What I'd Tell Little Me

What I'd Tell Little Me

The future is filled with so much joy, and some crap as well.

Some part of me thought it was time to reflect and this seemed like a good way to that. Besides, why not reassure my younger self that no one ever really knows what they are doing? Adulthood is a strange road to go down. But here is what I'd let myself read because she'd need it. It might even change some of the stuff that happens as well.


You may be asking how I know your name, and I'll make that clear. I'm you, only older and a little angrier at the world from time to time. But there are some things you need to know.

First off, you cannot naturally trust everything or everyone. People will use you, and some will go so far to destroy who you are because they have no respect for you or themselves. That being said, if you feel uncomfortable with anyone say something. I probably can't go into much detail for both our sakes, but just because someone is blood does not mean they have your best interest at heart. Try to remember that.

What else? Well, you will never be the owner of an RV as your primary transportation. But you will have a good car, then another after that, just don't stress yourself over getting your license when the time comes. I can say one of the three driving tests will shape you forever, and maybe make you pee yourself a bit.

Your personality will become stronger as well but try not think it is a bad thing. Once you stop being more of a lap dog to others things change for the better. You also stay kind and mom-like, and other people like it. They will also try to take advantage of it. Be careful there too.

The good things? Well, you meet one of your best friends for life in middle school, as well as other people that will be apart of your life from this time, and before. In fact, your 21st birthday will be forever marked as 'lit.' Though, for many reasons, I will not spoil the surprise because most of it never ends up on social media. Yeah, you like alcohol. That will not be a surprise.

Trust your gut girl and remember that even adults don't have their crap together. Your heart will be broken before you are twenty-one, you deal with mental illness as well, but things become more natural with time.

I'm not saying it is easy because that'd be a lie. We're smart, not liers. But you have a great future ahead of you, and I'm trying to make it even better right now. Just don't be afraid to try or stand up for yourself. Life might have its moments, but you are stronger than that. And spend as much time as you can with family. Trust me on that. Good luck girl.

P.S. Never let anyone make you feel weird about your body or hair, I still regret shaving my arms in the middle school phase. You are awesome, don't forget it.

Future Audra.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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