A Letter To Me

On the verge of my 26th birthday last year, I wrote ‘a letter to me’ and sent it back in time to the younger version of myself. I would say my former self, but if I’m being honest, I’m still that malt drinking, oversized t-shirt wearing, early to bed, and early to rise girl in a lot of ways. With turning 27 on its way next week, I thought it would be fun to make a spin-off of last year’s post and this time send it to the future version of myself.

So, to the future me, SURPRISE! You’re still perfectly imperfect. Once you start laughing, it’s hard to stop, you usually spill on yourself at least once a day, you don’t wash the sheets as often as you should, you’re embarrassed that your dogs aren’t better behaved, and you sweat more than the average person. And although it doesn’t always feel like it, those are good things, because they make you who you are.

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Take chances, even when they feel scary, because most likely, they always will. More often than not, those leap of faith moments are the most empowering. And if you fail (which at times, you will) keep going.

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Know and recognize the value in exploration, through travel, walks on the beach, conversation, reading, and writing. After all, β€œIt is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ― Ernest Hemingway

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Believe in yourself, protect your marriage, invest in relationships, follow your intuition, express gratitude, and try not to spend too much time worrying about what other people think. Live, laugh, and love. You’ve got this.

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Reader Question(s) – What advice would you give to your younger and/or future self?!

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17 thoughts on “A Letter To Me

  1. When I was in 5th grade, my computer sciences teacher had us write letters to our future selves (for when we graduated from high school). So I obviously love this idea. If I were to give advice my past or future self, it would simply be to enjoy the ride, and to grab a hold of those you love most. They are the most important. And trust your intuition–you have excellent sense, but ignoring and putting off what happens to be inevitable just hurts you in the end!
    Oh, and always have a humidifier during the winter. And do your physio exercises, fool.

      • Can I also add that it should (if possible) be shaped like an animal? My husband and I have a penguin shaped one named Puffington (the company named him, I promise). After this winter, I tell you what, Puff is one of the fam. Even the cat attacked him once, but they have since become good friends.

  2. this is beautiful and just so honest. I mean I wish I could write a letter to my younger self because now i feel like I am more ‘me’ than I have every been while i wasted a lot of my youth not being so genuinely alex. if that makes sense…

    • Thanks, Alex! That makes perfect sense to me. I think a lot of people, myself included, can relate to that feeling at some point in life of trying to fit in. I’m so happy that you feel like you are at a place of being authentically you now! πŸ™‚

  3. love this. especially about investing time in relationships. i often forget that relationships with others need to be nurtured. i just expect them to always be there, but it’s not like that at all. great letter!

  4. I love that simple advice about wandering. “Wander for a bit”. That to me isn’t just physical wandering, but emotional and spiritual as well. You can’t always be on a path or totally sure of things. I’m scared to wander that way…but I know I have to get comfortable with that uncertainty because it’s healthy

  5. All such great advice! (Happy early 27th birthday by the way). I love this bit here:Believe in yourself, protect your marriage, invest in relationships, follow your intuition, express gratitude. I’m not married yet, but I think it’s such good advice for my future self.

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  7. As always I LOVE this post! Especially “try not to spend too much time worrying about what other people will think”. Why do we anyhow? All thought provoking and beautiful. Your future self will love you:)

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