Friday, March 11, 2016

Dear Teen Me

Today we're doing a fun exercise in celebration of Kelly Hashway's recent releases. I'll let Kelly explain the rules:




If you want in on the fun, just post a letter to yourself on your blog and add your name to this list. If you're participating, here's the code to add the below linky list to your site. And don't forget to check out all the other letters.

And now, for my Dear Teen Me letter!

Dear Girl with Big Hair:

Yes, you think you look cool with all that Aqua Net in your permed hair...



Okay, scratch that. You don't think you look cool. Not at all. In fact, you're pretty sure you have the chubbiest cheeks of anyone in the whole world.

You'll grow out of those. You'll also find that what you read in Seventeen magazine is correct--people with round faces look younger longer. That will all change once you hit your 40s, but enjoy looking younger than you are while it lasts!

Also--YOU AREN'T FAT! You look great. The older you get, the more you'll puzzle over the fact that you don't see that. (The hair looks ridiculous, but that's just because it went out of style sometime not long after that picture was taken of you.)

Enjoy college. Stop worrying about guys. Have fun with your friends and learn as much as possible because you'll spend the rest of your life working.

(Oh...and, by the way, you might want to pay particular attention in English class. Writing skills will be more important to you than you realize!)

Signed,
Middle-Aged Me


41 comments:

  1. Yeah, it was probably a good thing that hair style eventually died...
    And of course, you don't look like you're in your forties. Good for that round face, huh?

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    1. Thank you, Alex! Round face and maybe not spending much time outdoors. The sun can be brutal on a person's skin.

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  2. Stephanie, you still look pretty young now, I agree. I love your natural hair color in that picture. Styles comes and goes but the beauty remains.
    Pretty good piece of advice you gave to your teen self. I did the Aqua Net ritual too. God knows how much chemicals I've inhaled through the days. We didn't do drugs, we sprayed it on. lol.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. LOL, Julia--I'm afraid to see what would happen if I stopped coloring my hair. I think there's gray there but what I don't know won't hurt me. Yes, Aqua Net lost some big bucks once big hair went out of style.

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  3. That was good. I was considering doing this, but decided not to. I wouldn't know what to tell teen me.

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    1. It isn't always easy, but it's definitely a learning experience.

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  4. I wasn't one for big hair, but I do remember walking in the school hallways through the Aqua Net smog as everyone fixed themselves up in front of their locker mirrors. :)

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    1. I remember locker mirrors! I don't remember people spraying hairspray in the halls, but I'm sure it's just something I've forgotten. How RUDE! I do remember people putting on makeup in the bathroom and hogging the mirrors. It was always the same people!

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  5. Oh wow! The big hair! I didn't do the fluffing of my bangs until I was in my 20s. We all should have had someone telling us those things when we were teens. :)

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    1. I remember making fun of pictures of people in 70s yearbooks because their hair was so flat and straight. I didn't realize that was going to be in style from 1990 until the end of time!

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  6. Great letter, Stephanie. I had fun participating.

    I think you were adorable. :)

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    1. Yours was great, too. Thank you for the compliments and thank you for joining in!

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  7. Great letter. Oh, the days of big hair. ;)

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  8. Great letter to teen self. Especially the paying attention in English bit. LOL

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    1. I took a refresher course in my 20s--best thing I ever did for my writing!

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  9. What a great letter. Loved it and I found some parallels too. Like hair and weight. I think we all thought those things.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. There is comfort in knowing we're all insecure about that stuff at that age. Heck, I'm still insecure about some of it!

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  10. Stephanie, you're a beautiful teenager!!! Loved This!!!!

    I have to chuckle with my own thoughts at that age and how I used to think I was fat when I think I weighed all of 100 pounds. Hahaaa...I remember that hair style too!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Cathrina! I never weighed that little, but I would have felt insecure no matter how I looked. My friend was "too thin" and she was more self-conscious about how she looked than I was. I think it's just part of being that age, sadly. And it's normal for us to look back and say, "I looked great. Why didn't I realize that?!"

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  11. Love the hair-very 80's:) Lovely words you have written to your teen self and many teen girls can relate

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    1. 80s Hendersonville. All the girls in my hometown had HUGE hair. The high school cheerleader picture from my senior year looks ridiculous--I wasn't a cheerleader, but someone posted it and everyone was stunned at how they all looked. ALL blonde, all big hair. It was like a bunch of people trying to look like Big Bird!

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  12. Love the letter... and the photo!

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  13. Loved it! The hair, the cheeks, feeling chubby - gads! You bring back memories ;-) Really fun exercise!

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  14. Too cute, Stephanie!! I didn't think to add a photo from way back. Great idea!!

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  15. If only our teenage selves would/could listen.

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  16. I had basically the same hair back in the day. My high school year book picture from senior year was taken the summer before senior year and my hair is huge- by the time the yearbook came out my hair was flat and more in style. :) I am always amazed to look back at pictures of myself when I thought I was overweight. What were we thinking?

    Great letter!

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  17. Aw, this is so much fun. If we only knew those years were mostly good. (For most of us.)I always compared myself to the other girls who were cuter and smarter than me.

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  18. This is such a brilliant idea! Would we have listened back then I wonder? Can't wait to write my letter.

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  19. Fantastic. And I think the hair looks great in the pic.

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  20. I remember that look. I could never pull it off. Probably because I never figured out hair spray. Still can't figure it out.

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  21. Just be glad your mom only wanted you to wear flat hair. You were cool to have it all poofed up.

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  22. Pay more attention in English classes.....love it!

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  23. Beautiful. The letter to my teenage self would have been similar. This was wise advice that I probably needed to hear as a teenager! ;) You didn't have big hair! You were right in style!

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  24. OMG. This is an awesome post! I don't quite know what I'd say to myself except: Dear Teen-Me. Food is not your friend. Love, me.

    Hahahah! Love this post, Stephanie! And thanks for visiting.

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  25. Oi. There are all kinds of things I could tell teen me, but teen me wouldn't want to hear it. >_< As much as I mocked people who thought they were invincible because of their youth, I totally thought I was invincible because of my youth. And the last thing teen me would want to hear is, "I'm nearly 37 and feel like I know nothing, and you know even less."

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  26. I love this. It's so hard to be a teenager, and I remember big hair :-) The last line is great - pay attention in English Class!

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  27. Really cute letter and a fun idea!

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  28. I think we all wish we could tell our younger selves that no we don't look as bad as we think.

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