What's Beautiful? A letter to myself at 21... and some Diet-to-Go news

I have been working on this What's Beautiful campaign for Under Armour with Fitfluential. It got me thinking that sometimes I forget where I have come from. What's Beautiful is that I am not living the life that I had planned, but I am living a really happy life.

A fellow blogger, Nichole from Casa de Crews wrote her 21 year old self a letter the other day... It really go me thinking. I have made a whole lot of mistakes in my life... some I would change and some I wouldn't.... what would I say? As I sit here and ponder the things that are beautiful about me, I realize that it really has nothing to do with outside appearances. I need to give that 21 year old a talking to.... Well, here goes!

Dear 21 year old Mindy,

Hey there girl! Gosh, there is so much to say. You are so clueless on what life is all about, but I know that you are sitting there thinking about how smart you are. You really aren't.  Do me a favor and listen to your parents. They are really looking out for your best interest, and they know what is right.

First of all, you, my friend, are worth way more than you give yourself credit for. When you look in the mirror, embrace what you see. My God, you are a size 5... not a "wide load." If someone makes you feel bad about yourself, walk away from them. You are worth it!

Once you graduate college, travel! Travel around the country~ Live!!! You don't need a man to define you! You will later find that you are pretty darn great on your own! Learn it now...

This man that you are wrapping your world around is going to cause you a lot of hurt and pain. In the end, you will win because you will have the most beautiful son, but maybe you should just get pregnant right now so you can move on... lol... just kidding.

My biggest advice is keep exercising! When you first hear of this new workout called CrossFit, join! Join the first day you hear of it!!! It is so up your alley!! And who knows where you will be when you are my age if you do.

Use exercise as your stress reliever. Don't turn to food. Believe me when I tell you that the best revenge is not to eat poorly in front of him. The best revenge is to be the fittest you can be. And Mindy, when you decide it's time to leave him, DO IT! Don't wait for it to get worse!

Mindy, you can do great things. Believe in yourself and surround yourself with people who build you up rather than tear you down! You have an incredible life. It's not the life you picture yourself in, but it is really great. You are going to love being a mom! And you are pretty darn good at it too!

Keep your chin up! Life gets better every single day!
The 39 year old Mindy

PS Start a blog! I know you have no idea what that is right now, but do it.  Oh and invest in a little company called Apple! :)

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  1. You hit the nail on the head. I would say many of the same things to my 21 year old self (and my 30 year old self--it took me a while to learn :-) ). Especially the bit about Apple stock.

  2. My 21 year old self is only 2 years behind me, but I can definitely see some of these things in myself! A lot has changed in the 2 years since I was 21, but I know I have a ton of growing up left to do!

    1. Good Rachel. Pay attention and don't settle for anything in life! :)


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