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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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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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...

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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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