Wednesday Writings: Your Younger Self

Happy Hump Day,

I’m all up in your inbox because of what I promised on Friday. I’m sending out Wednesday Writings prompts for you guys.

Don’t think of this as journaling, necessarily. Journaling is writing about your feelings about a specific event. It’s great to get it all out there, but I want to take it a step further.

It’s one thing to know how you feel about your past; It’s another to shape your understanding of its impact on you today and decide how you’ll move forward. Because when it comes to both of those things, you have control over them.

What I’m saying is, you have control over how your past affects your present. 

Freakin’ crazy, right!? I was quite shocked when I realized this too.

If you’re thinking... Kirstie, you’re insane. That makes no sense. I can’t possibly think of [insert traumatic event] differently than just plain awful. 

Then the Wednesday Writings are for you.

I’m going to push you a bit out of your comfort zone each week. And though you may feel uncomfortable, you’ll start to find the magic in it.

You’ll start to reshape your understanding of your past and, therefore, your present self.

But no more rambling, let’s get to it.

Wednesday Writings: Your Younger Self

All the articles I write are advice my younger self needed to hear. 

Prompt: I want you to imagine yourself either in high school, college, five years ago, or merely a year ago. 

Imagine your younger self as if they were alive today, sitting next to you. Think about their struggles, what they might not realize about life just yet.

Now, write to them like you’re giving advice. It may be as simple as advice on the guy they’re dating. It may be as complex as find happiness within instead of the toxic friend group they hang out with.

  • Write the advice you needed to hear at that time that you know now.

  • Use a tone of voice that is caring.

  • Don’t criticize or blame.

  • Talk about how their current situation is impacting them

  • Write about how things could look different

  • Explain how you’re currently experiencing that change.

That’s it! Make it as long or as short as you want.

Once you’re done, you decide what exercise’s meaning was for you.

If you want, simply reply to this email with your writing. I’d love to read it! Everything you send me remains anonymous, but don’t feel like you have to email me.

Enjoy your week, do some self-care, and remember that donuts are scientifically proven to taste better on Wednesdays— even more so when dunked in coffee.

Until Friday, happy musings.

All the love,