From 18 to 22 || A Letter to Myself

Monday, January 16, 2017


I'm writing this just after reading a letter addressed to myself, written by myself as an 18 year-old high school senior. "As of now, I have big plans for myself," it reads. I remember my excitement about this class assignment asking us to write letters to our future selves, to later be mailed out by the school five years later. It was, however, that last thing I expected to receive on this typical January weekend.

I've come to learn that your twenties are precious. It's a time of instability, discovery, and endless cycles of challenge and success. Reading this letter quickly had me holding back tears, as cliché as that sounds. Not for reasons of nostalgia or regret, but more out of realization. Of the goals I had set for myself five years ago, almost all have been accomplished thus far (minus consistent exercise of course). It was that kind of realization that makes you step back to acknowledge everything you have to appreciate.

Emotionally speaking, the start of this new year has been exactly what the twenties are -- unpredictable. Waves of feeling burnt out are followed by elation and determination, and often times I'm not sure what my next steps should be. But realizing that I've now exceeded my 18 year-old expectations is a small but much-needed feeling of encouragement. As my final partnership with Reebok's #PerfectNever campaign, I want to pass off the reminder that the inevitability of challenge should never offset accomplishment of any scale. Stay proud of your present and determined for your future. Things will fall into place. Please excuse the cheese.


Sports Bra // Jacket // Leggings (similar) // Shoes

Thank you to Reebok for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

15 comments

  1. Great and very comfy outfit, I must get something similar :-) In recent times your name is connected to your old profile G +, I was wondering if you know it...

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  2. I wish we had this assignment when I was younger. I'm glad you've accomplished what you set out for yourself years ago.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

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  3. I love hearing you reconnect with your younger self, I am glad that you feel like you exceeded your expectations now in your 20s. I also find your 20s to be hard, because you are always trying to find your niche! Great post

    xo, Yasmin
    www.iamyasmin.ca

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    1. Thank you! It's definitely a challenge but the letter was rewarding!

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  4. Great post! Writing a letter to yourself is really cool. It shows how much you've evolved through the years and how much you've accomplished through time too. I really like your outfit too. :)

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  5. The post is great! I love your blog:)

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  6. It's so crazy how much life can truly change in just a few short years! There really is SUCH a difference between 18 and 22. This was a great post!

    Xo,

    Megan at Lush to Blush

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    1. I totally agree! It's always nice to look back on everything you've accomplished!

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  7. I love your sportwear outfit !
    The leggings are great.
    xx,
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com/

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  8. Cute look and the letter writing idea is very touching. Wish you the best <3

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  9. What a lovely idea. Congratulations on all the things you've accomplished so far. I hope that this will be a great year for you.

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  10. I did something similar to this a couple of years ago and it was really therapeutic! Great post doll, very inspiring xx

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  11. love this leggings, great print
    NEW REVIEW ON MY BLOG <<< fashion blogger >>>
    have an happy day
    kisses

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  12. If only then what i knew now. but no sense in living in regret. Anyway you look really amazing and I'm glad to hear that you reconnected with your younger self!

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