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: Jan Gericke/Flickr, Hahn Nguyen; Annabel Acton; Diana Melencio; Lori Tiernan; Alisha Golden; Carrie Mantha; Mariya Nurislamova
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.”
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.”
Annabel Acton, Founder of Never Liked It Anyway
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.”