Love at 16 $10 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway and Blog Bounce – Ends 2/14


Dear 16-year-old Jessi,

Girl, it’s not that serious.

Whatever is going through your head at this very moment in time may seem like a big deal, but just wait. When mom tells you that it’s not the end of the world that it didn’t work out with that dude, she will be right. When you get your first speeding ticket, dad will be mad as hell and you’ll get grounded, but life will go on. Enjoy the ups and downs of those last couple responsibility-free years, and don’t let stress from high school fluff make you feel like you’re anything short of spectacular.

In fact, you grow up to be pretty freaking awesome. You have a beautiful family and are married to a man who loves you every drippity drop as much as you love him. Your dreams will be big, but if you keep your faith, you’ll find all the skills and ambition to make them happen are already inside of you. I don’t want to throw out too many spoilers, but you’ll find that you’re stronger than you’ve ever imagined a woman could possibly be.

Adulthood will bring many surprises, joys and sorrows. But, it’s one hell of a ride and you have an incredible family and group of friends who will be right beside you the whole way.

Stay strong. You’re a unicorn.



P.S. Be prepared to buy a lot of blue stuff. There’s zero pink in your future.


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  1. Be gentle with yourself.

  2. have more fun

  3. To focus on homework and be more confident.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Don’t get married until you’re at least 25!

  5. avatar Andrew T. Kuligowski says:

    Remember, you’re going to find some positives in your screw-ups, even your big ones.
    BUT … remember your positives will also have their dark side.
    Keep your head up, the world is basically a pretty good place – certainly is the only one we’ve got.

  6. Get a job and save money!!!

  7. avatar Seyma Shabbir says:

    Always trust your instincts!

  8. avatar Debbie Jackson says:

    I would say to concentrate on school.

  9. avatar Sammie Mauk says:

    Make a plan for college, right now. There are so many tools and resources available to you now. Your grades are important, not your job. If you don’t do this, it will take you years to figure out what do do.

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