Dear High School Me

Dear High School Me

If I could write a letter to the high school me, here are some things I would say.

Dear High School Me,

There are many things I could tell you after looking back on the past eight years. I will tell you that the days are long, but the years fly by. You have a lot to look forward to and a lot of new experiences ahead. It won't all be easy, but it will all be worth it. There are really hard things you will face that will make you stronger. You'll look back and know that all of these things happened for a reason and will see how much they helped you grow. There are sweet memories to come that you will never forget. Make the most of these moments. Don't let others define who you are. Your identity is in Christ, not in the clothes you wear, or the way you look, or the number of friends you have. High school is hard sometimes, trust me, I remember. People are mean. People gossip. Everyone wants a boyfriend or a girlfriend. You feel defined by how popular you are or aren't. Don't fall into this kind of mindset. The majority of boys are major sissies right now and you don't need that. What are the odds you will marry this homeboy. Probably about a 5% chance, so tell that boy bye. Just make some really good guy friends instead. Mean girls are major sissies too. Rise above it. Be a good friend. Show others that you care.

Tell your teachers thank you for all the hard work they put into teaching you day in and day out. You don't realize it now, but they are spending so much time out of school preparing and planning lessons just for you. Be positive. Be you. Don't try so hard to fit into a particular group. Be a floater. Get to know people who are different from you. Embrace them for who they are. Have fun playing sports or doing whatever extracurricular activity you want to do! You sat on the bench one game? It's okay, it's not the end of the world. Don't get mad at coach. Work harder in practice. Grind. Show your coach you are willing to do whatever it takes to be a team player.

Try to see things from other people's perspective. It will make it a whole lot easier when you feel frustrated with someone if you take the time and put yourself in their shoes. Laugh. Joke around. Don't take things too seriously. Trust in the plans that God has for your future. He knows exactly where you will be in the next few years. Trying to plan everything on your own will leave you feeling stressed out. Where you are going to go to college, what you'll study, who your roommate is going to be, even who you are going to go to the high school dance with, all of these things are all under God's control. Pray about it and give your worries to Him. Don't let others bring you down. You are truly a beautiful person, made in the image of God. Your self worth is not in your outer beauty, but in your character, how you carry yourself, and especially in your relationship with Jesus. Love on your parents. When they ask you how school was, don't just say, "Fine." When they ask you what you did today, don't just say, "Nothing." You are going to realize how much they mean to you in the next couple of years. Start early and realize it now. They do so much for you and they really care about you. Spend quality time with them and have meaningful conversations. These are some of the last years you will be living under their roof.

I know you may be ready for time to speed up, but slow down. These four years of high school will fly by and then you'll be a senior in college wondering how to next four years flew by even quicker. God is placing opportunities for you to grow during this season of your life. Say yes to these opportunities when they come. Step out of your comfort zone and you will experience things that you would've never believed you would. Keep working hard, but give yourself a break sometimes. These are all things I'm still reminding myself of today. I could go on and on, but I'll end this letter to you, high school me, with some lyrics from MercyMe:

You are holy
You are righteous
You are one of the redeemed
Set apart a brand new heart
You are free indeed

Every mountain every valley
Thru each heartache you will see
Every moment brings you closer
To who you were meant to be

Dear High School Me.

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Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.

I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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Home For The Summer

Home sweet home.


Now that school is finally over, I packed up all my stuff and finally got to go home and be with my family again. More specifically, I got to see my dog.

Moving out was a hassle. I didn't realize how much crap I actually had. Sure, it started off not too bad when I moved in, but over the course of the year, more and more stuff came into my possession. By the time I was supposed to move out, it was like I had twice the amount of stuff from when I started. It took two days to officially move all of my belongings back home.

Since being home, I've noticed a couple of things.

First of all, my mom missed me a lot. Hi, Mom. :)

It's not like when I went to college, I completely disappeared from my mom's life or anything like that. We talked on the phone often, and she would visit me sometimes to take me and my sister out to dinner or something with our dad. Also, with the number of times I had gotten sick throughout the entire year, it was like every other week I came home.

The first day I came home, she made a run to the store and called me asking if there was anything I needed, and I said not to my knowledge. She came home with a crap ton of my favorite ice cream and snacks, just because.

Another thing she's been doing is cooking every night. My mom works during the week, so understandably when she gets home, she doesn't always feel like slaving away in front of the stove to make dinner. However, for whatever reason, my mom has made it her sole mission to make me gain 20 pounds by the time the fall semester comes around.

She knows I hated the food at school, so whenever she cooks dinner, she mentions that I love being home because I get to have real food. I mean, I'm not complaining. Who doesn't love a homecooked meal?

I can tell my dad is pretty happy about me being home with the new change in the menu.

Second of all, for the time being, I have A LOT of free time.

Now, this will change once I get my summer job, but as of right now, I have nothing to do. Both of my parents work during the week, and I didn't really keep in touch with the majority of my high school peers, so I have no one to hang out with. I mean, I could see some of my college buddies and sorority sisters, but everyone lives far as hell away.

This is kind of difficult for me. Not because I can't just spend time alone; I have no problem with that. However, I'm used to having a full schedule. Aside from just being used to it, I like it. I'm one of those people who likes to keep busy.

When I'm out and about or have a lot of things to do, I feel productive. Now, I just feel lazy because I literally have nothing to do. To try and counteract this, I've resorted to doing a personal project throughout the summer.

I just need something to occupy my time. Boredom sucks.

I'm glad to be home, though. Living at college is great, sure, and you have all this freedom to do whatever you want and you won't get in trouble or whatever, but I don't really care about all of that. Family is very important to me.

My mom, as crazy as she is, is my best friend, I tell her everything. Living away from that can really stink. Makes me wonder if that is why I kept getting sick so much. Like it was my body's way of forcing me to go home and be with my family.

This summer is going to be a much-needed break from school. I'm excited to see where things go.


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