There are so many things I would say to my tween/teenage self if I could go back in time. Here are a few:
1) Jesus loves you. I mean He really loves you. Despite your stupid mistakes, poor judgment, misplaced values, He loves you. You have an audience of One and He sees you.
2) Focus on things outside of yourself and your feelings. Get involved. Discover what you love and find joy in what you do. Learn how to follow and then learn how to lead.
3) The stuff that seems important now will vanish the day after graduation. What you are obsessing about is not real life. However, the decisions you make now will stretch into real life.
4) It is a scientific fact that your brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. Therefore, walk through the next few years knowing you are half-baked. Proceed with CAUTION.
5) Finally, save your clothes. They will be back in style when you are 40! (That means you should probably be aware that your metabolism comes to a screeching halt somewhere between 18 and 30. If you want to fit into your clothes, move your butt and watch the sugar/carbs. Eventually, they will not be your friends.)
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.