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T W E N T Y - F I V E || Sweet Sixteen Bailey Jean

Dear Bailey Jean,

Enjoy your golden year, my dear. You turned sixteen on July 16th, and I promise it only gets better! Yes, your junior year will be hard. You'll get your first and only C and, honey, you will survive. You'll fall in love with Shakespeare and begin the oh so daunting task of looking at colleges and trying to choose a major. Don't stress, you'll change it all last minute anyway ;)

Six years from now you will be miles away from where you ever expected to end up (and yes, literally 2,000+ miles away) and it will be incredible. My biggest piece of advice to you is to enjoy the ups and the downs, and remember to look for joy in your trials no matter your season, state, or status. It will make all the difference. Yes, prom will bring drama, but it will also be a sweet memory. Yes, you'll struggle through college algebra and statistics, but there is laughter to be had. Yes, you'll experience heartache and loss, but your support system will surprise you.

Keep writing. Keep creating. Keep at it even when people let you down or put you down. God has given you passions and talents for a reason. He will show you the way at exactly the right time.

Give Mrs. Wood an extra hug, and tell Mr. McKeever thank you a few more times. Remember that you don't have to do it all but what you decide to do, do well. Enjoy your last two years of high school. Don't pressure yourself so much. It will all work out. 

And be careful with your heart. You're saving it for something --and someone-- special. I'm not sure who it is yet, but your 22 year old self will be proud of the choices you made even when they went against the grain. 

I'm proud of you, dear, and someday you will be, too.

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  1. I enjoyed reading your letter. I never pictured you as someone who might have a heart attack over a C. Haha. Anyways, oh how I wish there could be time travel and we could actually recover these as a young teen. How do you think it would encourage us? I wonder if I'd even belive myself! Haha I've always been a doubting Thomas

    1. Haha, oh girl, that C was meltdown worthy. ;) And I doubt I would listen at sixteen either! I'd either laugh it off or be completely bewildered.