Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Dear Me

This post is part of 20in13. For more information or to participate, check out this post. It's a lot of fun, so you should join me!

10 Things You Would Tell Your 16-year Old Self if You Could.
  1. Pay better attention when Mom's in the kitchen. She's a really good cook and you could learn a thing or two. You may as well just follow her around for a week and learn all of her secrets. Because for the rest of your life you will be constantly calling her for help.
  2. I know this is going to be hard to believe, but your Dad really is trying to help keep you on the right path. He may seem like the bad guy now, but in just a few years you are going to have a great relationship, and I'm pretty sure you're just taking some years off his life at this point. So just listen to him, okay?  Also he totally knows when you are lying. Just a heads up. If nothing else find comfort in the fact that you are just making the path for Ian and David a little easier. Superhero big sister.
  3. Speaking of your little brothers. Hang out with them a little more often. You are only going to live with them a couple more years, and then it really is hard to find the time to all be together.
  4. Take a good guy friend (or girl friend!) with you to your Senior Prom. You'll probably have more fun.
  5. Just keep swimming. I know its difficult now being a big fish in a small pond, but someday it will be the other way around and hanging in there is just going to make you better in college.
  6. Don't stress so much about schoolwork. Is it important? Absolutely. But its okay to struggle with the tough stuff. Spoiler alert: you graduate with a 4.0, so just keep that in the back of your mind.
  7. Respect yourself and your body. Make healthy choices. You only get one you.
  8. Wear your seatbelt always. I know for some reason you never made it a habit. Someday you will, but better to start now.
  9. Figure out who your forever friends are now and work on those relationships. There are just a handful of people who you are still really close with, but they are totally keepers.
  10. Enjoy the journey. I know how much you can't wait for the future to hurry up and get here, how you're always looking to the next thing. Another spoiler? In ten years you are exactly where you want to be with a beautiful family and it's just pretty perfect. But, I want you to enjoy all the fun little things along the way. It's cliche, but it really does go by so fast, so stop and appreciate your life every now and then.
20 Things You Should Know About Me.
  1. 10 things you would tell your 16-year old self if you could.
  2. Describe your relationship with your significant other. No one in your life? Describe your dream companion.
  3. 20 random things about you. Include a few things no one knows.
  4. What is your dream job? Why? If you're not already there, do you plan on getting there? How?
  5. A Genie dropped by. You get three wishes. What are they?
  6. What's in a name? Where did your name come from? Your children's (if applicable?)
  7. We're going old school. Write an autobiographical haiku. Hint: 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables.
  8. List 10 people who have inspired you. How? Why?
  9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years. 10? 20?
  10. What popular notion does the world have wrong? Explain.
  11. Describe a typical day in your current life.
  12. 5 teachers that influenced you growing up. How? Have you told them of their influence?
  13. What is your favorite part of your body and why? Favorite part of your personality and why?
  14. You're throwing a dinner party. You can invite 3 people living or dead. Who's invited? Why?
  15. Describe when you knew your significant other was the one. And/or how you fell in love.
  16. What are you pet peeves?
  17. How did you feel the moment you became a parent? Not a parent? What do you expect?
  18. What has been your favorite trip, or travel destination?
  19. Do you have any interesting stories about your ancestors? What are they? 
  20. What do you want to be remembered for?
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