Dear 15-year-old me

When I was 15-years-old, I definitely had certain thoughts, hopes, and wishes about what my life would be like in the future.

It’s been a little over five years since I turned 15, so I thought it would be fun to tell my 15-year-old self some things about my future that I would have never guessed would happen!

Hannah and I on my 15th birthday.

Hannah and I on my 15th birthday.

Dear Allie…
-Despite what your doctor told you, you’re not going to grow any taller. In fact, your little sister is going to be taller than you in about five years.

-The boy you’re dating right now is going to cheat on you. With your neighbor. Ouch.

-You’re going to switch from public to private school next year.

-Your family is going to switch churches as well.

-Your new school and church are going to be tough adjustments, but your relationship with Jesus is going to be stronger than you ever thought possible.

-You’re going to meet a boy at church who you’ll date for at least the next four years. He’s going to treat you like a boyfriend should. You’re both going to grow together in your relationship with God.23
-I know this is hard to believe, but swimming isn’t going to be the main focus of your life in the future. You’re actually going to love running long distances. Creepy, I know.

-Your brother is going to move away to attend Penn State and you’re going to miss him like none other. You’ll still stay close through silly text messages and frequent visits.056

-You’re going to become very close with your younger sister. I know you fight now, but you’re going to share laughter, secrets, and clothes in just a few years. It will be awesome.

-You and your best friend are going to drift apart because you are going to choose not to drink alcohol or party.

-You will get your drivers license when you turn 16. Unfortunately, you will be the passenger in an almost-fatal car accident. It will involve surgery, tears, and will make a big impact on your life. I’m sorry you have to go through this.caraccident

-Your new puppy, Lola, is going to be a huge part of your life. You will spoil her and walk her almost every day.lola3

-You’ll stop straightening your hair to look like other girls. Your natural curls are what God gave you. Work ’em.

-You are going to love coffee, not just Starbucks frappuccinos, but big-girl coffee and lots of it.

-You’re going to develop lactose intolerance, so enjoy all the ice cream and McDonald’s shamrock shakes while you still can.

– Though you think you’re going to go to Texas Christian or the University of North Carolina, you’re actually going to attend Penn State and stay close to home and your family. You won’t regret it.

-You will achieve a 4.0 GPA in college. Rock on.

-Your mom is going to teach you how to cook. You are going to love it.

-You’re going to become a Spinning instructor. Do you even know what Spinning is? That’s okay. You’ll love it, too.0012

If you think you’re blessed right now, just wait until you’re 20. Your life is going to be amazing.

When I was 15-years-old, I never would have dreamed about the things that I would do, experience, or go through in just five short years. I can say this for sure: God’s plans are so much better than mine.

What would you tell your 15-year-old self?


  1. I love this! I’m going to soooo copy this blog idea sometime too. Now just to find a picture of myself when I was 15 (hey, it was 12 years ago for me and there weren’t digital cameras back then… well, they weren’t cheap enough for most of us to own one, anyway). I love looking at the pictures and reading about your life, and I don’t think your sister looks older than you, but sometimes you guys do look a bit like fraternal twins or something :).

  2. I really really like this and may have to copy you. I mean for real, this is adorable. fact my sister who is two years younger is at least three inches taller. and cheat on on you with the neighbor ouch kid… you missed a great girl

  3. Favorite post ever!!! I def cried tho- a lot. You have done so many amazing things in your 20 years, that’s for sure!! It feels like just yesterday that i brought my first little blonde curly haired daughter home, and yes, you’ve ALWAYS been pleasant and sweet. You have been such a blessing to me and our entire family. Thank you for trying to keep me young through exercise and eating right (not sure if the latter will ever take place- sorry :/ I love you baby, and I look forward to your first published book of devotions, and to so many more years of fun times together.
    Love, Madre
    Ps thank you for putting up with my ADHD 😦

  4. I loved this post! And like Alex, I might copy it one day πŸ˜‰ It’s amazing what you think is important when you’re 15 just to realize all of it is pretty much meaningless. I hated coffee when I was 15. That scares me. Lol

  5. I love this post, Allie! You have done some pretty amazing things in the past 5 years, and I hope the next 5 years bring even more great times for you. It’s strange (and pretty scary) to think of all the unexpected twists and turns life has, but you are so right; God has amazing plans for all of us.

    Have a great weekend!!!

  6. I love this post! You have clearly come so far and learned so much. I can fully relate to the relationship with your sister and the swimming. It’s amazing how much life can change in five short years.

  7. I. Love. This. Post!!!!! πŸ™‚ It’s amazing how life doesn’t always turn out the way we want it to… but it’s always still amazing, beautiful, and an adventure!

  8. Oh girl, I love this so much! It’s amazing how different things are than we expected them to be. My life has changed radically since I was 15 as well. I never would have imagined my life being as amazing as it is today and yet it’s so different than what I thought it would be. Girl, I am so glad that life has been so good to you these past five years. Big changes have led to some beautiful blessings. πŸ™‚

  9. This post is so lovely….
    I have so much I would tell my 15-year-old self…I was so different back then, yet it feels like yesterday I was 15!

  10. Allie, this is amazing! I absolutely love this post and everything your 20-year old self is telling your 15-year old self. Great idea πŸ™‚ You rock on girl!

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