Project - Themed Projects: Letter to Ella
A letter i wrote to my daughter last year. <p>
Journaling reads: <br>
Stay on the high road, Ella. Please know that it will lead you where you truly want to be.<br>
Often I think of the future, with all of the wonderful experiences that lie ahead and with all of the terrible temptations that you will face. I wonder what will happen to you in the next 10, 20, even 30 years. Where will you be? What will you be doing? How will you respond to the challenges you will face? Your choices will be everything. Small or large, these choices will define you. I offer you my humble advice as I sit here reflecting on my own choices up to this point. And I hope and pray that you will value this advice more than that
of the world.<br>
Surround yourself with good friends. They can make you or break you. Always be kind to everyone around you. But choose those who will encourage you, lift you, and stand with you in doing what is right.<br>
Right now, I am bombarded with messages from every direction that in order to be beautiful, you have to change everything?“make your waist smaller, make your boobs bigger, doctor your body to be something it's not. I can only imagine what messages you will be facing even when you start elementary school. The world will be brutal. I know the pressure will be real. I have faced it. And many times I have found myself worrying that the world is staring at me. Those are the times when I feel the worst. When I let others opinions make me self-conscious, I give them my power. I give away my happiness. And I give away the love that Heavenly Father has given me knowing that I am His daughter. When I give up these things, I am lost. I need that love. You need that love. Please don't give it up for a cheap and fleeting imitation.<br>
If I can tell you something that I have learned it is this wise counsel: ”Your appeal to others will come of your personality, which is the sum of your individual characteristics. Be happy. Wear a smile. Have fun. But draw some rigid parameters, a line in the sand, as it were, beyond which you will not go." Simple as that. You will find that the people you want to be drawn to you will love to be around you because of your happiness, kindness, and integrity not because of your bra size. Please believe me when I say this is true and not just some fancy sermon about being a sweet spirit. You are beautiful and you will be even more beautiful when you are involved in life, not only involved in yourself.<br>
I hope that my example to you will never contradict this. I hope that you will look to me as a source of strength when you feel beaten down. I hope you will always look to the Savior–He will be your greatest friend.<br>
Love, Mom <p>
open a new document in photoshop. open photo. drag to layout and resize. open photo frame. drag to layout and resize over photo. open digi patterned paper. drag to layout and resize. use scalloped edge template to cut paper. add journaling.
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