Dear Lauren,

You are going to LOVE kindergarten – so much so that you even play school after school! Your enthusiasm to learn and endless creativity will be nurtured here. Have fun with your imagination, and ask LOTS of questions!


Know that there is something to be learned from everybody.

Listen to as many people as you can, as often as possible. Make new friends. Be kind to others. Tell the truth. Ask for help. Try your best.

Life is what you make of it.

Appreciate your family and be grateful for the adults in your life. They have your best interest at heart. Their support is a gift that you are so lucky to have. Be patient with them. Practice patience with everybody, including yourself. Allow your elders to take as many photos and videos of you as they please. You will be forever grateful to have these memories. These are the moments that you will cherish looking back on as you grow older.

You are the captain of your life.

Your life is a gift. Be present. Enjoy each moment. Make the most out of each opportunity. See setbacks as learning opportunities. Take advantage of all that life has to offer.

Doubt kills more fears than failure ever will. You’ll never know if you don’t try.

Fail often & fail fast. Learn, grow, and press forward. Challenge yourself. 

You are the creator of your own destiny. Amaze yourself.

You are capable of incredible things. Dream, discover, explore, adventure.

Never lose your sense of wonder.

The best shortcut in life is to do things right the first time around.

Don’t wait until the last minute to go to the bathroom. You are Bus #2. Your dolls are so lucky to have such an amazing mommy! You are going to make an amazing mother when you grow up. Grown up life will come faster than you think.


Share your toys, bliss, and ideas. Your opinions, thoughts, and feelings. Energy is contagious (like catching a cold)! Infect others with your happy go lucky and optimistic ways. Remember that happiness is only real when shared. Be grateful for what you have. It is always better to give than receive.

Love life and life will love you back.

You are so deeply loved. You light up this world and radiate joy. Your best will always be enough.  You are more than enough.


Still you, just 21 years older