Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Letter to My 21 Year Old Self

I love me some Jake and Holly.  It's true.  They crack me up on the regular around here...like I will for real bust out laughing out loud at most of their posts, so I can only imagine what they were like when they "did Memphis" together!  (And I'm sure them dressing in matching outfits by accident was only a tiny portion of the shenanigans that went down ;)

So when they decided to co-host this link-up, I knew I wanted to join in on the fun!  Yes, I know you are all probably thinking that I am going nutso with this link-up biz since this is my second link-up for the week, but I just couldn't help myself with this one.  I mean a letter to myself from six years ago??  Oh the things I would have done differently!  So much has happened since then...my life is so different...shoot, let me quit rambling, and let's get to the good stuff!

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Dear 21 year old me,

Hi there you young thing.  I know this is going to sound crazy coming from the person that knows you better than...welllllll...everyone on the planet, considering it's from yourself, but listen up.  I've got a few words of advice to give ya.  And trust me, you are going to want to pay attention...Are you listening?  Ok, here we go:

You know that tanning bed that you frequent on the regular?  I mean like the every day kind of regular?  Yeah.  That shiz needs to stop.  Let me tell you something.  You don't look good.  In fact you look like an oompa loompa.  Literally.  Just a little FYI.  You see, there's these things called wrinkles that you don't have now, but you will.  They will form nice little lines in your flawless skin.  Right around your eyes and your forehead.  And believe me, you are going to want to save yourself from them as fast as you can.  So stop.  Just stop...
Does that seriously look good to you??  I mean you are orange! 
And those midnight binge eating episodes at Taco Bell and Mickey D's that you partake in every night (after you've already consumed large amounts of your caloric intake for the day) aren't helping to combat the fact that you only ate a granola bar all day.  That's actually going to come back to bite you in the behind...do you really feel like working your ass off to lose 50 lbs 3 years from now?  Cause believe me.  It's going to happen.  Actually, on second thought, continue with what you're doing...because the more I think about it, if it wasn't for you starting those habits now, I wouldn't have the drive and determination to make myself the healthiest I can be in the future.  So while you're at it, demolish another chalupa and double cheeseburger down your pie hole.
This isn't even your heaviest, but just add a few pounds and a few more McChickens in the mix and it will be close!
So that fight you had with Aaron that you think is going to be the end all to your high school sweetheart relationship??  Um, yeah, it's not.  You actually are going to get married, get pregnant by accident and have a little boy that will consume your life and drive you to drink be your everything.  So don't cry yourself to sleep over a minuscule tiff about that boy you were talking to at that frat party that asked you for your number.  You are only human...He will get over it, and so will you.  In fact, in just a couple short months he's going to ask you to be his wife...but shhhhh!!!  I wasn't the one who told you! ;)
See, you look happy, right??  It will all work out.
And lastly, all joking aside, and in all seriousness I just want to tell you to stop worrying about Dad.  I know things seem super scary right now.  Because he was just given a horrible report about his melanoma and the doctors say they don't know if he will survive the year.  But he will not only get to walk you down the aisle at your wedding, but you will actually make him a Papa to your little man.  He's going to make it through this.  And be around for many, many years to come!

Well, that's all I have for you my dear, dear self.  So have fun, live life to the fullest, and don't do anything I wouldn't do! ;)

Until next time...

22 comments:

  1. Yes, I would tell old Holly not to tan and eat Taco Bell, too. Thanks for linking up, Jenna!! I hope you get a bunch of traffic today. :)

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    1. We were young and dumb, weren't we?? Some major life lessons were learned from my younger days, that's for sure!! Thank you for co-hosting this awesome link-up!! This is a post I will seriously look back on time and time again!!

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  2. That's was awesome! What a fun link up :) 21 seriously feels like a lifetime ago! ;)

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    1. Bless your heart!! This was so fun to do!! I mean, we've all been young and dumb, and I would love to have done things differently, but in all actuality, if we had, would we be where we are today?? This post really made me think about that one!! Thank you for taking the time to stop by!

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    1. Thank you lady!! It really was so much fun to do! Made me really think about what I would have done differently...but then again, I wouldn't change it all!! Thank you for stopping by!!

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  4. You have always been so gorgeous!! Lord knows, I fake baked a time or two or a thousand! Thank God, I have yet to look like a piece of leather...lol!! Just adore you!!! xo

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    1. You are too sweet Lori!! Coming from a gorgeous gal like yourself, that really means a lot! And oh the good 'ol cancer box...we've all done it...Just wishing I could reverse the many hours spent in that thing!

      And you know that I have a slight crush on you too, lady!! ;) So glad we found each other!!

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  5. Oh fake baking... the memories.. LOL

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    1. I know right?? It disgusts me now, but you weren't the "cool kid" if you didn't do it!! That is one of the big things I wish I could have a "do-over" on!

      So glad you stopped by today! I'm also glad I found you through Holly...you are a rockstar!! Very inspiring!!

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  6. good stuff. thanks for participating with us!

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    1. Hey thank you Jake!! I loved every second of writing this post...so much fun! Thank you for popping over and for co-hosting this link up!

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  7. haha I warned myself about the tanning bed too! You were not the only orange cheeto walking around back then, haha :)

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    1. Too funny!! Why did we think that looked good?? I guess it's because everyone was doing it, huh??!! Thank you for stopping by!

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  8. Love your letter. I haven't tanned in years, but I still love me some TB or McD's. New follower.

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    1. Oh thank you Christi!! And even though I don't eat TB or McD's like I used to, I still enjoy it every once and awhile...I just can't help myself ;) Thank you so much for following along!! I'm going to go check you out now :D

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  9. Loved this letter! Taco Bell always seemed like a great idea after drinking about 50,000 calories every night, huh?

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    1. Oh goodness!! Didn't it always sound the best after all of that? What were we thinking?! Lessons learned, right?? Thank you for popping over and saying hi! I hope you stick around awhile ;) I'm a new follower of your blog now!

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  10. HA love it! Agreed...no tanning...less eating and drinking...less worrying about the boy :) Loving your blog!

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    1. Thank you so much for popping over and saying hi! I feel like a lot of my downfalls were a lot of other people's too! Makes me feel better about myself ;) And thank you...I'm still fairly new to all of this, so it's definitely a work in progress, but it's getting there!!

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  11. Love it! I am with you on the less junk food eating!

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  12. haha i definitely binged on taco bell too!

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