Ahh, Mornings.

For most of my teenage years, I really tried to be a night-owl. Teenagers are supposed to stay up until 2am watching Friends and YouTube videos and chat with friends on Facebook, right? I did that two nights a week (because I’ve always been a goody-two-shoes and couldn’t justify staying up past 10:30 on a school night) for four years (6 nights in the summers; I had to get up early for church on Sunday) and really, really tried to like it. But I just never did. It didn’t feel natural and I hated missing out on the morning routine.

I even tried it a few nights a week in college before I just decided to embrace the fact that I’m a morning person. Don’t bother trying to keep me up late, because no matter what, I will be in bed by 10. And don’t “force” me to sleep in because I’ll be up at 7:30. Just the way I like it.

I don’t know how mornings got such a bad rap. They’re so magical and so many people just sleep right through them. It’s so peaceful. And beautiful.

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Because I’m crazy and actually like spending time with my family, I’ve been driving two hours back down to school every Monday morning at 7 this semester. And because I’m a morning person, I actually like it.

I love watching the world wake up. Most of my drive is spent on “country roads,” which add to the serenity and peacefulness I love about mornings.

This picture was taken this past Monday morning. I think it’s the most stunning sunrise I’ve witnessed this year. And that would include about 10 Hawaiian sunrises. So that’s saying something.

I am honestly so proud of myself for finally giving up the night-owl thing just to fit in and realizing that mornings are where I’m supposed to be. It’s my favorite time of the day. I literally go to bed every night excited about waking up the next morning.

It’s been a refreshing change for me.

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