List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.

So obviously I’m behind on these but you can’t blame me. This is the end of the semester and it’s super stressful.  So here are 10 things that I would tell myself at 16:

1. Boys really do have cooties.  Don’t let them get to you. You are better than that, and you deserve more than you think.

2. God is important.  Don’t stray, you need him even if it seems like you don’t.

3. Your grandparents love you, so don’t yell at them all the time. They only want what’s best for you.

4. Don’t stop running.  It’s hard to get past the injury, but it will be worth it. You may say you hate running now, but you love it and will miss it terribly if you stop.

5. Just because a boy doesn’t like you doesn’t mean you aren’t amazing.  It took you too long to learn this and it’s one of the most important things for you to know.

6. Don’t give up on your friends. They are the only ones who will always be there for you. Even when you are a complete and total bitch to them.

7. Harold says don’t give up on yourself. You have many layers and you shouldn’t give up.

8. Learn to have patience.  It will come in handy in life and your future jobs. It’s hard to come by but it’s totally worth it in the end.

9. Embrace your bitchiness. Be honest with everyone and don’t hide behind all the masks that you have. People want to know the real you not the fake one.

10. Love yourself. If you don’t learn it at 16 you are going to be 22 and still working on it.  It’s one of the hardest things but if you get started early it will be easier.

I was 16 in this picture. Goodness!