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Advice to my Goddaughter on her 18th Birthday!

  • No matter how many people tell you the fashion rules don’t apply any more—don’t wear white after Labor Day.
  • If you think you are at the end of your rope — let go — give someone the opportunity to show their love and support by catching you.
  • Don’t forget how beautiful and strong you are. 
  • Don’t spend money you don’t have.  Save for what you want or you’ll become a slave to your debt.
  • Laugh every day.  At yourself, with others, at life’s little oddities – it will help you keep perspective.
  • Don’t stop dancing until the lights go out. 
  • If it’s not worth working hard for, it really is not worth having.
  • There almost nothing that can’t be fixed with duct tape or three-in-1 oil.  If one doesn’t work, try the other.
  • Men do not judge our bodies the way we do our own.  They’re just grateful we have them. 
  • You don’t have to look cool all the time.  Go ahead – do the chicken dance at weddings.
  • Trust your instincts.  If something doesn’t feel right you don’t have to understand exactly why at the time – just walk away from it.
  • Don’t Sext – Those photos and words can come back when you least expect them.
  • A broken heart will always mend with time and what you learn about yourself in the process will be worth it.
  • No one is thinking about you.  We’re all thinking about ourselves and thinking everyone else is thinking about us.  If you remember this it makes all the bad hair days easier.
  • Everyone fails.  It’s all about what you do next.
  • Don’t date men who call themselves Hawk, Spike or Steel.  Men with real names are more likely to be real men.
  • Floss daily, make sure your shoes go with your outfit, and just get out there and do!
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2 thoughts on “Advice to my Goddaughter on her 18th Birthday!

  1. Those are all so good. I love the “bad hair” day. I’d add 2 that I shared w/my daughters: (1) Have some money stashed that you never touch, speak about or share and (2) Always have girlfriends.

    BTW I’m thinking of you. I’ll call you as soon as I get thru the next few days. R.

  2. “Don’t date men who call themselves “hawk’, ‘spike’, or ‘steel'”- Mary I almost died laughing. This is beautiful! Love it.

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