A Letter To My 17 Year Old Self • Veronica Ilioi • Hawaii Wedding and Portrait Photographer

A Letter To My 17 Year Old Self

Hey girl,

How’s 2008 treating you? You just turned 17. Sophomore year is almost over and the stress of what you want to do after high school weighs on you. Do you graduate early or do you do the full 4 years of high-school? Spoiler alert, you love high school, so you stick it out all 4 years. You also love photography, you love the smell of developer and the way your skin looks in the dark room of the film photo class. There’s so much pressure around what you will be, who will you marry, when will you get married, what will happen after high school.

I’m happy you let Jesus back into your heart. That was the most pivotal moment in your life. It changed everything for you. It changed the way you look at your life, at your future, at your dreams. But most importantly, it changed the way you see and love others. You see, before Jesus was your savior, you loved selfishly. You hurt others. You didn’t fully care about what they needed to receive, you only cared about what you needed to receive. But God didn’t let you, God didn’t let us love like that for long.

Thank you for falling so desperately in love with Jesus, because in doing so, you were finally able to truly love people the way He loves you. The next few years are absolutely nothing like you have ever imagined. Dreams that you thought are dead, God will bring back to life. Hopes you thought are long gone, come falling into your lap.

Ah Vero, when you think about your 20s, your hopes and dreams are minuscule compared to what God has in store for you. Open your heart, let Him guide you. He won’t fail you, ever.

Can I give you a glimpse into your future? Ok, close your eyes and imagine this. The day you turn 29, you are sitting on a beach in Hawaii, where you currently live, your husband ALEX next to you, while you watch your 2 daughters dance and play in the ocean. Your life is so much more, but I want you to experience it yourself. The next year of your life God will be doing some incredible things for you and through you. Let him, give him the reins. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

so much love for you,

29 year old me.

P.S. YOUR HUSBAND IS HOT! 🔥🔥

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