To keep up with the family tradition of stating birthday “Words of Wisdom”… I looked back to a “letter” I started about a year ago. It’s from a project called “Dear Me” and the idea is to write a letter to your 16 year old self and give yourself some good advice. On year 40 I have made a few additional bulletpoints…
Dear 16 Year Old Me,
• Enjoy a cookie or a small sweet every day since you love them so much. Go to the gym, walk at a good pace wherever you can and try not to think so much about body imperfections. You will look back one day and seriously wonder why you obsessed over your weight so much in your 20’s when you could have been out enjoying those young, toned arms.
• It’s good to be thoughtful, considerate and “deep”, just don’t over think everything. It gets in the way of being creative and positive. And it is exhausting.
• When life hands you lemons, bake a lemon sugar cookie. One day it will become the base of your business (I know, sounds crazy). If life hands you lemons after you turn 21, make a fresh juice whiskey sour (with the good stuff).
• When something horrible and/ or unexplainable happens take a moment each day while you are going through it and think; “What is this here to teach me?”. You will be amazed how looking at the bigger picture can really ground you. Also the “deep breath and let it go” trick is very good. So are balloons. (Thanks to Oprah and Pinterest for this info.) (Note: You will be amazed and enchanted by Pinterest but it is a “time suck” so be aware )
• Study the above photo. Does that look like someone who is over thinking things, or worrying about getting older?! (You were aging then too!) Get on the “train”, look out the window, smile big… be open, excited and hopeful and, most importantly, enjoy the ride.
Life is sweet! Don’t waste a minute!
Your 40 Year old Self
Happy Friday everyone! Have a wonderful weekend! xo