A letter to my 22- year-old self.

Dear Jessica,

I’m writing to you from 10 years in the future. You’re now 32-years-old, and while you’ve lived a blessed and healthy life with no regrets, I have some advice for you.

Congratulations on your new life in Colorado. This is your first time away from home. I know you’re still trying to find yourself and work through the ins and outs of this new college life, but stick with it. I can promise that this is only the beginning. While I don’t want to spoil the wonder and excitement of the what’s in store for you, I can tell you there will so many growing experiences and the most beautiful people will cross your path. And, yes, many of your ambitions will come true. But first, you will have to work, struggle, push through uncomfortable moments and have faith in God to make them happen.

In the journey ahead you will climb through many steep hills, a few deep valleys and also beautiful mountains. There will be times where you want to quit and throw in the towel. Stop. By turning obstacles into opportunities, you will overcome and win. And you did because you always believed and prayed for God to guide you. But you won’t always win. In fact, you will make mistakes, many mistakes. That’s ok though, because mistakes are an inevitable part of every personal and growing journey into becoming your true self. It’s important to pray to God for your strength, ask Him to make clear your path, forgive yourself for the past, and remember what God taught you from your experiences.

Strength: now there’s a something that may not resonate with you yet. But you will become a woman of strength, in God’s time. Its a word that becomes synonymous with your character and your approach to life. It’s also a word that results from your struggles. You took a risk when you left home to continue your education, and again when you moved from your comfort to start your career — and both paid off. Keep on taking leaps of faith. In the future, how blessed you are in success will be determined by how willing you are to take chances and completely trust in God.

Allow the Holy Spirit in your heart, and let your heart guide your path. Keep loved ones close and in your prayers. Forgive the people who hurt you. Move on. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t let gossipers influence you. Screw being normal and be your unique self. Your friendships, work relationships and experiences will build many bridges to your success. Your ability to make bold moves and your determination will lead you to your niche — both in career and in life. Like one of your favorite authors, Paulo Coelho wrote, “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” Believe in the best and the best will happen, if you go out there and go with all your heart.

Stay Blessed,

Jessica

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