• From the Desk

    Dear 13 – A Letter To My Teenage Self

    This is part of a series I’ve written of advice I wish I could give my younger self. If you would like to read the other letters that I have shared you can read 18 here, 16 here, and the one for 15 here. ~ Dear 13,You’re stepping into an exciting unknown. It’s a fresh and exciting time. Everyone always talks about the wildly amazing times they have in their teens and now you are standing on the threshold of that fun. It’s 7 years filled with new adventures, firsts, discovering out who you can and want to be, complex and new emotions, life decisions, and changes. A lot of…

  • From the Desk

    Dear 16 – A Letter To My Teenage Self

    Dear 16*, “You are 16 going on 17…” sorry couldn’t resist, but actually you know you loved that reference. So now you’re 16, you’ve hit the middle ground 3 years in 3 years to go. You’ve learned a lot and have a better handle on what this teen thing is about. You’re excited because you have new friends and a growing family. Life is still changing but it’s less scary and more fun right now. You have a job, and that gives you confidence and a little monitory freedom. ~ My advice for you this year is to enjoy it! Allow yourself to be your age, you don’t always have…

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    Dear 18, A Letter to My Teenage Self

    This is the second letter in a series I wrote to my younger self. If you haven’t read the letter that I wrote about being 15 you can find that here. Otherwise, here is the advice I wish I could tell my 18-year-old self. ~ Dear 18, This year you are going to be working through emotions and realities you didn’t expect. There will be tears, but they will not define this year. Remember one day, one situation, one class, or grade will never define who you are. Your parents are wise. Going to them for advise is not weak, it is smart. They know more of life and they…