What I Would Tell & Give to My High-School Self

Lofestyle blogger Candy Rachelle of Keeping Up With Candy sharing what she would tell her high-school self if she could

Happy Monday! I had a pretty laid-back weekend with the family. Last week I mentioned George’s birthday was Thursday and that, because we both were out of town separately, we would celebrate this past weekend. I guess you can say our plans changed. I’d planned on going to dinner and then the comedy club afterwards. But because we had the kiddos, we ended up going to the Georgia Aquarium…which was fine because we had a blast there. This place is so amazing: I really can’t believe I’d never been here before. We took in the fabulous dolphin show, and the showcase tanks were absolutely amazing. I loved how there were tour guides there explaining the ‘whats and whys’, which makes it more that just for show. There was an educational element to the experience. And we ended up having dinner there which the kids loved…hot dogs, corn dogs, cheeseburgers, pizza, fries, and sodas. No, this is what we had!

We ended up getting G. Boo a couple of bottles of Southern Whiskey and the most gorgeous gingham shirts, navy gingham and orange gingham. And on Sunday, we ended up grilling seafood and veggies. So all in all, he had a pretty good weekend.


Every once in a while I always question my past life decisions and ask myself what I would have done differently. Sometimes I look at my life today and wonder ‘How did I get here?’. I look over my life and try to figure out when did things take a turn for me and, if I could, would I go back to that time and change it. As difficult as it would be, I think I would. I mean, don’t get me wrong, my life isn’t horrible, but I’ve had a couple of events in my life that were life changing (such as this). The other is just way too difficult, emotional, and hurting to talk about.

I know that if I could change my life, my life wouldn’t be as it is now. I wouldn’t have the kids I have. I wouldn’t be around to help those I know I’ve tremendously helped. I wouldn’t be with my amazing fiance. Everything about my life would so different as I know it.

Lofestyle blogger Candy Rachelle of Keeping Up With Candy sharing what she would tell her high-school self if she could If I could reach back and give my high school life advice or a road map, these are the things I would tell myself:

1. What you should do immediately after high-school

Candy, you’ve been wanting to sing since you were a kid. You have a great voice and awesome songwriting skills. You are a beautiful girl, inside and out, with a pleasing personality. If you really want to persue singing (and I know you do), this is what you should do to prepare. For the first year and a half after graduating from high school, work. Work two jobs while in Memphis if you have to. Save your money…as much as possible. You will need this to purchase airfare, luggage, security deposits, and a car. You should have plenty left over for a demo and savings for a few months. You wont regret giving it a real try. This will more than likely change the course of your life.

Lofestyle blogger Candy Rachelle of Keeping Up With Candy sharing what she would tell her high-school self if she could2. Don’t ignore the red flags

Red flags are called Red Flags for a reason: They are your guides. You are such a beautiful person on the inside. I love how you never let what others think of someone affect your judgement. You’re always willing to give people a chance until they hurt you. Advice: If the red flag or uneasiness is there, take heed. You will save yourself the heartache and trouble. Not saying you’re a bad judge of character, but you let others in too easily and most mean you no good for some reason. So follow your gut and instincts and not your heart when it comes to most people and tough situations in life.

3.  Start working out now

You will thank me later…and so will your body. You don’t realize it now, but you have an inverted triangle body type and God it’s awful! I’m always wishing I would have started working out early in life. So get started now while it’s easier to get started and you will love your body so much later in life!

Lofestyle blogger Candy Rachelle of Keeping Up With Candy sharing what she would tell her high-school self if she could4. Stay true to yourself

As a teen, you are a very wonderful person. I love how you always try do what’s right, you don’t let others influence you, you keep God first, how mannerable you are, and you see the good in others. Keep it…it honestly will take you far. It will make you stand out. And you will always feel good about yourself if you stay true to who you are.

Lofestyle blogger Candy Rachelle of Keeping Up With Candy sharing what she would tell her high-school self if she could 5. Two things I would give to high-school myself

The first thing I would give my high-school self is a recording of hit songs from five-10 years after I graduated. For instance, if I graduated in 2000, I would give myself recordings from the years 2005-2010. I would include a note explaining what these songs are and the lyrics. I would suggest to me to record 4 of the hit songs from the first year as a demo. If they were hits, then I would be sure to get a record deal and set myself up for success. Would this be considered cheating in life. Probably so. But who wouldn’t give guidance to themselves if they could?!?

The second thing I would give my high-school self is probably something that is sensitive, somewhat cruel, but emotional. I would give myself a photo of myself and kids in today’s time. I would want my teenage self to know if I didn’t change the course of my life, these are my kids. This probably would mean an awful lot to my high-self because I’ve always been a sentimental person. This is something I know I would always cherish and keep with me til the end of time.

Lofestyle blogger Candy Rachelle of Keeping Up With Candy sharing what she would tell her high-school self if she couldSo now it’s your turn…If you could reach back in time, would you make different decisions in life? If so, at what point in your life would you do so and what would you change? I’d really love to know.

I hope you had a great weekend. Thank you so much for reading. And as always, have a beautiful day.

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  1. June 12, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    I would definitely go with working out then. But also, not worrying about being the odd one out. “Fitting in” or “finding someone” isn’t all that it is cracked up to be.

    • kuwc2016
      June 17, 2017 / 1:59 pm

      I definitely agree with your last statement! Just be yourself and your ‘true’ friends will love all of you!

  2. June 12, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    It is so crazy to think that each and every little decision, big or small, has lead you to the exact moment you are in today or as you said, to your life as you know it. You have put some great advice here to your old self and most importantly it seems like you set up a plan!

  3. June 13, 2017 / 2:43 am

    Hi, I know the write-up is about life and it’s teachings, but I just couldn’t stop gushing about your dress. The cut-out details and the general structure is simply wow!

    • kuwc2016
      June 17, 2017 / 2:00 pm

      Oh thank you so much. I actually purchased this dress while in Madrid and only wore it while there. When I pulled it out, I wondered why I haven’t worn it again since then! I’ve gotten SOOO many compliments on it. So it will be going to Greece with me!

  4. Paul
    June 13, 2017 / 8:12 am

    1st of all sexy in the white, body type love it, your singing voice, would love to hear as I tell the driver to roll up the window, not going to make it to the restaurant

  5. June 14, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    Everything happens for a reason, and all though sometimes I would wish I could change something, I wouldn’t actually change anything

  6. June 15, 2017 / 12:36 am

    I would tell myself that high school culture isn’t the best years of your life. College was better, but after is even better. You will not be the same person at 18, 21, 25, or 30. You will grow and evolve and your beliefs about certain things will change. You will love the person you are becoming. You will have hard times & go through difficult situations, but they will make you stronger. You won’t find you true calling until your early 30s, but you will work hard & learn a lot before making this discovery.

    • kuwc2016
      June 17, 2017 / 2:01 pm

      Girlfriend, you said a mouthful!!! Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

  7. June 15, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    Great advice for the high school teens. This period of life is very important, and everyone should find time to find out what is good for them. Well written post. The pictures are pretty

    • kuwc2016
      June 17, 2017 / 2:02 pm

      I keep telling my kids that high-school will be the best years of your life…til college! Thank you so much for dropping in!

  8. June 15, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    I would reach back to 12th grade. I had been through a lot…. I mean, really a lot. I fell in love and pushed him away due to my drama queen stuff. I got married to the wrong man and then divorced. I am not back with my high school sweetheart, now. I would tell myself to not push him away. He’s the one.

    • kuwc2016
      June 17, 2017 / 2:03 pm

      My senior year would be my year of change as well. Sorry you had to endure a bad marriage. Trust me, I totally understand that one! Thanks for stopping by Alicia!

  9. June 16, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    Beautiful photos, Candy! If I could send a letter to my high school self, I, too, would say to keep working out! It’s so hard to get back into an exercise routine when you’re older. Love your high school letter!

    • kuwc2016
      June 17, 2017 / 2:04 pm

      Thank you so much Jennifer! Everyday I tell myself how I’m gonna start working out TODAY…while my gear is collecting dust!! Ha!

  10. June 18, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    I loved reading this post Candy, it is so intimate and deep, and your pictures are so perfect! I’m 37 now, I’ve come a reaaaally long way from Argentina, to England, to Switzerland, and the only thing I regret deeply is caving to my mom’s wishes. I was 12 and had to choose my … I don’t know the equivalent in English… I think it’s high school?… anyways, I was a brilliant mathematician, I won every contest as a child and I wanted to enter Engineering school, which I had the opportunity to apply when I was 12. My mother persuaded me to refuse. She thought engineering wasn’t an appropriate career for a girl (or a woman) and I listened to her. I regret it deeply because since then I’ve been stuck in different jobs I am not good at and which felt like chores, instead of doing something I would definitely excel in. Of course, I don’t blame my mom. I blame myself. I was only a child then, but I wasn’t determined enough about what I wanted, and I let myself be influenced by some belief I did not share. I think that would have definitely changed my life.

    • kuwc2016
      June 18, 2017 / 4:19 pm

      Nati, when I tell you I totally get it, believe it. The ONLY reason I didn’t pursue my dream was because of my mother not constantly telling me she would not support me at all. This is why I wish I would have known to work to support doing what it is I wanted to do. Back then I NEVER thought to work, save money, and then give it a try.

      I later decided I wanted to go to college out if state and that was shot down as well!

      So to say we have that in common would be an understatement!

      • June 26, 2017 / 1:22 pm

        At least one thing I learnt from this all and I plan to be 100% supportive of my children dreams and talents. We aren’t forced to reproduced the patterns we were educated in, and I had the chance to find a man who thinks exactly like me ?

  11. June 21, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    This is truly a great post! I would have to agree with every single point you made, especially #1-4.

    • kuwc2016
      June 26, 2017 / 8:13 am

      Thank you so much Elizabeth!!! Kisses!

  12. April 24, 2019 / 7:03 am

    Oh that was good to see your pics and that was nice stuff to see. That was the Great advice for the high school teens and students. This era of life is very important for all the students and teens, and everyone should find time to find out the ability what is better for them.

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