I am not an 鈥渆xpert鈥 but I have a lot of life experiences and now I鈥檓 looking at the years ahead of me and I realize that I鈥檝e reached the age my parents were when I discovered they were in fact aging. When I look back through my life, the ups and downs, the joy and sorrow, I am compelled to believe that the only way to make those painful moments worth it is to pass the lesson learned on to the younger generation. Every betrayal by a friend, every time I acted out of jealousy, every reaction that wasn鈥檛 warranted, everything that was painful at the time had to have been for something, right? There is more to this life than my own experience. Henry Glassie said, 鈥淗istory is not the past but a map of the past, drawn from a particular point of view, to be useful to the modern traveller.鈥 Consider this, young traveler, a map drawn by me to you.

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饾棖饾椀饾棶饾椈饾棿饾棽 饾椂饾榾饾椈鈥欚潣 饾棶 饾棷饾棶饾棻 饾榿饾椀饾椂饾椈饾棿. It鈥檚 scary because it鈥檚 unknown but sometimes the best things happen when we change. Sometimes to become your true self, you must physically leave a place and start fresh.

饾棢饾棽饾棶饾椏饾椈 饾榿饾椉 饾棶饾棻饾棶饾椊饾榿 饾椂饾棾 饾槅饾椉饾槀 饾棸饾棶饾椈鈥欚潣 饾棸饾椀饾棶饾椈饾棿饾棽 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾榾饾椂饾榿饾槀饾棶饾榿饾椂饾椉饾椈. Don鈥檛 waste emotional energy or time lamenting over how much you hate it. Either change the situation or change the way you look at it so you can get through it.

饾棫饾椀饾棽饾椏饾棽 饾棶饾椏饾棽 饾棸饾棽饾椏饾榿饾棶饾椂饾椈 饾榿饾椀饾椂饾椈饾棿饾榾 饾槅饾椉饾槀 饾槃饾椂饾椆饾椆 饾椈饾棽饾槂饾棽饾椏 饾棽饾槂饾棽饾椏 饾棸饾椀饾棶饾椈饾棿饾棽 饾椊饾棽饾椉饾椊饾椆饾棽鈥欚潣 饾椇饾椂饾椈饾棻饾榾 饾棶饾棷饾椉饾槀饾榿 饾榿饾椀饾椏饾椉饾槀饾棿饾椀 饾椉饾椈饾棽 饾棸饾椉饾椈饾槂饾棽饾椏饾榾饾棶饾榿饾椂饾椉饾椈 饾椉饾椏 饾椉饾椈饾棽 饾棷饾槀饾椇饾椊饾棽饾椏 饾榾饾榿饾椂饾棸饾椄饾棽饾椏. Those things are religion, politics, and any other viewpoint that is controversial. Life is hard enough already. You don鈥檛 need to add your two cents to every single conversation.

饾棗饾椉饾椈鈥欚潣 饾椊饾槀饾榿 饾槀饾椊 饾槃饾椂饾榿饾椀 饾棶饾椈饾槅饾椉饾椈饾棽, 饾椈饾椉 饾椇饾棶饾榿饾榿饾棽饾椏 饾椀饾椉饾槃 饾棷饾棶饾棻饾椆饾槅 饾槅饾椉饾槀 饾槃饾棶饾椈饾榿 饾榿饾椀饾棽饾椇 饾榿饾椉 饾椆饾椂饾椄饾棽 饾槅饾椉饾槀, 饾槃饾椀饾椉 饾棻饾棽饾椇饾棶饾椈饾棻s 饾榿饾椀饾棶饾榿 饾槅饾椉饾槀 饾棸饾椀饾棶饾椈饾棿饾棽. Don鈥檛 change who you inherently are for anyone. Maybe it鈥檚 a friend, maybe it鈥檚 a partner, but the second you stop being yourself, and start trying to be somebody else, you鈥檝e lost. That鈥檚 not love. Love doesn鈥檛 ask for you to live a lie.

Love is not a feeling, it is a choice. You make the choice to make a relationship work through time, distance and any other situation or problem that may arise鈥eelings ebb and flow and change like the wind. Love is steady and constant. No one ever said feelings were constant.

饾棢饾椉饾槂饾棽 饾椂饾榾 饾椈饾椉饾榿 饾棶 饾棾饾棽饾棽饾椆饾椂饾椈饾棿, 饾椂饾榿 饾椂饾榾 饾棶 饾棸饾椀饾椉饾椂饾棸饾棽. You make the choice to make a relationship work through time, distance and any other situation or problem that may arise.

饾棢饾椉饾槂饾棽 饾椂饾榾饾椈鈥欚潣 饾棶 饾棾饾棽饾棽饾椆饾椂饾椈饾棿 饾棷饾棽饾棸饾棶饾槀饾榾饾棽 饾棾饾棽饾棽饾椆饾椂饾椈饾棿饾榾 饾棽饾棷饾棷 饾棶饾椈饾棻 饾棾饾椆饾椉饾槃 and 饾棸饾椀饾棶饾椈饾棿饾棽 饾椆饾椂饾椄饾棽 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾槃饾椂饾椈饾棻. Love is steady and constant. No one ever said feelings were constant.

饾棤饾椂饾棻饾棻饾椆饾棽 饾榾饾棸饾椀饾椉饾椉饾椆 饾椏饾棽饾棶饾椆饾椆饾槅 饾棻饾椉饾棽饾榾 饾榾饾槀饾棸饾椄. There鈥檚 no shortcut around the middle school years. You must go through that stage of being awkward and uncomfortable. You鈥檙e barely a teenager, not a young adult, and most certainly not a child. You鈥檙e in this in-between stage. It鈥檚 confusing.

饾棓饾槃饾椄饾槃饾棶饾椏饾棻 饾榾饾椂饾榿饾槀饾棶饾榿饾椂饾椉饾椈饾榾 饾椀饾棶饾椊饾椊饾棽饾椈 饾槃饾椀饾棽饾椈 饾槅饾椉饾槀 饾棻饾棽饾棸饾椂饾棻饾棽 饾榿饾椀饾棶饾榿 饾槅饾椉饾槀 饾棶饾椏饾棽 饾槀饾椈饾棸饾椉饾椇饾棾饾椉饾椏饾榿饾棶饾棷饾椆饾棽.

饾棔饾棽 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾棾饾椂饾椏饾榾饾榿 饾椊饾棽饾椏饾榾饾椉饾椈 饾榿饾椉 饾榾饾棶饾槅 饾椀饾棽饾椆饾椆饾椉, 饾榾饾椇饾椂饾椆饾棽. Look the other person in the eye and acknowledge them. It will get you farther than any gift money can buy.

饾棞饾榿 饾椂饾榾 饾棽饾棶饾榾饾椂饾棽饾椏 饾榿饾椉 饾棷饾棽 饾棶饾椈饾棿饾椏饾槅 饾榿饾椀饾棶饾椈 饾椂饾榿 饾椂饾榾 饾榿饾椉 饾棶饾椆饾椆饾椉饾槃 饾槅饾椉饾槀饾椏饾榾饾棽饾椆饾棾 饾榿饾椉 饾棷饾棽 饾榾饾棶饾棻. Sadness makes us feel vulnerable. It Involves opening yourself up, letting someone in and allowing them to see a part of you that is fragile, broken even.

饾棞饾榿 饾椂饾榾 饾棽饾棶饾榾饾椂饾棽饾椏 饾榿饾椉 饾棷饾棽 饾棶饾椈饾棿饾椏饾槅 饾榿饾椀饾棶饾椈 饾椂饾榿 饾椂饾榾 饾榿饾椉 饾棶饾椆饾椆饾椉饾槃 饾槅饾椉饾槀饾椏饾榾饾棽饾椆饾棾 饾榿饾椉 饾棷饾棽 饾榾饾棶饾棻. Sadness makes us feel vulnerable. It Involves opening yourself up, letting someone in and allowing them to see a part of you that is fragile, broken even.

饾棓饾棸饾棸饾棽饾椊饾榿 饾椀饾棽饾椆饾椊 饾棾饾椏饾椉饾椇 饾椉饾榿饾椀饾棽饾椏饾榾. Nobody鈥檚 going to give you an award at the end of your life if you were able to do it all on your own. There鈥檚 no medal for being completely self-reliant. If you鈥檙e too proud to understand this, then do it for the people who want to help you. It makes them feel alive.

饾棬饾椈饾棻饾棽饾椏饾榾饾榿饾棶饾椈饾棻 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾椊饾椉饾槃饾棽饾椏 饾椉饾棾 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾槃饾椉饾椏饾棻饾榾, 鈥滒潡溾欚潡 饾榾饾椉饾椏饾椏饾槅.鈥 It doesn鈥檛 matter if you didn鈥檛 mean to hurt someone, it doesn鈥檛 matter if you were joking, the road to Hell is paved by good intentions.

饾棬饾椈饾棻饾棽饾椏饾榾饾榿饾棶饾椈饾棻 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾椊饾椉饾槃饾棽饾椏 饾椉饾棾 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾槃饾椉饾椏饾棻饾榾, 鈥橉潡溾欚潡 饾榾饾椉饾椏饾椏饾槅.鈥 It doesn鈥檛 matter if you didn鈥檛 mean to hurt someone, it doesn鈥檛 matter if you were joking, the road to Hell is paved by good intentions.

饾棗饾椉饾椈鈥欚潣 饾棷饾棽 饾榾饾椉 饾椊饾椏饾椉饾槀饾棻 饾榿饾椀饾棶饾榿 饾槅饾椉饾槀 饾棸饾棶饾椈鈥欚潣 饾棶饾棻饾椇饾椂饾榿 饾槅饾椉饾槀鈥欚潡筐潡 饾槃饾椏饾椉饾椈饾棿.

饾棧饾棶饾槅 饾棶饾榿饾榿饾棽饾椈饾榿饾椂饾椉饾椈 饾榿饾椉 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾榿饾椀饾椂饾椈饾棿饾榾 饾槅饾椉饾槀 饾棽饾椈饾椃饾椉饾槅饾棽饾棻 饾棻饾椉饾椂饾椈饾棿 饾槃饾椀饾棽饾椈 饾槅饾椉饾槀 饾槃饾棽饾椏饾棽 饾棶 饾椄饾椂饾棻. Chances are, you鈥檒l come back to them when you鈥檙e an adult.

饾棧饾椆饾棶饾槅. Play when you鈥檙e a child. Play when you鈥檙e a teenager. Play when you鈥檙e an adult.

饾棜饾棽饾榿 饾椉饾槀饾榿饾榾饾椂饾棻饾棽 饾棶饾椈饾棻 饾棷饾椏饾棽饾棶饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾椂饾椈 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾棾饾椏饾棽饾榾饾椀 饾棶饾椂饾椏.

饾棤饾椉饾槂饾棽. Movement is medicine.

饾棯饾棽 饾槃饾棽饾椏饾棽 饾椇饾棽饾棶饾椈饾榿 饾榿饾椉 饾椇饾椉饾槂饾棽 饾椉饾槀饾椏 饾棷饾椉饾棻饾槅. Don鈥檛 be afraid of what other people think of your body either. The truth is that everybody else is too consumed with themselves and how they look. They鈥檙e not thinking about you and how you look. However, if you do meet someone who鈥檚 paying attention to how you look and seems to care deeply about it, there is a deeper issue that lies within them. It鈥檚 not your problem.

饾棔饾棽 饾棿饾椉饾椉饾棻 饾榿饾椉 饾槅饾椉饾槀饾椏饾榾饾棽饾椆饾棾. Be kind to your body. Treat it with respect so it can move easily and bring you from one place to the other.

饾棢饾椉饾槂饾棽 饾棶饾椈饾棻 饾棽饾椈饾椃饾椉饾槅 饾棾饾椉饾椉饾棻. Taste and see that it is good. And it is good! Don鈥檛 use it as a crutch. Don鈥檛 use it as a prize. Enjoy food when you鈥檙e celebrating with your loved ones and use it to fuel your body.

饾棜饾椉 饾榿饾椉 饾榿饾椀饾棽饾椏饾棶饾椊饾槅. Every single person needs to see a therapist. If the pandemic taught us anything it should be that all of us need to see someone for our own mental health.

饾棪饾棽饾棽饾椄 饾椏饾棽饾椆饾棶饾榿饾椂饾椉饾椈饾榾饾椀饾椂饾椊饾榾 饾槃饾椂饾榿饾椀 饾椊饾棽饾椉饾椊饾椆饾棽 饾椂饾椈 饾椏饾棽饾棶饾椆 饾椆饾椂饾棾饾棽, 饾棾饾棶饾棸饾棽 饾榿饾椉 饾棾饾棶饾棸饾棽, 饾椈饾椉饾榿 饾棷饾棽饾椀饾椂饾椈饾棻 饾棶 饾棸饾椉饾椇饾椊饾槀饾榿饾棽饾椏 饾榾饾棸饾椏饾棽饾棽饾椈. We need face to face interaction. We need to touch each other. We need to see each other. We need to hear each other鈥檚 voice. I need to look into your eyes and make a connection with you. I can鈥檛 do that through a computer screen.

饾棗饾椉饾椈鈥欚潣 饾棸饾椉饾椈饾棾饾椏饾椉饾椈饾榿 饾棶饾椈饾槅饾棷饾椉饾棻饾槅 饾椉饾槂饾棽饾椏 饾榿饾棽饾槄饾榿 饾椇饾棽饾榾饾榾饾棶饾棿饾棽 饾椉饾椏 饾棶 饾棸饾椉饾椇饾椊饾槀饾榿饾棽饾椏. You can鈥檛 take those words back. Anything that you do not want repeated should never be written down.

饾棗饾椉饾椈鈥欚潣 饾棸饾椉饾椈饾棾饾椏饾椉饾椈饾榿 饾棶饾椈饾槅饾棷饾椉饾棻饾槅 饾椉饾槂饾棽饾椏 饾榿饾棽饾槄饾榿 饾椇饾棽饾榾饾榾饾棶饾棿饾棽 饾椉饾椏 饾棶 饾棸饾椉饾椇饾椊饾槀饾榿饾棽饾椏. You can鈥檛 take those words back. Anything that you do not want repeated should never be written down.

Try your best to live away from home for a little bit of your life.

饾棪饾棶饾槅饾椂饾椈饾棿 鈥滒潡叼潡拣潡吼潡 饾椂饾榾 饾槃饾椀饾棽饾椏饾棽 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾椀饾棽饾棶饾椏饾榿 饾椂饾榾鈥 饾椇饾棽饾棶饾椈饾榾 饾榿饾椀饾棶饾榿 饾椀饾椉饾椇饾棽 饾椂饾榾 饾槃饾椀饾棽饾椏饾棽 饾槅饾椉饾槀 饾棾饾棽饾棽饾椆 饾榾饾棶饾棾饾棽. Maybe it鈥檚 with your family, maybe it鈥檚 with some friends, maybe it鈥檚 with a certain community. Wherever it is or whomever it is with, make sure that you get a chance to return. It鈥檚 good for the soul.

饾棩饾棽饾椆饾棶饾槄 饾棶饾椈饾棻 饾椆饾棽饾榿 饾槅饾椉饾槀饾椏 饾棿饾槀饾棶饾椏饾棻 饾棻饾椉饾槃饾椈 饾棶饾椏饾椉饾槀饾椈饾棻 饾棶 饾棾饾棽饾槃 饾椊饾棽饾椉饾椊饾椆饾棽. Allow them in and let them see who you truly are. I can鈥檛 tell you how to find these people, but I can tell you from experience that divulging your inner most secrets right away is not a good idea.

饾棗饾椉饾椈鈥欚潣 饾棿饾椉 饾棷饾椏饾棶饾棿饾棿饾椂饾椈饾棿 饾棶饾椆饾椆 饾椉饾槂饾棽饾椏 饾榾饾椉饾棸饾椂饾棶饾椆 饾椇饾棽饾棻饾椂饾棶 饾棶饾棷饾椉饾槀饾榿 饾椀饾椉饾槃 饾槃饾椉饾椈饾棻饾棽饾椏饾棾饾槀饾椆 饾槅饾椉饾槀饾椏 饾椆饾椂饾棾饾棽 饾椂饾榾; but if you feel like you must do this, stop and think about why you鈥檙e sharing. Answer these questions in the quiet of your heart: Are you trying to prove something to somebody? Or are you just trying to share your life? Are you trying to compensate for anything that you鈥檙e missing?

饾棫饾椀饾椂饾椈饾椄 饾棷饾棽饾棾饾椉饾椏饾棽 饾槅饾椉饾槀 饾椊饾槀饾榿 饾椉饾槀饾榿 饾椂饾椈饾榿饾椉 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾槃饾椉饾椏饾椆饾棻, 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾椊饾椂饾棸饾榿饾槀饾椏饾棽 饾椉饾棾 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾椆饾椂饾棾饾棽 饾槅饾椉饾槀 饾槃饾棶饾椈饾榿 饾椊饾棽饾椉饾椊饾椆饾棽 饾榿饾椉 饾榾饾棽饾棽. Life is too short to live a lie. The truth always seems to find its way to the surface.

饾棢饾棽饾棶饾椏饾椈 饾榿饾椉 饾椆饾棶饾槀饾棿饾椀 饾棶饾榿 饾槅饾椉饾槀饾椏饾榾饾棽饾椆饾棾. Don鈥檛 take yourself too seriously. Nobody expects you to be perfect. Jesus is the only one who鈥檚 perfect and I鈥檓 pretty sure he had a sense of humor.

饾棢饾棽饾棶饾椏饾椈 饾榿饾椉 饾椆饾棶饾槀饾棿饾椀 饾棶饾榿 饾槅饾椉饾槀饾椏饾榾饾棽饾椆饾棾. Don鈥檛 take yourself too seriously. Nobody expects you to be perfect. Jesus is the only one who鈥檚 perfect and I鈥檓 pretty sure he had a sense of humor.

Find your faith. Find hope. Life鈥檚 too long and hard to live without it.

饾棗饾椉饾椈鈥欚潣 饾棷饾棽 饾棶饾棾饾椏饾棶饾椂饾棻 饾榿饾椉 饾椊饾椆饾棶饾椈饾榿 饾椏饾椉饾椉饾榿饾榾. I didn鈥檛 learn this until I was older.

饾棧饾棽饾椉饾椊饾椆饾棽 饾棸饾椉饾椇饾棽 饾棶饾椈饾棻 饾棿饾椉 饾椂饾椈 饾椆饾椂饾棾饾棽. It鈥檚 hard to be the one who鈥檚 left behind. With each person that leaves they鈥檝e given you a gift.

饾棫饾椀饾棽 饾椊饾棽饾椉饾椊饾椆饾棽 饾椂饾椈 饾椉饾槀饾椏 饾椆饾椂饾槂饾棽饾榾 饾榿饾椀饾棶饾榿 饾椀饾椉饾椆饾棻 饾棶饾椈饾槅 饾榾饾椂饾棿饾椈饾椂饾棾饾椂饾棸饾棶饾椈饾棸饾棽 饾棶饾椏饾棽 饾棶饾椆饾槃饾棶饾槅饾榾 饾槃饾椂饾榿饾椀 饾槀饾榾. Sure, they might not be with us physically but they鈥檙e part of who we are. They are like little stars on a map. In the great ocean of life, it鈥檚 like being able to look at the night鈥檚 sky and navigate your way home by using the stars. You see where each person has left an imprint on you.

饾棗饾椉饾椈鈥欚潣 饾榾饾棶饾槅 饾榿饾椀饾椂饾椈饾棿饾榾 饾椆饾椂饾椄饾棽 鈥滒潡溾欚潡 饾棸饾椏饾棶饾槆饾槅.鈥 You may find out one day that you actually are.

饾棞饾棾 饾槅饾椉饾槀 饾棻饾椉 饾棾饾椂饾椈饾棻 饾椉饾槀饾榿 饾榿饾椀饾棶饾榿 饾槅饾椉饾槀 饾椀饾棶饾槂饾棽 饾椇饾棽饾椈饾榿饾棶饾椆 饾椂饾椆饾椆饾椈饾棽饾榾饾榾, 饾槀饾椈饾棻饾棽饾椏饾榾饾榿饾棶饾椈饾棻 饾榿饾椀饾棶饾榿 饾椂饾榿 饾椂饾榾 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾榾饾棶饾椇饾棽 饾棶饾榾 饾椀饾棶饾槂饾椂饾椈饾棿 饾棶饾榾饾榿饾椀饾椇饾棶. You didn鈥檛 choose it. It鈥檚 nothing to feel guilty about; the difference is that your asthma doesn鈥檛 hurt the people you love the most. Mental illness can hurt those closest to you.

饾棯饾棶饾榿饾棸饾椀 饾椇饾椉饾槂饾椂饾棽饾榾 饾棶饾椈饾棻 饾棶饾椆饾椆饾椉饾槃 饾槅饾椉饾槀饾椏饾榾饾棽饾椆饾棾 饾榿饾椉 饾棸饾椏饾槅. Crying is like, letting the part of us that hurts the most out, releasing it into the world and letting it go. If we don鈥檛 let go, our pain just sits and festers inside. It鈥檚 all consuming and shows up in different ways like rage or anger, or in habits like alcoholism or binge eating. It becomes a hole in our life that must be filled.

饾棯饾棶饾榿饾棸饾椀 饾椇饾椉饾槂饾椂饾棽饾榾 饾棶饾椈饾棻 饾棶饾椆饾椆饾椉饾槃 饾槅饾椉饾槀饾椏饾榾饾棽饾椆饾棾 饾榿饾椉 饾棸饾椏饾槅. Crying is like, letting the part of us that hurts the most out, releasing it into the world and letting it go. If we don鈥檛 let go, our pain just sits and festers inside. It鈥檚 all consuming and shows up in different ways like rage or anger, or in habits like alcoholism or binge eating. It becomes a hole in our life that must be filled.

饾棪饾榿饾棶饾椈饾棻 饾槀饾椊 饾棾饾椉饾椏 饾榿饾椀饾椉饾榾饾棽 饾槃饾椀饾椉 饾棸饾棶饾椈鈥欚潣 饾榾饾椊饾棽饾棶饾椄 饾槀饾椊 饾棾饾椉饾椏 饾榿饾椀饾棽饾椇饾榾饾棽饾椆饾槂饾棽饾榾. Stand up even if it means going against the popular or socially acceptable way of doing something.

Sit next to the person who doesn鈥檛 have anybody to sit by. Welcome the new person.

饾棛饾椂饾椈饾棻 饾榾饾椉饾椇饾棽饾椉饾椈饾棽 饾槃饾椀饾椉 饾椇饾棶饾椄饾棽饾榾 饾槅饾椉饾槀 饾槃饾棶饾椈饾榿 饾榿饾椉 饾棷饾棽 饾棶 饾棷饾棽饾榿饾榿饾棽饾椏 饾椊饾棽饾椏饾榾饾椉饾椈 饾棶饾椈饾棻 饾椀饾椉饾椆饾棻 饾椉饾椈 饾榿饾椉 饾榿饾椀饾棽饾椇 饾棾饾椉饾椏 饾棻饾棽饾棶饾椏 饾椆饾椂饾棾饾棽. This person isn鈥檛 asking you to change for them, they bring out the best in you the way salt brings out the flavor in any dish.

饾棛饾椂饾椈饾棻 饾榾饾椉饾椇饾棽饾椉饾椈饾棽 饾槃饾椀饾椉 饾椇饾棶饾椄饾棽饾榾 饾槅饾椉饾槀 饾椆饾棶饾槀饾棿饾椀.

饾棤饾棶饾椏饾椏饾椂饾棶饾棿饾棽 饾棸饾棶饾椈 饾棷饾棽 饾椆饾椉饾椈饾棿. It can get mundane, and it takes an awful lot to keep it romantic. Don鈥檛 make your marriage all about the kids; once those kids are gone, it鈥檚 just the two of you.

饾棜饾棽饾榿 饾棶饾槃饾棶饾槅 饾棶饾椈饾棻 饾椏饾棽饾椇饾棽饾椇饾棷饾棽饾椏 饾槃饾椀饾槅 饾槅饾椉饾槀 饾椆饾椉饾槂饾棽 饾棽饾棶饾棸饾椀 饾椉饾榿饾椀饾棽饾椏 饾椂饾椈 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾棾饾椂饾椏饾榾饾榿 饾椊饾椆饾棶饾棸饾棽. Have fun together. Laugh.

饾棜饾椂饾槂饾棽 饾椊饾棽饾椉饾椊饾椆饾棽 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾棷饾棽饾椈饾棽饾棾饾椂饾榿 饾椉饾棾 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾棻饾椉饾槀饾棷饾榿, 饾棽饾榾饾椊饾棽饾棸饾椂饾棶饾椆饾椆饾槅 饾槅饾椉饾槀饾椏 饾棾饾椏饾椂饾棽饾椈饾棻饾榾. Be confident and secure in your friendship. I wish I had figured this out 15 years ago. I spent more than enough time feeling bad about myself and ruining friendships that were perfectly fine because I was jealous and insecure.

饾棜饾椂饾槂饾棽 饾椊饾棽饾椉饾椊饾椆饾棽 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾棷饾棽饾椈饾棽饾棾饾椂饾榿 饾椉饾棾 饾榿饾椀饾棽 饾棻饾椉饾槀饾棷饾榿, 饾棽饾榾饾椊饾棽饾棸饾椂饾棶饾椆饾椆饾槅 饾槅饾椉饾槀饾椏 饾棾饾椏饾椂饾棽饾椈饾棻饾榾. Be confident and secure in your friendship. I wish I had figured this out 15 years ago. I spent more than enough time feeling bad about myself and ruining friendships that were perfectly fine because I was jealous and insecure.

饾棟饾棽饾棶饾椆饾椉饾槀饾榾饾槅 饾棶饾椈饾棻 饾椂饾椈饾榾饾棽饾棸饾槀饾椏饾椂饾榿饾槅 饾榾饾榿饾棽饾棶饾椆 饾槅饾椉饾槀饾椏 饾榿饾椂饾椇饾棽 饾棶饾槃饾棶饾槅.

Take this with a grain of salt or read this and heed some of my words of advice. That鈥檚 all it is: advice.

By Bert A.

As the creator of the lifestyle blog and book, Me Before Mom, Bert supports millennial moms facing the challenges and changes of motherhood. Me Before Mom is an online community that offers support through real life stories, encouraging advice, and answers to questions about how a woman maintains herself during this self-sacrificial time of parenthood. Stories from Bert Anderson have helped women across the globe through the Huffington Post, Today鈥檚 Parent, and on the Harry show. Whether weathering the first year of motherhood or walking through the later stages of motherhood, Bert has helped many continue to find herself while still in the throes of motherhood. Purchase your copy of聽Me Before Mom: Putting Your Oxygen Mask on First today!

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