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Mar 18, 2011

Momo's 17th Birthday Bash: Day 11

Okay, so you are probably wonderiny why I have this picture here. You're also probably thinking that it has nothing to do with celebrating or birthdays whatsoever! BUT, let me explain - I was googling pictures and I decided to look up ballons, cause you know, balloons...birthdays...celebrations - it just goes together! Anyway, I googled images and this one popped up and I just had to share! Love it! And the clouds → Gorgeous!

OMG! Another thing! Hot-air balloons! Yesterday in my chemistry class we were taking notes about gases and my chem teacher had this one picture of a hot-air balloon as the background image in his powerpoint and the same thing came to mind when I saw this picture! Okay, remember that Barney movie - the one about the egg? → → → → → →
Remember that scene where they're at the field of all the hot-air balloons? OMG! It looked exactly like this picture! AAAHH! Don't laugh! I loved Barney when I was growing up! That was definitely one of my most favorite Barney movies! :)

Today I have an awesome guest post! One that made me smile from ear to ear! You'll definitely want to stick around for this one! And you'll want to read the whole post, I mean you'd want to anyway without an incentive! #justsayin :)

A letter to my 17-year-old self…..
Hey, this is older-you here (cue the creepy music….).  I thought I’d pop in and tell you some stuff that you might find helpful.  Of course, knowing you (or should I say me?), I’m sure you won’t listen, but I’ll give it a try anyway—‘cause I’m like that, you know.  Persistent.  Which turns out to be a good thing, actually. 

Kristi Cook at 17 years old :)
Anyway, I know seventeen seems like a pretty “forgettable” birthday—I mean, it isn’t the “sweet sixteen” and it’s not the “big eighteen,” but hey, eighteen pretty much turns out to be not such a big deal, anyway.  Okay, you get to vote at eighteen (which is way cool!), but other than that?  Not such a biggie.  But seventeen means senior year, and trust me, being a senior is way better than not being a senior. 
But here’s the important stuff—you know that guy you’re dating?  The one you think is so awesome and amazing, the one you spend pretty much every spare minute of your time with?  Well, in twenty years, you won’t even remember his name.  Seriously.  Which is kinda funny, actually, because you’re going to read a historical romance novel this year—Whitney, My Love—and in twenty years, you will remember the name of that book’s hero (Clayton Westmoreland—see?).  And you know your current all-time favorite book, Gone With the Wind?  It’s still your favorite book, twenty years later.  Which kinda proves the saying “Books over Boys,” doesn’t it?!

You’ve got a lot of big decisions coming up—where to go to college, what to study, what career path you follow.  Here’s a little secret: don’t stress too much about it!  Twenty years from now, nobody will care where you went to college.  And what you studied?  It pretty much has nothing to do with any of the careers you’ve had.  And yeah, I said “careers,” plural, because you’re going to have a few.  You’re going to reinvent yourself, over and over again.  And you know what? There’s nothing wrong with that.  You are not defined by one career—you are the sum of all your experiences put together. 
What’s most important is that you spend the next few years enjoying the freedom you have to discover yourself, to try out as many different paths as you’d like, to discover who you are and who you want to be.  In college, make sure you learn to think critically, to write well, to manage your time wisely.  Because those are the skills that are going to matter the most a few years down the road. 
So slow down, take more time to enjoy the scenery.  Know that the decisions you make now (even those that feel as if your entire future hangs in the balance) aren’t really that big a deal in the long run.  Spend more time with your friends, and not with the guy-who-will-be-forgotten (yes, I realize he’s hot—just trust me on this!).  Read more.  Play more.  Listen to music more.  Test yourself more.  And relax!  I promise it all works out perfectly in the end (seriously—an awesome husband and two amazing daughters!).

I’ll leave you with this—you know that secret desire of yours, the one you hold close to your heart and don’t tell a soul because it seems like such a crazy pipe dream?  Well, luckily you never let that dream die, and thanks to that persistence I mentioned earlier, you do achieve it.  Here’s a hint: Simon & Schuster (you know, the same folks who, coincidentally enough, published Whitney, My Love all those years ago?).  How cool is that?!

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Okay, so I went a little crazy with all the balloon pictures - but I was so inspired by them at the moment, lol! But yeah, so....? Awesome post or what?! I L.O.V.E. it! Thanks Kristi for the great post and another huge thanks for the picture! I didn't laugh! Promise! *__* Now, my fantabulous ← in case you were wondering, that's fantastic and fabulous combined! I know! I'm a genius! ;) Anyway, my fantabulous readers now get the incredible chance to win a copy of Haven! SQUEE! Remember,
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  1. Thank you for the chance to win! I loved Kristi's letter!

  2. I am so keeping my fingers crossed ;D! Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity!

  3. Yay thankyou!! I really want to read this book

  4. Aww, love the letter from Kristi to her 17 year old self! <3 ANd no.... no I didn't laugh at that picture either *shifts uncomfortably* ;)

    I have to agree, that picture with te hot air balloons looks awesome. So cool, I love it!

    Anyway HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! And thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

  5. I loved this post it actually inspired me i think i want to write a letter to myself but my future self asking her a bunch of stuff and save it and hopefully keep it and answer it some day in the future lol anyways lovely blog post
    as always ♥, Carol

  6. Happy belated birthday and thanks for the giveaway! :)


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