An open letter to my future self

“There’s always hope for the willing” -of mice & men 

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I hope you still like the smell of mahogany teakwood candles, laughing, and spreading love to everyone.

I don’t know your favorite color, song, or food yet but I will always be you.

I hope you are still passionate about helping people, whether it’s a domestic violence situation, or helping women get out of sex trafficking, I know you love to make a difference. I hope you are still smiling and laughing, and making the most out of your life- surrounded by friends and family.

I hope you are enjoying life, experiencing knew things, and stepping way out of your comfort zone. I hope you visited Seattle, went sky diving, and experienced the many thrills life has to order.

I hope you are happily married to a man that puts you before himself, pushes you to be the best you can be, is your shoulder to cry on, and loves you for being you. I hope you have a beautiful family, and a few dogs.

I hope you are proud, strong, courageous, happy, and I hope you are confident. I hope you wake up in the morning and you love yourself. I hope you let nothing get to you, and you look twice in the mirror to see how beautiful you really are. I hope you acknowledge your worth every day, and take some time for yourself.

I hope you have kids, and you taught them to be confident, strong, and that they can do whatever they set their minds to. I hope you taught them that normal is boring, and that its okay to be unique. I hope you taught them to love others as much as they love God. I hope you taught them to be kind, caring, and compassionate, and to spread joy and happiness to everyone. I hope you taught them that mistakes happen, but forgiveness is key.

I hope you are still in touch with your childhood friends, and I hope you invite them to go to the cabin, or get coffee often. I hope you never regret finding the good ones, and letting some friends go. I hope you are still finding things you like or don’t like, and growing everyday. I hope you laugh about your old anxiety, or how you used to hide in bathrooms when you got to stressed out. I hope you reminisce on all of the times when things didn’t go your way, and you now realize why. I hope you are happy with how they turned out.

I hope you are still filled with joy and laughter. I hope you still tell jokes, and dance like nobody is watching. I hope you still love to watch the sunset at the beach, and get chocolate ice cream cones dipped in chocolate. I hope when someone says “reading a book” it makes you laugh just as hard as it did in high school. I hope you still love to read the real life books, and watch movies that make you cry. I hope you love all of your flaws, and wonder why you ever pointed them out in the first place. I hope your life is filled with pictures, so you never forget the memories.

I hope you traveled, and your heart was full while doing it. I hope you laid on a hammock without a worry in the world, and soaked up every moment. I hope you saved many cities in need, and you feel a bit more grateful for the life you have. I hope you became even closer to God.

I hope when you look back on your life, you don’t regret a single thing. I hope you sit in awe from all the things you did, and people that impacted your life along the way, I hope you are happy with the life God has given you.

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Friends 

How who you choose to surround yourself with can affect your daily life 


In the society we live in today we come across many friendships with many different people. It could be the casual classroom friendship, the draining and/or negative friendship, or the friendship that leads to a full heart and success. Now I’m not going to tell you to end a friendship, or give you rules or regulations on what a perfect friendship is, for that wouldn’t be a friendship. However, if you are constantly feeling drained, or poorly treated, that friendship just might not be healthy for you. 

Friends are a blessing, and they certainly should lift you up when you are down. Who you choose to call your friends, and who you surround yourself with, is how you will act and who you will become, or how successful you may or may not be. We would all love to become successful, and be the best versions of ourselves each and every day. The above picture is my FAVORITE quote from a book. Once you find great friendships, you will realize how happy you can become, and sometimes that just happens to be happier than you ever have before. You will no longer stumble upon a negative thing someone says about you, and your heart will be full. You will no longer be put down, or blown off. If you are finding yourself in a manipulating or hurtful friendship, it may be better for the long run if you choose to shorten the time you spend together. You want someone who brings out the best in you, not someone who pressures you to be “cool” because that’s what everyone else is doing. True friends stick around, and they truly do help you become the best you, even if they differ in interests/values. They don’t degrade you or live your life for you. They live life with you, always by your side to help you attack the next thing that comes your way. In high school I have had so many different interactions, good and bad, but they have shaped me for who I am today. I can proudly say that I am now blessed with some of the greatest friends I have ever had, who continue to shape me into the best version of me everyday. Find friends that want to live a happy, successful, ambitious, confident, and empowered life with you, and don’t ever let them go. 


“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down,one can help the other up.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Courage

imageA little thing we all need more of.

So what is courage? Courage is defined as the ability to do something that frightens one, or being strong while in the face of pain. To me courage is being strong, even when you think you don’t have it in you. One of my favorite verses from the Bible is Joshua 1:9, and it goes like this; “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Whenever you feel little, or whenever you feel like you can’t do something, just believe in the Lord and pray. He will guide you, he will help you, and he will give you the strength that you need. Life is unexpected, and it can take some turns. For example, maybe you are public speaking, or taking a hard test; if you do these things confidently, and with courage you have already won. When you are faced with fear, act confident, and be courageous. Even if you are nervous, or you have built up anxiety, no one will know that besides you. If you put on a courageous face, you have already won the crowds heart, or aced that test.

Getting involved…

imageLukewarm is no good. 

As a freshman coming into high school, you usually get an inside look of what it is going to be like. You hear about everything high school has to offer; maybe it’s more lunch choices, or the crazy high school parties, or the cute boys. You also get a ton of advice from the upper class-men, like what routes to take to get to class on time, how to pass classes, and the best advice I ever got: to be involved. Now you may be thinking, what does it mean to be involved? To be involved is defined as having a part of something, or being included. Freshman and sophomore year I brushed this term off of my shoulders and thought nothing of it. I went to the big rivalry football games, to homecoming, and dressed up for the few spirit weeks with my friends. After that 7th hour bell rang I went home, and I was never involved in my school until my Junior year. It didn’t even hit me until Junior year that these were the best years of my life, and I needed to make the most of them while I could. During Junior year I went to almost all of the football, basketball and volleyball games, oh and of course HOCKEY. I cheered my heart out at some of these games with my best friends by my side. Junior year was a year of new beginnings for me as I began to be “involved”. I joined the towns midsummer ambassador program, and I am currently running as a candidate. I am also more involved with my church, with a plan to go on a mission trip in three short months. Being involved has opened so many doors for me, and blessed me with amazing friends I wouldn’t have grown close with before. What I am trying to say is that you should never live a lukewarm life. Go out and do things, involve yourself, take chances. Step out of your comfort zone, you might surprise yourself. I did.