Happy 16th, Ladybug!

To my Ladybug, my mini me, my oldest baby. Where have the years gone? It feels like yesterday that I got out of bed to discover that you were finally ready to bless this world with your unique awesomeness. Today, you are 16 years old. I am filled with so many different emotions with this milestone you have reached. In my eyes, your teenage years have really just begun. That both excites me and scares the crap out of me. Before long you’ll be packing your bags and telling me that you’re ready to discover the world like you’ve never explored it before.

Today I give you these four nuggets of wisdom.

Always do your best and leave the worry behind. Life will unfold for you the way it is meant to be. Just go with it and always find the light and positive in everything that happens. It is there, even in what seems to be the darkest moments.

Don’t be afraid to take risks- within reason of course. Have fun and let your hair down. Do something others wouldn’t expect you to achieve and do it with passion and purpose. There may be times that you or your ideas may be rejected but learn from the experience and move on. There WILL be times of success. Learn from those experiences and keep going.

Be who you are, live your life as you, and never sell yourself short. Who cares if others aren’t like you. Who cares if others don’t like what you like. BE YOU. You are a beautiful masterpiece that is constantly evolving into something more and more each day. Why mimic another like a synthetic lab created gem mimics a natural gem when YOU ARE A RARE GEM? You look and act the way you do for a reason. EMBRACE YOURSELF. Remember, you are your name. You are that exotic, dark haired beauty. Never forget that. Don’t flaunt it but remember it with confidence of who you are.

And lastly, always remember that I am always here for you. I’m here for you to celebrate your joys and when life brings you down filling you with pain, as it may sometimes, I’m here for you. I may not agree with some of your choices but know that I will ALWAYS be there. Always and forever.

Happy 16th birthday, Ladybug!

“Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting! So…go on your way!” – OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! by Dr. Seuss

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