This photo was taken on Valentines Day with a simple camera that we bought with our wedding money. I was 22 and just figuring out how to be a wife. I wonder what my younger self would think of me now.
If we ran into one another, I would tell her:
- Sometimes you need to do things more for the other person than yourself.
- Plans (at times) need to be thrown out the window.
- Learning to trust in God’s loving plan for your life, while challenging, is an extremely liberating process.
- Let your husband stock the fridge with whole milk. And always have ice cream for him in the freezer 🙂
- Support your friends.
- Pay more for quality, acquire less.
- It’s OK to still lack a full set of dining room chairs.
- “It’s cold outside” is not a greeting: Enough small talk about the weather.
- Time is more important than money.
- Travel near and far! Exploring new places and experiencing different cultures allows your worldview to expand.
- It’s ok to be sad and disappointed, but learn and grow from the challenge before it turns to bitterness.
- Keep your board games dust-free.
- Your parents were right about cherry tomatoes. They really are sweet!
- Actively maintain friendships even when they reach across state lines or over oceans.
- Pillow talk is fun. Force yourself to go to bed early occasionally and enjoy the conversation with your husband.
- Embrace your natural hair. Let the hot tools rest. Also, washing your hair everyday isn’t necessary.
- Being anxious never solves the problem. Highs and lows occur, but God remains constant; rest in that knowledge.
- Vulnerability isn’t weakness.
- Purchasing groceries in a non-english speaking country is an empowering experience (bonus points: when they don’t discover your an American).
- The need to be right is generally not right.
- Don’t let fear stop you from seeking new opportunities.
- Lighten up on your body; she’s amazing and strong.
- Follow the path that is right for your family. It’s ok if your life doesn’t look like anyone else’s.
What lessons are you currently learning?
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