If I could more specifically, write a letter to this girl..

16 year old me… wow.. looking back now that seems like that was in another life. In a way it was, it was almost a decade ago.. but man, oh Man.

This picture took me back and sent so many memories.. If I could write a letter to me then from me now… there’s so much I’d love to fill you in on. So many things have changed that weren’t in my plans. But that’s the funny thing right? You think you have a plan and god laughs at you.

If I could write a letter to this girl, I’d tell her cherish every moment. Love with your heart on your sleeve. Say yes more and don’t be scared to take chances. Honestly though, keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll turn out just fine.

Don’t take time for granted, graduation feels so far away but you’ll blink & youll be pregnant & graduating, starting the rest of your life..

I’d tell you don’t miss the important events because life is so short, you don’t know how many birthdays you get to spend with someone. If you would have told me a few months after this picture I would have lost Emilee, I’d laugh in your face and probably slapped you.

So many things have happened in my life since this sweet picture… I’ve grown so much.. I ended up marrying my Bestfriend from then. I didn’t go with my dream career of being a cosmetologist, but I miss it and still do it on the side from time to time. I didn’t end up moving away from the valley, instead my kid just started kindergarten, my husband and I just bought a house that connects to the family farm. My childhood Bestfriend lives thousands of miles away and we catch up on facetime calls every few months.

If I could write a letter to me at 16 it’d go like this;

Sweet girl,

You are worth so much more than you could ever imagine.. Keep your head in those books, keep that strong mindset. Chase your dreams. For heaven sakes, go get that dream job you want. Never believe that mean girl attitude will get you further in life. Never change who you are to fit in with others. Cling to your brother, his approval will always be what sets your standards. Open up more to others. Don’t be afraid to dance, don’t be afraid to say yes to things that scare you. & don’t be afraid to give it your all in everything you do.

If I could spend a day with 16 year old me, she’d be so intimidated by 25 year old me.. and for that I’m proud of myself and how far I’ve came as a person.