Never forget that your body is yours. There will come a day when people try to convince you otherwise.
Your body will fail you in the moment. Keep your mind & heart strong. The internal battle is the hardest to fight.
Butterflies do not equal love.
Smooth talking does not equal respect.
Guys seem to know exactly what to say to make you feel like you owe them something.
Babygirl, you are special. Don’t be the next number to a guy who doesn’t see that.
I pray that your father & I can be a pure honest example of love & adoration.
We both grew up in broken homes & searched for love & acceptance in the arms of strangers.
They all make you feel special. For a moment.
Don’t settle for surface compliments. Yes, “you’re beautiful”. Boys will get “lost in your eyes” & “love your smile”. “Your dress is pretty” and “your hair is gorgeous”. It’s garbage.
Wait for the man that loves that you laugh when you’re nervous, that you geek out over astronomy, or fight for what you believe in.
You’re brilliant. Never compromise your intelligence for anyone.
It’s human nature to want to be wanted. You have to learn to want & love yourself first.
“How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.” -Rupi Kaur
I wish so badly that someone would’ve had this talk with me. It’s not enough to say “wait until marriage”.
When you’re uncomfortable, say no. When you’re drinking, say no. When you don’t even know his middle name, say no.
So often I wished I had just stood up for myself. Why was it so hard to say what I was really thinking? Why did I feel like anyone deserved such a sacred part of me?
I want so badly to shelter you from the pain. The false compliments, the temporary butterflies. The mornings after, tear streaked pillows. Sweetheart, it’s so not worth it.
I know I’ll annoy you about who you’re with, where you’re going, when you’ll be home.. But I’ll be up late waiting to make sure you come home safe. I’ll bug you with questions about how things went & you’ll roll your eyes because I’m over protective.
I was given the blessing of being your parent in this life & helping guide you through life’s tough battles. I promise I will always be waiting with a listening ear, & a full heart.
& your dad will be waiting with his shotgun.