Happy Birthday To You…Love, Me

(We Heart It)

It’s my 29th birthday today. Crazy, right? So as a gift to myself, I made a list of the the 29 bits of advice I’d go back in time and tell myself. One can dream, yes?

1) Please understand how awesome it is that you have two horses to trot around on during your childhood instead of a 4 wheeler.

2) Buy stock in apple, Starbucks, Chick Fil A, and google. Who cares that you don’t even know what these things are yet? Trust me. Keep on the look out and do it. It’s safe to keep your money in savings until this opportunity presents itself instead of liquidating your savings account on that Super Nintendo.

3) Your little sister is actually one of the coolest people you will ever know. Hang out with her.

4) When your mom offers to give you cooking lessons, TAKE THEM!!

5) Grades? Everybody is lying. They really don’t matter that much.

6) Don’t let the fact that you’re a horrible dancer make you self conscious….get out there and shake it, sister!! It’s more fun anyway.

7) Self confidence is way sexier than a perfect tan, fake nails, or those jeans from the Buckle that you just can’t live without.

8)Spend a lot of time getting to know Grandma Edith. She won’t be around much longer and you’ll wish you had. Speaking of grandmothers, take sewing lessons from Grandma Peveto like….now.

9) You’ll always be super awful at math and your life will be just fine. Pssst….you’ll pass college algebra the third time you take it. Hang in there.

10) On your 29th birthday, you’ll still be single. I know, I know, it’s against everything you had planned for yourself but it’s true. Oh yea, none of the boys up to this time were worth crying over. It’s ok to dwell in the sadness of a lost relationship for one week and one week only. Any other days and you’re just being silly. (No offense, but you gotta trust me on this.)

11) As much as you want it to happen, you will not marry Jonathan Taylor Thomas. *gasp*

12) Yes, you’re a little ‘different’ compared to those around you but one day you’ll realize how thankful you are for that.

13) Don’t listen to the meanies on the playground….reading is sexy. Keep it up, bookworm.

14) Those lavender glasses are awful and a bad idea. Yes, they happen to match the unicorn sweater you’re currently wearing but remember you’ll be stuck with those glasses for a few years. Yea…think about that.

15) That whole ‘only hang out with the popular crowd’ rule is a load of crap. All people are equal and there’s something amazing about every single person you come in contact with. I challenge you to find it, regardless of what lunch table they’re sitting at.

16) Don’t stop playing piano and violin just because you aren’t perfect at them. That’s no reason to quit. I would also pick up an acoustic guitar while you’re at it. You’ll stop playing any type of sport right after highschool but your love of music will continue to grow.

17) Be extra careful on those gym stairs when you’re headed to the very first highschool pep rally. I’m trying to help you avoid one of your most embarrassing moments. Walk slooooowly and remember: you have on a tiny skirt and slippery jellie sandles.

18) Journal often and actually keep them this time.

19) Love God because of who He is and not because that’s what you think you’re supposed to do. He loves you because He created you and this acceptance is not based on how good you are. Oh yea, don’t be self righteous about your ‘good morals’. It’s only because of grace that you even have them.

20) Hey, I still (to this day) think you’re pretty.

21) Stop speeding!! Yea, that’s not going to happen so let me warn you about those five tickets you’re going to get…..watch out for school zones, neighborhoods, and those long trips on I20 when you’re driving home from college. Also, when an ambulance has it’s lights on that means to STOP COMPLETELY!! Don’t even think about racing him to that on ramp.

22) Keep those Jnco jeans! Mainly because your friends will ask you to prove you ever wore them.

23) Cultivate your creativity and don’t stifle it! Who cares what anybody has to say about it? I’m serious. It doesn’t matter in the least bit.

24) Don’t spend any extra time worrying about that job opportunity right out of school. You don’t get it because there was something better for your future. Dry those tears, little one. I promise it will be ok.

25) Your heart will be broken in college but don’t let the fear and bitterness from that situation stay on you. It’s far better to let go and look ahead when those things happen. Far, far better. Besides, trust me when I say you were much better off.

26) Learn the discipline of prayer early on. It’s a beautiful and powerful gift.

27) College really will be as amazing as you hoped it would be but…that starts once you get over being homesick and wishing you could still be with all of your friends from highschool. Oh, speaking of your friends? You’ll be surrounded with great ones. Let them know you love them often.

28) You have the coolest parents…seriously. Be eternally grateful they didn’t let you go on that senior trip to Cancun but instead took you to Hawaii. Yea, you lucked out in a major way.

29) You won’t grow up to be a waterfall, zoo keeper, teacher, vet, librarian, fashion design major, researcher of the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot, or a race car driver (even though you will want to be all of those things)…you’ll grow up to be something better than all of those combined.

Bonus: Yes, you’re pretty swell but not above anybody in this world. Serve others often and never forget you were created for a purpose other than your own happiness. Happiest of birthday wishes. Here’s to another year and more pathways to explore.

(We Heart It)


32 Responses to “Happy Birthday To You…Love, Me”

  1. Jamie Maldonado Says:

    Words of wisdom! Wonderful list.

    Bonus info: You share a birthday (albeit a few years later) with one of my favorite friends ever. I actually think you two would get along spectacularly. Too bad she and her husband live in Minneapolis. ha ha.

    Anyway, with that out of the way: Happy birthday! I hope you not only have a wonderful day, but your best year ever. Of everyone I still know from high school, you’re the coolest. (I hope they don’t read that … ha ha.)

    • sunshineandstarlight Says:

      Jamie, you’re so thoughtful. Thank you!!! Tell your friend to come to Texas so we can hang out!! That would probably be really fun! Oh, and I don’t think you have to worry about anybody from KHS reading this. Hehe. πŸ˜‰ Long live Kilgo Fo Sho!!!!!

  2. Jules@Baires Says:

    Happy birthday! Or as we say here, Feliz CumpleaΓ±os!
    Have a lovely day! I enjoyed your post a lot, a great way to celebrate life!

  3. Meredith Says:

    Laura Lou!! What a great post!!!! Happy Birthday Love!!! I am so thankful to have gotten to walk through life with you for almost a decade and cant wait to see all the rest God has for you!! You are so special and I love ya!!


  4. Cheray Says:

    Happy Birthday love πŸ™‚
    Wishing you a wonderful day xxx

  5. Jamie (inspired mess) Says:

    Oh, Laura! This is one of the best lists EVER!!!! So true and I love it soooo much!!!! Happy Birthday, Lovely!!!!! I wish you the best year ever and hope all your dreams come true! You totally deserve it! Happy Birthday to you!!!! Love you!!! xoxo

  6. ~ calista ~ Says:

    Happy birthday! Such words of wisdom…funny how the passage of time makes us somehow wiser, isn’t it? I hope you have a wonderful day and an awesome year!

  7. moxiewithit Says:

    darling girl you are ohsolovely! Happy birthday!

    ps. I judge you for the jncos a wee bit

  8. Lindsay Says:

    Laura I reallly really enjoyed reading your list. So many of this rings true to myself. If only I could go back in time and know the things I know now!! I know there would be so many changes made. It wouldnt have made me who I am today though. You are a very wis lady and I am so happy we are friends. Happy Birthday to you pretty lady! I hope it is magical and full of happiness!! Loves!

  9. Donna Norvell Says:

    Hi Laura,

    Have a very special birthday today! Thanks for sharing your life in such fun ways.

    Love in Jesus,

    donna πŸ™‚ Prov. 3:5-6

  10. lanie peveto bingham Says:

    Laura..loved the list…..good advice for all of us….brought me to tear.Thanks for sharing! Love you, Lanie

  11. Amanda Says:

    I said to my self “Self, read this blog and don’t tear up – you’ll be fine” WHATEVER – tears flowing – I wish I had thought to tell myself all of these things even now…I may just go start a list! πŸ™‚
    Love you!

  12. Erin Tang Says:

    I love this…LOVE IT….especially number 3! No really…all of it. I think I could turn some of it into a country inspired song! haha It made me teary all three times I read it. You’re so transparent…when did you get so gutsy?!?

  13. Muddassir Malik Says:

    Happy Birthday and many happy returns of the day.

  14. bookjunkie Says:

    Hope you have the best birthday ever. Your list is so wonderful!! Hugs from Singapore πŸ™‚

    Just remember you’re still a little girl….. a very wise little girl at just 29!!

    seriously 29? …sooo young!!! just a wee baby….enjoy yourself

  15. Tiffany Says:

    Happy Belated Birthday!! I read this yesterday before work but did not comment~ I am so glad we are August Happy Mail partners!! πŸ™‚
    I love your list of things~!! So amazing!! Thank you for sharing!!

  16. thoughtsappear Says:

    Happy Birthday (a little late)! I hope you had a great one!

    Wonderful list!

  17. Tyler Says:

    You know what else is sexy? Wisdom. You’ve got the Proverbs 31 woman thing on lock down. Also, you’re pretty and have nice legs.

  18. Jamie McMullen Says:

    # 22 you don’t even know how regretful i am for allowing my mother to throw mine away. they were 32 inches at the bottom.

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