Dear Younger Self…. Wish I would have learned this earlier



What would I tell my younger self?  Just 2 things!

I have been thinking about this for a week… well honestly longer.  Now that I am a mom I do a bunch of self-reflecting and thinking about what is worth sharing with my daughter.  I'm at an interesting time in my life where I am trying to figure out my job/career path.  Do I work for a promotion and a raise or do I stay put in a job I love? As I debate this, I think of things that would have been helpful to have learned earlier in my career.



  1. Learn you, Love you!  Take time to really really understand what it is you like, love, can handle, and want out of life.  This goes for your relationships and your job.  Embraces who you are and what matters most to you and love this about yourself.  Learn to use your traits for your benefit and make sure you support you in whatever way you need.  Put you 1st.  As they tell you on every airplane trip, if the cabin loses pressure put on your oxygen mask 1st then help your children.  It sounds so selfish but really it is what allows you give more of you. If you love to run, make a point of it.  If you need to pamper yourself or miss your friends, make time for this.  Rejuvenate your mind or body.

For me I have learned that I am an introvert and need my down time at least once a week. 

I found I need music in my life, it changes my moods.

I need laughs with friends to recharge me and remind me of what really matters. 

And I need nature to remind me how small I am and the beauty and power of mother nature.


  1. Don't take anything at face value, go deeper. Everything from your teacher to your boss to your doctor to your meme, your reporter's and beyond. Question people's experiences, perspective and motives.  Go to the source, read the research, go deeper!  This has become more and more true these days as we see reports passing opinions as facts, as foreign governments spend money in other governments elections, as we celebrate Columbus day without knowing exactly what Columbus did.  It is even true within education.  Dive deeper than what is in the text books and learn more for each report you write or give.  Learn things a bit more fully and ask what it means and what do I want to share.  I feel like this should just be a skill, an observation skill, and one you'll need forever.  I have struggled to communicate what I have learned effectively.  I hope that blogging helps me with this one. 

I used to listen to those who had the training and experience and believed them but I recently started to second guess them. 

Our kitty was diagnosed with diabetes.  He is now on insulin and it isn't cheap.  The vet put us on special food and his sugar continued to get worse. So I did some research and found that cats are 100% carnivores who need no fiber and no carbs.  I dug into food options and I changed his food to Orijen.  His blood sugar went down. The vet and vet tech were blown away that I had just transitioned him from the overpriced vet food to a little less expensive food and got that kind of results.   This cat food is not cheap but insulin and vet appointment and quality of my kitties life play a factor of making it worth is. 

Orijen is getting hard to find so I switched to Blue Buffalo blended with Pet Wants.  My cats love how fresh Pet Wants is but my Iggy's blood sugar is off again.  I have been planning on making a switch again to see if I can improve things for him




I had the same experience for my own health.  In our quest for a child I learned I had hashimotos, an autoimmune disorder where your immune system attacks and kills your thyroid.  There are all sorts of other side effect and symptoms that occur from this disorder. ( I'll share more later).  I went to several of my doctors and described some of the symptoms I was having and every doctor every time said that it was depression and they could write me a rx.  But I'm not depressed.  I worked with the mentally ill, I struggled in my teens with depression.  This wasn’t depression.  I just knew something in me was missing so I did research.  I found selenium is essential for serotonin production.  Serotonin is a neurotransmitter needed for regulating mood, among other things.  So I started with supplements and noticed I had fewer mood swings so then I dove deeper and looked for food high in selenium.  Brazil nuts are high in selenium and I will eat 1-3 a day and it 100% improved my mood and sleep in days.  DAYS!!!!!  Life saver.  Doctors get very little nutrition training and that comes at all of our costs.  This may not work for everyone but it is worth a try.  Don’t go overboard on selenium.  Just as too little can be bad too much can be bad too.  Start with low dose, gradually add more, when you feel good add just a little more.  If you feel bad go back a step. 

Here is an example.  You can try supplements too.  Start with 200mcg.  I liked these but felt like organic brazil nuts  https://www.swansonvitamins.com/q?kw=now+selenium

Date
Dose
Observation
Day 1
1 Brazil nut in morning
No change
Day 2
1 Brazil nut in morning
No change
Day 3
1 Brazil nut in morning
No change
Day 4
2 Brazil nut in morning
No change
Day 5
2 Brazil nut in morning
Feel good
Day 6
2 Brazil nut in morning
Feel good
Day 7
2 Brazil nut in morning
Feel good
Day 8
2 Brazil nut in morning
Feel good
Day 9
3 Brazil nut in morning
Feel off
Day 10
3 Brazil nut in morning
Feel off
Day 11
2 Brazil nut in morning
Feel good
Day 12
2 Brazil nut in morning
Feel good

You can try supplements too.  Start with 200mcg.  I liked these but felt like organic brazil nuts worked better.  Everyone is different. https://www.swansonvitamins.com/q?kw=now+selenium


So dig deeper and take care of you!

~Anne

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