I Used To Be A Night Owl But Now I'm A Morning Person

I Used To Be A Night Owl, But Now I Can’t Wait To Get Up In The Mornings

There is something peaceful in waking up early.

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I've always been a classic night owl. I love to stay up into the late hours and thrived when the sun went down. The majority of my creative time is spent at night. I love painting, reading, writing, cooking, and planning all in the p.m. The time will quickly slip away from me and a plan to read for only an hour will turn into four and I won't stop until I've finished the book and it's 3 a.m. All my best ideas (and worst) have occurred as the creative gears turned in my mind at midnight.

However, last year I started doing personal training, which meant that I had to get up early in the morning to go work out. This also meant going to bed earlier. So for the entirety of the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, I loathed going to bed and waking up early.

Then, I entered my junior year and something in me switched. I was annoyed that I always felt tired and dragged myself through the day. I hated how I didn't have much time in the morning to do what I needed to do and would rush out the door half-asleep. So I decided something had to change.

My doctor told me it was best to fall asleep at least before midnight because when you fall asleep after midnight, your brain doesn't fully have time to go into a deep sleep. So I started there. Each night, I went to bed and fell asleep around eleven and woke up at seven in the morning.

As much as I hated to admit it, falling asleep early helped. Like, a lot. I planned my nights so I had time to read, but just not as long. I scheduled my events around my new bedtime and made sure I gave myself enough time to shower and get ready for bed. As time went on, I found myself actually looking forward to the mornings and waking up earlier.

I now wake up around 6:45 a.m. and grab my favorite pink fuzzy blanket. I throw on an oversized sweatshirt, grab my water bottle, phone, Bible, journal, and pen, and go out into the living room. There, I choose my favorite Trader Joe's Christmas coffee blend and start the coffee pot up. While the delicate smell of coffee overwhelms the room, I start to make breakfast. My morning meal varies by my mood— it may be scrambled eggs with bacon and spices in-between, or it may just be cereal.

After eating, I usually read a chapter from the Bible and journal for a bit. Then with a cup of coffee in my hand, I read whatever book I have on my phone. It's a great way to start the morning and it allows me to slowly wake up as I go about my morning routine. I don't have to rush to get ready nor feel groggy throughout the day. It also helps improve myself mentally. I find when I get a good amount of sleep, my mental health is much more stable and better than ever.

I never thought I'd be a morning person. I used to think people who woke up before the sun were crazy. However, there is something peaceful in waking up early. The world is quiet and still, with the haze of sleep still covering the world. It's my time to spend with God, to read, to drink coffee, and to wake up. It makes the Mondays more bearable, and the start of my day enjoyable and something to look forward to.

Don't knock waking up early before you try it for a while. Find a routine that works for you and do what makes you happy. I promise you, that you'll find it's not as bad as you think.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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4 Things I Wish High School Me Knew

Every day has a purpose.

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People don't give high school enough credit for having the ability to shape your life. It can build you or it can break you and often times there is no in between. As I enter into my senior year of college I have reflected a lot on my college career and how it really has been the best years of my life up to this point, but I know that without a doubt my life would have been so different in I would have known these things as a high schooler.

1. Your life is valuable

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. - Ephesians 2:4-7

2. You aren't defined by your singleness. 

Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. - Song of Solomon 2:7

4. You aren't going to fit in

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2

4. Your clothes aren't going to fit forever, don't spend all of your money on them 

Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions." - Luke 12:15

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