Philippa

Dear Younger Me:

In 35 years you will be 47 years old.  40-somethings and 50-somethings to you seem ancient.  When you get there you’ll find it’s a pretty good place to be. You will move to Canada at age 20, fully intending to return to your home country of New Zealand.  However, you will end up staying in Canada.  You are a Kiwi at heart, but Canada is where you will come into your own and feel comfortable. Your life will be full of ups and downs – high points and low points.  After your two years at Raroa Intermediate School, you will attend Wellington Girl’s College and then proceed to post secondary education,  that will take place both in New Zealand and in Canada.  Learning never stops: Living life and discovering yourself will be the biggest, most challenging educational experience.One thing you will do for yourself in the future each New Year, you will choose a word for that year in order to provide you with inner strength and to maintain focus.  

In 2015 you will choose a theme:  CHOICES
This will be a big life lesson for you….you will always have a choice.  Not only from the clothes you pick out to wear each day, or what food you decide to eat, but also your emotions and how you can choose to react to situations. Perhaps this might seem obvious to you now, but it’s something you will have to learn.
When you get to 2015, please take a minute and read this:

IN 2015 I CHOOSE
…TO BE HAPPY
…TO EAT HEALTHY FOOD
…TO EXERCISE REGULARLY
…TO PROVIDE MY BODY THE SLEEP IT NEEDS
…TO TAKE THE HIGH ROAD
…TO ACT POSITIVELY RATHER THAN REACT NEGATIVELY
…TO LIVE WITH COURAGE
…TO NOT BE THE VICTIM
…TO BE TRUE TO MY AUTHENTIC SELF
…TO LIVE EACH DAY TO ITS FULLEST