See What Inspires These 7 CEOs Each Morning

The morning is a time for fresh starts. For some, this means getting caught up on sleep so you can be productive during the day. For others — a time for doing your best power pose and building confidence before heading out to your job in a male-dominated industry. Whatever your habits, there's probably not a right way to start your day — but if you're looking to maximize productivity and balance in your life, you might take a tip or two from the incredibly successful women below.

Bustle partnered with L'Oréal (the sponsor of this article) to ask a few of our favorite female CEOs and cofounders to tell us the essentials of their morning routine and what inspires them when they look in the mirror. Get inspired by their examples and the morning mantra each has chosen that boosts their mood as the day's just beginning.

Edited by Dani Fankhauser.

Images: Hahn Nguyen; Annabel Acton; Diana Melencio; Lori Tiernan; Alisha Golden; Carrie Mantha; Mariya Nurislamova

by L'Oreal

Mariya Nurislamova, CEO of Scentbird

Every morning I wake up grateful for the fact the woman I see in the mirror is growing stronger and more determined.… As long as she can be the best possible version of herself, opportunities will keep unfolding.”

Mariya Nurislamova is CEO of Scentbird, a monthly subscription service for fragrances.

Carrie Mantha, CEO of Indira

I love looking in the mirror and realizing I don’t have to follow anyone’s else’s rules — I build great things doing it my way!”

Carrie Mantha is CEO of Indira, which provides ecommerce customization tools for retailers and brands.

Alisha Golden, CEO of Do Something Epic Agency

“I can honestly look in the mirror and say ‘I love who I’ve become.’ The same courage it takes to start your own business (and to run it every day), I’ve applied to my personal life.”

Alisha Golden is CEO of Do Something Epic Agency, a lifestyle, brand strategy, marketing, and management firm for conscious people, brands, and organizations.

Diana Melencio, Cofounder of OkMyOutfit

My destiny is in my hands. Your life is what you make of it.”

Diana Melencio is cofounder of OkMyOutfit, a site that matches people with professional stylists.

Annabel Acton, Founder of Never Liked It Anyway

“I’m master of my time and it’s my choice to put it behind people and projects that I truly like and truly believe in. It doesn’t get any more exciting than that.”

Annabel Acton is founder of Never Liked It Anyway, a site for buying and selling gifts from your exes.

Lori Tiernan, CEO of Wekrut

Launching a bootstrapped business is exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. I love going against the norm and being in charge of my own destiny.”

Lori Tiernan is CEO of Wekrut, a site that helps job seekers get matched with jobs through referrals.

Hahn Nguyen, Founder of Stuff N Style

Being a female engineer, I felt a special calling to use my skill set to solve women-specific problems that may have been overlooked…. I’m incredibly motivated by the thought that my app is making other women’s mornings less stressful.”

Hahn Nguyen is founder of Stuff N Style, an app that helps women choose outfits with pieces already in their closets.