We’ve all been there, early mornings jolted awake by the alarm, instantly pushed and pulled by all the roles we’re supposed to play. Mama, entrepreneur, best friend, wife, sister, daughter, girlfriend, single parent, all of the above. The list goes on and on. Whether you have the luxury of a couple precious moments of peace and quite with a cup of coffee or not, the tasks of the day always come crashing in.

I love mornings. There are few things I like more than a peaceful morning on my porch. It’s my time to relax and talk to God. I try to do this as much as I can because I know I won’t always have this freedom, mornings all to myself.

Maybe you’re not a big coffee drinker or don’t have a porch to sprawl out on. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 ways to start your morning.

When I was doing research for this post, I read that you should “be the sunshine in your sunrise” and it made me physically nauseous so I’ll try not to get too cheesy on you here.

I’ve recently started sleeping with my blinds halfway open. I have two huge windows in my room that let a lot of light in and it makes a big difference, especially if it’s a bright, sunny morning. I also sleep with my window open, the cool fresh air and smell of wet grass is amazing in the morning. The bright sun streaming in makes it a little easier to roll out of bed and I don’t really get the creepy neighbor vibe from the people across the street so I’m going to stick to this tactic for now.

I love! love! love! when I start my day with God and His word. I honestly have the best day when I take the time to connect with Him. I don’t know why I don’t do it every morning. It’s like that V8 commercial when they skip out on their veggies and someone hits them on the forehead because that’s just stupid.

You coulda had a V8, they say. When I don’t take time to connect with Him, it’s a lot like that, you coulda had a great day, [thud].

Some of my favorite devotionals are Jesus Calling by Sarah Young and The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyer.

Jesus Calling brought to light some things that I didn’t even realize about myself, like the pride I take in being self-reliant when really, I should be giving all the glory to God. This devotional reminded me that without Him, I’d be nothing but I’ll save the details of that for another post. Totally worth the ten bucks, or if you’re real tech savvy you can download the app, which is super-convenient.

If you didn’t see this one coming you might want to crawl out from under your rock real quick. I feel like a broken record or that annoying song by Florida Georgia Line that plays every seven minutes but it’s true. Spending a little time in the morning to get a balanced meal and a workout in will make a world of difference. It doesn’t have to be anything extreme, just move.

I have music playing constantly, from the moment I wake up to the second my head hits the pillow there’s a tune in my head. Maybe I’m easily entertained but the right music can put me in the best mood.

Have a reward waiting for you in the morning that will make crawling out of bed a little more enjoyable. Swing by the bakery for a freshly baked croissant or make your bathroom into a steam room and give yourself an extra ten minutes to relax. Don’t think you have any time to spare? Pick your outfit and pack your lunch the night before, and there you go, enjoy those few extra minutes to do something for YOU.