To My Younger Self

Why, hello again January.

I look forward to this month every year.

Not only is it the beginning of new opportunities, new goals, new dreams, it’s birthday month!!

Yes. I am one of those that celebrates all month. The whooooole dang thing.

This year, I turn 31. For real. Where did time go? I still feel 25!

Thank heavens I have actually matured over the years. Looking back through photos on good old Facebook, it’s a good thing we all get better with age.

If I could go back to my early 20’s and tell myself a few pointers, things would be so different. But that’s life. We make mistakes and grow.

Here’s a few things I would tell my younger self:

1. Don’t be a follower. You don’t know it yet, but you’re a leader. Don’t allow people to take advantage of you and make you think you’re less than.

2. Be confident. You don’t have to strut around in skimpy clothes and high heels to impress a boy. Be you. It’s also safer and warmer this way.

3. Trust God. You have always believed in God, but never fully let him take control of your life until now.

4. Surround yourself with positive people instead of drama. You don’t need drama. It causes you to have anxiety, make poor choices and take wrong paths.

I don’t regret much from my early 20’s. I may have drank too much, dated all the wrong (and I mean oh so wrong) guys, spent money on stupid stuff and let people walk all over me. But in all reality, those thins made me who I am.

Last year when I turned 30, I couldn’t wait. I felt so grown up getting out of the 20’s. I felt that I had grown so much in so many ways. Turning 30 really showed me who I am and who I want to be.

Anyone else feel that way? I think my 30’s are the best years yet.

I’m going to make the best of this birthday month. Stay tuned. You don’t want to miss it.

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