13 Women Share The One Thing They HAVE To Do Before Leaving The House Every Morning

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Every morning, I wake up at exactly 5:32 a.m., splash some cold water on my face, and hop on over to the gym with a banana and protein bar. I get in 45 minutes of hardcore cardio and then zip back home to shower and begin my day for real. I have lunches pre-made for the whole week, and frozen breakfast snacks on deck for the mornings that I'm not moving so quickly. And since my boyfriend is often still in bed when I leave, making the bed is his responsibility. I'm living my best life and waking up earlier than all of you. 

SOS: If you're anything like me, reading the above graf is more annoying than I'll ever be able to express. 80% of that statement is the lie that I low-key wish was my real life. I do NOT wake up before 6 a.m. if I don't have to. And when I do have an early start, it is only made possible with massive amounts of coffee and this little thing I'll call a "magic stick." I'd die if I tried to workout in the morning before I engulf a real meal because I wake up starving, daily. And whether my boyfriend stays in our bed hours after I have, it does not always mean he makes the bed in the end.

But one thing is for certain: Every morning, before I leave, I have to take stock of my what my day is going to entail or else that will definitely ruin my day. Will I have to drive lots of little kiddos around all day and do I actually have enough gas for that? Am I wearing appropriate clothes for my girls night, post-work, and the yoga class I'm trying to make in an hour? How much food and water and coffee do I have? Did I bring my charger? Etc, etc, etc. These are all things that I often go through my head every morning before I even step my feet out into the real world. And thus, the first thing that I have to do every morning before I leave my house is make a solid to-do list (take a deep breath).

And when I reached out to 13 women about their morning routines, I was shocked by their answers. Some were women whom I interact with regularly. Others came from some real WO-man-on-the-street type interactions. Check out these necessary morning routines from 13 women and see if you find a soul sister.

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H, 28

"Take a hit of weed." 

Ilana and Abbi would be proud. 

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A, 26

"I always turn the kitchen radio on for my dog so she doesn't get lonely." 

The worst part of leaving is always leaving the pooch.

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3 / 13

J, 26

"Feed my cat. She makes sure of it."

Have you ever tried to leave behind a hungry cat? It doesn't end well.

L, 30

L, 30

"A lot. But because I live in Colorado now, I have to make sure I always have a jacket." 

Insert Uniqlo's packable jackets that fit inside themselves and can be stored in your purse/car/backpack. You're welcome.

L, 25
5 / 13

L, 25

"Put some grease in my hair or else it'll be f*cked up later." 

If you don't know what grease is, I can't really help you. Think of it like dry shampoo, whatever that is ??

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6 / 13

J, 27

"I make sure that the cat grass is down on the floor, for my babies."

And just an FYI, I asked for some clarification on this said "cat grass" and it is just as it sounds. 

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7 / 13

K, 28

"If I don't eat raw garlic before I leave everyday, I'll feel like shit."

I don't know how anyone could do this, and I love garlic. 

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8 / 13

N, 59

"Acknowledge God." 

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9 / 13

S, 23

"It's definitely checking my hair."

Heard. Agreed. Done. Yes. Sammmmmme!

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U, 31

"I have to talk to God."

I gotta S.E.E. the G.O.D.

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LAUREN TURNER

Writer of things. Lover of babies. Addicted to food. Potential wino. I do not social meed, but I need more mead. 

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