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Happy December 1st! I have a couple bullets for you before I get to the other thing this post is about.

It's after midnight on December 1st. Guess what's going on at our house?

1. Those of you who have been around these parts for a while will know about Noah’s December 1st rule. No Christmas decorations or music or anything will be in or around us or our house until December 1st. As in, the moment it turns December 1st, Noah is by the computer with his glass of egg nog, ready to play the first Christmas song of the year. He’s been doing this for as long as I’ve known him and he’s even got a following of people who are doing the same.

2. Kaylie is feeling much better today. As it turned out, the girl who cried wolf was actually sick this time. When she was crying in pain as she tried to go to bed, I decided to take her in to the ER. Poor girl. They did some tests and finally figured out what was wrong. The Children’s ER at RUH is pretty awesome. Kaylie and I got home with only moments to spare before December 1st.

3. I have a new post up at Canadian Family about those magical teething necklaces. If you have a teething child, or if you’re just curious, head on over there.

Okay. That’s it. Onward.

My Oreo-savvy friend Bethany invited me to join in a group that Kassie and Kristen created called Reverb Broads. From what I understand so far, it’s a month of blogging prompts that you’re free to use, should you so choose. I really like the flexibility of the group – that I don’t have to participate every day, because I just failed at NaBloPoMo and I didn’t want to put pressure on myself to not fail at something else. This actually sounds quite fun.

Anyway, here is the first prompt. If you like this idea and would like to join in, feel free! Just go to the public Facebook page and all the details are there.

If the you of today could go back in time and give advice to any of the previous yous, which age would you visit and what would you tell them?

I’m pretty sure I would go back and visit the 14-year-old me. I would give her some self-confidence, because she did not have a lick of it.

I would tell her to like what she likes even if she gets made fun of for it. I’d tell her to choose her hobbies based on what she wants to do, rather than what her friends do or what she thinks she should do. I’d tell her that it’s okay to do puzzles alone in her room while listening to books on tape.

I’d tell her that there is life after high school. I’d tell her, though, that even though there is life after high school, her high school grades will still be relevant so START STUDYING ALREADY. I’d tell her that it’s okay to be friends with people that other people think are nerds and losers. I’d tell her that those are the friends who will still be there for her in 10 years.

I’d tell her that if a boy breaks up with her because she won’t do what he wants, she is better off away from that boy. I’d tell her that if the next boy really liked her, he would respect her when she said “no”. I’d tell her that if that same boy doesn’t take no for an answer, to get as far away from that boy as she can. I’d tell her about sex and birth control because that little g-rated chat in school didn’t teach her a hot thing and she’s going to learn the hard way.

I’d tell her that it’s worth investing in relationships, because even though she’s been hurt real bad by girlfriends and boyfriends, she should not turn her heart off. I’d tell her to give her all, because when her heart goes cold, that is when she will start unintentionally hurting people and she is really going to regret it.

I’d tell her to be more gracious. I’d tell her to be less judgmental. I’d tell her to keep her hair long. I’d tell her to be more loving toward her siblings. I’d tell her to save part of her paycheck instead of spending it on payday. I’d tell her that learning to budget money will greatly benefit her.

I’d tell her to enjoy the size she is, because in three years she’s going to get pregnant and never see it again. I’d tell her that life is going to get really hard, but she will pull through and it will be worth it. I’d tell her that the world is so much bigger than her little town, but to enjoy her time there.

I’d tell her to stop caring what other people think and focus on the Lord and what He wants for her. I’d tell her that He has a plan and that He will carry it out until completion.

I’d tell her that one day she’ll enjoy sharing her life and thoughts publicly on the internet and she’ll have no idea what I’m talking about.

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  • Darci Thursday, December 1, 2011, 2:08 pm

    Great advice :) I wish someone would’ve told me this stuff when I was younger..

  • Ashley Thursday, December 1, 2011, 2:19 pm

    I pretty much want to hug the 14 year old you and the not 14 year old right now you. The rear view mirror of life sure is clear isn’t it? I say that a lot about so mistakes I made, some hurts I survived and the person I chose to become. And while I say I have no regrets in life, if I could go back to that person, in those moments, I’d hold her close, step infront of those words and life, moments, choices would be better.

    And also, what’s up with Kaylie? Hope she’s feeling better!

  • Kami Thursday, December 1, 2011, 2:24 pm

    Oh that last sentence is so true! I could have told my 14 yo self the same thing and had the same reaction!

    I love your Dec 1 tradition!

    And I am glad Kaylie is okay, hope it was nothing serious!

    and i love your letter to yourself…beautiful words! I love who you are, exactly as you are!

  • Annie Thursday, December 1, 2011, 4:35 pm

    Love you to bits!!

  • Kristen Thursday, December 1, 2011, 7:14 pm

    Pretty sure the 14-year-old you and the 14-year-old me would have gained a lot from hanging out together. My post today was aimed at early teenage me, and several of these points came up there, too. Glad you’re joining us!

  • Kristin Thursday, December 1, 2011, 9:23 pm

    Great post!
    The last line is so true, all the things that have changed with technology since high school make me feel old, and dated. ha ha!

  • bethany actually Thursday, December 1, 2011, 10:43 pm

    This:

    “…she should not turn her heart off. I’d tell her to give her all, because when her heart goes cold, that is when she will start unintentionally hurting people and she is really going to regret it.”

    made me tear up and think how proud I am of you for how far you’ve come. :-) Love you!

  • Angella Friday, December 2, 2011, 10:59 am

    Oh, I loved reading this. And the last line cracked me up.

    :)