Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

July 20, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Posted in Post A Day | Leave a comment
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Photo by Jamieson McKay

Photo by Jamieson McKay


Daily Prompt: 46-year-old me

November 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Posted in Post A Day | Leave a comment
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Another piece of advice for myself. Flickr photo by viewoftheworld

It is really hard for me to fathom writing to myself in 20 years. If I have learned anything about life, it’s that it is unpredictable. I can look forward in certain aspects, but not many. It is easier for me to look back and analyze.

The past eight years especially have been a whirlwind.  So many things have changed so rapidly in my life, I’m not exactly sure how to predict the future.

I think I will list things that I hope my 46-year-old self has accomplished by this time:

Own a home. Have a little plot of land that you can garden, grow, destroy and do as you wish.

Marry the man I love. Spend my life with him.

I want to say kids, as everyone says kids. For the longest time, I wanted kids. But now, I feel like I need to leave that up to fate and God.

Doing a job I love, or at least like.  I need to pay the bills. I am hoping to stay in journalism for the long run, but you never know where life will take you.

Be healthy. This is important, as I have so many diseases in my genetic pool, most importantly heart disease. I already struggle with my weight, but maybe by that time, I will be happy and fit.

Bucket list to 30 is finished; closer to finishing my 50-year-old’s bucket list.

Be debt-free. Oh, God, I hope.

I want to tell my 46-year-old self to be strong. You have been through so much in the first 26 years, and another 20 will only make you wiser.

I hope you cherished the years with your parents and your connection with your siblings is stronger than ever.

Don’t kill your mother-in-law; she might drive you CRAZY but she loves you and her efforts come from her good heart, even when it doesn’t seem like it.

Be the Wonder Woman and warrior you are. When life gets you down, you know that the grass is always greener on the other side, and that the sun WILL come out tomorrow.

Also, I hope that patience you learned a long time ago had come in handy.

Daily Prompt: A letter to 14-year-old me

November 3, 2012 at 10:00 am | Posted in Post A Day | Leave a comment
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Not quite 14 years old here, left at 10 o’clock.

Dear Bethany,

Your newly teen self is oblivious. High school is upon you; you made the cheerleading squad. You don’t know why some of your friends are upset by this. High school is definitely a bigger world for you, coming out of Catholic school and a class size of 19. But you are still the kind person, right?

Stay that way. Despite the pettiness that will surround you in life, keeping your kindness will not only bring peace to your life but maybe to the world. It will save you a lot of tears and worry. “Why don’t they like me?” you will say or think a lot, but if I could save you from much more of that now, I will.

Sometimes I wish you wouldn’t be so boy crazy; it will only get worse. You will give your heart away too many times to count, but hopefully this last time will be in it for the long haul. You have found someone that really knows you better than you know yourself. Sometimes you might not like his snoring, his farting, his chronic forgetfulness and how messy he can be, but he puts up with your yelling and the times you snore/fart/forget/be messy.

He will teach you patience no matter how much you hate that.

Life doesn’t get any easier as you get older. Freedom comes with a price. You might be “too sensitive” as your parents say, but in time, you will level out. You will be a little more worldly, a little more wiser, but still very privileged. And knowing that, you will be even more thankful.

That dream wedding? Probably not going to happen. It costs too much.

House and kids before 30? Good luck.

But that’s not all life has to offer. There is a big world out there, and you have explored some of it.

You also are participating in the evolution of journalism, so get excited. Study your heart out, and keep writing.

And don’t forget that fate is on your side.

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