Letter to my younger self

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Hey you! Look at that innocent smile you’ve got, not a care in the world… Try to keep that same energy, because life is gonna throw you for a loop. You’re gonna go through some traumatic things that will attempt to break you, but you’ll power through. You’re gonna be in a dark place for many years that will stay with you for the rest of your life in the form of your mental illness, try not to let it overpower you though. What I can tell you is through all the abuse, assaults, suicide attempts, drugs and trauma you will come out of it with a purpose. You will meet the love of your life (under horrid circumstances), you will unintentionally get pregnant with a child that will change you for the better and you will find yourself. Times are gonna be hell and you’re not going to have an easy going life, not even when you’re older. You will always be a child of the cosmos with a soul beyond this realm. You are still that little girl so full of wonder, even after all that’s been taken from you. You still have the power within yourself to shed light on the darkest things in the world and you are enough… 𝔸𝕃𝕎𝔸𝕐𝕊

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My young self. Well I’ve been through a lot of things most people haven’t and shouldn’t go through. If i could go back, I’d tell myself to STOP. Don’t rush. Just be little and enjoy the days more. I didn’t really have a choice but to grow up at a young age but I’d tell my young self that those things that happened to me, didn’t define me, they weren’t my fault. It’s crazy right, at 15 we couldn’t wait to grow up… now we wish time would just slow down some. *you aren’t your parents, you will break the cycle. Your kids will know a different kind of love. *never give up, your feelings are valid, you are valid. *That first heartbreak, that boy you thought you loved so much? The one who broke your heart over and over again but you thought you needed him? He’s not worth the tears, he’s not right for you. You’ll find your better half. Sooner than you think. *Ignore the body shamers, you are perfect the way god made you, you are worthy. *It’s okay if people don’t understand YOUR journey, you don’t need their approval. *It’s okay to SAY NO. If they don’t understand you don’t need them in your life. *It’s okay to lose friends. God knows who you need and who you don’t. *Don’t take everything so serious. Have fun and just enjoy the moments because they fly by. Listen to your grandparents, it’s all the truth. . What’s something you’d tell your younger self? . . The Untold Stories of Motherhood Volume 11 : A letter to my younger self A few women and I are telling stories today, head to @mommy_wife_blessed_life to give her a follow and read her story! We encourage you to write your own untold story and use hashtag #theuntoldstoriesofmotherhood

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An open letter to my younger self. Hey you, yes the 15 year old sophomore in high school, today I want to thank you. . Let’s start off by saying I love YOU and the woman you become and the hurt and shame you feel isn’t your fault, bully’s won’t win and you will gain a VOICE 🥰 . Remember when getting a scraped knee was our biggest problem, now it’s boys, trying to be thinner, bully’s, trying to fit in with the “popular kids” and pushing aside your personality and uniqueness to entertain other’s ideal popular girl. We’re throwing up our meals in secret because our at the time boyfriend said your thighs jiggle like ripples in water… We’re crying because girls are talking behind your back about your singing, making rumors of you sleeping around and having an abortion even though you were still a virgin….. you get peer pressured into having sex while drunk at a party, you feel low and start binge drinking… we’re barely surviving, barely breathing, but we make it through. Because you are STRONG and you might not know it yet, but soon YOU WILL. . But one day, NONE of that will matter, you will know that everything bad and good you had to go through, brought you to where you are today. You are so unconditionally loved by the most amazing man. You have 3 very beautiful children together and you are blessed, so very blessed with a loving family and great friends. . Yes we are still healing, but we are growing, young me, so much. And through each breakdown, we have a breakthrough! And it’s worth it! We get STRONGER, our voice gets LOUDER, and we can breathe and speak without fear of judgement or anxiety. We are thriving, young me, so thank you. . Thank you for holding on. For putting down the knife and leaning on your family for their support. Thank you for letting us make it. For living! . I got this, thanks to you 💕 . The Untold Stories of Motherhood Volume 11 : A letter to my younger self A few women and I are telling stories today, head to @taylormabonaikens to give her a follow and read her story! We encourage you to write your own untold story and use hashtag #theuntoldstoriesofmotherhood

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I was only 20 in this picture. 12 years ago almost to the day. To be young again. You hear it all the time. Hell I even say it. But I’d only go back to tell myself a few things. By the age of 25 I had wadded through a bunch of shit no one should ever have to, and mostly I did it on my own. So yes, I’d go back..but only to reassure young me that I’d come out on top. . . I’d tell her that boy that treated you awful, called you names, degraded your worth, cheated on you daily…he isn’t worth your time sweet girl. You’re 17 and have time. Slow down. . . I’d tell her that she can’t save everyone. No matter how hard you try. No matter how much you give your all. There are people that don’t want to be saved. It’s not your fault they’re gone. It’s not your fault you couldn’t stop them from suicide. You couldn’t have stopped it, they made their choice. Hang in there sweet girl. . . I’d tell her for gods sake eat. You aren’t fat. Eat those French fries girl. Starving yourself solves nothing. . . I’d tell her what you’re feeling is anxiety & depression. It’s ok to not be ok. Ask for help. You will get through this too, sweet girl. . . I would tell her the loss and heartache god put you through miscarrying, had it’s purpose. You’ll soon see that sweet girl. . . I’d let her know she did nothing wrong to be treated like trash by yet another “boy”. Don’t let him make you think it’s you. It’s not you. It’s never been you. It’s him and he won’t ever change. If he can’t respect anyone around you, he won’t respect you. Trust in God with this too, you’ll soon see why you had to endure this. . . Lastly, I’d tell her close your eyes and open your heart. Feel everything and then let it go. You’ll soon find your happiness. You’ll soon find that someone to love. You’ll soon look back and understand why you went down every road and came out at the end. . . Hang in there sweet girl, you got this. . . The Untold Stories of Motherhood Volume 11 : A letter to my younger self A few women and I are telling stories today, head to @ashleyxixiv to give her a follow and read her story! We encourage you to write your own untold story and use hashtag #theuntoldstoriesofmotherhood

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Dear younger Tracy, ⁣ I know that it’s hard. I know that it feels like nothing could possibly get better from here. I know it’s hard to have a positive outlook on this life that you are currently living, but I can promise you that there is so much more waiting for you. ⁣ ⠀⠀⁣ One day, you will take a stand for yourself. One September day, you will no longer allow them to abuse you. You will pack your bags. It will be the scariest thing you will ever do, but it is the moment that changes the rest of your life. I know that your tears are real, that your pain is real, and that your heart just wants to be loved. ⁣ ⠀⠀⁣ You will soon find out that you were loved all along, by the Creator of the universe. There is love for you. You are good. You are special. And you are worth the world. I know that it doesn’t feel like it right now. ⁣ ⠀⠀⁣ Your pain, I know it all too well. But soon, you will go through a transformation that changes that pain. God is working in you and He is healing our wounds. There will be a day that it hurts your emotions incredibly. You will weep. But you will be okay. The pain changes. It becomes less about what happened to you and against you, and turns into how you blossomed from your testimony. ⁣ ⠀⠀⁣ Younger Tracy, I know it’s hard. But we will be okay. We get through this time in our life. We learn how to be strong. We learn about the Father in heaven that we never realized we had and that He loved us long before we even existed. We won’t be a victim forever. I know it hurts now, but I promise, we will be okay. I know your heart just wants to be loved, and soon, you will realize that you are. I know you feel so small, but I promise, God is bigger than this. We are bigger than this. ⁣ I know you aren’t okay now, but soon, we will be okay. I know you are hurting, but I promise, it will all be over soon. ⁣ ___________________________⁣ ⠀⠀⁣ The Untold Stories of Motherhood Volume 11 : A letter to my younger self. ⁣ A few women and I are telling stories today, head to @audreyjudith_ to give her a follow and read her story!⁣ ⠀⠀⁣ We encourage you to write your own untold story and use the hashtag #theuntoldstoriesofmotherhood⁣

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Dear Me, it’s going to be bumpy in the beginning but it will be alright… just hang in there.⠀ _⠀ Dear 12 year old me… you don’t know it yet but in a couple of years your not going to recognize your world. It’s going to be so foreign to you… but stay strong!⠀ _⠀ Dear 14 year old me… hey girlie! How you holding up. Things are probably starting to hit hard although your somewhere stuck in emotional limbo. Not sure how to feel or who to talk to. It’s going to be rocky for a bit…. but I promise you make it out, hang in there!⠀ _⠀ Dear 16 year old me… I’m sorry! Life sucks pretty bad right now… I remember. It’s ok to cry… all day if you need too. Try to be brave and try to not be your own worst enemy! It’s going to be a medicated round this time. But you won’t be a zombie forever. Just keep swimming!⠀ _⠀ Dear 18 year old me… how’s that fresh of breath air? How’s that light at the end of the tunnel looking? How that cute boy you recently met? Since you don’t know I’ll spill the beans…. he’s your happy ever after! So don’t let him get away… you and him have big dreams and create a big family together.⠀ _⠀ Dear 80 year old me… I hope when I meet you I look back over my life and just smile!⠀ _⠀ The Untold Stories of Motherhood Volume 11 : A letter to my younger self ⠀ A few women and I are telling stories today, head to @brittanystepper_ to give her a follow and read her story!⠀ ⠀ We encourage you to write your own untold story and use hashtag #theuntoldstoriesofmotherhood

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A letter to my younger self . Oh girl please sit down, your life. Your life is going to be hard and I mean soo god damn hard, but I can tell you with confidence that your a god damn fighter. . . Remember to never give up, your feelings are valid, and you are NOT worthless, your beautiful and so smart, but nobody is going to see that for a long time. You are not your parents, you are so much more. Just wait you find a way, a way to break the cycle a way to break out and make a life for your children. The life you always craved but never had. A life full of love. . . . Please when you feel like giving up or self harming that you remember your worth, remember who you are and how hard you have fought to be this person.You’ve made a point to be different. Stay that way. . . . There will be times in your life where the air is so thick you can barely breathe, your going to scream and shake and your going to lose so much and I mean so much. It will be hard to get out of bed and move forward, but you will. . . Your going to feel betrayed, your going to scream why over and over again, and you’ll never get an answer. Please remember it’s not your fault. . . I wish I could take your pain away I really do, your going to hurt so bad, your life is going to be ripped out of your hands, and you have to keep going, you have to, you don’t have a choice. . But remember please remember . That Your amazing, you really are, you are going to look back and see what you fought for , you’ll learn to love yourself despite what anyone says, and the best part is you will finally see how strong you are. . . The Untold Stories of Motherhood Volume 11 : A letter to my younger self A few women and I are telling stories today, head to @oh_littlefoot to give her a follow and read her story! We encourage you to write your own untold story and use hashtag #theuntoldstoriesofmotherhood . .

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Flashback Friday: A letter to my younger self ⠀ It’s hard to believe the photo I’m holding was taken SEVEN years ago! I mean look at that phone , and mirror selfie 😆 ⠀ There’s so many things I would tell my younger self, but a few important reminders I’d have would be… ⠀ ✨Learn to say NO sometimes. It’s okay if what you want is different than others, and this will help you to say YES when you want to. ⠀ ✨Don’t care so much about what others think of you. ⠀ ✨ALWAYS be kind! ⠀ ✨Spend as much time with family as you can. ⠀ ✨Don’t be afraid to fail, that’s how you’ll learn! ⠀ ✨Always be yourself no matter what, and be proud of who you are and will become. ⠀ ✨Never stop seeking opportunities for growth. ⠀ ✨Just DO IT! Whatever you think will set your soul on fire, just go for it. Going back-and-forth, trying to make sure everything is perfect will only hold you back from your goals & dreams. ⠀ ✨Practice gratitude!! ⠀ ✨And, lastly in the midst of any chaos…always remember it will pass. Life’s really does go on, and it goes by so fast! ⠀ The Untold Stories of Motherhood Volume 11 : A letter to my younger self A few women and I are telling stories today, head to @life__happened to give her a follow and read her story! ⠀ We would love to hear what you’d say to your younger self! We encourage you to write your own untold story and use hashtag #theuntoldstoriesofmotherhood ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ . . . . . . . . ⠀ #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodisthebesthood #motherhood_squares #motherhoodisdarling #teammotherhood #everydaylife #everydaymoments #everydaymom #motherhoodintheraw #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodmoments #motherhoodinspired #motherhoodismagic #motherhooduncut #blossomingmotherhood #blossomingmamas #honestmotherhood #motherhoodjourney #motherhoodisthebesthood #motherhoodsisterhood #motherhoodinsquares #motherhoodthruinstagram #motherhooddiaries #motherhoodcommunity #motherhoodvillage #motherhoodtribe #motherhoodbliss #blossominmotherhood

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A few amazing women and I are telling our stories through this series “The Untold Stories of Motherhood” Please head over to @marissapatry to read her story! You can write your own story and use #theuntoldstoriesofmotherhood . . Volume 11 : A letter to my younger self. . Dear 7 year old Nawrin, you’re struggling to make friends and feel lonely. Even though it seems impossible right now but you will make some great friends in life who will eventually become like family. However the majority of your adulthood will be spent without close friends and you will start to enjoy alone time and your own company more! . . Dear 12 year old Nawrin, I know you hate your body but one day you’ll actually appreciate it for everything it does for you! Please stop abusing it and start being kind to yourself. . . Dear 17 year old Nawrin, you live away from your parents and friends and feel lonely. I wish you made an effort to make new friends instead of blaming your parents and feeling self pity. . . Dear 20 year old Nawrin, you’re going back home to be with your friends because you miss them so much! I wish I could stop you! This will be a life altering decision which will shape the later part of your life. I wish you had made yourself a priority and set some goals in life by now. . . Dear 23 year old Nawrin, you’re about to make some terrible choices but I wouldn’t stop you because the lessons you’ll learn from these mistakes will mould you to the person you are today. You will also be living life to the fullest during this time and so will have crazy stories to tell your grandkids. Off topic but I really wish you travelled more when you had the chance! . . Dear 27 year old Nawrin, you are hurt, you feel broken and lost and you can’t blame anybody else but yourself for your fate. It might seem like the end of the world right now but better days are coming! Stay strong and positive, you will get through this! . . Dear 30 year old Nawrin, welcome to THE most amazing year of your life! You are finally free (of guilt) you are born again (as a mom) and have finally taken control over your life! It took you 30 years but you did it, Congratulations! Love 💕 Soon to be 36 Nawrin🎉

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A letter to my younger self, ⠀⠀ Stop. Just stop letting your thoughts and insecurities get in the way of you shining. You are so much more than what people think of you. The people who love you will love you for all that you are. They’ll love your quirks and your imperfections. ⠀⠀ That girl who calls you names in high school? She won’t matter in 15 years. You won’t even remember her name, her face or the things she said. ⠀⠀ That first boy that broke your heart? He was a lesson. Just a hiccup in the road to meet your husband. You didn’t love him and your heartbreak will heal. ⠀⠀ Don’t rush to grow up. One day you’ll have an amazing family with a perfect husband. None of these boys will be right for you. ⠀⠀ Hug Janicka extra tight. Let go of your silly grudges. The two of you will fight like sisters but remember to just let go. You never know when someone you love will be ripped away from you. ⠀⠀ You are beautiful and worthy and you are enough. ⠀⠀ The Untold Stories of Motherhood Volume 11 : A letter to my younger self A few women and I are telling stories today, head to @homebody_mommy to give her a follow and read her story! ⠀⠀ We encourage you to write your own untold story and use hashtag #theuntoldstoriesofmotherhood ⠀⠀ #raedunn #raedunnfinds #raedunnlove #youvegotthis #lettertomyself #traumahealing #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthrecovery #iammore #iamworthy #mentalhealthsupport #raedunnclay #targetdoesitagain #targetstyle #targetdollarspot #targetfinds #motherhoodinspired #motherhoodintheraw #motherhoodjourney #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodmoments #motherhoodunited #mamahood #mamahoodinsquares #ig_motherhood #knowbetterdobetter #breakthecycle #canonrebelt6 #motherhoodslens via @preview.app

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To my younger self, . I know sometimes you feel flawed, like you don’t fit in. You keep to yourself because the thoughts that race through your head might scare everyone off! . I promise you’re not broken, there are others going through very similar experiences. I’m sorry to say it WILL get worse before it gets better, but you will be stronger because of it! . Keep in mind, You can NOT change or control others. And as hard as it is to hear right now, their struggles are not about you! . Try to focus your time with those you love, regardless of their struggles. You can distance yourself, but sadly you won’t always have that time with them. Cherish what good times you can! . STOP trying to figure it all out. No one ever has it all figured out, ever! And if you could stop looking for love in boys that would be great! 🙌🏼 One day you will find a man that lets you spill your pain and he will love you regardless. . For now, you CAN control your outlook, spread love and take care of yourself! . The Untold Stories of Motherhood Volume 11 : A letter to my younger self A few women and I are telling stories today, head to @ashley.marie.andersen to give her a follow and read her story! . We encourage you to write your own untold story and use hashtag #theuntoldstoriesofmotherhood . . ⠀⠀ #suicidelosssurvivor #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #findingmyself #ownyourstory #suicideloss #mentalhealthmatters #stigmafree #setyourselffree #findthepositive #mentalhealthwellness #mentalhealthadvocacy #growingupwithanxiety #embracethejourney #realmotherhood #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #texasmoms #lettertomyself #honestmommin #childrenofmentalawareness #dfwmoms

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Dear 16 year old me,⁣ ⁣ PUT DOWN THE TWEEZERS!! I REPEAT PUT DOWN THE TWEEZERS! Your eyebrows will honestly never recover. You will spend years drawing them in and eventually will have to seek professional help and get them microbladed.⁣ ⁣ YOU ARE NOT FAT! Love yourself! One day you will wish you were as “fat” as the first time you thought you were “fat”. Don’t use diet pills, the fad diets will not work. Just stick to exercising and eating healthy, their is no magic pill.⁣ ⁣ Yes some guys do only want one thing, that is very true. Not all but some do. Don’t just do things because it is “cool” to.⁣ ⁣ Make sure you fully stop at stop signs, don’t just tap the breaks. A lot can happen in a blink of an eye. And that poor decision can have some long term effects.⁣ ⁣ Don’t compare yourself to anyone. You are you. You are beautiful. Stop spending so much time and energy wishing you could be like someone else. ⁣ ⁣ Go hug your dad, and spend as much time as you can with him. Your time with him will be cut a lot shorter than you ever could imagine. Don’t blow him off for your friends, he wants to spend time with his baby girl. Trust me, spend as much time with him as you can with him or it will be something that you will regret.⁣ ⁣ Although you may go through some really hard times you have so much ahead of you in life. You will have an amazing career as a Registered Nurse, something that you hadn’t even thought of yet. You should see your two beautiful little girls and hubby, your heart has never have been so full.⁣ ⁣ So 16 year old me maybe try more in school and actually study, it will save you years of upgrading your courses to get into University. Your best friends in high school will be your friends for life, you have an amazing crew. And remember as hard as it may be love yourself ⁣ ⁣ The Untold Stories of Motherhood Volume 11 : A letter to my younger self ⁣ A few women and I are telling stories today, head to @babybumpsandmombuns_ to give her a follow and read her story!⁣ ⁣ We encourage you to write your own untold story and use hashtag #theuntoldstoriesofmotherhood @untold.stories.of.motherhood

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