A Letter to My Younger Self

Dear Younger Self,

I’m so emotional writing this letter to you. I am so excited for how far you’ve come in life. Life is so subtle that sometimes you don’t notice yourself walking through doors you once prayed for. I thank God for you and all He has done for you. Thank you for taking risks that have made me who I am and where I am today. Thank you for not giving up on me. I forgive and thank you for everything you had to do in order for me to survive. I’m so sorry for all the pains you passed through in order for you to make me who I am today.

Due to the extreme speaking impairment I had at a very young age, I was broken. But one thing I wanted to strive for, was becoming the best woman I could be. I wanted to heal. I didn’t know how I was going to do it but I tried my hardest to be who I needed growing up. I am dedicated to my healing because of you. The healing that I’ve been through has made me an intentional woman. It’s the foundation of the woman I am becoming.
Fast forward to today, I’m 21 years ago. I am now a Writer, Blogger and Founder of Art of True Zeal Blog and writing continues to show me how to better myself. Thank you Jesus, I’d never know me without you. At a point in my life, I didn’t think I would have the healed life I have today but here I am thriving. The truth is I am a work in progress, even on the days I am lost, I trust that a new direction or path will emerge. I was learning and I’m still learning. Watching myself grow has been a delight. “One day, you’re young and wondering how anything is going to work out for you then next thing you know, all these years have passed and answers were found, breakthroughs were had, despite fear and disbelief”. I can genuinely say, at this point in my life, I am proud of the woman I am becoming. I think the happy ten-year-old me would be proud too.

My Younger self, do not let pain burden your heart. Be patient. Great things take time (it’s you, you’re the great thing). God is always on time. God makes all things beautiful in His time. What is destined for you, will never miss you. Trust the timing of your life. But right now, enjoy this time of your life. Enjoy having your health and vitality. Cherish this time in your life and live every second fully as you can. Learn to love who you are. Be honest with yourself. Mistakes make us human, failures help us grow, hope keeps us going and love is the reason we’re alive. Keep learning, loving and living. Know that you are God’s beautiful creation and nothing you achieve or fail to achieve will ever change His love for you. Learn to forgive yourself with grace. I know that you set high expectations for yourself but please, give yourself a break sometimes. Be disciplined. Be kind and gentle with the words you tell yourself. The words you speak to yourself becomes what you believe. Choose your words carefully. If you keep focusing on what could happen in the future or ruminate on things you can’t change from the past, you will miss out on the gift that is here at this moment. Learn to embrace the present moment. Hug your family and loved ones a little tighter. Soak up every little moment you have with them. Call them, let them know how loved and treasured they are. Make the most of your time together. Thank your family for the sacrifices they have made for you. Tell them how much you love them as often as you can.

My Younger self, Be grateful for all you’ve been given. Be thankful for the people in your life who love and support you. Let them know how much they mean to you. You may not see it today or tomorrow but you will look back in a few years and be awed by how every little thing added up and brought you somewhere wonderful or where you always wanted to be. Learn to forgive quickly. Stand up for yourself. Know that wherever you go, God will go with you. You are never alone. Do not let fear hold you back from living your life and stepping boldly into the world. You have so many gifts to give, do not let fear prevent you from sharing your gifts to the world. Be vulnerable, learn to share your truth and use your story to help others to feel less alone in theirs. There will be times when life try to wear you down, do not let it. There will be times when life will be unpredictable and you will question it all but know that God has great plans for you. You will do amazing things in life. Believe in yourself. Invest in yourself. Promise yourself that you will explore, you will try and you will be okay if you fail. It is fine to be a work in progress and okay not to be. You are doing the best with what you have right now and it’s okay if it takes time to see it that way. Life is so beautiful. Never stop searching for the beauty in this world. You can make a difference in the lives of others. Trust in God, trust in yourself and know that you can make it through anything.

My Younger self, you are my greatest adventure. You are safe. You are loved. I am so glad you found your way home. I am here for you.


I’m writing this letter to my younger self because I want to do better at showing myself kindness, grace and love.
If what you need is forgiveness for past wrongs or acceptance of who you are today or appreciation for how far you’ve come, this letter is yours to read.
“If you must look back, do so forgivingly” ~ Maya Angelou

Thank you for reading this sweet letter to my younger self. Enjoy! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’ƒπŸ½

What’s one thing you would tell your younger self? You’re welcome to share. I love reading your comments.

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9 thoughts on “A Letter to My Younger Self

  1. This is actually a very good read and so are your other blog posts😍.
    I’d love to tell my younger self to be a little patient with life and that her prayers were answered πŸ˜‡πŸ˜©β™₯️

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