5 Thing I Wish I Had Known When I Was 15

Today, I turn 21! It’s strange because growing up I always thought turning 21 made you SO old. But, now that I’m actually 21, I’m realizing everyday how young I really am. I wasn’t really sure what to do for today’s post, so I thought I would share with you 5 things I wish I had known when I was 15. Some of these are Chrissy-specific, but hopefully you'll be able to get something out of them anyways. A lot of the readers of my blog are young, and looking back, I really wish someone would have told me these things. (I’ve also included a picture of my 15 year old self for your entertainment…you are welcome)

1.       Be thankful for your family. They are the ones that will always love and support you, even when you might not deserve it. They might drive you nuts, but I promise one day you’re going to regret getting into a huge fight about whose turn it is to unload the dishwasher.  You’re incredibly blessed to have brothers who will always love and protect you, and parents who model true love every single day. Soak up family time when it comes, because as you get older “family time” comes around less and less. Enjoy every family dinner, road trip, and Sunday at church.

2.       Don’t waste time on friends who try to control you. Your real friends are the ones that support you and love you no matter what, and you know exactly who they are. It might be hard to let go of the toxic friend, but you need to do it. Life is way too short to constantly fighting with anyone.

3.       Love your body…Freshman year is a rough time for everyone, I promise. You will look back on pictures of yourself and laugh your head off, no matter how you look. Be grateful for a healthy body, and don’t worry so much about how your hair is, or how you look in a swimsuit. The people that really matter don’t care anyways. And everyone else is too worried about how they look, to be worried about how you look. Stop stressing and enjoy being able to eat whatever you want without gaining weight. I’m serious. That metabolism won’t last forever!

4.       Enjoy school. I know you feel like school is the bane of your existence right now, and you just want to be done. But, one day you’re going to look back and miss seeing your best friends every day. Enjoy the time you have, and try to learn as much as possible…Your teachers really do want to help you, and one day you might just regret not paying attention in math class.

5.       Don’t try to be cool.  Try to be an honest, genuine, kind person. Focus on being the best version of yourself that you can, and don’t worry about looking like the “cool girls.” The best girls are the ones that support you and love you no matter what. Stop worrying about fitting in and being cool. In the end, it honestly doesn’t matter. Instead of wasting time trying to have a million friends, focus on getting closer with your best friends. They are the ones that will stick around through high school, college, and “the real world” and they are worth so much more than social status.

      Well, those are the 5 things I’d tell my 15-year-old self. I mean, I’d also tell myself to use concealer, find a foundation that matches, and use a different mascara…buuuuut these are the most important ones. What would you tell your 15-year-old self? Here are a few (terrible) pictures of me at 15...It was a rough time, people. Be kind!

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