1. This is a fabulous post. Not gonna lie, it made me tear up!!! I also had a rough time with some folks in school and so a lot of what you wrote hit close to home. Thank you for sharing this!!!

  2. This post made my heart sink. I am so sorry that you lost your mom. Reading this however makes me so, so grateful that my own mother is a live and well. But the things you talked about missing from your mother like her laugh are things I will try to take note of in my own mother. How easy it is for us to take these things for granted. You are so strong and so inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

    1. hey myah – thank you so much for your sweet comment. you know it’s okay – of course i miss my mom, but she was sick for a long time and she’s in a much better place. so glad my story inspired you! thank you!!

  3. this truly brought a tear to my eye. especially the part about loving and respecting your mother and family more because i worry about the day my daughter will be 14. i worry because of most of the stuff you mentioned. thank you for sharing. really sweet & beautiful

  4. Molly, this was such an amazing letter. In writing one to myself I would have touched on many of the same things as you did, especially the bit about your mom, because when I was a teenager I didn’t give my mom the time of day. I regret wasting all of those years we didn’t get to spend together now but am thankful that she’s my best friend today. I really enjoyed reading this, you are so amazing!


  5. Oh Molly Dear

    You might be a young woman but you have an insight and wisdom beyond your years.. I am old enough to be your mother and yet you have taught me something.

    Continue to walk (and word) with Jesus – he is working wonders with you and developing a wonderful woman and human being. God bless you.

  6. molly its 10:33 on a saturday night and I’m crying in front of my computer after reading this….you are such an amazing person BECAUSE of all of those experiences you have been through. I am seriously honored to be called your friend 🙂
    brooke @ what2wear

  7. Wow. You made me cry, too. That was really sweet. 🙂 I wonder what would happen if I wrote a letter to my 14-year-old self that could actually be delivered.

    Dear Alysha,
    You won’t really speak to any of these “school friends” in the future, and it’s okay – they’re not really your friends. You parents are still fine and happy, and you’re kind of their favorite now since your sister got knocked up twice before finally getting married to the dad. Your mom has another boy when you’re a senior and your teachers will think he’s yours. He turns into a real brat, so enjoy him while you can. Your other brother is a pain, too. You’ll meet an amazing guy in about a year. You’re going to marry him, so don’t panic too much when his mom goes crazy on you. You will never stop loving him. You’ll stay with a different guy for about eight years while he lies and cheats on you, but in the end, that boy from when you were 15 will show up to save you from yourself. Right now, your life is better than it has ever been, but you went through a lot of hell to get here. Don’t be scared when it looks like you won’t make it through.

  8. Whew… I had to stop crying before I could type up a comment for you. Just beautiful, beautiful writing here. I’m loving seeing the writing prompts you are choosing and I definitely think I am going to have to link back to this post and write my own letter to a 14-year-old Katie.

    Thank you for sharing such a touching, heartfelt post!

  9. Great post! There are so many things I wish I could say to my 14-year-old self. Back then I was sooo incredibly insecure. I can really relate to a lot of the things in your post, because several of them are what I would say to myself!

  10. This is so touching. I often think about what I would say to my teenage self. Perhaps this would be a good month to write it out. Beautiful job, Molly. I think you said it very well.

  11. Molly, this was so amazing! I can really relate to the part about your mom and the photos. Mine hates having her photo taken and I always worry we will never have those photos to look back on. I loved reading this, I almost teared up!

  12. Beautiful letter, Molly! I can totally relate to all of them! Especially the mom one. I’d get so embarrassed by everything and always rolled my eyes. I hope I remember/expect that someday when I’m a momma and she rolls her eyes 😉

  13. Hmm… it’s dusty in my apartment today. Definitely a bit dusty… 🙂

    Seriously, though, it’s the last part of the blog that everyone should take away — it’s who you were that makes you who you are. Kind of a good thing we don’t actually have time travel… I know in my case, I’d probably make a bigger mess “fixing” my past… 🙂

    If this is just Day 3 of NaBloPoMo, I’m looking forward to the next 27…

    1. 🙂 🙂 ALL THE DUST!!

      but seriously, thank you for your thoughtful comment, Rob. it’s definitely a lot of those things that i hated then that i realize now were some of the most important things i went through. you know?

      thanks, rob!

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