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Letter to My 16-year old Self

cathleen - sweet 16

Letter to My 16 year old Self (written for my granddaughter, Janie Rae on her 16th birthday)

Listen to your heart.  Inside is a beautiful, intelligent woman who knows more than you realize, and she will never steer you wrong.

The voice in your head is your conscience.  She knows right from wrong.  Learn to trust her and listen to what she says.

Follow your passion.  Don’t listen to others who think they know better.  You know best.  You want to spend your life being creative, encouraging others, and making a difference.  It may not make you money, but it will make you happy!

When you meet your soul mate, you will know.  Everyone else that you think you love will help you learn exactly what you are looking for in a life-long partner.

Your mother is your best friend.  There are times that it doesn’t seem like it, but she will have your back for as long as she is alive.

Keep laughing.  Laughter is the great peacemaker.  Laughter makes friends, calms storms and makes you feel better about yourself.  Your ability to light up a room is one of your best qualities.

Writing letters is still the most effective form of communication.  If you have something to say, write it down.  Email, texts and voicemail don’t convey your real feelings.

Honesty is not overrated.  If you continue to be honest and true to your word, people will respect you, and you will garner their loyalty.

Mother Nature is the best drug there is.  Everything else pales in comparison.

Life is not measured by the numbers of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away (I borrowed this one).

With all my love,


4 comments on “Letter to My 16-year old Self

  1. mtmaher
    October 23, 2014

    Cathleen I love that you shared this here. It’s an inspiration to all mothers and grandmothers to share their wisdom forward to their daughters/children. What a wonderful gift to your grand-daughter! I’m definitely gonna steal this:)

  2. cathleennardi
    October 25, 2014

    Thanks Maureen. Seemed like a good share for our tribes module. I like your idea about writing one for Sophie…

  3. Brandee Shafer
    November 4, 2014

    This means so much to your granddaughter, I’m sure, and it will just mean more to her as time passes.

    • cathleennardi
      November 4, 2014

      Thanks, Brandee. My mother enjoyed it as well. The art of writing letters appears to be disappearing. I wanted to capture these words for all of us!

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