The male is made of more muscle mass, and the woman has a more efficient brain (I mean, I think that's pretty freaking awesome).

The male body is meant to endure more physical while the female is more delicate. So, quite frankly, at a certain point in life, there need to be restrictions on integrating the two. For example, during that same class discussion that I mentioned before, one of the young ladies in the room complained about how the NFL doesn't have female athletes. I mean, really? Can you imagine being tackled by a 220-pound linebacker? Of course not. Our bodies are different. It's not “inequality," it's just science.

And while I can understand the concern in regard to money and women making statistically less than men do, let's consider some historical facts. If we think about it, women branching out into the workforce is still relatively new in terms of history. Up until about the '80s or so, many women didn't work as much as they do now (no disrespect to the women that did work to provide for themselves and their families — you go ladies!). We are still climbing the charts in 2016.

Though there is still considered to be a glass ceiling for the working female, it's being shattered by the perseverance and strong mentality of women everywhere. So, let's stop blaming men and society for how we continue to “struggle" and praise the female gender for working hard to make a mark in today's workforce. We're doing a kick-ass job, let's stop the complaining.

I consider myself to be a very strong and independent female. But that doesn't mean that I feel the need to put down the opposite gender for every problem I endure. Not everything is a man's fault. Let's be realistic ladies, just as much as they are boneheads from time to time, we have the tendency to be a real pain in the tush.

It's a lot of give and take. We don't have to pretend we don't need our men every once in a while. It's OK to be vulnerable. Men and women are meant to complement one another — not to be equal or to over-power. The genders are meant to balance each other out. There's nothing wrong with it.

I am all for being a proud woman and having confidence in what I say and do. I believe in myself as a powerful female and human being. However, I don't believe that being a female entitles me to put down men and claim to be the “dominant" gender. There is no “dominant" gender. There's just men and women. Women and men. We coincide with each other, that's that.

Time to embrace it.

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I Used To Think Height Didn't Matter, But Maybe It Really Does

I've come to a conclusion


I've had my fair share of boyfriends in the past. A common theme in my past choices of boys is that they were all an inch or two taller than me or the same height. Now, I am a little on the taller side considering that the average height for a woman in the US is 5 feet 4 inches tall. I'm not saying all the tall boys belong to all the tall girls and the shorter guys should stick with shorter girls, but I do think there might be something behind all this madness.

My reasoning for this is simple: I've been in an amazing relationship with someone who is fairly taller than me. Is this reason totally irrational and have no sort of concrete evidence for this argument? Yes, totally, but hear me out. All my other relationships haven't been this good or even had the potential to be this good. Is it a coincidence that they were all shorter? I think not!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with boys who are under 5'9''. There are some nice ones who probably don't talk to 5 other girls while you're dating, I just never happened to come across one back when I was in the game. I just find it interesting that I've been in a really healthy relationship for awhile now with someone who is over 6 feet tall.

Many amazing relationships have happened between all different types of people, no matter the height. It's just if you are having problems with boys who are under 6 feet, you may have some thinking to do.

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