18th Birthday Extravaganza: Guest Post Andrea Cremer

Lauren and I are so excited to kick off our 18th Birthday Extravaganza today!
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To myself at 18,

I know you thought it was unfair that you turned eighteen the summer AFTER your senior year, which meant you couldn't write yourself excused absences, but being on the younger side of things will only turn out to be a benefit in the future. The next decade is going to be rough. College won't be as amazing as you thought it would be. Turns out you'll question a lot of your choices, make a lot of mistakes, and you will be very, very lonely. Sometimes it will seem like you will never walk the path you've wanted to be on because there have just been too many setbacks. Your heart will be broken, many times over. You will fall in love with the wrong boys, for the wrong reasons. There will be more lows than highs. There will be too many tears. It's not all bad though. You'll find truer friends than you've ever known, and these people wouldn't have come into your life were it not for all those lows.Sometimes you will think you cannot survive. The bad times will force you to figure out who you really are and what you really want out of life. The heartbreaks make you strong. And they make you braver. At the end of this rough decade you're going to meet the right man and fall in love for the right reasons. You will marry him and he is wonderful.

But ten years might seem like a long time to wait for the good stuff. So here's some advice: Keep writing through the rough times. Write to find yourself. Write all the love and the pain, all the joy and the loss. Writing will lead you to the best part of yourself and will bring happiness and fulfillment into your life that you never could imagined. Keep writing. I could tell you what's coming but I don't want to ruin the surprise.

With love,

Yourself (aged 32)

Happy Birthday,
Lauren and Katie

Thank you so much helping celebrate our birthday Andrea!

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  1. Awesome post-- very heartfelt. I sometimes wish I could write a letter to my younger self too.

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. Hey! You reached 500 followers!

    Ouuuhhh...I love this post.
    Warning: Life is hard once you passed 18.
    Like: hard. Like: lonely and crying and giving all you have then having nothing left. Feeling completely lost and useless. But writing does help. I write songs.

  3. Oh. But turning 18 is also cool. =)
    Don't be scared by what I just said. It is part of life. And maybe you'll be lucky!

  4. This is lovely. I wish I could have written a letter to myself a few years back. Everything happens for a reason and you just have to go with it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Andrea Cremer is no nice and funny !! Ahh I love this letter to myself thing !! Great guest post !!

  6. Awh, this was such a cool post.
    I wish I could write a letter to my 18 yr old self. That would be so fun. And 18 was such a great year.
    I hope it is super great for you and Lauren!

  7. I TOTALLY forgot about being able to write myself excused absences! Lol!

    But aw, what a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing! I'm glad everything turned out better in the end. :)

  8. Yeah after 18 life gets harder but it gets better too. DO NOT be afraid of making mistakes they teach us about life and makes us grow up. I've never met you personally but a can tell you are a great person. You know when you meet someone and you instantly click with them because there is something about them similar to you. They have this aura around them that you just want to be friends with them. Well that's you :D. I'm lucky that I've found to persons who are like that and one of the is you. Totally love the post :D

  9. Awwww that was so lovely. Thanks for sharing, makes me feel all mushy :)

  10. This is an amazing post! So . . . *sigh* I love it! :) When I am going through rough patches in my life, I'll totally write letters to myself! :)


  11. That was a amazing letter :D Andrea Cremer is a amazing writer and I loved that letter.

    Happy Birthday Katie and Lauren.