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.
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.
2. 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!
4. 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.
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.
So 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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