18 Things I’ve Learned in 18 Years of Life

One: Dream big.

Two: The world does not revolve around you.

Three: You’re going to fail. You’re going to fall down. You’re going to mess up. And that is okay. When you do fail, give yourself grace, get back up, and try again (maybe even in a different and better way). Take comfort and rest in the fact that you serve a God who loves you no matter how you fail, a God who will never ever fail you.

Four: Worrying does nothing but drain you of your joy, your life, and your time. Cast all your cares on Christ.

Five: Forget the mirror. You were fearfully and wonderfully made by God. Remember what He thinks of you when He looks at you, His creation. Beautiful.

Six: Treasure your good memories of the past, but do not let the bad ones define you. Look forward to the future, but do not focus on it only. And remember: Treat the present as a gift.

Seven: Love is hard, but love is worth it.

Eight: Give thanks.

Nine: Life is short. Eat the cake. Dance in the rain. Take a dare. Go on the trip. Say yes (or say no!). Live life to the fullest, because every day is a gift.

Ten: Home is not a place. Home is people. Home is family and friends. Wherever I am with them, I am home. I can be in the high desert of Utah or the mountains of Washington, and as long as I am with my people, I am home.

Eleven: You can do anything, but you cannot do everything.

Twelve: Being the odd one out is not a bad thing.

Thirteen: Hold on to hope.

Fourteen: You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. -A.A. Milne

Fifteen: Stories have the power to change the world.

Sixteen: It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to use up a box of Kleenex or cry until you cannot cry anymore. It’s okay to curl up under your covers and just cry.

Seventeen: Write the story of your heart. ❤

Eighteen: You and I are loved by God with a never-stopping, never-giving-up, un-breaking, always-and-forever love. Always.

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