There is so much I would tell the younger me. I would want her to know that she is beautiful and that she should always believe in herself –no matter what! I would tell her to keep God first because she will have to walk through some challenging times. As I think back, I’m getting teary-eyed because what I want to say to her today is the encouragement I prayed for.

I took this question to Facebook and the responses were amazing. Here’s what our friends said: 

You’re on your way to bills–be responsible. – Star Santoi

Go to university. Graduate at 21, start a business. Anything. YouTube, makeup anything just start a business. – Annika G Major

Be forever fearless. – Michele Liberis- McNabb

Go for it, even if it scares you. – Whitney Ashanti

Start a business! – Yvonne Williams

Invest in gold. Avoid light skin girls. Gabriel N. Nketiah

The stars are not the limit you can go beyond them. The battle is not for the swift but for those who can endure it to the end. Further your education (school is not for everyone). Become your own boss so that you can take care of yourself and never depend on a man! – Winnie Oliver

Fire your boss and don’t look back! – Zenovia Pinder

Be high value! – Charise Brunner

Live and work towards YOUR OWN GOALS and NOT the ones your parents prefer! – Lee Lee

I won’t change anything. I had a good and blessed life. I really won’t change anything; the ride was good. God ordains everything that happens in my life. – Jacinta Miller Storr

Stop worrying so much and continue to enjoy life!! Cherish family and friends more because some won’t be there in years to come. – King Roman Clarke

Don’t be so afraid of failing that you don’t even try, you can accomplish so much if you just believe in yourself. – Toya Mc

Follow GOD and keep him first!  – Shrisma Kimbrough

Yes, that is God speaking, follow His voice and His only. Forgive yourself for the mistakes you have already made, ask God for forgiveness and keep yourself pure. Pay attention to every word people say and even more so to the words they don’t. Save 20% of every paycheck, never miss an opportunity to sow into good ground. Start your own business with your 20%, invest and watch it grow. DO NOT compromise. If you know it’s right or it’s wrong, hold firm to it. Trust yourself. Spend every moment you can and make memories with your dad. God does indeed have something bigger in store when He says no, ask Him for the strength to move past it as quickly as you can, He won’t always tell you why it was a no, but I assure you, He can be trusted with every single thing you are about to face. Live life fully. Solana M Lightbourn

Get saved, get healed and go harder! – Sade McDougald

GO TO SCHOOL!!!! – Robin Wiggins

Everything is going to be fine. Continue to be you, and trust in the process. -Erica Meus-Saunders

Follow your dreams! – Earnestine Hepburn

I would not change a experiences made me who I am today but I would tell me not to try so hard, to be myself. I am enough and that heartache and pain do fade. It gets better! – Vanessa Arthur

Don’t give up! – Zerline Lockhart

Avoid paying rent for as long as you can. Avoid loans and credit cards. Save up as much money as you can… Read personal development books. (Rich Dad, The Richest Man, John Maxwell etc). Get your education to build your business. Create something that will continue to pay your kids after you’re gone…Lastly put yourself first, plenty of time for relationships later! – CI Gibson

Life is filled with ups and downs. There are going to be people who love you and those who will betray you. This has nothing to do with you but everything to do with them. Even when you fall keep going and never give up because there is beauty on the other side of the struggle. God loves you and his plans for you are much greater than those you have for yourself. Be kind to everyone because the same people you see on your way up, you may see again on your way back down. Stay focused, save 10% and give 20% for the work of the Kingdom, your reaping days will come. Finish college because even though your degree may not be your calling, knowledge is something no one can take from you. Travel the world, it’s so much larger and more diverse than your little country is. Anything you can conceive you can achieve. Walk fearlessly and with boldness…Be honest, integral, submissive and repentant. Make happiness a lifestyle YOU GOT THIS!!! – Catina Ferguson

You are enough! – Vernelle Pritchard- Swain

Take fewer trips and save for a house and don’t get any loans! – Clarissa Thurston

No sex until marriage. The end. – Shavonne DeVeaux

Plan, prioritize and save. – Kell D. Bowleg

Take life more serious …get out of that toxic relationship! – Jessica Moss

Stop procrastinating! – Krystle Turnquest

Man plans but God have a bigger and better plan. – Devia Wilson

Stay focus and walk-in purpose with God’s help. Life has lessons and only what is learned can help you grow so never give up- keep pushing. – Tiana Miller

It’s okay to keep waiting. But God never makes a mistake!!! – Marquieta Cavett

Save, plan and execute your goals! – Kenya Culmer

Keep doing what you are doing boy. The Lord is going to do what he needs to do and won’t need your help. – Kemuel Knowles

Don’t cry so hard, in a few years it will all make sense. What makes you cry now will soon make you laugh. Your heart’s not broken it’s just getting bigger and stronger. Growing pains hit hard but your gains will hit harder! So smile Queen❤️❤️❤️ – Ellie Colour