How I Became A Morning Person

I wake up at about 5:15am on weekdays to get my butt to the gym before work. I’ve noticed lately when I tell people this, the reaction is often the same. The response is usually something along the lines of “teach me your ways!!!” or “how do you do that?!”. While I like to think I have some super power force inside of me that allows this, unfortunately I don’t. I’m a normal girl in her 20’s who loves to sleep as much as everyone else. What it comes down to is I work 12 hour days, and I know there is no way I would go to the gym when I get home at night (I want nothing but¬†a bubble bath and my bed please). So if I really wanted to get that workout in, I had to make myself a morning person. I’m sharing with you some of the “tricks” that helped get me there.

1. Don’t make it an option
I know what you’re thinking….. duh. But let me explain the mental breakdown of this one. When I first started setting that early alarm, it would go off in the morning and the same thought would immediately pop into my head every.single.time.
Maybe i’ll get to the gym after work. I was up kind of late to I’m sure my body needs the rest. Is my throat a little scratchy? I better sleep in.
Now, when your alarm goes off for work, or that important morning meeting, or coffee with a friend, do we have those thoughts? No. Because in our mind it’s not an option. We can’t just show up to work whenever we want. We have to get up when that alarm goes off. This is the same mindset I learned was needed for getting up to workout. Think of it as a big important meeting with yourself, because really that’s what it is! Don’t give yourself the option to go back to sleep.

2. Preparation
Prepare for that important meeting with yourself. Have your workout already planned out. Lay out your gym clothes, or even sleep in them! Have a yummy pre workout meal prepped. Whatever gets you excited/motivated to get up.

3. Workout Partner
This one is no secret but if you can find someone to get up in the morning, then this will be a huge help!! You don’t want to be that friend that cancels on someone ūüėČ . Have a friend you plan on getting that workout done with. Feeling accountable for that will give you the push to get out of your bed!

4. Create a morning you enjoy
When I first started working out in the mornings I would wake up with just enough time to get the workout in, and then get ready for work. After a while, I started waking up earlier and earlier because¬†I wanted that extra “me time” and I started to really enjoy my mornings. After your workout, enjoy a cup of coffee or yummy breakfast. Read¬†some of a¬†personal development book to help start your day off right. Give yourself extra time to get ready for the day. Who doesn’t love a good jam session to music while doing their hair and makeup?!

I hope some of these tips help you like they helped me!!

xoxo AJ

Wedding Day

I can’t believe our wedding was already 2 months ago! Since I just got our pictures back I figured this was the perfect post to make after not writing for so long ūüėČ .

We got married April 3rd in Phoenix, Arizona. We chose a place called Rustler’s Rooste, a restaurant we have both loved and never even realized did weddings. It is a “country” themed restaurant, with a barn type setting out back with a view that overlooks the whole valley. As far¬†as pricing goes it was WAY less expensive than any other wedding venues we looked at (and I looked into at least 20 others) and the service was amazing! Everything ran so smoothly from the first time we talked, to the end of the wedding night.

You know how people are always saying “things will go wrong” , or “just expect some things to not go as expected but enjoy it anyways”….I felt like I was in another world that day because nothing went wrong!!! The whole day was so perfect it didn’t feel like it could have even been real.

Pretty much all of the decorations were DIY. The centerpieces for tables were mason jars and wine bottles that were either painted or wrapped in twine. The tables were set with white table clothes and the burlap table runners were DIY.

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The table numbers were written on the chalk hearts and hung from the center bottle on each table.

Our wedding favors were drink koozies that I had ordered on Etsy.

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My sister also made those burlap silverware holders for all the place settings at the head table. So cute!!

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dress

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I got my dress from David’s Bridal. One thing I hear a lot is people not wanting to get their dress from there because they don’t offer the same kind of experience as smaller boutiques. However, if you are a bride on a budget I highly recommend it. They have a TON of options at great prices. I got my dress for right around 800.00 on sale. Compared to what most dresses were going for this was a win!!

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I loved my boots and garter! The boots are made by Corral. There are a few different places that you can find these online. The least expensive (and where my husband ordered them) was Amazon. Gotta love Amazon! The garters were ordered on Etsy.

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The Bridesmaids wore strapless blush pink lace dresses that were also from David’s Bridal.

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If you’re not following @anniesforgetmeknots on instagram you need to go do that now!! To my Arizona brides, she is who you want doing your hair!

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Makeup was done by Sandy Goldstein and she was absolutely amazing!! Again to my Arizona brides, I HIGHLY recommend her!

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Flower girls dress was also from David’s Bridal, the sash was purchased from there but not part of the dress, we added that separately. Ring bearer suit was purchased from Men’s Wearhouse. The sign they carried was also DIY.

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The guys had more of a casual look, wearing gray Van’s shoes with the suits, and I loved their look! They looked so handsome!!

For the video of the ceremony, we had our officiate wear a¬†GoPro camera on his chest. I can’t express enough how happy I am that we¬†did that. I absolutely¬†LOVE having the video from that point of view, getting¬†to see our facial expressions and emotions¬†through the video as well as our guests. During the reception we broke out the GoPro on the selfie stick and passed it¬†around the dance floor.¬†BEST DECISION EVER!! The video footage from that is priceless!

Thank you for letting me share our special day with¬†you! It was almost like getting to relive it ūüėČ . Any questions please ask me!

Till next time..
xoxo AJ