Twenty-Three Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger

This past weekend was my twenty third birthday! In recognition of that, I have decided to share twenty-three things I wish I would tell my younger self.

1. You won’t truly love your name until you hear your love say it in his sleep.

2. Make sure you have a safe place. Whether it be your bed, the lake or a person.

3. Hard work pays off…except when it doesn’t. You may try your hardest at something, and it still may not work out. That does not mean you should ever stop trying.

4. Food is only a temporary fix.

5. Exercise should not be a punishment for eating that extra piece of pie. It should be a celebration of what your body can do.

6. Your speed does not matter. Foreword is foreword.

7. You are never too important to be nice to people.

8. Never let someone invalidate your feelings.

9. Always wear a seatbelt. It does not make you cool to not wear one.

10. You are not allowed to decide how hurt someone should be by your actions.

11. You are allowed to terminate your relationship with toxic family members.

12. You do not have to hit certain milestones by certain ages. Everyone progresses at different speeds.

13. Don’t mess with your eyebrows. You will regret it later.

14. Maintain your body’s well being, rather that waiting until something is very wrong. Massage/Chiro/Physio/Acupuncture are so important for healthy maintenance!

15. It is okay to have insecurities. Recognize them and move on. You do not have to, and should not have to fix them for anyone…including yourself.

16. When buying a piece of clothing, make sure you can wear that item with a minimum of three different outfits.

17. Bra straps are not sexy, keep them covered.

18. An iron and a lint roller are your best friend. Sometimes the best thing you can do to improve an outfit is to rid it of wrinkles and husky hair!!

19. Drink those 6-8 glasses of water, you will notice a difference!

20. If it feels wrong, don’t do it.

21. Invest in a Clarisonic. Trust me!

22. Be grateful. Do not take anything for granted.

23. Learn to be yourself, and to love that person.

Oh how I would love to go back and talk to my younger self. I would give her advice, teach her… but most of all to just look at her and see how far I have come.

I truly am so blessed.

Until next time,


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