1. You don’t need to break that kid to build yourself up
2. Love is a two way street
3. Aggression is not an act of love
4. Apologize
5. Intelligence is more stunning than a pretty face
6. That boy is not worth your destruction
7. Try with everything you have
8. Don’t give up your loves for another
9. It’s okay to be an introvert
10. Let go
11. Do not break yourself to fit someone else back together
12. Your dad can see a bad boyfriend before you can
13. Isolation never helps
14. Drink water
15. Read whenever you have a second
16. Friends can break your heart too
17. Your life is not inferior to others
—  17 things I’ve learned in my 17 years // t.f.

1. Learn to love the quirks of my body. How my hair doesn’t stay in place or how my wait is uneven. Unique is beautiful.

2. Listen to my mother. She has had more trips around the sun. She knows a thing or two and her opinion matters.

3. Always make time for friends. Companionship is one of life’s little miracles.

4. Don’t talk to that boy who only wants your body. You deserve someone who wants your pearly whites but also your clenched jaw. Someone who will hold your hand when you want to explore the world and hold you when you want to leave it.

5. Work and school are not your life. Make time for you. You matter.

6. Don’t worry thinking about who does and doesn’t like you. Make sure you like you.

7. Learn to smile at those who’ve wronged you. Staying bitter only empowers them.

8. Anger is not your friend.

9. Reach out to those you’ve wronged.

10. Make sure to leave a positive footprint in the lives you’ve walked through not a negative one.

—  Wishes for 2016 /// t.f.