Things I’d Tell My 16-Year-Old Self

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Isn't it amazing how your perspective changes in a decade? I can't wait to do this again in another 10 years and see what I would have told myself in my upper 20s. 

1. You are about to have your heart broken for the first time and will be so confused and hurt but let me assure you. God has a man in mind for you that is SO much better than you can envision for yourself. Hang in there because this man is actually already in your life and you don't even realize it because you are so absorbed in what you thought is best for you. This is your first real lesson of man that God's plan is truly so much better.

2. I know you're already stressing out about school and college and feel very unsure about where to go. You will end up applying to 17 schools and get in to all of them so stop stressing and enjoy high school. You will end up at UGA and make some of your best friends and end up with an amazing job. I repeat, stop worrying and be a kid while you still can.

3. You know all that advice that your grandfather tells you and how he always wanting to do crazy fun things that you think you don't have time for because you are so consumed with high school. Write his stores down and find a way to go with him on all his crazy adventures every chance you get. He will leave your life much earlier than he should have and you will miss him every single day. Spend as much time with him now as you can.

4. When preparing to travel lay out all your clothes. Take half of what you packed.

5. Start each day with your quiet time with God. It is important. 

6.  The human spirit needs places where nature hasn’t been rearranged by the hand of man. Take more walks in the woods!

7. You know all the "old stuff" your mom thinks is cool and all those collections she has throughout the home. You will be crazy about it all one day, too. And believe it or not will spend many of your weekends in those same antique and home decor stores you used to dread going to. 

8. Ask your grand mom to teach you cook. You'll be sorry you didn't when you had the chance.

9. Talk less. Listen more.

10. Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. (D’Angelo)

11. Start blogging. You will want to remember things later. 

12. For goodness sake stop watching scary movies. They will come back to haunt you later in life. 

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