July 24th, 2010
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Dear E,

You’re 16 right now and your life is so fun and carefree. 

These are the things I wish I had known 8 years ago.  The things I really believe will help you be the best person you can be.

Take more time to do simple and silly things with your friends. Spend more time playing outside and less time worrying about work and tidying your room. Don’t slack on homework, you do have to study. Your summers are precious: do not waste them. Continue horse-riding after high school, you’ll miss it so much once it’s gone. Read more. Try to go to sleep earlier. Watch less tv. Take bubble baths. That boy you have a huge crush on will one day surprise you in the most incredible way possible. Always be yourself. Spend more time walking your dogs. Take lots of photos. Write more. Keep a journal. Do not weigh yourself a thousand times a day.  Don’t gossip about others. Don’t gossip about yourself. Respect yourself. On the night of June 14th, 2003 do not get into the truck with John Anderson. Don’t stress about university, you’ll get into your number one school. Do not spend money you don’t have. Yes, you will be able to live without those shoes! You’ll end up in England for a year and love it, spend money you don’t have on museums. Try to understand Chris more. Embrace your curls. Things happen for a reason: when you don’t get the world’s most perfect job that you want so badly, you’ll land an even better job that you thought wasn’t even possible. Buy Google. Don’t ask, just buy it. Sell everything you have in the stock market October 2007, and…

My absolute, number one piece of advice is lose the weight. Don’t be upset, just do it. The power to do this you can obtain, you just need to search a little and you’ll find it. I promise. This may seem like a shallow piece of advice, but it will be the most rewarding thing you’ve ever done. By losing the weight you’ll have nothing to blame for the obstacles that will one day stand in your way and nothing to stop you from fulfilling your wildest dreams. 

E, you’ll go on to do unimaginable things either way, but you’ll have one less thing to worry about. You deserve the best. Be the best person you can be.

Love E.

PS. When you see a ‘fake’ snake in the basement, do NOT try and pick it up. It’s real, so RUN.

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  1. swaybe said: Ahh, I love this.
  2. smaller-n-smaller said: Made me think. Love your posts. Love one-twenty-five 2.0 :-)
  3. emilyposts said: This makes me both incredibly sad (nostalgic) and incredibly proud of you at the same time. Great advice!
  4. londoncharityshopgirl said: I have had that exact same “fake snake” experience in my basement. Scariest. Thing. EVER. Wow coincidence!
  5. victorbravo13 said: I wonder what I would say to the 16 year old me… I think I’ll ponder that as I have a drink tonight.
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