A Letter To My Younger Self

January 1st, 2018

Dear Seven-Year-Old Me,

As I’m writing this letter to you, I’m currently at a particular crossroads in my life. You will encounter your fair share of these. You see, I’ve just left my place of employment and embarking on a new adventure. To be honest, I’m excited, scared, concerned but very happy. I’ve reached a point in my life where I can no longer just settle for the ordinary. I’ve reached a point where I have to fulfill my purpose. I can hear you now asking me “What’s does purpose mean?”. Well my dear, it’s that very thing that you always find yourself doing without effort, it’s that thing that you can do even after having had very little sleep, it’s that thing that lights up your heart and your soul. That’s purpose and that’s where I’m at. By time you reach my age, you would have fulfilled seasons of working your purpose but now, you are fully committed to owning it. I reflect back on all those things that I could of, would of and should of but I hopefully still can. You my dear, you’ve got the rest of your life ahead of you. Make every moment count and know that everything does serve a purpose, both the good and even the bad.

You will encounter moments of trials, challenges and temptations. It’s very important to get to know GOD and keep him close. He’s not like Santa where you don’t get your wishlist because you’ve messed up. He’s actually so much more – he’s soooooo loving and gracious and sometimes, he will even give you the desires of your heart even in spite of your mess-ups. That doesn’t mean, you

should take him for granted but instead recognize his deep love for you. He will help you like none other. He will help you in school, life decisions and even the simple things like getting a parking spot closest to the Mall doors. Not always but sometimes. He’s with you always, in both the big and the small. He will show you truth even when you can’t identify it in others. He will protect and provide. He will never leave you nor forsake you. The best advice that I can recommend is for you to talk to him daily. It’s really no more deeper than having a conversation. That’s it – having a daily conversation with him but remember to stay quiet to hear his voice. He will talk back to you in a way that is personal to you. When he guides and gives you instructions, remember to listen and follow what he has guided you to do. That will help ease the road and soften any unnecessary heartache.

You may not listen to any of this but because I care, I want you to know what I’ve learned. Another pearl of wisdom – never ever give up! You got that from your Dad and your determination will serve as an incredible life tool. Don’t give up but do know when to step aside. Not everything is meant for you! Spend time understanding what you are good at and where you need to improve. Here’s a hard truth you are going to learn. Not everyone in the world will celebrate you but you can also learn valuable insight from these individuals. Some may even try to hold you back. Some won’t see past the colour of your skin. Not everyone is going to be like your friends on the

playground, at school. It just means you are going to have to be ten times better, ten times stronger and ten times more determined. Remember, quiet strength is sometimes more powerful. You got that from your mother. It’s very important to know yourself because people will try and shape you to be what they want you to be, for their purposes. When you know yourself, your limitations and your strengths – you are unstoppable! Be exceptional but it’s okay to make mistakes, as long as they are the kind of mistakes that you can recover from. You can learn from your mistakes – simply reflect on them, dust off and keep it moving.

Lastly, do as much as possible and take advantage of every opportunity. Travel all over the world, particularly when you are young because believe it or not, you will eventually slow down. You will find that as you get older, you can’t bounce-back like you used to. With that being said, you aren’t ever too old to do anything, unless your body says otherwise. If you don’t understand that now, you will in time! It’s very important to pursue your life’s desires. Don’t get too distracted, particularly by boys. They are cool to hang around with but sometimes the excitement of love can blind us. Remember, listen to GOD’s voice, he will guide you and show you the truth.

I want the best for you and I believe that you will make the right choices but always be true to yourself. Your soul and your spirit will never guide you wrong.

Love your Older Self

Fun Factoids

1.  My favorite dessert is Molly Cake, but it must be frozen. It’s also known as Snicker’s Chocolate Bar cake.

2.  The weirdest thing I’ve ever eaten is Frog’s Legs (a delicatessen in some regions). Do note that I’m not interested in ever eating that again.

3.  I just found out that when I was a little girl, I had an imaginary friend named Georgie.

4.  The last stamp in my passport is from Cuba.

5.  Three favourite words – nuances, paraphenalia and factoids. Like how my title reflected my fave word!

6.  My favorite life motto is “Better to have and not need than to need and not have”!

7.  I feel most powerful when I’m in heels, wearing a killer outfit and of course, when my hair is professionally done!

8.  My favourite punctuation symbol is the exclamation mark. I tend to overuse it unnecessarily!

9.  What pulls at my heartstrings the most……is an elderly couple holding hands.

10.  Sound that I love the most……. is the sounds of children playing in the playground.

11.  The one talent that I wish I had……is the gift of singing.

12.  If I were a new addition to the crayon box, I’d be a cross between orange and red because I’m passionate. Passionate about purpose, life and love.

13.  My most memorable 90’s jam is “It Takes Two” by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock

14.  Music is what cheers me up when I’m feeling down. I turn it up, hold my hair-brush like a microphone and dance around the room like I’m Dr. Meredith Grey on Grey’s Anatomy.

15.  For my last birthday, I went jet-skiing. Plan on doing so again this year!

16.  Best Childhood Memory is when my father traveled in to surprise me at my seventh B-Day party, which was held at McDonalds. Having a McDonald’s B-Day party back then was all the rage. I was wearing a fierce yellow jumper and white blouse. Just saying!

17.  What I remembered most fondly about my grandfathers - my paternal grandfather would always include lottery numbers in his letters that he wrote to me when I was a little girl. My maternal grandfather would wait outside on the porch for my grandmother when she would be coming home at night, from her monthly women’s gathering. He did so to ensure that she got in safely. That was true love!

18.  Biggest Pet Peeve – people who resort to lying, are fake and kiss up to get ahead – ARRGGGHHH!!!

19.  I’m most proud of ….my book that I’ve just finished and published. Just completing it was a feat in and of itself.

20.  People would be surprised to know that I do have a funny side to myself. Although I can be very proper at times, I can also bring a dash of funny!

21.  My favorite form of exercise is to dance, walk and play tennis. Prefer to do things that I enjoy so that it doesn’t seem like I’m exercising.

22.  Guilty pleasure of mine is to eat Krispy Kreme donuts hot off of the conveyor belt. I’ve indulged infrequently but always enjoyed immensely.

23.  My favorite scenery is an active waterfront locale where I can see houses, boats and landscape in the midst of blue indigo water. That is serenity to me.

24.  One of my favorite cities is Rio in Brazil. It’s like a number of cities nestled between the mountains and the water. Quite beautiful!

25.  I can be a little bit of a geek, enjoying news stories from 60 Minutes, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and I love watching documentaries about historical events and people.