I’ll never forget the endless hours as a teenager sat my friends’ houses  debating which member of NSYNC  was best (I was always a JC fan)  and planning our futures over an  origami fortune teller. Oh, if I knew then what I know now.  

Advice for My Teenage Self

Make an Origami Fortune Teller

When Dole and Nickelodeon asked us what advice we’d give our younger selves, I immediately thought back on those years with my girlfriends.

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We were four girls — different as can be — who loved and leaned on each other. We were not afraid to be ourselves, kind of like the characters in  Nickelodeon’s series, “Make It Pop!”

My Origami Fortune Teller

You will make a lifelong friend.

Those girls were my rock in high school, and as the years have gone by, we’ve drifted apart. But when we see each other in our old stomping grounds, it’s like time hasn’t passed at all. Find friends that support you and encourage you to be true to yourself.

You will make health a priority.

Oh how I wish I could throw back the amount of sodas and junk food I did once upon a time. But those calories catch up — fast. I’d remind my teen self to indulge occasionally, but start the steps to a healthy lifestyle early.

You will not apologize for being YOU!

Anyone who knows me knows that I apologize way too often. I am a people pleaser by nature, so taking the blame for mistakes on myself is just kind of a habit. It’s ok to be yourself — and every teen should know that!

You will put family first.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned these past few years, it’s the importance of family. Jobs can be replaced. Money comes and goes. But anything that jeopardizes your family (and your own health) is not worth it.

You will follow your dreams.

In high school, my dream was to be a political reporter. I wanted to work in Washington, DC and cover the White House. After college, I did. And I hated it.  And then I tried another job. And I hated it. And then I started a blog. And I loved it. My current job didn’t exist when I was in college — so don’t be afraid to try new things. You never know what’s up ahead.

You will have an amazing life…

…but in the meantime, enjoy a yummy snack!

Origami Fortune Teller

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Origami Fortune Teller

So go ahead, enjoy a snack that’s as real as can be, just like you.

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This post is sponsored by Nickelodeon and Dole Fruitocracy, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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