Dear Miss Twenty-Five,
We made it! Tomorrow is the big 2-5, which means another year has passed and a quarter-century lived. You stuck it out through trials and tribulations, and can now stand proudly looking over everything that has evolved and come to fruition. It seems like yesterday you were trying to fight the humidity and lack of sleep in order to make it home. Oh, how so much has changed in a few short months. You’ve traded in rain boots for snow boots, tanks tops for parkas, and now 24 for 25.
As you embark on another new journey, remember to never stop being yourself. No matter how much life changes always stay true to your unique pathway in life. God has given you a special purpose for this new year. Seek Him and walk in His path, pray that each day reveals a new piece of the journey. Invest in relationships, near and far. Branch outside your comfort zone to make new connections and continue to kindle the special ones walking alongside you. Act on your intuition and instincts. Stop just thinking about it, and instead do it. When you get the urge to call a friend, compliment a stranger, or take time for yourself–do it. Remember how quickly 24 passed; don’t let 25 pass you by without capturing your instincts. Wake up with thanksgiving in your heart, you are living a new day, surrounded by so many fortunes and gifts (big or small). Live for more sleep and less stress. I promise, everything is u n d e r c o n t r o l. Get back some of those sleepless nights by setting daily goals to be productive, get things done, and go to bed early. When that little voice called “procrastination” makes its way into the back of your brain–avoid it at all costs. Instead of giving into the idea of sitting back, think back to the earlier point about following intuition and getting things done. You will actually be able to enjoy those big and little moments with a crossed off to-do list! Try to shut your brain off. It’s exhausting running on all cylinders at all times. Go back to carrying a notebook and write down those random fleeting thoughts that creep back up in the most inopportune times. Again, we are trying to avoid stress here. Set aside time to reorient yourself to old hobbies and begin new ones. Pick up an oil paint set, your old brushes, and just start painting. Get lost for a moment while creating on canvas. Keep anxiety and worry at bay by holding firm to your faith. The end of 24 was challenging and doubt sneaked it’s way into your heart, but keep clinging to the promises laid out by God, “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
As the big day of celebrating ends and the quiet fills your heart, go back to this open letter written by a girl who is starting down an unfamiliar path of being 25. Refer to it often and hold yourself accountable because we only get one go around, so make this year your best year yet.
Your Inner Best Self