Saturday, July 13, 2013

a letter to my younger self...

Dear Lauren,
If you are reading this, I encourage you to read carefully and take my advice to heart. I know you, pretty well actually. I know that normally when people give you advice, you brush it off and try things for yourself. But this time, listen up and take notes. 

You Are Beautiful. Don't let anyone or anything tell you otherwise. You will look in the mirror and wonder when you will ever feel "pretty". You are. Every part of you is special and unique and that is amazing. I'm warning you now, you are not like other girls. You never will be. You won't dress like them, you won't believe in the same things they do, and you will have a completely different story that they will never understand. Stay you, it will be so worth it in the end. 

Fall In Love With Your Savior. He will never, ever, ever leave you or forsake you. You are about to enter a chapter that will change your life forever. You will feel alone, abandoned, and not sure where to turn. Run to Him and cling to Him. He will bring you through everything and there is a light at the end of the dark tunnel, I promise. Start reading your bible. I know that now it seems to make no sense, just read it. Make it the most important part of your day, the reason you wake up every morning. It will be a beautiful romance. Fall in love with the One who loved you first. 

Just Keep Reading. I know people call you "the bookworm" or "the nerd". Ignore them. Beg mom and  dad to take you to the bookstore whenever they can. Make more room on the shelf for more books, they will become some of your most priceless memories. Keep reading Lauren. Just keep reading. It is going to prepare you to write. Write? You? Yes, that will be a big part of your life soon, but I will get to that later. 

Don't Cut Your Hair. When you are about 10, mom is going to cut just about all of your hair off. Seems like a good idea at the time right? It would be cute to have a bob! No. Please, please. I beg you, don't do it. When you are older, you will want your long hair back. You will destroy every single picture from that time and so badly want it back. So don't do it. 

Start Writing. Start writing and don't stop. Write everything down, even if its a bad idea. When you get older, you will wish you have all those silly story ideas. Don't get frustrated when people don't like it, because, I promise, some day many people will. More people then you think. You are going to start a blog and you will be blown away by how many people really want to know what you have to say. They will support you when no one else does. 

Have No Expectations. This covers many aspects of your life. Friends, relationships, places you think you will go, things you think you will do. I encourage you to just sit back and take everything as it comes. Don't try to plan every single second, it is not going to be worth it. God is going to throw you some curveballs, you won't know what to do or how to react. Just give Him all your life and I promise you, He will guide your steps. 

Lastly Lauren, have fun. In the next few years, you will make some memories that you will never forget. Embrace them and make the most of every single one. Above all else, live every single day for Him. Give Him all the glory. Give Him your heart. You are loved. 


  1. Lauren,

    I love this. You're so talented in more ways than one. You're very inspirational. I always look forward to your blog post.

    If you have any more bloggers to suggest I'd love to hear of them. I know they'd rock just like you.

    Hope you're having an awesome weekend.

  2. Great post. During high school (and some of college, I'll admit), trying to being like the "other girls" only made me feel empty and unhappy...I should have just been myself!

  3. I'd tell the same thing of "no expectations" to my old self , I feel like you wrote this letter for my old self ;)
    Noor @ Noor's Place

  4. Your so cute! I love these :). Great letter!

  5. Haha, "Don't cut your hair!" I wish I could go back and tell myself that right before high school. It was so long and I loved it!


  6. Hey Lauren, I'm a new follower on GFC from the GFC linky. I love your blog layout! I was supposed to ask where you got it until I scrolled down. Lol.

    I'd love it if you can follow me back :)


  7. Love this, sweet girl!!

  8. Such a great letter. I love the bit about the hair, I would say the same to my 10 year old self, but instead of don't cut it would be don't perm!!


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