October 27, 2014

A Letter to My Younger Self

Lately I have been super sentimental. Planning a wedding will do that to you I think. I think back to some emotional and weird times in my life. High school and college. When Dave and I figured out that we like-liked each other, break ups, make ups, broken bones, when my little sister was born, moving away from home. 

Everything shapes you into the person that you are. All the triumphs and tribulations. 

I would definitely share some of the things I've learned so far with my younger self. There are some times where she was so unsure of herself, and she really just needs to hear that she is doing okay, and everything will turn out alright! So here goes...

Dear Al,

Girlfriend, you are doing great. Seriously. I know it's hard sometimes, and I know you are really confused about where you "fit," but trust me, you are on the right path.

Be patient with your family. They love you very much, and you are going to miss them like you won't believe when you move away from home. Cherish the time you have at home now.

Listen to your parents about music school. They love you and want to see you succeed. I know right now you think you want to be a scientist, but you need to go to music school. You are going to find what you love there. Some people are going to think it is singing, but your talents are behind the scenes. As soon as you figure that out, college is going to be so much fun for you, and will fly by.

Do not give up on Dave. You have something special together, and you both already know it. I know it's tough, and you are very different people. Take it from me sister, it isn't going to get any easier. You are going to go to colleges in different states and that is going to SUCK. But it will be worth it. And one day you are going to be so happy together.

Whenever you feel down, it's okay to eat ice cream for dinner. There are going to be times when you sometimes feel sad, and that's okay. You can get through it. If you need to watch an extra episode of whatever is on TV, go for it. If you want to go for a run, you are amazing. If you feel like ice cream is on the menu for dinner, the answer is yes. You are strong and you can do it and handle just about anything life is going to throw at you.

You are going to meet so many amazing people that you will keep in your life. People who seem to have more kindness in them than they know what to do with. With these friends you will  laugh until beverages come out of your nose, dance the night away in bars, cry in movie theaters over stupid movies, lay around in pajamas, push cars out of snowbanks, and eat excessive amounts of junk food. You are going to have so many fun times and laughs that you wont remember the hard times.

Go after your life girl. Go all in. Everything is going to work out as it should.

(I wrote this to my high school self. So maybe 16-18 years old. For reference, Dave and I started dating at 16, and my youngest sister was born a month before I turned 17.)

Helene in Between Blogtober


  1. Such a sweet post! It does us good to look back and reflect.. hope your wedding planning is going well! :)

  2. I got a little teary there! ok so it was about the ice cream but that ust means we are on the same page right? lol Love this post, every mother should write one of these...to herself and to her girls!

  3. Great post! I might take your advice sometime this week and have ice cream for dinner! Everything always works out in the end!

  4. It's always nice to take a look back and see how far we've grown. Good luck to you with your wedding planning! ~M

  5. I seriously LOVE this! It made me teary eyed and can totally relate!


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