On Braces, Broad Shoulders & Big Brows...

What would you say if you could snuggle a bit of encouragement into your 16 year old self today?

I’ll go first..

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Piercing a second hole in your ear will NOT be worth the embarrassment of suddenly passing out on the floor in the middle of a crowded mall.

Someday your linebacker shoulders will look killer in a halter-style dress.

Feeling hurt when you’re left out of a get-together with girlfriends stings just as much at 29 as it does when you're in high school.

Your desire to impact others will never go away, so you might as well start now.

Those younger girls look up to you… Do your best to show them what it can look like to be a sassy combo of smart + funny + cute, but most of all - kindness is the key.

Sleepovers with girlfriends are far less frequent as an adult.  Enjoy them while you still can.

Stop wasting money/time trying to find the perfect acne remedy… Your skin will clear up (for good!) just days after you stop eating sugar.

For the love of tweezuhs: PLEASE, STOP OVER-PLUCKING ZEE BROWS.

She probably didn’t mean to hurt your feelings, and if she did - It’s either because she feels awful about herself or is not someone you want to be friends with anyway.

Frosted nude lipstick is not a good look on someone with your skin tone.  Stick with the berry brights.

When your closest guy friends can’t stand the boy you’re dating, it’s because they probably know you a lot better than you know yourself.

Wear your FREAKING retainer unless you want to have braces again.  (Two more times!)

Just because someone let him stand outside of an Abercrombie with his shirt off does not make him a model.  (Even if he really is a model, it won’t help the fact that he’s not a nice guy.)

You may get teased now, but someday you'll be glad you learned to brush aside the brand-names and embrace vintage at an early age… Oh, and thanks for hanging on to the good stuff.

Spend as much time with your grandparents as humanly possible.  Ask them every question you can think of, and write down all of their answers. 

He IS out there, little lovebug.  Start praying for him now, and you be infinitely blessed later.  (I can't WAIT for you to meet him!)

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The more I thought about what I'd tell her, the more I realized:  

In most cases, the things we wish we would have known are what make us who we really are.
— Jessie Pepper

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I certainly wish there were someway I could sit Mini-Jessie down for a hug-fest and a hot cup of her someday-favorite tea but since that clearly isn’t an option, I’ve chosen to go another route...  

Passing along the things we’ve learned - from major mistakes to minor missteps, and many many heartbreaks in between - can be a precious gift to give the gals coming along behind us. 

Will you do me a petit favor this week?  

Find yourself a younger gal (you’ll know the one that needs you when you see that look in her eyes) and tell her that she is darling and lovely and JUST right and that everything will work out ok.  And then tell her, if it doesn’t?  That you’ll help her see it through, because we’re all in this together and that’s what we girls do.

In the meantime... I'm going to try and dig up a photo of those braces and big brows to show you sometime soon. ;)

With Broad-Shoulders (That Protect A Brave Heart),

XOXO - Jessie Pepper

Ps. - Have you ever thought about writing a note to Little You before?  I'd love to hear what you would have to say, and can already tell I'm going to be hanging on your every word. :)


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