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Teen, Life Will Always Lead You Back to the Basics

(Inside: Teen, your life will always lead you back to the basics. You need to know this: the basics are worth paying attention to. Read on…)

Dear Kid,

You have a lot of life and experiences ahead of you, a terrain of ordinary and difficult and magical. You will learn, question, laugh, grow, cry, love, persist, carry, and so much more.

But before continuing your path, I just need you to know something. When it’s all said and done, at the end of the day, your life is going to bring you back to “the basics.”

Here’s what I mean: in diverse ways, through various angles, your life is about to teach you that…

The family members who loved and nurtured you growing up really are the ones that you want to spend time with. Beloved family are the relationships you will find yourself investing in.
When there’s nothing else left to do, you’ve tried, questioned, and tried some more, you’ll find it’s time to turn to faith and let God work. You’ll come home and long to just sit in silence and think and pray.
Your body is a gift. At some point, you’ll discover that good health is sacred, and you’ll turn your focus to taking care of your body through good food, sleep, and walking the dog.

We are meant to have purpose. You’ll experience you’re a happier person when striving for a goal. When you’re not sure of your end destination, you’ll learn to look at your right-now life and find small or big purposes where you can make a healthy impact and walk towards that.

Being kind is glorious. Somewhere along the way, you’ll just realize we’re all more alike than different and yearn to simply be kind.
Routines are life-giving. Setting up healthy plans for your days will sustain you through the ups and downs. You focus on your routine and that gives your brain comfort as it works through the continual waves of emotions life triggers.
Your attitude is everything. Be a person who looks for hope. You can choose to walk in the negative or find light. The sunshine feels much better.
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Through the joys and sorrows, those things are what you’ll find yourself coming back to for comfort and empowerment. So as you stand closer to the starting line of life rather than the finish, I just wanted you to know the basics are worth paying attention to.

That’s it.
Thanks for listening to my Ted Talk.
No one loves you more than your dad and me.
Always here,

Sometimes, as a mom, I also need to go back to the basics. These cards remind me to stop busy life, look around, and see how much there is to be grateful for, a total game-changer in how I feel. Grab the cards here.

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