dear future me… // writing a letter to myself at the end of junior high!

Hey daydreamers! I’m BACK, and in full swing, thanks to a random burst of inspiration and motivation to blog. πŸ˜‚ I have been SO BUSY the past couple of weeks, because I just started school! And let me just tell you…adjusting from having absolutely zero obligations or due dates, 80% free time, and being so insanely bored that I was way too excited for school to start than the average 7th grader should be, to 30 hours of homeschool/homework a week, a full school day 3x a week, cheer twice a week, dance four times a week, chores, AND keeping up with friends has been HARD. On top of that, I had a *lovely* sty that only just went away and some serious writer’s block, so I definitely needed the 2/3-week break I took! However, I’m SO grateful to be back at school, in a routine, and seeing my friends. I definitely prefer being busy to being bored, even if it’ll take a bit of adjusting at first!

Anyway, I’m back and I have a super fun post this week! I’ve seen a couple of “Dear Future Self” letter posts lately, and I really wanted to write one too! I decided to write this to myself on the last day of 8th grade, meaning I just completed junior high. If I (hopefully!) still have this blog in 2 years, I’ll revisit this letter and respond to myself! Here’s the letter I wrote [anything un-italicized and in brackets like this is stuff I added to the letter to make more sense to you!]

Dear future self,

Hey! It’s the 12-year-old (almost 13) version of you, from September 4, 2020. My first day of 7th grade was Monday, August 24th, and you just had your last day of 8th grade today! Woohoo, you MADE IT! I hope finals went well and that this summer will be totally awesome.

Junior high so far is EASY – it’s just like riding a bike! Except the bike is on fire and you’re on fire and everything’s on fire and you’re drowning in a pile of homework. In all seriousness, even though it can be super stressful and is a huge jump from 6th, I’ve been really enjoying 7th, even with the new building and the limited seats and masks and all that, it’s been SO good to be busy, even if that means a few math tests!

I hope that you’re still blogging, even if it’s not every week, and you’re still best friends with Taylor, Riley, Barkley, Lulu, & Arrow [codenames, lol]. PLEASE tell me that everything is back to normal, or at least almost normal, and that 2021 and 2022 have been *way* better years than 2020. 2020 stinks even more than Chewy’s butt when he needs a bath, and that’s saying something, [especially considering I don’t normally say butt on my blog lol]. What is the world even like now? Do you have social media? Are masks still a thing? Can you hug random people if you felt so inclined? Is the world + life in general getting better?

What’s been the best and worst things about junior high? Have you made more new friends? Have you done homework or blogged in a coffee shop yet? πŸ™‚ Did you ever write that novel you keep putting off? Are you still dancing? Did you make company? Are you still in cheer? Have you done an extension or full-up yet? Are you on track to playing Clara in the Nutcracker someday? What does your room look like now? What is your little sister like? What are YOU like? Did you like your teachers, your classes, your schedule this year?

Your 12-year-old self is doing pretty good and is definitely enjoying life and having fun but is definitely a little stressed. XD I want to be a journalist/reporter or an endocrinologist when I grow up, and I listen to Taylor Swift, Kenzie, the Jonas Brothers, and Surfaces – ooh, and the Hamilton soundtrack, which just came out on DIsney+! I’m terrified and excited about the school year ahead, and it also freaks me out to think I’ll be 14 when I’m reading this (and 13 way too soon)! Right now I’m trying to read my Bible every night, trying to memorize more verses, and I hope you still are! How was Camp *insert name* last summer? What session did you go to? Was it as fun as last year? Do you still talk with the Driftwood girls? Have you made it past a shoe size 4 yet?

And now for the mushy part: Remember that yourself at the beginning of 7th grade would totally look up to you, and this letter is a reminder of how far you’ve come! YOU DID IT – you made it past 7th AND 8th grade, you survived a global pandemic and the worst year ever, you only have 2 years left to get your driver’s license. You have family and friends that love you and serve a God who loves you even more. DON’T STRESS (hahahahahahahaha) and really enjoy this summer and make it the best one yet before high school (!!!). Don’t forget to laugh at yourself and love your imperfections.

I can’t wait to meet you – and I can’t wait to BE you!

Lots of love from yourself on Sept. 4, 2020, age 12 years, 10 months, and 25 days ❀

Then I put it in an envelope along with $1 in cash, just because it’s fun to find money randomly, wrote “DO NOT OPEN UNTIL THE LAST DAY OF 8TH GRADE” on it, and hid it at the bottom of my sock drawer. I also set a phone reminder for May 2022 to open the letter in case I forget!

And that’s my letter to my future self! I can’t wait to read it in two years and respond back to myself. I hope it inspired you to make your own letter to your future self, whether it be for the end of the school year, at your next birthday, a milestone, your future husband or kids, or the end of the pandemic! I definitely missed you guys and I’ll see you next week!

Are you going to write a letter to your future self? Any tips for starting junior high? Do you like these types of posts?

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37 thoughts on “dear future me… // writing a letter to myself at the end of junior high!

  1. This was such an AMAZING post Emmie!! ❀❀❀How old are you? I hope you enjoy your school and please dont work too hard!! πŸ˜‰The letter was beautiful!! I’m sure the 8th grade you would be very touched and maybe even emotional!πŸ˜₯ But I’m not you so idk!🀣 Lovely post Emmie! One of my favourite so far!!πŸ’–

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  2. You have nice handwriting…
    Also though, this took me back a few years and I just want to say that even though you think 14 seems old, it’s not that old. Like, you were talking about how you look up to your 14yo self and I probably would have agreed with that at 12. But, sometimes being younger is better. When I was 14, I longed to go back to 10-11. Basically, what I’m trying to say, is focus on now. Because, you’re a pretty cool person.
    This was really cool to read! I hope you’re still blogging in 2 years, so I can see what you think of this then!
    I kind of want to do a post like this now…

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    1. Thank you! Thanks for the advice, it’s totally solid and I’ll definitely keep it in mind. πŸ˜‰ Yay, I’m glad you liked it! Me too! You totally should, definitely feel free to! Just make sure give credit for the idea, and I’d love to see your letter! πŸ™‚

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    2. I’m with Diamond- when I was 11 or 12, I thought 14 was soooo old and mature, and now at almost 15, I can confirm that I still zone out of history class wondering who would win if Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck had a food fight. xD

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    1. Aww I’m glad you like them! πŸ€— Thank you, I’ve been trying to get better at it recently! Haha, and they’re not too bad but I’d rather go without them! Yup, I didn’t want to put a ton in there so I couldn’t spend it for two years. πŸ˜‚ Thanks for the fun comment! πŸ˜›

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  3. Hey Emmie! I’m just contacting you through the comments because I’d figure you’d respond faster. You can delete this after if you want. Scratch that, because everything would be easier if you just replied. Ok, focus. I wanted to ask, how did you make your MailChimp email list button ombre? I tried myself, but couldn’t look it up.

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    1. Hi Chloe! No worries, I’m happy to help! πŸ˜‰ What I did is searched for the block “Buttons” and then inserted it into the post and then I wrote the text in the button. On the side where it says block settings, click on block settings and add a link where it says link settings (this is the link it’ll take you to when you click the button!) Then go to color settings and chose your text color, and then on background color click gradient and you can make it ombre!


  4. I wrote a letter to my future self last April that I opened on the first day of my senior year. I changed so much in those four months, and I’m going to write another one for the day I graduate. FYI, time flies SO FAST … literally everyone says that but it’s true. I can remember seventh grade like it was yesterday. Your letter was awesome and thanks for sharing! ❀

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  5. This is a wonderful idea to write a letter to your future self, I am beginning to think about what I will write to my future self! Will be interesting. Thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚

    Feel free to read some of my blogs πŸ™‚

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