A Letter to my 13 Year Old Little Sister

 

We have never been the closest sisters, or as close as I would like to be. But as you have gotten older you always seen to come to me with your problems and to ask for advice. You are thirteen now and you are much taller than me already. You have blossomed into a beautiful young woman. You are so incredibly strong and brave. Since you are now in seventh grade, you have been through much more than I ever went through and it breaks my heart that I am so far away from you at college and I can’t be there to help you and guide you down the right path. There will always be hard times that you come across and some that you feel like you can’t get through, but I promise you will, and you will be just fine. Sometimes it might be hard and extremely overwhelming to get past things but if you just take a deep breath and remember why you are here; you can conquer anything. People will break your heart and people will be mean to you, but it is just a lesson to learn from. It will show you exactly how strong you are so do not ever give up. You will find people who love you and adore you for exactly who you are and they will treat you with the respect you deserve; don’t lose those people, hold onto them. You will lose friends just as fast as you gain them so don’t ever be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and befriend anyone that comes your way. You might think you have friends that you will have forever, but people grow up, you will grow up. People will change and you can’t be mad or upset about that, just remember the amazing memories you made with them. You have family and friends that love you more than you will ever know. And I promise that mom and dad just want the best for you and want you to be successful. I know that they drive you crazy but every decision they make is for the best. Tell them that you love them as much as you can and try to hangout with them more than you do. You are all they have right now and sooner than later you’ll be grown up and gone too. You will miss them. Always stand up for what you believe in and fight for yourself. Take care of yourself mentally and physically. You are one of the kindest, purest, and encouraging people I know. You help me believe in myself and you help me fight my own fights. You teach me more and more about myself. Even though you are my little sister, I still look up to you, just like you look up to me. I love you forever and always Kourtney Brooke; I am just a phone call away.

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Bucket List

I have many things on my bucket list and sky diving is not one of them. My number one thing would have to be going to Greece, specifically the Skopelos Islands in Greece (where they shot Mama Mia). Ever since I saw the movie, I knew I had to go there. Who knows, maybe I’ll go and never return, just like Donna! I’ve always been drawn to the places with old and colorful buildings and crystal-clear water. The second thing on my bucket list is to go swimming with sea turtles. Turtles are my most favorite animal and they have been since I was a little girl. Snorkeling is definitely high up on my bucket list. Another place I’d love to go is Malibu, California. As you can tell, I love any place with a beach which is weird because I live at the beach… but its just not the same. Id love to meet Mark Wahlberg. He is by far my favorite actor…everything about him is so dreamy <3 For more realistic items on my bucket list, I want a beach wedding with my family and closest friends, nothing too fancy and not too expensive. I’d love to have a low-key wedding and use the extra money to travel since being a nurse will give me little free time. Creating a family that is loved and grows up knowing and loving God is something that I have always wanted. Id love to own a million dogs and bring every dog in the animal shelter home with me, but I know that can’t be possible or realistic, so I’d like to save a couple of animals from the animal shelter, since I am such an animal lover. I’d love to do something to help our oceans too. I am a beach girl, no where near close to a city girl so I want to do anything and everything I can to save our oceans and our sea life. But then again, I can’t do it all by myself and everyone should be doing something to save it. I have many more things on my bucket list but these are on the top. Hopefully, before my time comes, I can accomplish some of these things while also being successful. I would love to hear everyone else’s bucket list dreams in the comments, maybe it will give me more ideas and things to add!

My Long-Distance Relationship

My boyfriend, who I have been dating for about a year, and I have had a long-distance relationship for the duration of being together. I first met him in 2010, I was ten years old and he was nine years old. He was my next-door neighbor for six years before he moved to Stafford, Virginia, which is 3 ½ hours from Virginia Beach, where I live. Throughout those six years of him being my neighbor, he was also my best friend. We hung out every day and both of our families were best friends as well. We went on vacations together every summer, hung out all the time, had cookouts and Christmas and Thanksgiving together. He had always had a crush on me, but I continued to blow him off while I had other relationships throughout this time. This time last year, I had just gotten out of a relationship and prom was around the corner. The school that he was attending when he moved had a junior/senior prom and my high school had just a senior prom. Him and his family were staying at my house for the weekend and he decided to ask me to be his date at his prom, of course I said yes. I later asked him to go to my prom with me. While we were at his prom, we were dancing together, and it was the most fun I’d had in a long time.  Since then, we’ve been inseparable. He went to prom with me at my school and he went to my graduation as well and stayed with me for a week after graduation during the summer and asked me to be his girlfriend at the beach (my favorite place). He was nervous about me coming to college while he was a senior in high school, but I assured him that there was nothing to worry about and everything was fine. During my first year of college and the first year of our relationship, I have learned about the importance of communication. Not being able to see someone as much as you want is such a burden, but we make it work. Communication is key, if you don’t have communication and trust, you have nothing. He comes to visit me as often as possible and I stay the weekend at his house as often as possible, but it is sometimes many weeks without seeing each other since he is a full-time student and lacrosse athlete. Having him as support as well as my best friend is something that not everyone can find, and I am so grateful for it. I can definitely say that it’s hard and it’s not ideal, but it’ll be worth it in the end.