Dear 16 Year Old Me:
Do not take a year off from school (between finishing high school and starting college)…you think you will go back, and you will try, but life circumstances will prevent you from finishing. So just do it while you are still in full time school mode. I know you want to be a stay at home mom. Remember, kids grow up. I don’t care if you ever use your degree, it will always give you strength and courage to have it…because life doesn’t always work out the way we think it will and you never know when you might need it.
Choose your friends wisely. It is better to have a few close friends than to have a lot of casual friends.
Look at yourself in the mirror. You are a size 11 and you are NOT FAT. Do not let society or other people’s opinions define you. You are beautiful. And while we are on this subject, don’t wear your clothes so tight that you have a muffin top…it’s all the rage now days and it’s not attractive…sit that style out.
Value yourself and do not waste time on those who do not value you in the same way.
You are a daughter of your Heavenly Father, carry that knowledge with you everywhere you go. He loves you and wants the best for you. Strive to live your life in a way that exemplifies his teachings and values the gift of the body he gave you.
Choose a spouse who cherishes you, respects you and sees you as a partner . A spouse that you can love and respect, and who will do the same for you. A spouse who makes your heart race, when you answer the phone and discover he’s on the other end. A spouse who hurries home at the end of the day because he can’t wait to see you and the family you have created. A spouse who honor’s your role as wife and mother. A spouse who tries every day to show you how much you mean to him…make sure to do the same for him.
Remember to laugh, life is funny, embrace laughter, it helps. Sometimes breaking out into a good craugh is even better. It’s just something that comes naturally to the women in our family, you’ll understand when it happens to you. Life is filled with beautiful moments, don’t forget to see the beauty around you. Life is not easy, but looking back, you will see that each experience has shaped and helped define the person you will become. Don’t live a life of excuses and reasons why you never succeeded. Live a life of overcoming and defying the odds…that life is so much more worthwhile.