2014 Dear Younger Me Campaign: Open Letter to Ashley…

Dear Ashley,

Did you know once you are an adult that you will have responsibilities that aren’t even fun! What comes with responsibilities is hard work. With hard work comes deadlines… With deadlines comes expectations… With expectations comes stress…You’ll do a lot of this throughout your life until you fully cast all your cares and worries to God in 2012.

Baby Ashley 🙂

I want to let you know that I LOVE YOU so much! You may not hear that often from friends and family, so don’t expect it. Just because others don’t tell you what you’re worth doesn’t make you less than. You’ll have to grow up building YOU up. Your father won’t be around for long. And I wish I could give you an accurate time, the reasons behind what you will encounter but it hurts too much. Well, I guess this is the appropriate time to share a little of what’s to come.

Alright, well you’ll lose your best friend to Alzheimer’s Disease and you won’t know until it’s too late. He won’t be around to see you go to prom nor will he make it to see you graduate from high school. You fought a great fight during high school & it hurts that he won’t be there to witness the blood, sweat & tears you put in to get here. But I’m HERE TO TELL YOU you got this baby!

What hurts more is that it won’t really hit you until you go away to college. You know depression all too well, that creep will soon come back into your life. Don’t allow it! Easy said than done, but I know you’re a fighter. Why? Because you’ll go through many more tests where you will have to press yourself through adversity, heartache, disappointment and much more.

Stay away from guys that have potential. Potential in a sense of when it comes to romantic relationships is a waste, and you need to focus on your education anyways. Please save yourself (mind, body, soul) for your husband. And DO NOT settle for potential because potential doesn’t back up their words with actions. I’m praying for you daily, and I want the best for you… your days get tough but don’t take away what God has given you, and that’s your life & a phenomenal vision.

Ashley Strange | Founder of Mentoring Young Girls

Instagram: Ashley_GNL

3 thoughts on “2014 Dear Younger Me Campaign: Open Letter to Ashley…

  1. DysthymiaBree says:

    A great post! It would have been lovely to receive a letter like this when I was younger. (Mind you, being young and stupid, I probably wouldn’t have heeded it.)
    Thank you for sharing this. XX

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