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Dear 20 year old me:

You will turn 41 this year and you have a really blessed life. Even though things are good now, 20 year old self, you sure waste a lot of time getting here. You made some poor decisions on the path to your life. I forgive you, I do, but I sure wish I could have talked to you back then.

In case there is ever time travel and I get to take this ipad…

1. Give 10%, Save 10%, Live on 80% – and give more if you can.
2. Stay out of debt. I will say a car and a mortgage are kind of ok, but nothing else.
3. Figure out what you believe, in your heart. Don’t worry about what you think you should believe, just figure out what you do believe. An honest seeker will be found.
4. Finish your education early and dual major in photography and business. No matter what, you need to understand business, but your soul was created by a creator to create.
5. Go find your husband when you are 28. He is in Springfield. He is a bit older than you and may take some convincing, but it will work out. Get an earlier start on this fabulous life.
6. Spend more time reading and less time watching TV.
7. Forgive quickly.
8. Learn how to live without armor. Let your guard down and let life just wash over you. The bad stuff will be harder, but the good stuff will be so much better.
9. When you get married – remember that you are a team in every way.
10. Don’t compete – collaborate. In business, and more importantly, in relationships.
11. Lift people up every chance you get – a smile is a powerful tool, use it!
12. Go to bed by 10 and get up by 6 every day.
13. Read your bible and talk to God, every day.
14. Eat a piece of Dove dark chocolate every night.
15. Stay away from diet drinks.
16. Stomp in puddles and play in the rain.
17. Be silly – once a day, no matter what.
18. Find your girlfriends earlier and treasure them.
19. If you think something nice about someone – tell them. Even if it takes effort.
20. Write every day.
21. Get a dog. Always have a dog.
22. Don’t smoke, you ninny.
23. Don’t move away from your family and do. not. marry. that. first. guy.
24. Learn how to cook and use a quality meal planner ever so often – it really helps expand your palate.
25. Eat more fish.
26. Give your kids your undivided attention every day.
27. Kiss your husband every day.
28. Let go of hurt – fix broken relationships. One day you will be amazed at how simple it all really is.
29. Put light switches in your closet door and pantry door jambs so the light comes on when you open the door. It’s the little things.
30. Invest heavily in Apple and sell in 2012. They will probably keep doing well – but if you do this it won’t matter.
31. Work out every day – 30 min of cardio and 30 min of strength – at least.
32. Pay for the car behind you at the drive thru ever so often.
33. Don’t worry about what other people think of you – they don’t.
34. Worry about what you think of you.
35. Go talk to a therapist when you need to and don’t put it off. Go ahead, I’ll wait while you make the call 20 year old self….
36. Find ways to volunteer.
37. Always have relationship with people who are different from you. Seek to understand.
38. Be like Jesus. The one in the bible, not the one in the media.
39. When you say, “I’ll pray for you” – take their hand and pray.
40. Know that Jesus wants you to pray but He also really wants you to DO.
41. Know this: You are equipped to excel at every desire you have in your heart – you only need add courage.

Boy, wouldn’t that have been nice to know 20 years ago. 🙂

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