A letter to my younger self

You are one amazing person. Right now it may seem like making friends is challenging, but your future has an amazing opportunity waiting for you. You’ll meet so many people, and create friendships that will last longer than the trend of the week.
You are talented. You know how much you love to draw and paint… well keep doing that. And the camera that you keep asking to have for Christmas… you do get one, but not until you graduate college and start your full-time job. Don’t worry, in high school you get to use his!
You love helping others succeed. You’re going to continue to have classmates ask to work with you. Just smile, and say yes. (Spoiler alert: you do end up teaching)
You will take risks, make mistakes, and survive them. The next few years (more like 10+) aren’t going to be easy. There will be MANY times you wish you could do things over.



Your heart will get broken.
Mistakes will be made.
Lessons will be learned.

Phone calls, and messages will be exchanged
but all for what’s to come in the future.
You will wake up one day and see through eyes so clear.
You will suddenly feel free.
When that weight is lifted
it will

You can’t go back.
You can only move forward.

Keep moving ahead~ You have your parents that love you. NO MATTER WHAT. You have siblings that just want you to be HAPPY. You have family members that will listen. You have friends that will be there, and love you through IT ALL.

You’ll meet others ahead of you. (That’s okay)

You have your own story.
Unique as a unicorn.

Stay strong. Be you. Be kind.


November 9, 2016

Give thanks & be kind.


I am thankful for my parents:

Their support and guidance has shaped me into the woman I am today. There were times I know I needed to hear the truth, and they gave it to me. There were times they let me figure out the answers to my many questions on my own. My parents taught me to be strong, no matter the situation. They taught me to be a leader and not a follower. They taught me to be kind. They also taught me the importance of a real smile.

I am thankful for my job:

I can’t tell you how thankful I am to be in the position I am today. I remember being in 3rd grade, struggling with math and getting extra support from my teacher in order to advance in the fall. Her support planted the seed. As the years went on my passion and talents in art led me to starting college as an art major. Six weeks later I changed my mind. Flash forward through the many nights of “What am I doing with my life?! Will I even have a job when I graduate?! I should of gone to community college!” – I got a full time job a month after graduation. I am a teacher. I teach reading to students with dyslexia and other language based learning differences. Every day is a new day. Every day I am making a difference in the lives of the young minds that walk into my room for their daily lesson. I am the person they look to for support and guidance. I’m also the person they call for when a toilet is overflowing… Like I said, every day is a new adventure.

I am thankful for my past:

We all make mistakes. No one is perfect. I have spent many nights wondering what my life would be if I took a different path. Said yes to some things and no to others. I’ve lost people that I thought would be standing by me at my wedding. I said goodbye to people I thought would be in my life for many more years than they were. My past has taught me to be open to what comes after the pain.

I am thankful for my present:

My present is not my past. I’ve had to repeat that over and over again. My present brings me so much happiness. I am surrounded by an incredible support system. I enjoy the little things in life. I laugh more, and I smile more. Those that play a part in this- you all mean more than you know. For those that have just listened- thank you.

I am thankful for the unknown:

I remember the nights when I’d dream about what my life would be like when I turned 25. Now I start to question what the next five and ten years will bring. Whatever is in store for me I can handle it. I’ve made it this far.

I am thankful for failure:

I didn’t let falling off my bike stop me from learning. I didn’t let not getting the part stop me from acting (middle school). I didn’t let rejection stop me from asking my next crush out. I didn’t let the man at PCAD ruin my love of drawing and painting. I didn’t let “we regret to inform you letters” stop me from applying for jobs. I asked for help, and learned how to be more flexible.

I am thankful for my strengths:

Kind, loving, responsible, dependable, patient, photographer, difference maker.
Those things make me- ME.

I am thankful for my weaknesses:

I’m not perfect. I can’t touch my toes. I can’t do a cartwheel. Spiders and snakes scare me. Don’t ask me to ride a roller coaster. When someone cries around me there is a high chance I will cry with them. I am afraid of asking for help. I hate when I’m talked down to. All of these things don’t make me a bad person. It shows I’m human.

I am thankful for sunrises, and sunsets:

A sunrise means, it’s a new day with new adventures to embrace.
A sunset means, I made it through the adventure and more is on the way.