October 4, 2012
Dear Teen Me–Feature 3
Today I welcome talented Canadian Author Vikki VanSickle-
Dear Teen Me,
You look great. Really, you do. One day you’re going to look back at pictures of your hot self and think Damn I looked good! So wear that leopard-print pencil skirt. Who cares if no one else in school has one like it? Maybe that’s a good thing. You aren’t required to wear a uniform, so why concern yourself with dressing like everyone else in clothing that you hate (doctor pants, GAP sweatshirt) when you’ve got that awesome vintage Betsy Johnson skirt in your closet?
Also, you should definitely order that spinach dip. And dessert, too. Watching what you eat is one thing, but obsessing about it is another. You love food! Why deny yourself something delicious because you think you should be five, ten, fifteen pounds lighter? It’s not the food that’s the problem, it’s the fat glasses. Right now you don’t even know you’re wearing them, but you are. They’re not just the wrong prescription, they’re a BAD prescription, adding weight where it simply does not exist. You will look through the yearbook ten years from now and wonder, “Who is that totally svelte, scrumptious-looking gal? I could have sworn I was a little on the plump side in high school, but this girl looks perfect.”
Don’t worry about boys. It’s okay to not date in high school. There is plenty of romance in your future and you will be so happy that you held off until it felt right. When your new university friends are sitting around swapping dating horror stories from high school you’ll be thankful that you can’t relate. Not all your love stories will have happy endings, but you won’t regret a single chapter.
Saying no is hard, so start practising now. Turning down a job or a favour or even an invitation when you’d rather stay home and read is not a sign of weakness; it just means that you value your time. There’s a big difference between being nice and being a doormat. Priding yourself on being a people-pleaser will get you nowhere. It certainly won’t make you any happier. It’s impossible to be all things to all people, so focus on what you want to do, which is put on those awesome red shorts and go to the DQ for a milkshake, stag. Or maybe with some of your friends. On the way be sure to roll down the windows and blast that Disney mixed tape. Part of Your World is an awesome song and you can rock it like no one else.
Learn more about Vikki on her website: http://vikkivansickle.wordpress.com/
About this feature:
Dear Teen Me (Edited by E. Kristen Anderson & Miranda Kenneally) includes advice from over 70 authors and I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour. My tour stop date is Tuesday October 30th, and on that date I’ll be posting a review, hosting a giveaway and sharing my own Dear Teen Me letter. In the meantime, I was inspired by the book and decided to invite friends, fellow bloggers, and authors to write their own letter. Through out the month of October I’ll be be posting them here. I still have space for anyone else who would like to participate-just contact me through email or by leaving a comment on this post.