Friday, March 04, 2016

Write a Letter to Your Teen Self!

First, I want to announce the winner of last week's getaway. Diane Carlisle won the ARC of Piper Morgan Joins the Circus. Diane's one of my favorite people, so YAY!


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Kelly Hashway has been rocking the re-release of her book, Into the Fire. As part of her re-release blitz, she's come up with a great idea. She's sharing it in her newsletter, but I thought I'd do a super-duper blog hop to help her out.



Here's the plan. If you want to join in on the fun, just add your blog to the list below and post your letter Friday, March 11th. You can get the link at the bottom of this page, where it says "Get Link Code." I'll have this list up all next week.

If you want to see what a Dear Teen Me letter looks like, here's mine from DearTeenMe.com in 2014. I'll be writing a new one next week. (Click on the picture to read more.)


Who's in? Sign up here to participate:


34 comments:

  1. Dear teen me - don't give up on the guitar hero dreams. And oh yeah, despite being a geek, you're going to marry a very sexy woman. (And you won't even have to bribe her...)

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    1. I think geeks rule once you get to adulthood.

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  2. Oh my, my teen me happened so very long ago.

    I can tell you a funny story. I repeatedly ran into this woman who would talk about playing basketball in high school. Eventually, I understood the woman was reminding me of her popularity in high school. One of my much younger sister's went to school remembered her from their school years. We all had a laugh about it had been a few years since high school. Like about thirty at that point.

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    1. Mine happened pretty long ago, too. I ran into someone from high school when I was in my 20s and she gave me this long update on what all of these people were doing now. I honestly had no idea who most of those people were...there were 500 in my graduating class and I only paid attention to my friends and a few of the most attention-getting people. I think the popular people think everyone's watching them...we aren't. I did observe people a lot, so I personally think I noticed people more than most of my peers did...and even then, I didn't know most of their names.

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  3. One of the lessons I did in my class was writing letters. One was to imagine yourself on a trip somewhere you've never been and write to someone about what you see, hear, etc. Another was to write a letter that will never be sent, writing to a role model, former teacher, an author, etc. I wrote about this on my blog on 2/22. If I had known about this idea, I might have considered it too.

    Not sure what I would write to my teen self, but I might think about it for my blog.

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    1. I think the Dear Teen Me site came out of a book that someone wrote a while ago. A lot of successful YA authors at the time participated in that. I've never read the book, but it's the perfect exercise for the Internet because everyone can do it!

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  4. Dear teen me, Don't ever get student loans. You'll still be paying them off in your 40s!

    Have a great weekend, Stephanie! :)

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    1. Haha--that's the gift that just keeps on giving, isn't it?

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  5. Mine would be very short: Dear Teen Mich, PUT THE DAMN DRUGS DOWN and go play your guitar.

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  6. This sounds like fun! If I were to write a letter to teen me, I'd probably say, "You are right where you need to be. You'll see in due time!"

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    1. It's amazing how much clearer that gets as you get older.

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  7. Get your college degree way before you did. It would have helped so much.

    Don't marry that guy, he'll put you into debt and you knew that before you married him.

    I think that's about it for me.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Why do I have a feeling our teen selves wouldn't have listened to great advice like that?!

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  8. I like that idea of a letter to my teen self but right now I am working on a letter to my daughter for her 18th birthday tomorrow.

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  9. Interesting idea. I may take you up on this. I've a lot to say to 1986 Jeffrey.

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    1. LOL. We're around the same age then!

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  10. ooh so cool! I never know what I'd tell my teen self. Probably just to be less self conscious and not care so much what people think.

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  11. Love that letter you wrote.
    Mine would be short.
    It does get better. Much better.

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  12. A creative idea about writing to my teen self. She would have probably listened to what I was telling her. She was quite matured for her age. That must be why my mature self is old now...
    Hugs,
    JB

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  13. I also had to learn to let go. I'd tell myself to get involved with what's around me.

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  14. That's a showstopping first-line in your Dear Teen Me entry, Stephanie. Mainly because it was the truth most of us didn't want to hear. (Great idea on writing letters to our teenage selves from Kelly!)

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  15. I was such a wise and noble teen, I just know what I could tell her. LOL

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  16. I'd tell my teen self that you're living in a bubble. This world you're living in is less than 1/10 that it can offer. Go after the rest of that 9/10 no matter what anyone says.

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  17. It would be an very interesting exercise ~ childhood memories going back to age 2.5 are still there and the pictures just come flooding back if I think about events.

    If I did write a letter to my teen self I would give out lots of warnings and advice and in that way if my former self knew it was me he might just listen to someone older and wiser . . :)

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  18. whoop, whoop! I never win, well…except for now. :)

    Thanks again!

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  19. Thinking about teen me is not exactly the most fun prospect, but I do love reading the letters everyone writes!

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  20. Thanks so much for putting this together, Stephanie! :)

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  21. What a great idea.
    You were such a cutie...and of course still are.

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