A letter to myself at 16


You made it to your senior year in college! I know that seems like a million years away to you but trust me, it’s going to fly by.  I have some words of wisdom for you- although I know you think you know it all right now.  Truth is, you don’t know the half of it.  By the time you’re entering your final semester in college you STILL won’t know the half of it, so you might as well accept that part now.

First of all, lighten up. You are literally so boring. Instead of studying for AP exams (which you won’t do well on, anyway), go out. Have fun. I’m not saying you have to drink or go crazy. Even at almost 22 that will never really be your scene.  Just do something. Appreciate your movie nights with the girls- these will continue to be your favorite kind of nights. You don’t have to go to the movies every weekend though, save some money for college…please.

Listen to your friends. He’s not worth it. He’s not even good looking and he probably couldn’t catch a football if you threw it at his face with a vineyard vines gift card attached to it. You do not deserve to feel the way you are feeling. Believing he’s going to change or that he’s worthy of you doesn’t make you an optimist, it makes you a moron. You’ll look back and laugh at this soon enough. There are infinitely better things to come. Well, just one good thing. It will be worth the wait.

Spoiler alert: you’re going to fall in love in 2011.  I know you don’t believe me, so I won’t try to convince you.  Just trust me when I say that for once, the best thing that’s ever happened to you won’t be Panera mac&cheese. 

Cut the attitude with your parents. They turn out to be really awesome and trust me, you would not get very far without them. Dad knows how to fix absolutely everything, so don’t panic when you mess something up.  Notice how I said when, not if.

Give Taylor a hug.

Spend more time with your grandparents.  It only gets harder as you get busier and they won’t be around forever. Make new memories with them. You’ll always have your old memories but they start to get fuzzy after a while. Eat as many of Grammie’s blueberry pancakes as you possibly can. No one will ever be able to make them quite like her. That woman is a Godsend and pretty soon he’s going to need her back.

Shop at Target. You’re obnoxious with your full Hollister & Abercrombie wardrobe. Like, you can’t be serious. Save that money for college!!

You’re going to drift away from some of your friends. This is ok. The ones who remain will be the ones who were really there all along. Cherish them, they’re amazing.  Thank them for putting up with your BS.

Stop worrying so much. You care way too much about things that are out of your control, I’d say it might even be your biggest flaw.  You’ll still struggle with this at 21, but in a much more functional way. By 31 you might even be normal.  Do less, girl.

Contrary to popular your belief, life will go on after high school.  It’s not the best time of your life. It’s actually really awkward. You’ll always love your high school and your graduating class, but you’ll find that they’re never really too far away. You’ll reconnect in the most unexpected places.  And stop saying “I don’t want to go to college because I don’t want new friends”.  At 21, making new friends will be one of your favorite things.  You’re going to meet some really awesome people in college and they will become some of the best friends you’ve ever had.  

Enjoy where you are right now, but don’t be afraid of where you’re going.  You’re a pretty cool kid and once you figure that out (and stop being so boring) you’re going to have a great time.

A you who’s still got a whole lot to learn.


Why We Love The Bachelor

It’s back!  The new season of The Bachelor has officially hit the televisions of millions of women (and men) and has brought Juan Pablo’s bilingual muscles with it.  We all look forward to this season after season- but why?  I don’t know about you, but by the end of every season I am so mentally and emotionally invested in these complete strangers that I can’t help but laugh at myself.  It really is ridiculous.

So what is it?  Is it Juan Pablo’s tan? Sean’s body? I know for sure it wasn’t Desiree’s constant waterworks…but something draws us in time and time again (17 times, to be exact).  Here’s a few reasons, in my opinion, that The Bachelor keeps us coming back for more.

1. Great looking people- whether it’s a season of 25 women and 1 man, or 25 men and 1 woman, you have to admit that there has never been anyone on the show that isn’t at least a certifiable 8.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of Juan Pablo’s hair gel or the fact that he has a v-neck for every color of the rainbow, but I can admit that he’s pretty darn handsome.  And then we watch the girls come out of the limo and it seems like they get more and more PERFECT with every perfectly pedicured stiletto step they take. We love to look at good looking people.  It may not be the best thing for our confidence levels but man is it addicting.

2. The clothes- I’m not even going to talk about Juan Pablo’s clothes because I really just can’t with him.  I can’t.  But the gowns on the girls?!  They’re pretty much the only reason I’m watching this first episode because I’ve heard just about enough about friggen Camila Valentina (insert accent). I really wonder sometimes how much money these girls blow on clothes before coming on the show because there’s no way they all have these amazing wardrobes. Not to mention their perfect bodies.  I’m on my fourth sugar cookie of the night as I write this, by the way.

3. The dates- They’re so extreme.  Like…so unbelievably unrealistic.  But we buy into it every time and think to ourselves “ahh, some day some man will take me horseback riding on a private island to our awaiting champagne toast and candlelit dinner”. Gag me.  Whatever.  The dates all over the planet are ok I guess.

4. The drama- OBVIOUSLY. The best part. There’s always those one or two basket cases who the network is clearly keeping around for viewers.  We ignore this clear fact. Instead, we stare intently like “OH MY GOD SEAN HOW CAN YOU NOT SEE THAT SHE IS CLINICALLY INSANE!!” Newsflash.  He knows.  We don’t care though, it’s hysterical. 

5. Love- It’s so dumb, but so true.  We all watch it because regardless of whether we’re looking or not, we all love love.  There’s nothing better than the idea of finding love against all odds (not that being one man in a house of 27 women is any tough odds).  Regardless, we truly buy into the fact that each of the people on this ridiculous show deserves love and we want to watch them find it!  Is that so hard to understand, guys?
So ladies, don’t let the guys bring you down during these two hours of trashy television per week.  We’re completely justified in our love for The Bachelor and if they don’t like it, well maybe they should spend the two hours working on their Venezuelan accents.