Tuesday, February 28, 2017

101 Things I Want My Daughter to Know


  1. You are responsible for your own happiness.
  2. A hot cup of coffee, next to an open window, listening to birds is a great way to start your day.
  3. Talk to God. A lot. All the time.
  4. What matters in high school will matter very little in the future.
  5. A good night’s sleep really does help most anything.
  6. Eat whole foods, organic whole foods, as much as possible.
  7. You can be strong and lady-like at the same time.
  8. Taking time for yourself will make you a better wife, mother, colleague, friend.
  9. Don’t ever feel guilty about making time for yourself either!
  10. It’s more important to have good friends, true friends, than it is to have lots of friends. Choose carefully.
  11. Human touch is very important. Accept hugs and be a hugger. Hold hands with loved ones.
  12. Ask God for wisdom and direction in all that you do each day.
  13. Be a good listener. Listen more than you talk.
  14. When someone is talking to you, look them in the eye. Show them that you care about what they have to say.
  15. Smile at strangers.
  16. Pay cash whenever possible. Stay out of debt.
  17. Don’t follow fads. Develop your own style that is comfortable and represents you.
  18. Get a career, not just a job.
  19. Keep your promises.
  20. Be careful what you promise.
  21. Go barefoot.
  22. An education is something no one can take away from you.
  23. Clutter weighs you down. It’s just stuff. Get rid of it. Clear surfaces = clear thinking.
  24. Remember that most of what you worry about will never happen.
  25. See the world. There’s so much out there.
  26. Always wear a seatbelt.
  27. Go for a walk in the woods whenever possible.
  28. Fall in love with someone who really looks at you and listens to what you have to say.
  29. Keep dancing.
  30. Don’t underestimate the power of music.
  31. Keep a journal. It is so good to go back and read the thoughts of a younger you.
  32. You may think you know what you want, but God always has the best plan.
  33. It’s okay to say “no.”
  34. Enjoy your youth. Being a grown-up isn’t all it's cracked up to be.
  35. Smile and laugh. Laugh a lot!
  36. Drink lots of water every day.
  37. There is nothing you could do now or ever that will make me stop loving you.
  38. Spend more time looking up – at the sky, trees, birds, a loved one’s face – than you do looking down at your phone.
  39. Keep doing yoga. It is so good for you.
  40. It’s okay to cry. Even for no good reason.
  41. Some people are dead-set on being miserable. Avoid these people but pray for them and be kind to them.
  42. When you’re wrapping a gift for someone, say a prayer for them.
  43. When passing by little kid lemonade stands, stop and buy some. Buy painted rocks too.
  44. Attend concerts, the theater, art museums, and high school football games too.
  45. When you’re a mom, learn to trust your motherly instinct. It will amaze you.
  46. Do something CrEaTiVe every day.
  47. Remember you have to do what is best for you. Don’t worry about what other people think.
  48. There is nothing more important than family.
  49. Marvel at flowers blooming, baby toes, rainbows, snowflakes, our Great Lakes. There are so many miracles surrounding us. YOU are a miracle.
  50. Own a dog. Or three.
  51. Make wishes/prayers on stars.
  52. There is always, always something to look forward to.
  53. Count your blessings. Every single day.
  54. Spend time outside. Every single day.
  55. Sometimes you just have to take a mental health day. That’s okay.
  56. Your daddy adores you and always will. The way he treats you is how boys should treat you.
  57. There are so many good books. Read as many as you can and then share them with others.
  58. Don’t hold a grudge. It’ll eat at you more than it bothers the person who hurt you.
  59. Admit when you’re wrong. Apologize and don’t be afraid to say, “I’m sorry” first.
  60. Plant a garden. It is so rewarding in so many ways.
  61. Stand and applaud for veterans.
  62. Have a couple rooms in your house that do not have a clock in them.
  63. Use sunscreen. Being healthy is more attractive than being tan.
  64. Graciously accept bouquets of dandelions.
  65. If it makes you uncomfortable, consider avoiding it.
  66. Photographs make the best souvenirs.
  67. Marriage can be so, so good. It’s not always easy but it is so worth working at.
  68. Your thoughts and feelings matter.
  69. Vinegar and baking soda are the best cleaning supplies.
  70. Send handwritten notes.
  71. Be nice.
  72. Every day wake up assuming it is going to be the best day of your life!
  73. If your bananas go bad and you can’t find time to make banana bread, just throw them out and don’t feel guilty about it.
  74. Don’t forget how good it feels to go on a bicycle ride.
  75. As your brother Oliver says, “Follow your dreams and make things happen.”
  76. Pay attention to how foods make you feel. Avoid things that don’t agree with you.
  77. Don’t be afraid to try something new. You never know….
  78. Don’t be embarrassed or afraid of your ideas. Everything once began as someone’s idea.
  79. When you feel overwhelmed, make your bed and throw dinner in the crockpot. It’ll help you to feel that you are starting to get it all together.
  80. Greet loved ones with a big smile, a hug and kiss, and a warm greeting. Ask how their day went and genuinely care to hear about it.
  81. Allow your home to reflect you - filled with people and things that bring you JOY!
  82. Don't compare yourself to others. God made you unique. You are your own person and you are amazing!
  83.  If you can't find something, start cleaning. Once everything is where it belongs, whatever is missing will be what's left!
  84. Consider everything a gift from God: your family, your job, your home, your pets, your shoes, the food you have to eat....Give Him thanks for ALL of it.
  85. The happiest people in the world are those who give to others, not those who are just taking. Be generous.
  86. Your siblings are the greatest gifts your parents will ever give you. Really.
  87. Epsom salt, lavender oil baths, cozy pajamas and slippers, and hot tea are great ways to wind down after a busy day.
  88. Watch the sun rise and watch the sun set as often as you can.
  89. Memorize the no-bake cookie recipe. You won't regret it.
  90. When making decisions, you can consider others' opinions, but your opinion is what matters most.
  91. On summer nights, lay in the grass and stare at the sky. During summer days, lay in the grass and watch the clouds.
  92. This too shall pass.
  93. People may not see or know your good deeds but God does. That's all that matters.
  94. Be spontaneous sometimes. It's fun.
  95. Take a multivitamin.
  96. You are an artist. Everyone is an artist. It's just a matter of whether or not you are brave. Be brave.
  97. Be kind, patient, helpful and respectful to the elderly.
  98. Sometimes, choose to stay at bed and breakfasts. Get to know the owners.
  99. Avoid artificial sweeteners.
  100. Being productive is great...but avoid multitasking. It messes with your head. Just start one thing, give it your full attention and then finish before moving onto the next thing.
  101. Remember - LOVE & KINDNESS in all you do. LOVE & KINDNESS!

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