A letter to me….our 20 years apart.

June 22, 2012


I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.” ~ William Allen White

As a happy most days woman, who will be 38 in just 2 days, I can hardly believe it’s been 20 years since I was 18 years old.  I don’t know that I ever really felt 18 as my soul always felt older and wiser. I had moments where I could be 18. That girl felt like she was dancing through my soul in passing, never quite able to grasp that we were that young.  Yet, in hindsight as I look back in my memories, that girl was around more than I ever thought. In fits of giggles with my girls, in long trips with best friends in college, in new adventures of summertime and in crushes come and gone.  That girl looked at the future as a goal, as something to achieve not as an experience to be had with concrete moments.

Today, I have an opportunity to tell my sweet 18 year old girl what awaits her and what very valuable lessons she will learn along the way. I not sure that girl would actually open the letter…to find out what awaits in the future would seem like cheating in her magical thinking mind, but just for that I wrote some notes on the outside of the envelope which I have mailed to my friend Jamie at http://www.chosenchaos.com where she is opening the letter as part of her “If I Could Turn Back Time” series for both my 18 and 37 and 363 day old self.

If you haven’t met Jamie, she is fabulous and a mama of twins just like moi.  She did one up me, make that 2 up me with her 4 adorable minis.  I love reading Jamie’s words, she is so darn relatable and sweet and funny and you just want to hang out with her drink some wine and talk about EVERYTHING. So, needless to say, I trust her with all of my selves and today I invite you to come meet her and spend some time with me talking to me (let the sarcastic comments begin, because I am having the same imagery as you!)

Here is a link to the post:  “A Letter to Me.”

Happy ‘NewFavoriteDay’ everyone!

Cover image source:  http://www.healthforthewholeself.com

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About Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday'

Welcome to 'mynewfavoriteday. This space is about gratitude and connecting through being open, vulnerable and real. I hope you will enjoy my take on motivation, inspiration and advocacy and will take the opportunity to tell me of your own thoughts and stories. Why I started 'mynewfavoriteday.' I am a childhood surviving, divorced, now happily married, IVF (and now natural pregnancy) success story, working mother of 2 amazing babies who were born 12 weeks premature. As life often seems to surprise you when you least expect it, we added another sweet baby girl M to our family in July of 2013. While our angel minis, Q and E are now 7 years old, our son, Q, has thrived while our daughter, E, has had a much more difficult journey. She is considered special needs and in September of 2012 was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. And so, as she has grown, so do we as individuals and as family. How to help her, how to celebrate our differences while allowing ourselves to cope with the challenges that we never knew to expect. Thus, while much of this blog is based on our experiences (good and not-so-good), it is also based on how we must not let ourselves become victims of our circumstances but rather advocate in our own lives. A little bit about me and who I am. In my professional life I am a marketer in the Entertainment Industry; however, ‘mynewfavoriteday,’ was not born of entertainment or marketing but rather as a pathway to help myself and others as we try to define who we are as parents, family members, spouses, friends, colleagues and people. I believe in never judging a book by its cover. Every cover is different, and no matter what your cover looks like, you never know how someone's book is written. Like mine. From the outside, you might never know what truly makes me who I am or what I believe. This blog explores the pages on the inside of my book. My vulnerabilities, fears, happiness, and all my triggers through the lens of being grateful for all the amazing blessings I know I have received but sometimes forget in the challenges of daily life. Thanks again for dropping by. I hope you will come back, subscribe, comment, share, and/or just hang out and be inspired or motivated to make each day for yourself or someone else 'anewfavoriteday.' By being here, you have certainly helped to make it mine. xo, Shannon

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5 Comments on “A letter to me….our 20 years apart.”

  1. Jamie Says:

    So happy to have you over today Shannon!! Your post is my “new favorite” one!


  2. Lindsay Carreiro Says:

    This is such a great idea! I might have to try this myself 🙂


  3. Hot Rod Cowgirl Says:

    Happy Soon To Be Birthday to you…Happy Birthday to you:)



  1. A little ‘Chaos’ can give great perspective – “MyNewFavoriteWeek’ly Inspiration! | mynewfavoriteday - June 25, 2012

    […] my 38th birthday. On Friday I shared a post on Jamie from Chosen Chaos’ blog that was a letter to my 18 year old self.   2 days later. what I think that post actually turned out to be was a giant dose of perspective […]

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