The Everyday Woman collection was created out of the desire to cultivate community among women, as we encourage each other on our own, individual journeys. We're excited to include inspiration, stories, and encouragement through our blog series for this collection and season! In the coming weeks, be on the look out for more blogs related to 'The Everday Woman'.
Our very own Bri shares her thoughts on what it would be like to chat with her younger self and how she would cheer on her future.
If you could go back 10 years and talk with your younger self, what words of wisdom or advice would you share?
If I could go back 10 years and talk with my younger self… MAN I would have a WHOLE LOT to share. The past 10 years have been the most life-altering of them all. I was 17 back then, about to graduate high school, and not sure what my future would hold. I was terrified, yet excited for a blank slate, a fresh start. The years leading up to my senior year had shaped the person I thought I was meant to be. I was driven by fear, desired to belong, and was confused about (Which really means I suppressed) the brokenness within myself and my family. Can you guess the result of my dysfunction? You guessed it! I settled in every area of my life. Ever been there? What I would tell 17-year-old Briana is that your life was meant for so much more than what it may seem right now. I would look her straight in the eyes while holding her hand and say, there is a person within you to discover, now is the time to find out who she is. Like all adventures, you have to be willing to take risks and not assume the outcome. I would also graciously remind her that we were meant to be in relationship because we were not meant to walk life alone. I know it is hard, but push yourself to be real with the people that have been put in your path to support and encourage you. Why? Because your life matters too.
If you could meet yourself 5 years in the future, what encouragement would you give?
I wish I could meet my five-years-from-now self! I see the possibility of many things being different then. The biggest encouragement I would give myself is to not forget the ways God has been constant through my life. He has given you comfort in the midst of physical pain, joy in the midst of sorrow, and He has provided in the midst of uncertainty. You have seen Him take what felt like the impossible and made them a reality. He is alive and moving. Do not miss what He has for you! I would then proceed to fist bump myself and say LETS DO THIS!