Friday's Letters

Dear Vayda & Lori, among many important lessons I want to be sure to teach you, here are some other great lessons. This post has been floating around all day today and I love every word, please don't ignore these wise thoughts and lessons. I love you two!
The following is from Kate Elizabeth Conner

"You are beautiful.  You are valuable.  You are enough."

Ten Things I Want To Tell Teenage Girls

2. Don’t go to the tanning bed.  You’ll thank me when you go to your high school reunion and you look like you’ve been airbrushed and then photoshopped compared to the tanning bed train wrecks formerly known as classmates – well, at least next to the ones that haven’t died from skin cancer.
3.  When you talk about your friends “anonymously” on Facebook, we  know exactly who you’re talking about.  People are smarter than you think they are.  Stop posting passive-aggressive statuses about the myriad of ways your friends disappoint you.
4. Newsflash: the number of times you say “I hate drama” is a pretty good indicator of how much you love drama.  Non-dramatic people don’t feel the need to discuss all the drama they didn’t start and aren’t involved in.
5.  “Follow your heart” is probably the worst advice ever. 
6. Never let a man make you feel weak or inferior because you are an emotional being.  Emotion is good; it is nothing to be ashamed of.  Emotion makes us better – so long as it remains in it’s proper place: subject to truth and reason.
7.  Smoking is not cool.
8.  Stop saying things like, “I don’t care what anyone thinks about me.”  First of all, that’s not true.  And second of all, if it is true, you need a perspective shift.  Your reputation matters – greatly.  You should care what people think of you.
9. Don’t play coy or stupid or helpless to get attention.  Don’t pretend something is too heavy so that a boy will carry it for you.  Don’t play dumb to stroke someone’s ego.  Don’t bat your eyelashes in exchange for attention and expect to be taken seriously, ever.  You can’t have it both ways.  Either you show the world that you have a brain and passions and skills, or you don’t.  There are no damsels in distress managing corporations, running countries, or managing households.  The minute you start batting eyelashes, eyelashes is all you’ve got.
10.  You are beautiful.  You are enough.  The world we live in is twisted and broken and for your entire life you will be subjected to all kinds of lies that tell you that you are not enough.  You are not thin enough.  You are not tan enough.  You are not smooth, soft, shiny, firm, tight, fit, silky, blonde, hairless enough.  Your teeth are not white enough.  Your legs are not long enough.  Your clothes are not stylish enough.  You are not educated enough.  You don’t have enough experience.  You are not creative enough.
There is a beauty industry, a fashion industry, a television industry, (and most unfortunately) a pornography industry: and all of these have unique ways of communicating to bright young women: you are not beautiful, sexy, smart or valuable enough.
You must have the clarity and common sense to know that none of that is true. None of it.
You were created for a purpose, exactly so.  You have innate value.  You are loved more than you could ever comprehend; it is mind-boggling how much you are adored.  There has never been, and there will never be another you.  Therefore, you have unique thoughts to offer the world.  They are only yours, and we all lose out if you are too fearful to share them.
You are beautiful.  You are valuable.  You are enough.
 Dear Hubbs, Please excuse this "funk" I'm in. I really don't know why I'm in it. Hopefully it's over with soon lol. And no. It's not that time of the month, nor am I pregnant. lol. I love you!!!!!! Dear Self, SNAP OUT OF THIS FUNK!

Dear Rita, It's killing me that I can't be with you right now. When you told me last night that you thought it was labor time my heart dropped, only because I wish so bad to be near you. It's getting harder and harder to live as far as we do from each other. I love you and wish I could squeeze you. Rub your belly for me and kiss Lucia on the head. We can't wait to hear Elena's first cries, see her little fingers, toes and those sweet eyes. - Love your baby sister

Happy weekend everyone!!



Sadie Dear said...

I've never read anything truer! All such good advice/food for thought.

Libby A. said...

I agree, def for girls/women of all ages :)


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