Some people wake up each morning ready to tackle the day. I am not one of those people. 🙂 I set my alarm way early so I have time to hit snooze at least 3 or 4 times. It doesn’t matter if I am getting 8 hours or 4, mornings are just not my thing. However, I set out to make this year great, to make changes and begin new habits. One of these that I have been working on is getting up early and starting the day right! Below are a few of the tips I have been implementing into my routine. Don’t worry – this may take some time to get used to, but it will be worth it!
1. Not leaving my phone by my bed. This is a big one for me. I like to browse Facebook, Pinterest, or any other social media site before going to bed (which is also not good for your sleep cycle). Leaving my phone near me also makes it MUCH easier to hit snooze. I am still tempted to crawl back into bed – and I may have once or twice  – but typically once I’m up, I’m good to go!
2. Open your blinds! The best way to get your body used to waking up early is to let nature help! It can be tempting to keep those blinds shut, but letting the sunshine come in has made it even easier to not crawl back into bed once I turn off the alarm. It also helps perk me up a bit, as it’s a lot more difficult to be grumpy when the sun is shining!
3. Plan your outfit the night before. This is one of the easiest things you can do! I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t always feel like wearing what I laid out, and on those days I’ll find something else. But this at least gets my mind focused on the rest of the day. Especially for us girls, if we need to shave or not. LOL From my experience, you can tell a huge difference from the days that I plan my outfit from the days that I don’t. As you go throughout your day, you will feel more confident if you feel like you are “put together” well!

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I reallyBlog try to stay away from posting about my “love” life… But I really just had to brag a little bit. I know for those of you who have been married for years, 6 months doesn’t seem like long at all but for me, it’s pretty darn good! Romualdo and I met online and text each other off and on for almost two months before we met. We were mostly just friends at first, he thought I wasn’t interested in more, and I thought the same about him. So of course I had a little “liquid courage” on the 4th of July and finally told him I liked him. It truly has been like a fairy-tale since then! We have our disagreements, and we each bring our own set of baggage, but we communicate and are patient with each other.
To be completely honest, I didn’t believe him at first when he wanted to be “exclusive” or whatever

you call it. I had set my mind to just dating around and not getting into anything too serious before he came along. He has been so kind and understanding. I’ve opened up to him more than I ever have to anyone! He knows my insecurities and does his best to help me see that they are no big deal. He has been nothing but supportive of my career decisions and even when putting up with my family.
I’m a little afraid to publish this post, I really don’t want to jinx this.  But I just felt like this is a really big moment in my life and it will fit in with everything else my blog is about. With all of the ups and downs in life, this is definitely one of the “ups”.
I definitely am not naïve enough to believe that we won’t ever have any major problems, or that we will even be together forever. However, I do know that this is the most solid, steady, and healthiest relationship I have ever had and I hope that it continues to grow!

Always, Meg