As a new decade begins - Adventures With Ellie

As a new decade begins

Uneventful and quiet it will enter. As I write this my youngest is running about with a book I've read so many times but brings the same joy every time. I think about so many memories as one decade has ended and one is to begin. I think of how I am hours from turning 40... How I think of what would I have told my 20 year old self if I could go talk to her.

I'd probably tell her everything you think that is suppose to happen is NOT going to happen so hold on to your hat and whatever you do STOP and THINK first. Oh and most of all  GO find God ASAP. Sure I was raised cradle Catholic and went to church when my mom "made" me or on Holidays but didn't really understand what it really meant to LIVE the faith. I have mentioned that it took the hardest thing EVER to happen in my life to fall to my knees and say OK God I hear you and see you and I FEEL your love even in the mist of a storm. I heard the word of our Lord and knew w/out him I wouldn't be able to get through stages in my life.  That is one thing I want  my kids to learn and feel and so I try my best to make sure they cherish their faith.

Another thing I'd tell my 20 year old self is SAVE for a rainy day because those will be more then I would have liked. Especially right now as I am helping w/my oldest get in to ready for his next stage in life next year as he goes into college I pray he focuses and gives it his all and achieves his goals. I am so proud of him and want him to stay the course. I remember I didn't take college as serious as I should so that's one thing I'd tell my young self for sure.

I'd tell myself to remember to have FUN. Life is too short so the more your able to enjoy it the happier you'll be. I try to bring laughter and fun to the kids because I know how important it is to capture those happy memories.

Treat yourself. Don't feel guilty about it. "Me Time" is VERY important. I know for me I'm LONG overdue and hopefully by the Summer I will be able to treat myself to an escape just myself to recharge because it's really needed. 

I'd also tell my 20 year. Your gonna learn why your mom drinks so much coffee cause you will too and will wonder HOW you lived w/out it. Speaking of which I got me a little gift card as a self bday gift which I'll be using to get a nice Trenti Iced Pumpkin Latte WITH Whipped Cream. (I know I'm such a dare devil) 

I'd also tell my 20 year self preserve  those pictures they will mean something later on. I actually had lots of pictures but they are mostly lost and hardly have any although my mom has brought me some from younger year but I have only a few. I think that is why I make sure to save and double check I have backups of all the images I've captured.

One last thing I'd tell my younger self is not to lose yourself to make sure you stay the course that no matter what don't give up and everything takes time. JUST keep going.

Well time for some Coffee... 

What would you tell the younger you if you could?

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