Dear Little Me,
You make me smile.
This picture? It’s loaded with goodness. And it made me realize who you are, who you’ve always been, and who you’re still going to be.
I want to talk to you about those clothes.
Look at you, girl. You’re dressed up. You’re ready to go…to school.
You can’t manufacture that.
You’re taking this business seriously. You’re taking life seriously.
I wonder if you know that your 38-year-old self’s favorite store is 90% dressy. And 10% casual.
I wonder if you know that when you’re 38, you’ll still be staring at all those fancy dresses in your closet, and they’ll be your favorite thing to wear, but you won’t have nearly enough places to wear them.
I wonder if you know that your 38-year-old self has dreamy visions of getting dirty during the day and dressed up at night.
I wonder if God’s preparing you, already, for the beautiful and mysterious of what’s ahead.
Is there something that needs to be said? That your best self is expressed when you’re fully yourself?
Be open, girl. To truth.
There’s something about you that’s beyond your years. He made you an old dressed up soul for a reason.
Don’t be afraid to look different, to be different, to dress differently.
Don’t let others make you feel you’re dressed up too much.
Don’t worry when you’re the dressiest person in the room.
Don’t think twice when they ask you why you’re still wearing your church clothes on Sunday afternoon.
Keep choosing to wear what makes you feel like you.
Stand tall, girl.
Know you’re this way for a reason.
Know your dress is a way to express what’s on the inside.
And may your insides always match your outsides.
Ready to go.
Taking life seriously.
Being the best YOU that you can be.
*This series is inspired in part by a blog post I wrote in January 2014 titled “Go. Like It Matters. Go. Like It’s Your Life.” And in part by Bonnie Gray’s new book, Finding Spiritual Whitespace. For more information about WHY I’m writing this series, click here to read the first post of this series titled “Restoring the Little Girl Voice (Part 1).”