December 21 – Future Self (#reverb10)

December 21 – 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?) (Author: Jenny Blake)

Advice to Current Self:

Stop doubting yourself.

You’re smart and capable - it’s been proven over and over. Now, believe.

Fear is a waste of time when something means a lot to you. Go for it!

Don’t let what others say or think make you doubt your own motivation. What’s right for them may not be right for you.

Distractions are fun, but they really get in the way of getting the real work done. Find fewer distractions.

Note to Self 10 Years Ago

You may not realize it yet, but what you do matters. It may not seem significant in the grand scheme of things, but what you do matters to you, even if no one else in the world cares. Embrace the things you enjoy and find a way to incorporate those things into your daily life. 

Make goals. Write them down. Then achieve them.

When life takes you in a different direction than you thought you wanted to go, don’t fret about wasted time. Your time wasn’t wasted. It was spent fulfilling what you thought was the right dream. So it turns out it wasn’t…it’s not the end of the world. It’s just a part of life.

You’re still getting to know yourself. And in ten years you still won’t fully know yourself. Your interests and aspirations will change and evolve as you learn and grow as a person. It may seem as if life is passing you by because you’re not set on any one thing. Don’t let anyone convince you that is true. Nay, life is not passing you by. You’re living it - even as you change your mind about the direction you want to follow. Enjoy the living. You only get this one shot at it.

Embrace the new world you’re living in. Immerse yourself in it. Learn to love it. It’s your home now.

Live your life to the fullest - whatever that happens to mean for you. (Even if it’s quiet evenings home with a good book.)

Try not to be shy. And if you are, don’t worry about it. You aren’t the only shy girl in the room.

Smile.

Laugh.

Love.

Love your husband, your family and your friends - and don’t forget to tell them you love them often. They are the people who matter. The people who will sustain you through the most difficult times. Life is short and in the blink of an eye, they could be taken from you.