Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hindsight 20/20.

Dear Younger Me,
  
You will probably not find "the one" while you are at Marshalltown High School, nor will you know what you want at that age.  Give it time.
Don’t give in. Don’t give up.
Read more books – and not just the ones you’re required to for class.
Trust God.
Appreciate the small stuff. 
Look for role models in Christ, love, faith, and life.
Be open to the beautiful, wonderful and magical opportunities every day brings.
Talk to your grandparents at least once a week.
It's okay to be independent and not be concerned about marriage or planning your wedding or even wanting to have kids.
Cherish family time because often times friends will come and go.
Puppy lovin' can cure 97.9% of problems.
Don’t forget to say thank you to the people who have made a positive contribution in your life.
Don’t let your age define you.
Learn to pray unselfishly.
Open your bible on the daily. Make it a habit.
Be kind to everyone. Go out of your way to introduce yourself and be friends with as many people as possible.
Listen to mom and dad’s advice. They really are a lot wiser than you think.
Work hard.
Popcorn and m&m's make the world go around.
Instead of flipping coins, pray a little more.
LISTEN.
Strive to be the best person you can be.
Be open to possibilities.
Wear whatever you want.
Get adequate sleep because you will quickly learn that you are extra snarky without it.
Stop caring so much about what other people think of you.
Say yes.  But when necessary say no.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t determine your worth by your body size, GPA, relationship status.
Learn to laugh at yourself.
Cultivate your relationship with your brother.
Perform random acts of kindness.
Put down the tweezers.
Enjoy sport practices- they keep you in shape the easy way!
Don't settle.  And don't settle down. Learn to hate the word settle.
It's okay to be a little weird and speak your mind.
Laugh. Loudly.
Keep you standards high and hold your head up even higher.
Quit overanalyzing.
Those verses you learned in Awana? Yeah. Commit those to memory because they will be worthwhile someday.
Write down your favorite memories – you’ll want to remember them later.
Limit yourself on the dining hall food....and trips to various ice cream joints...
Embrace your flaws.
Don’t put up with people who bring you down.
Friendships aren't about numbers but nostalgia.
Stop beating yourself up. Everyone makes mistakes – you will make plenty more. Dust yourself off, learn your lesson and move on living a better life.
Take time to remember at least five things you’re thankful for every day.
With freedom comes responsibility. 
Tell your parents thank you. Often.
People are rooting for you. Learn to root for yourself.
Think before you speak {always tell the truth}.
Surround yourself with people who build you up, encourage you, love you.
Be quick to forgive.
Always, always, always (did I mention ALWAYS?) trust God.  
Don't break hearts.
Check with God to see what His plans are for you first.
Make your bed; do the dishes. You never know who might show up.
Makeup is not a necessity.
A big butt and strong legs will actually be an asset one day (and look pretty great in skinny jeans).
Love what you love and don't apologize. Love. yourself.
Life is beyond what you imagine. It’s so much better.

Love, 

Still learning and growing 23-year-old me.

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