Thursday, December 23, 2010

December 21 Prompt

so I'm a couple days behind...but still keeping up!!!!

Prompt: Future self. Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?)

If it was 2015, I'd give my 2010 self this advice

be patient
be thankful for what you have and do not focus on what you think you want or you make yourself believe you need
enjoy your youth
slow down and enjoy the moment every once in a while
you may think you know everything and have all the answers but you really don't
you'll do things you regret, that you're embarrassed of, that you'll kick yourself for, don't beat yourself up over these decisions or choices, instead learn from them and move on.
you have one body, treat it well, nourish it and exercise it.
cherish your time with family and friends

I'm 32 years old now, what would I tell my 22 year old self in 2000?

Dear 22 yr old Holly,

You're finishing up your first semester of law school. You're broke, tired and wondering if it's really worth it. Spend your money wisely. Although student loans are thrown at you to live and survive, you have no understanding of exactly how much lawschool is going to cost you and burden you for years to come! Get a job, borrow as little as you can and live on as little as you can. Your 22 year old mind has no idea that lawschool loans will be a second mortgage in your life until you're 55 years old.

You just met an amazing guy. It seems like the timing is off for the two of you to meet and it is. You'll explore your relationship and eventually take time off. Have faith. If the timing isn't right, don't push it. It's meant to be, things will fall back into place and flourish into the most important relationship of your entire life. Be patient, look out for yourself, and keep the faith.

You're miserable in your body right now. You're sick of hearing you're a pretty girl, but the part people leave out is that you're overweight. Take control now. Eat right, ease up on the late nights of drinking and Classic Pizza stops at 1am. If you can get this under control now, you'll wonder why you spent the majority of your life fat, embarrassed of what your body looks like and damaging your health with all the gross, fast food, and processed foods you eat on a daily basis. Once you buckle down and get healthy you'll realize that you CAN do it, you'll also wonder why it took you 22 years to get your weight problem under control.

You're 22, you may think you're invincible, smart and have all the answers, but you don't. Learn from your mistakes, they'll be many of them!

your fabulous 32 year old self.

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