Blendtec Giveaway & Last Minute Halloween Recipe

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Before I get to part 1 of the giveaway, I want to share a last-minute Halloween idea.

I present to you: Spooky Shakes…

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They are more homely than scary, but let’s just go with it!

I spotted this on Martha and I thought it was a cute idea. To make: all you do is melt a tiny amount of chocolate (about 1-2 tbsp) and then paint chocolate ghost faces on the inside of the glass using the end of a popsicle stick. Easy.

Place the glasses in the freezer or fridge to set the chocolate. For the shake, I blended vegan vanilla ice cream (I love almond or coconut varieties), with a splash of almond milk and some ice, served with a cinnamon stick. You could even make a healthier shake by blending frozen bananas with almond milk. The chocolate faces stay intact thanks to the cold smoothies.

Now, for part 1 of the giveaway…

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Today, I’m celebrating YOU – the kick-butt, Green Monster chuggin, recipe-lovin’ Oh She Glows community! On October 31, 2008, I started the blog on a complete whim, not thinking I would ever have the attention span to stick with it, but here I am 4 years later still smashing my head against the keyboard daily and chasing my dreams. I am so grateful for each and every one of you who read the blog each day and my hope is that you find as much inspiration here as I’ve found in all of you.

Now, to celebrate!

1) Blendtec Total Blender & Twister Jar

Blendtec has been gracious enough to donate one of their coveted Total Blender Classic Wildside machines (picture above) valued at $454.95 USD! Whoa baby. I’ve reviewed the Blendtec before on the blog and I can attest that it’s a great machine.

About the blender: “Total Blender Classic Series® is the all-in-one appliance that makes smoothies, fresh juice, ice cream, milkshakes, cappuccinos, margaritas, soups, sauces, bread dough, dressings, salsas, and more! It replaces up to 9 other appliances with one fast easy-to-use machine, at a fraction of the cost. This package includes the new precision tuned 4″ blade in the large nearly 3-quart total capacity BPA-free jar. The new large blade / large jar combination powers through tougher blending tasks and larger recipes with ease, and in less time.”

In addition to the blender, they are also giving away a Twister Jar (shown below) valued at $119.00 USD!

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About the Twister Jar: “Blendtec’s newest innovation, the Twister Jar, is designed to blend your thickest recipes such as: Nut Butters, Hummus, Baby Food, Dips, Thick Shakes, Dressings and more! Best of all, it’s compatible with all Blendtec Home Blenders.”

 

Update: The giveaway winner is….

Thank you for sharing your touching (and often hilarious!) “lessons to my younger self” comments. If you are ever feeling down and need a pick me up, just read through the comments. It’s amazing to see how many of us have struggled with the same life lessons.

The lucky winner of the Blendtec machine is #3659 – Alicia Woulfe! Congrats! I will email you shortly to collect your mailing address. Thanks to everyone for participating!

How To Enter:

There are two ways to enter this giveaway:

1) Leave a comment below with a piece of advice/wisdom you would give to your younger self. Here’s one of mine: Ange, no matter how sneaky you thought you were as a 16 year old, mama always knows. Moms talk with one another, in fact I think they have a secret undercover mom spy network! Then she’ll test you to see if you tell the truth before she brings you down. She is also a human lie detector so don’t even bother to act like you weren’t up to no good. One day, one day in the far future, you will appreciate her amazing detective skills, just not right now.

2) Tweet the giveaway to your followers on Twitter. Make sure you leave a second comment letting me know you’ve Tweeted (is that even a word??) the contest, to get another entry in the draw! Just click this button to send your tweet:

 

Don’t have a Twitter account? Re-pin one of my recipes on Pinterest and then leave a second comment to get another entry.

Giveaway details: Blendtec is opening this contest to anyone in North America. Don’t fret if you are outside of North America, I have another giveaway coming up that will be opened worldwide. The contest will run until Wednesday November 7th at 8am EST and the winner will be selected by random number integer. Goodluck!

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Merry October 31, 2012 at 9:18 am

I would advise my 16 year old self to start saving up for a really great blender ;)

Thanks for the give away!

Shira October 31, 2012 at 10:01 am

I love this comment (first one I read and it’s going to stay that way!) Congrats on four years Angela! If I could go back I’d definitely tell myself to easy does it on the hair teasing & back combing…then maybe I could look at old photos without wincing! ;) Happy Halloween!

Michelle November 1, 2012 at 10:15 am

The advice I would give my younger self would be, carve your own path in life. Don’t worry about what everyone else thinks. Do what makes YOU happy! There will be alot less bumps in the road if you follow your heart. Congrats on four years! I love your recipes. Delish:)

Angelina November 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm

The “it” that you are looking for is not ‘out there’…it is within you.

Carole November 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I would tell my 16 year old self to think about what she wants, now and in the future, not just go along with whatever sounds good at the time. I would also tell my 16 year old self to rock those short skirts and bikinis while she can, because they do not look nearly so good on my 49 year old self!

Jessica November 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Dear Younger-Jess;

Life is going to take you to the places that you need to be, going to provide you the opportunities you need to experience, and introduce you to the people that you need to meet in order to grow into the person you are supposed to become. So spend less energy on forcing life to fit into your plan, and instead spend it on being open to the love that life wants to bring to you! And be patient with yourself : )

Ena November 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I would go back and tell myself “you are always more beautiful than you think you are. ” As I got older I realized there is no point on being self-conscious about appearances, every time I looked at older photos of myself I thought, “Wow I looked so great back then!” but I do not remember feeling that way at the time. The important thing is to be confident – nothing gets you farther in life than a sense of self-assurance!

Timothy November 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm

To my younger self,
Be who you are. Embrace your true self. Don’t waste the next 12 to 14 years of your life being afraid of what people will think of you and hiding who you really are. Life is so much more fulfilling when you step out from behind the mask and you really start to live.

Cara W. November 7, 2012 at 10:28 am

This giveaway is great – congratulations on four amazing years. Thank you for sharing your life and your passion for healthy eating with us all. You’ve really helped me a lot in my search for low sugar, GF foods that are much better for my body.

I’d tell my 16 year old self to keep living in the moment, to be kind and gracious, to help those in need and not to be completely selfish and naive. I’d tell myself that there’s a lot more to life than the realm of highschool and idea of college and partying. I’d tell myself to cherish loved ones as I’ve lost a few along the way. And above all, I’d tell myself that even though plans are good ideas for line/measure, they don’t always work out so don’t set the bar too high. Be flexible.

Shaunlara November 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I would advise myself that all the “big” things that matter when you are younger or a teen become irrelevant. It doesn’t matter what clothes you wear, or who you hang out with, you will reach a point where you are comfortable being you. So do and be who you want to be, so you will never have to look back in regret or longing, but will look forward to being true to yourself ;to eat the healthiest you can, because it will go a long long way to help you look and feel great, and do less talking and more listening!

J October 31, 2012 at 9:20 am

I would oh sell my younger self to have a better sense of humour about life’s hardships. Laughter is the best medicine …and exercise!

Simone October 31, 2012 at 9:20 am

I would tell myself to not be so hard on myself, enjoy every minute of your life and just breathe…

J October 31, 2012 at 9:20 am

*counsel, not oh sell!

Amy October 31, 2012 at 9:21 am

I would tell my younger self to listen to mom’s advice about boyfriends/men I dated (turns out she was always right!)…would’ve saved me a lot of heartache!

Kelly October 31, 2012 at 9:22 am

I would tell my younger self not to be afraid to try new things, even if you fail you have much better life stories!

Katie October 31, 2012 at 9:24 am

I would tell younger me that happiness is a choice – all I have to do is choose it! Oh and that perfection is something to strive for, not stress over when you fall short :) Gratitude and happiness have turned my life from a ball of stress as a teen, to one of joy as a mother of two, with another on the way. Life truly is amazing!

Baila October 31, 2012 at 9:24 am

Honestly I would tell my 16 year old self to give herself a break! You don’t have to push yourself beyond your limits to do more than you are capable. You are 16, take a deep breath and enjoy being young- there is nothing more important than your mental and physical health!

Kate October 31, 2012 at 9:24 am

I would tell myself to love myself earlier in life than I started to.

michelle October 31, 2012 at 9:24 am

Dear younger self – please challenge yourself more… it is totally worth the hard work.

xoxox

Anisha October 31, 2012 at 9:24 am

I would tell my younger self NOT to care about what everyone else thought and to just go with my gut, be myself, and I’d be fine! Life’s too short to live it for other people!

Marian October 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I would give myself the same advice! Care less about what others think, and more about what I think and what I do.
And I tweeted.

Anisha October 31, 2012 at 9:25 am

Also, I just Tweeted about the giveaway!

sheelah October 31, 2012 at 9:25 am

I would tell myself to relax and not worry about every small thing… life has a way of working its self out!

Christine October 31, 2012 at 9:25 am

I would tell my younger self that it wasn’t as bad as it all seemed – and that things will be better than I ever imagined.

Laura October 31, 2012 at 9:25 am

Life gets much better after high school

Susanne Mastromattei October 31, 2012 at 9:26 am

I would tell my 16 year old self to enjoy every last minute of being 16 because they’ll be a time when you want to go back to the care free life and you can’t. Enjoy every second of being a teen and not be so hard on yourself!

Nicole Marie Story October 31, 2012 at 9:26 am

Nicole Marie Story, Volunteer at animal shelters on the weekends, helping dogs until you can have one of your very own to raise with happiness! :D

Susanne Mastromattei October 31, 2012 at 9:27 am

I tweeted your giveaway :)

Shanice October 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I would tell my 16 yr old self not to give into peer pressure. I thought I didn’t care what people thought but obviously I did because of the stupid decisions I made regarding my mind and body. I have always been up and down in my weight and always had a low self-esteem. I’m finally trying to just be healthy (and newly vegan =D ). Thanks for this blog its really helping me through this process.

Shanice October 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I also tweeted this!

Joanna October 31, 2012 at 9:27 am

I would tell myself to not worry so much. Things always have a way of working themselves out and its important to enjoy the journey.

Great giveaway. Happy Anniversary! So happy I found your blog :)

Kat October 31, 2012 at 9:27 am

Hmm… I would tell my younger self to slow down and stop being in such a hurry.

Heather October 31, 2012 at 9:27 am

I would tell my younger self to trust herself more. That it WILL get better and that the world is a huge place you’ve only started to understand.

Kat October 31, 2012 at 9:27 am

Oh, and I posted this on Twitter!

Nicole Marie Story October 31, 2012 at 9:28 am

I have tweeted about this gorgeous giveaway!
So excited!
Merci beaucoup! :)

Leanne October 31, 2012 at 9:28 am

advice to younger self – stop counting calories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jenny October 31, 2012 at 9:28 am

I would tell my younger self… take time to breath, you are beautiful, and stop being so hard on yourself.

Stacy October 31, 2012 at 9:28 am

Stac, LISTEN to those older and wiser than you. Actually, seek out their counsel. It will save you much heartache and not only serve as guideposts in your life, but bring you joy in growing in those relationships in the process.

Sarah Jane October 31, 2012 at 9:28 am

I would definitely tell myself to enjoy the present. Don’t always be wishing to be at the next step of life. Time goes by too quickly….

Jennifer October 31, 2012 at 9:28 am

Hey Jen!
Think beyond merely following the path of least resistance. It’s okay to be different.
Eat your veggies.
Buy stock in Apple.

Emily October 31, 2012 at 9:28 am

I would tell myself to eat more veggies and to exercise more… not to be skinny, but to be strong! I have been vegan for a long while, but it has only been in the past few years that I’ve really eaten plant-based and felt great. Thank goodness for the inspiration of OSG!!

Hilary October 31, 2012 at 9:29 am

I would tell my younger self that life is better than high school! Just wait it out :)
Thanks for the giveaway! Congrats on your anniversary

Celina L. October 31, 2012 at 9:29 am

I would tell myself to enjoy life more. It is great to work towards goals, but they become meaningless if you don’t enjoy life!

Natalie S. October 31, 2012 at 9:29 am

I would tell myself to stop taking everything so seriously and have fun!

Sarah L. October 31, 2012 at 9:29 am

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!

My younger self should know that I end up having a pretty good life, so don’t worry too much about the future. Oh, and I STILL haven’t received my letter from Hogwarts.

Sarah L. October 31, 2012 at 9:31 am

I also tweeted the giveaway!

Leanne October 31, 2012 at 9:29 am

just posted the contest on twitter!

Vegan Collegiate October 31, 2012 at 9:30 am

I would advise the younger readers of this blog that if they are unsure about going vegan that they should just do it! If I had thought about it too much I would’ve backed down from the challenge but because I just went for it I realized it’s not really a challenge at all – it’s fun!

Gloria October 31, 2012 at 9:30 am

I would tell my younger self to stay positive, no matter what life throws at you.

ellen October 31, 2012 at 9:30 am

I would tell myself to moisturize moisturize and that yes, all those painful runs and squats do make a difference!

Vegan Collegiate October 31, 2012 at 9:30 am

I also just tweeted about to giveaway!

Emily October 31, 2012 at 9:30 am

I wish I could tell my younger self to spend less time trying to understand my friends, and more time trying to understand myself!

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 9:30 am

I would tell myself not to fret and dwell so much on making decisions….I would tell myself to make the best decisions I can with the information I have on hand at the time….and that all my decisions would lead me exactly to where I am meant to be at this moment!

Sara October 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I tweeted! :)

Shanice October 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I still dwell on decisions but I will definitely try to think about this the next time. Thanks !

Veronica November 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Dear young self (and to my dearest daughter),
Respect, love, care for yourself first and most importantly find peace no matter what happened or happens each day.

Callie October 31, 2012 at 9:30 am

Thanks for this sweet give away!

I’d tell 16-year-old-me to love myself more…to really think for myself and believe that I deserve good, happy things forever. :)

Carrie @Shrinkingcarrie October 31, 2012 at 9:30 am

I would tell myself that highschool will be the worst 3 years of your life and then they are OVER, and never to be seen again! Don’t invest too much time and emotion into being a teenager, it is a flash in the pan.

Kate October 31, 2012 at 9:31 am

I would tell my 16 year old self not to be so hard on myself. You can’t do everything. You’re going to get burnt out! Pick the things in life that are important to you and focus on those.

Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 31, 2012 at 9:31 am

I would tell my younger self that dwelling on things that you can’t change just steal minutes, hours or days of happiness you can never get back.

sheelah October 31, 2012 at 9:31 am

Re-pinned recipe! Happy Anniversary! Your blog is amazing and inspirational!

Cindy Pope October 31, 2012 at 9:31 am

I would remind myself that if I wanted approval I only needed to look in the mirror and not be rely on others opinions!

Thanks for the giveaway

Laurie October 31, 2012 at 9:31 am

I would tell my 16 year old self to keep on saving those pennies, eventually you’ll need em!

Tatiana October 31, 2012 at 9:32 am

I would tell my 16 year old self that there is no need to waste time on monumental thinking.

At the same time, there isn’t a thing I’ve done that I regret. Learned from every mistake and continue to move forward.

Katie October 31, 2012 at 9:32 am

I would tell my younger self to chill out, it’ll all work out the way it’s supposed to :)

Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 31, 2012 at 9:32 am

I tweeted-ed it too! ;-)

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 9:32 am

I would tell my college self to stop whining. You aren’t that busy. There is plenty of time to study harder and have more fun.

Cara October 31, 2012 at 9:32 am

I would tell my younger self that there is always someone who will want you for you. And not to settle for anything less than that.

Faith @ For the Health of It October 31, 2012 at 9:33 am

I would tell myself to stop putting myself through hell just to achieve some constructed version of “perfection”. Not worth it!

Jessica October 31, 2012 at 9:33 am

My advice would be to not spend time doing things you don’t love to do. Life is too short.

jdmitch October 31, 2012 at 9:33 am

What would I tell my younger self? Don’t be afraid to take the big risks.

jdmitch October 31, 2012 at 9:33 am

Also, just tweeted.

Erin October 31, 2012 at 9:33 am

I would tell my younger self to not be afraid to try new things and be different. It’s our differences and experiences that make us such unique and awesome people.

Carrie @Shrinkingcarrie October 31, 2012 at 9:33 am

Tweeted it!!!

courtney October 31, 2012 at 9:34 am

I would tell myself to be patient and wait on the Lord.

Erin October 31, 2012 at 9:34 am

Tweet sent!!!

Laurie October 31, 2012 at 9:34 am

Repinned your homemade rolo knock offs!

Molly October 31, 2012 at 9:34 am

I would tell my younger self to calm down–things will work themselves out if you let them.

Emily October 31, 2012 at 9:34 am

I would tell myself to actually study hard and work hard in college :-)

Meggie October 31, 2012 at 9:34 am

I would tell my younger self to relax and soak it all in! High school drama may feel overwhelming in the moment but there’s so much to enjoy! I’d tell my 16 year old self to breathe, put another mix CD in the CD player of her car, and drive with the windows down a little bit longer – there won’t be unlimited opportunities to do that!

Elizabeth October 31, 2012 at 9:34 am

I would love to convince my former self to give people a chance before writing them off- whether I was judging them or deciding that I was not good enough for them…without their input.

Hillary October 31, 2012 at 9:35 am

I would tell myself to try and be more confident. Makes all the difference!

Christina October 31, 2012 at 9:35 am

My advice would be to relax and not be so serious all the time. There will be plenty of time for being a responsible adult, enjoy being carefree and just having fun with your friends.

Meggie October 31, 2012 at 9:35 am

Tweeted it!

Alex October 31, 2012 at 9:35 am

I tell younger me that it’s true: my mother always told me, “the tags on your clothes are inside, not outside.” In other words, whether or not you wear a size 2, or a 22, it doesn’t matter (and shouldn’t!!!) At 30 years old, I will gladly vouch for the fact that clothing size is one of the many things in life that are, indeed, insignificant in the bigger picture.

penny October 31, 2012 at 9:35 am

I would tell myself not to care about what other people think. No one really notices if I wear the same pair of pants two days in a row.

[email protected] October 31, 2012 at 9:36 am

I would tell myself not to worry about everything that seems too big and too hard and too far away and impossible to attain because when you’re ready for it, it will be natural and easy, like you could always do it. Also – make every day great, you have more time than you think! Live it up :-)

Cathy October 31, 2012 at 9:36 am

I would advise my younger self that the dark lipstick she used to sport was a no no!

Caleigh October 31, 2012 at 9:36 am

Dear Sixteen-year-old self: find confidence from within and not seek for confirmation that you are (nice, pretty, funny, smart) it in other people.

Anne M. October 31, 2012 at 9:36 am

Dear 17-18 year old Anne,
I know you think moving away to the city will be easy and not cost all that much but prepare yourself because it will be costly and hard, just remember to give thanks to all the people that will help you along the way. Especially your sister who help and paid for more than you’ll realize for awhile.

Love always,
You.

Jessica October 31, 2012 at 9:36 am

I repinned a recipe!

LKG October 31, 2012 at 9:36 am

I would tell my 16 year old self to study harder and party less; pick a useful college major that will give marketable skills; and don’t waste so much time on loser men.

Liz R. October 31, 2012 at 9:37 am

I would tell my younger self that it doesn’t matter what others think, don’t spend time trying to impress people because the important people in your life don’t need to be impressed. Also I would add to myself that mom is always right, don’t even try to ask why, she just is!

Annie October 31, 2012 at 9:37 am

Wow! What an amazing giveaway!

My piece of advice to my younger, teenage self would be: stop comparing yourself to others. Embrace yourself as you are. You were made this way and you are beautiful for who YOU are- on the inside and outside!!!!!

sarah @ climbinvegan October 31, 2012 at 9:37 am

If I could talk to my younger self it would be to find out who I am more than try to fit to the mold of what my parents/society wanted me to be…. aka going to a college I wanted to go to freshman year except the ones my parents wanted me to go to. :)

Shannon October 31, 2012 at 9:37 am

I would tell my teenaged self to think really hard about what I actually like and want to do in life, as opposed to being worried about what other people may want me to do.

Lisa Barker October 31, 2012 at 9:37 am

I would tell myself to finish college. Stick it out and get your degree. You never know when you will have to fall back on it.

Jenny October 31, 2012 at 9:38 am

What a great giveaway!! I would tell myself to stop worrying so much, and to have more patience.

Hillary October 31, 2012 at 9:38 am

I just repinned your Roasted Tomato, Garlic, & Onion Coconut Soup. Thanks for giving an alternative to us non-Twitter users!

Anne M. October 31, 2012 at 9:38 am

I also tweeted!

Angela October 31, 2012 at 9:39 am

Tweeted
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And I said to my younger self, “Be kind and generous to everyone!”

Thanks,
Angela

Barbara October 31, 2012 at 9:39 am

Advice to my younger self – don’t undervalue your worth. love your family every second that you can.

LKG October 31, 2012 at 9:39 am

I repinned Roasted Butternut Squash with Kale and Almond Pecan Parmesan on Pinterest.

christopher sorel October 31, 2012 at 9:39 am

enjoy life and relax more because it goes quick then fast then quick

Marla October 31, 2012 at 9:39 am

I just tweeted the Blendtec giveaway. Happy Halloween!

Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots October 31, 2012 at 9:40 am

I would tell myself to not be so hard on myself and accept me for who I am!

Graciela October 31, 2012 at 9:40 am

Dear younger me,
Don’t put broccoli in your yummy spinach smoothie. It’s just strange tasting.
Love,
Graci

Erin October 31, 2012 at 9:40 am

I wish I could go back and tell my younger self that I should care about my health a bit more—do yoga, eat healthy and be happy. I also wish I could have told my younger self not to get hung up on all the drama in high school because at the end of the day those things don’t matter.

Diane October 31, 2012 at 9:40 am

I would tell 16 year old me to be happy with herself and not worry about what everyone else thinks of her. And that waxing your eyebrows really doesn’t get easier over time.

Kate October 31, 2012 at 9:40 am

I just pinned your pot’a dough dip!

Amanda October 31, 2012 at 9:40 am

I wish I could tell myself to enjoy college more. Go to extra lectures, read more, join groups to meet different people, it will be good for you!

christopher sorel October 31, 2012 at 9:40 am

tweet https://twitter.com/cjsorel/status/263651607043010560

Wendy October 31, 2012 at 9:40 am

I would tell my younger self that it’s ok to be different or unlike your friends — you’ll appreciate your individuality when you get older.

Abby October 31, 2012 at 9:40 am

I would tell myself to start running earlier!

Sarita October 31, 2012 at 9:40 am

I would tell my 1 year old self that patience pays off every time.

Sarita October 31, 2012 at 11:35 am

*16 year old!

Jenny H. October 31, 2012 at 9:40 am

I would tell my 16-year-old self to stop worrying about making mistakes and just live life!

Houston October 31, 2012 at 9:41 am

Younger self,
Always do what you know is best for you. You can be your best friend, but also your worst enemy. Hint. Hint… Choose the first one!

Helen October 31, 2012 at 9:41 am

I would tell myself to embrace my body and to be confident no matter what because beauty is confidence

Barbara October 31, 2012 at 9:41 am

And i’ve just pinned your butternut squash and kale side..I’ve been meaning to make that!

Sarita October 31, 2012 at 9:41 am

Also, I just tweeted this awesomeness.

Bronwyn October 31, 2012 at 9:41 am

If I could tell my younger self anything it would be, don’t keep it all in. You have friends, family, and lots of support. They love you and want to see you succeed. You are amazing, and everyone your age feels pretty awkward, so you are not alone. It might take 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, but you will one day feel completely comfortable in your own skin.

Jenny D. October 31, 2012 at 9:41 am

Dear 16 year old Jenny,

You are about to graduate high school because you are so convinced that you need to graduate early and become this adult that you’re so convinced you already are. To you, sweet girl, I say – slow down. It’s ok to embrace this season of life and not fight tooth and nail to claw your way out of it. In the end, it works out wonderfully and you meet an incredible man that encourages you daily to embrace the moments you’re given, but if you can, sweet girl, take a second to remember that you are allowed to be exactly what you are at any given moment in any season of life.

With love and gratitude,
The Nearly 30 year old Jenny

Amanda October 31, 2012 at 9:41 am

I just repinned your Vanilla Cinnamon Buckwheat Crispies on pinterest. My user name is Amanda Roy.

Marcy October 31, 2012 at 9:41 am

I would tell my younger self to get out there and do things that intimidate me right away, rather than wait. The more fears you face, the easier it gets.

Shannon October 31, 2012 at 9:41 am

I wish I could tell my younger self that your body is perfect the way it is. No need for starvation and silly fad diets.

Love your blog ange, keep up the fantastic, inspiring work!

Erin October 31, 2012 at 9:41 am

I would tell my younger self to relax and not let the small stuff bother me.

Kelli October 31, 2012 at 9:42 am

To my sixteen year old self: Enjoy being sixteen! Your still a kid, so go out, have fun, and don’t worry.

Emily October 31, 2012 at 9:42 am

I would tell myself to make good choices and stick with them! Thanks, happy anniversary!

Kim October 31, 2012 at 9:43 am

I would tell my younger self to relax and have more fun! And I would assure myself that even though it may take longer than expected – I WILL find and marry a man who is better than I could have ever dreamed!! He will be worth the wait! :)

Diane October 31, 2012 at 9:43 am

Pinned the naked apple butter recipe!

Bronwyn October 31, 2012 at 9:43 am

tweeted! wait, twitted?

Therese October 31, 2012 at 9:43 am

Advice to my 16 year old self? Ah. Life doesn’t end when you graduate from high school. Start preparing for that reality!

Helen October 31, 2012 at 9:43 am

Just tweeted

Emily Petersen October 31, 2012 at 9:43 am

I would tell my younger self to eat more whole foods. I used to live on fat free, fat free, fat free foods. I would also live off Candy!!! You might get skinny doing this, but you will feel like Sh*t. You WILL be tired ALL DAY LONG!

jenny October 31, 2012 at 9:43 am

I would tell my younger self that she is loved, safe, and that every year gets better and better. I would also tell her to put on sunscreen! :)

Emily Petersen October 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

I also tweeted about the giveaway.

Jordyn October 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

I would tell my younger self to experiment more with the variety of food I ate. Not that I didn’t love most vegetables, but I spent YEARS hating radishes and some other random veggies. Such a waste :)

Stacy October 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

I pinned your 2-minute Apple Cinnamon Peanut Butter recipe!

Lani Abbott October 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

Do not care what others thing! … besides your mom. she is always right.

Heidi October 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

I would tell my younger self not to be so afraid of putting myself out there. Stop worrying about what you think people around you ‘might’ be thinking about you and start living your life. Do what you know you will love and not what you think you should do to please others. Take that step even though it scares you because you never know the amazing things that could happen if you don’t.

Missy October 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

I would tell my 16 year old self that all of the high school drama and what they think does not matter – you’ll graduate and never see most of them again. And that you’ll regret the time wasted because of them!

Lauren October 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

I would tell myself to just ENJOY my childhood and teenage years while I can because soon enough you’ll have so many responsibilities it makes it harder to just let loose and have fun all the time!

Erin October 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

I would tell my 16-year-old self to relax.

Jackie October 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

I would advise my younger self to start making healthier choices and take care of my body, because it would have made a huge difference in my health now. I always imagine how my life could have been changed if I had my present mindset when I was younger, I just wish I had gotten an earlier start on loving and nourishing my body.

Kristi October 31, 2012 at 9:45 am

Ok, this may sound kind of mean – but I wish I could tell my middle-school self that all those girls that are really mean to you are going to end up drop-outs, in jail, or in some other unpleasant situation – basically they will get their reward. Wow, I wish I would have known that!

Thank you so much for this wonderful blog! I have made probably about 20 of your recipes and they are all in regular rotation. In fact, I just dropped off a batch of your decorated chocolate at daycare for the Halloween party, and the teacher said “We love your cupcakes SO much! They are the only ones I serve the kids because they are healthy and the kids actually eat them!”

Amy October 31, 2012 at 9:45 am

I would advise my 16 year old self that tanning beds are sooooo bad for you and that i need and should always wear sunscreen:) Now that i know better and know to always wear 30 at least my skin is a lot happier. I just hope my past transgressions don’t catch up with me.

Jane Harris October 31, 2012 at 9:45 am

I would tell my younger self to ignore all men whose names aren’t Rick. Rick is your future everything.

Jane October 31, 2012 at 9:45 am

I would give my younger self a hugely needed hug and tell her to enjoy these years. I’d tell her she’s strong and beautiful and to take life by storm and find her passion by trying lots of different things.
I love love love your blog Angela. You’re creative and have wonderful foodie ideas. Thank you so much!

Lani Abbott October 31, 2012 at 9:45 am

i tweeted! :)

Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl October 31, 2012 at 9:45 am

Advice to my younger self: Don’t worry so much and enjoy the little things more. Who cares if you don’t get an A in all of your classes this semester? In the end does it really matter? No! So work hard, but give yourself time to relax and have more fun!

caitlin foley October 31, 2012 at 9:45 am

Just tweeted the giveaway!! Crossing my fingers :)

Missy October 31, 2012 at 9:45 am

I tweeted!

https://mobile.twitter.com/Missle/status/263651524029337602?

Jackie October 31, 2012 at 9:45 am

Also, just tweeted! thanks for this awesome giveaway!

Heidi October 31, 2012 at 9:45 am

Tweeted the contest!

Sarah @ Yogi in Action October 31, 2012 at 9:46 am

Yay- giveaway open in Canada!

I would tell my younger self to not worry so much about being cool! The people that you’re trying so hard to impress won’t matter in a couple of years so focus on being yourself!

That lesson took me a long time to learn.

Amy October 31, 2012 at 9:46 am

I just tweeted as well:)

Jessa October 31, 2012 at 9:46 am

I re-tweeted about the giveaway!

Jane Harris October 31, 2012 at 9:46 am

I just Tweeted!

Kaitlyn October 31, 2012 at 9:47 am

Advice I would give to my younger self

It’s all a matter of perception. Yes being told people didn’t want to be friends with you because you aren’t cool is a tough blow but that is their insecurity with being seen as unique and different. You on the other hand know how valuable this is. So when people appear to not want to like you or be nice remember that is their own issue not yours. You are wonderful, unique, beautiful and way cooler than anyone really knows.

Linda J October 31, 2012 at 9:47 am

I tweeted it!

Jane Harris October 31, 2012 at 9:47 am

And have a recipe on pinterest!

Yuri Y October 31, 2012 at 9:47 am

I would tell my younger self not to be so critical of myself! I have since realized that no one cares how much you weigh, what you dress like, who you’re friends with, etc. and that the only opinion that matters is my own! If I had known this (and had listened), I would’ve been much more happy.

Suzanne October 31, 2012 at 9:47 am

Dear younger self don’t take everything so seriously and your failures do not define you, they’re beautiful opportunities to GROW!

Britt @ My. Daily. Randomness. October 31, 2012 at 9:47 am

What a wonderful giveaway Angela! I have always wanted a Blendtec blender – I see them at trade shows all the time, and could stand and watch their presentations for hours!
Tweeted here: http://ow.ly/eUFBt

Thanks for the chance to win!

Kaitlyn October 31, 2012 at 9:47 am

Tweeted it out!

Lindsay October 31, 2012 at 9:47 am

I would tell myself, “Be brave, girly! God is bigger than you think! And He is able to do more than we could ever dream! And trust your intuition about things… it’s usually right.”

Erin October 31, 2012 at 9:48 am

I just repinned your homemade Rolo recipe — which I need to make ASAP.

radioactivegan October 31, 2012 at 9:48 am

“Don’t be so nervous about meeting new people. It is highly unlikely that any of them will kidnap you and keep you in the basement.” I’ve seen too many commercials for lifetime movies, I’m afraid.

Linda J October 31, 2012 at 9:48 am

Dear my younger self:

Quit whining. Your mom may not get it, but she’ll eventually see the light when you get older. She does care about you, even if she doesn’t quite know how to show it. Keep in touch, and don’t complain when she calls you once a week to see how you’re doing. It’s a sign that she cares.

Love, me.

Jennifer October 31, 2012 at 9:48 am

Life’s too short to worry about the silly stuff. Focus on your loved ones…the rest is just not as important!

Kimberly October 31, 2012 at 9:48 am

To my younger self: Don’t be so obsessed with tanning – future sunspots are not worth it! ;)

Lindsay October 31, 2012 at 9:48 am

I would tell my 16 year old self to love being 16 and enjoy high school!

Kelli October 31, 2012 at 9:49 am

Dear younger self,

Confidence is key! Stop worrying about what people might think or say about you. You are smart, fun, friendly and attractive. Learn to convince yourself of this deep inside, and don’t let others shake your faith in yourself.

Sincerely,
Older (and hopefully somewhat wiser) Self

Thanks Angela! Regardless of the giveaway, this was a good exercice for me to do today…

Margie October 31, 2012 at 9:49 am

Dear younger self, you would not let others comments or expectations derail you from what you want out of life or what you think of yourself. You would love and appreciate yourself for your uniqueness and strengths.

Lindsay October 31, 2012 at 9:49 am

I have pinned MANY of your recipes!

Katharine October 31, 2012 at 9:49 am

I would tell my younger self that having asthma does NOT mean you can’t run or participate in sports or ride your bike or do physical things. I would tell me to do all the running, riding and playing I wanted to because one day those very things would help tame the evil asthma. And one day these asthmatic lungs would carry us across the finish line of awesome races and accomplishments, including a full marathon.

Claire October 31, 2012 at 9:49 am

Keep practicing piano.

Kim October 31, 2012 at 9:49 am

Things seemed really important and life-altering at sixteen so I would tell myself to stop worrying, everything will work out fine. Actually, this is advice that I could use hearing now, too.

Allison October 31, 2012 at 9:50 am

I would actually congratulate 16 year old me for being pretty darn awesome :)

Jennifer October 31, 2012 at 9:50 am

I would tell my OCD younger self that it doesn’t matter in the long run if things aren’t perfect…if your car isn’t clean or your pitures are organized. I wasted WAY too much time trying to organize my life…exhausting!
I’ve been wanting a really good blender for a LONG time. This would be wonderful to win!

Jordyn October 31, 2012 at 9:50 am

Repinned the Vegan Bailey’s recipe as well :)

Leslee October 31, 2012 at 9:50 am

Tweeted!

Katie Smith October 31, 2012 at 9:51 am

Confidence is key!! And enjoy the skimpy bathing suits now!

Audrey October 31, 2012 at 9:51 am

I would suggest that my younger self make more smoothies. To which my younger self would respond “Great advice! Now where’s my fancy blender?”

Ainsley October 31, 2012 at 9:51 am

I would tell myself to eat better and exercise more.

Elaine October 31, 2012 at 9:51 am

Don’t take myself too seriously!

Suzanne October 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

I heart pinterest (and just pinned the spooky smoothie) and organizing all your recipes there! Thanks for sharing all your delish ideas.

Elizabeth C October 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

I would tell myself to really work on developing patience, don’t bite off more than you can chew, do what you love, and listen to your heart! :)

Wendy Hudson October 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

Oh I would have definitely been more concerned about what I put in my body!!! If I only knew how important it is then instead of at age 45.

Michelle M October 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

Just be you and don’t worry so much about what others think. Enjoy this part of your life!

Nicole Romanow October 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

Your piece of advice to yourself was the first one I thought of!!! Here is another for the contest entry:
Dear former self, when your Dad told you “don’t worry I promise you will not remember this (overly exaggerated drama, absolutely not a big deal but you thought it was the worse thing in the world ever) event the day of your wedding” and you said “yea right Dad, this is like THE WORST THING THAT COULD EVER HAPPEN TO ME and I will remember it forever!!” (ex. you found out your crush knew you had a crush on him and his friends told your friends and you got made fun of) Your Dad was right. Don’t fret the little stuff :) Bigger things are yet to come.

Jenna October 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

I would tell my younger self not to worry so much! And to spend more time with my family.

Allison October 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

I would tell my younger self to do what makes you happy. Everything else will work itself out:)

samantha October 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

Younger self its about eating clean real foods a life style change and not dieting!

Amy October 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

I would tell my younger self to focus on what’s really important and not get swept away in trying achieve perfection in all things.

kristen October 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

my advice to myself
“don’t worry, you’re gonna get a lot smarter”
haha

Sandra Smith October 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

I would tell my younger 16 year old self not to grow up too fast! I thought I knew it all when I was that age, boy oh boy was my Mamma right! Act your age, and don’t be in a hurry to grow up!

Colleen October 31, 2012 at 9:53 am

Oh, Colleen! Stop writing notes in class, start listening, and don’t believe everything you hear! (Especially if it’s from the mouth of a cute boy whose actions don’t match their words.)

Love this fun giveaway! I dream of owning a Blendtec. Happy Halloween!

Kori October 31, 2012 at 9:53 am

To my younger self…do what makes you happy everyday! Everyday is a blessing so relish it and don’t let negativity get you down!

Rajvinder Kaur October 31, 2012 at 9:53 am

I would tell myself to pay attention to my family’s old family remedies and recipes that have been passed down for years and not make faces and tell my parents “eww-I would never do that.” All that I know today about homeopathic and Ayurvedic medicine is what my family used to tell me. Parents do know best!!

valerie October 31, 2012 at 9:53 am

i would tell my younger self that while the worrying keeps you working hard, don’t let it become so overwhelming. things work out!

Kelly Lee Brosky October 31, 2012 at 9:53 am

Dear Younger Kelly-Mom really did have eyes in the back of her head! More importantly, just because Dad can eat dessert every night and never gain so much as an ounce, does not mean you can!

Love you!

Older/Wiser Kelly

Sara October 31, 2012 at 9:53 am

I would tell my former self the same thing I tell my students now: It. Doesn’t. Matter. Who you’re dating, what you’re wearing, who is thinner, richer, prettier, more popular than you. It doesn’t matter. The world has a fantastic way of balancing itself out and you have everything you need to be a truly amazing YOU.

Katharine October 31, 2012 at 9:53 am

I would tell my younger self not to worry so much, things have a way of working themselves out.

Joanna Clarke October 31, 2012 at 9:53 am

I tweeted! @joanna_clarke

Marsha October 31, 2012 at 9:53 am

Dear younger self, enjoy life, don’t stress so much. Have fun with it, you’re only young once. Be kind to yourself. Love yourself. Be you, no matter what.

Jennifer October 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

I would tell myself never to take anything for granted, and to be easier on your mother – you’ll be there one day yourself :)

Yassmeen October 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

Here’s my advice to my younger self: Don’t be afraid to take risks and break the rules every now and then. Testing the limits and stepping outside of your comfort zone is key to personal growth.

Ali (Bubbly Meadow) October 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

I think my 16 year old self was alright. My 18 year old self and I need to have a few words though: don’t pretend that you know what you want to study in university. Ask questions and ignore Mom when she says don’t become a teacher!

Rachel D October 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

I would advise myself to make serious lifestyle changes in my diet and perceptions of food many years ago so I would not currently be struggling with making those changes because I now need them. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway :)

Lindsay October 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

I also repinned your baked apples!

Rebecca @ Runner with an Appetite October 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

I would tell myself to not make a big deal of small things. I am learning to do this now, but I feel like I made a huge deal out of small problems and caused stress that didn’t need to occur.

manda October 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

I would tell my younger self to have more self-confidence. Don’t fall for every guy who tells you that you are pretty. Dont lose your virginity to the first guy who ask for sex. Take education more seriously. Enjoy school and don’t let the cruelty of others prohibit that.

Sondi Hardy October 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

I would tell younger self to be kinder to others and myself. Look for the good in everyone. Be thankful for every good thing in your life. And, STAY AWAY from the tanning beds.

Lindsay October 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

I would tell my 16-year-old self to stop counting calories and feeding myself processed “health food” garbage full of chemicals and additives. Start seeing food as nourishment and embrace a whole foods, plant-based diet!

Maggie October 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

Eat more vegetables!

Anna October 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

To my younger self to….

-let life unfold at its own pace… they say wonderful things come to those who wait

-take RuPaul’s advice… “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love anybody else?!”

-read this entry by Sugar…. http://therumpus.net/2011/02/dear-sugar-the-rumpus-advice-column-64/

-not worry, you’ll be in New Orleans soon.

<3

Leslee October 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

I would tell my younger self that what made me “beautiful” was my smile and my laugh, and not to worry so much about society’s definition of the word!

Eva @ Committed2Nutrition October 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

I tweeted :)

Sara October 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

I tweeted about this contest too!

Kerry @ Adventures in Healthy October 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

I would tell my younger self: stop caring what other people think about you! You are never going to please everyone. So start being yourself :)

Wendy Hudson October 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

I tweeted…https://twitter.com/momof3inmd/status/263655128421244929

Olga October 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

I would tell myself to stop trying to grow up faster. Take time to be a kid. There is plenty of time to be an adult and be faced with life decisions.

Joanna Clarke October 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

Advice to my younger self…nothing is every all the drama that it seems. When you separate what really happened (facts) from what you are creating as a story around the facts, things are WAY less stressful to deal with. The stress is not worth it! Live, laugh and LOVE. Be open to being loved and accept and love yourself.

Eva @ Committed2Nutrition October 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

I would tell my younger self to be more confident. Stop being so insecure and looking to others to make yourself happy. Happiness comes from WITHIN.

Tanya C. October 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

I’d tell my younger self to relax a little more and not sweat the small stuff! Focus on lasting friendships and be kind to your body.

Sondi Hardy October 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

Tweeted – I love your blog and recipes.

Alyssa October 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

I would tell my younger self to be more open to other people – that anyone can turn out to be an inspiration in your life.

Senator October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

My advice (to my teen self):

Never give up hope, dear Senator. Although you may feel confused and lost your qualities shine through with every person you meet. Stay humble, compassionate, and generous as it is not a mountain you a climbing — no tangible goal to be accomplished — but a sea of love. Boundless and eternal you may let it take you under from time to time, but know that you will always float to the surface and once again experience the infinite joy of life.

Rebecca @ Runner with an Appetite October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

Tweeted about it! :D

[email protected] October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

Live your life with gusto, and do it while your still fearless, tTake great risks, and dont be so scared of failing. Dont be so harsh with your parents, they are flawed, just like you will be one day, Be more cautious with the people you choose to be with, they will have a significant impact on the rest of your life.

Smile more, damn girl, you are gorgeous, what are you so worried about.

Lauren Perry October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

I would tell my younger self to not be so shy and afraid of failure! It’s something I am still working on to this day. Thank you for everything you do with your blog Angela- it’s my favorite!!

Senator October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

tweet link:

https://twitter.com/senatorsipes/status/263653521382047746

RH October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

No matter how old you are, when you’re sick you’ll still want your mom to be there bringing you saltines and earl grey.

Marsha October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

Tweeted. Thank you! :)

Dana October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

I would tell my younger self to listen to my gut instinct. My gut always knew way before I did what I needed to do. I wish I had listened to it more.

Kim October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

I would tell my younger self to trust my instincts, including listening to my body, watching what I put into my body, and paying close attention to my gut feelings. I would say I’m doing a great job so far in life and to keep my eyes new and my heart open :)

Kelly M October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

I would tell myself to pursue my goals and dreams. Not to wait or stall my life for any guy. Also, easy on the sugar! :)

PK October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

I would tell my younger self that 115lbs is not fat!

Christy October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

If I had the chance to give my younger self some advice (and will definitely tell my children when they are older) is that Things Work Out. They really, really do. It’s never as bad as you think it is, and even if it is, there is a way to stand it, live through it, and make it into a story later (sometimes a really funny one, too). Sure, it might not work out the way you’d like, but it all works out and there’s so much good that comes from things we aren’t sure of yet. :)

Christy October 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

Also, tweeted! @agapeflower117 :)

Kerry @ Adventures in Healthy October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

I just tweeted!

Mellissa Boehler October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

Hi there Angela,
I would tell my 16 year old self that it is ok to be you. That no matter what always be true to yourself and that at some point in life everything will fall into place!!!

Jenni October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

I would tell my 16 year old self “teach yourself about nutrition. It’s important and mom and dad had no clue that’s why they let you eat candy and sugary coffee for breakfast and Funions and Coke for dinner. Also, stop being a slug, go outside”

Michelle Saporito October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

You are perfect the way you are and will only grow more wonderful with time. Love yourself. Have faith, not insecurity. Have hope, not fear. Things will generally turn out for the best. :)

Liz October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

I would tell myself that I don’t know everything, or even anything at all. I can’t tell you how much stupid stuff I did in high school with the mindset that I knew exactly what I was doing! Luckily I didn’t do any lasting damage, but I’m much happier and better off now knowing that I hardly know a thing.

Denise October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

I would tell myself: Surround yourself with positive people. You’re better off being alone, than wasting even one day with anyone who mistreats you or brings you down.

Paige October 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

I’d give myself a Dale Carnegie pep talk to ‘stop worrying and start living” because needless worry is just a bad habit that gets more difficult to break with age. And then I’d give myself the same pep talk at 17 . . . and 18 . . . and . . . Hopefully, I’d get the message at some point!

Carrie October 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

I would definitely tell myself to chill out and to realize that you can make all of the life plans you want, but you have no way of knowing what is going to happen and you need to be flexible enough to deal with things as they come up.

Alisha Trapp October 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

I would tell my younger self to relax, stop worrying about what others think of you and just be yourself. Most of them will not be in your life later anyways and those who are accept you for you anyways.

Stacey @ Starpulp October 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

Learn what a calorie is. Workout. Run.

Laurie October 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

I would tell myself how important a good, solid educations is. I didn’t finish college because I thought that being on the radio doesn’t require a degree. You can either talk or you can’t. That degree may not help with the talking part but to advance beyond being a “talking head” that degree is SUPER IMPORTANT. Now, at almost 40 years old, I realize that. The only regret I have in my life is not going farther in school. I knew at 12 years old what I wanted to do & I am doing it but I could be running a radio station now instead of just talking on one.

Hilary October 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

Dear Little Me-
Quit stressing so much, you’re just a kid!

Sara October 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

I will pass out from excitement if I win this thing! Okay, so… advice to my younger self: BELIEVE in yourself, girl! Keep your chin high and follow your heart! You are more than good enough and deserve all the love and respect in the world!

Also: the world will NOT end if you make a B (or even a C!) in school! Relaaaaaaax.

And then I would hug myself. Yup. :)

elaine October 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

not to worry so much

Elizabeth C October 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

I have pinned many of your recipes! I love them! This is a favorite :) http://pinterest.com/pin/184577284697513264/

Tracy October 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

I would tell my younger self to just be herself and quit trying to be what she *thought* everyone else wanted her to be!

Brittany October 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

I wuould tell my 16 year old self that my definition of success at that time was WAY off. I think it would have saved me a lot of stress.

Alisha Trapp October 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

I repinned your twin bar recipe! Yummy!

Megan October 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

I would tell my younger self not to compare myself to others. Everyone is unique and special in their own way and there is more than one version of beautiful. I like to say that everyone is perfectly imperfect :)

Veronica October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

Dear Veronica: Enjoy being a kid. Sleep more. Be outside more. Stress less. Work less. You’re a kid once and not for long.

Debbie October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

I repinned the twix bars – I am so excited to make these!! http://pinterest.com/pin/248964685622012079/

SapperAngel October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

I would tell myself that even though things come easy.. I should really apply myself and strive for my goals.

Sara October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

Contest tweeted! @SaraVino

Christina October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

I would tell myself to do what you want to do and not do what you think everyone else thinks you should do.

Megan October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

I tweeted the giveaway!

Stacey @ Starpulp October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

I twittered! lol http://twitter.com/starpulp/status/263655999867592705

Elyse October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

I would tell my younger self the following: you have to do what works for you not for others, don’t be so hard on yourself but don’t compromise yourself, cherish & enjoy the little things & lastly your health is important – take care of yourself

Kate October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

I would tell myself to stop taking the silly things (boys, drama, etc.) SO seriously and take the that really matter (like school) MORE seriously. Also if you are going to be sneaky, you need to get better at it. Mom is all knowing and you will always get caught! :)

Mallory October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

I would tell my younger self that whether you think you can or think you cannot, you’re right! There were many things I didn’t do because I was scared to fail or didn’t have others approval. Andddd…. don’t wait until you’re 25 to veganize!!!!

Cristie October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

I would tell my younger self:
Pick your battles, sometimes it’s better to just shut up and listen.
Appreciate your parents, one day they will be gone.
Question everything, including yourself.
Stand up for what you believe in. No one else will.

brandi davis October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

I would tell the younger me to lay off the sugar so I wouldnt get hypoglycemic

Mara October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

I would tell my younger self…”Take care of your body. It will thank you later.”

SapperAngel October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

I also pinned the a couple of salad recipes

Liz October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

I repined your Twix bar recipe. I can’t wait to try it out!

Sterling October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

Oh young Ster,

Live for the moment. Get dirty. Run in the rain. Take risks. Love completely. Play hard. Say “I love you” before hanging up the phone; you never know when it’ll be the last chance you’re given. Take failure as an opportunity to improve. Make time for family. Love yourself. Live life to its fullest; it’s the only one you’re given.

Sincerely,
You

Amy October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

To my younger self I would say stop spending so much time with your boyfriend and focus on forming true friendships with your girl friends!

Adrianne October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

Dear younger self,
If a boy isn’t nice to you, he’s not worth your time. Kiss, kiss!
Love,
Self

Also, I want a blender!!!

Claire October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

I would tell my younger self to relax. Everything is going to be ok!

Stephanie T October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

I’d tell myself to pick a better major in college. And to pick my husband sooner rather than later and save myself a lot of trouble. =)

Catherine October 31, 2012 at 9:59 am

Congrats on the 4 years !
I would advise my younger self not to be so serious all the time. It’s the laughs and the fun, silly moments you remember, not making better grades than so-and-so or thinking you’re better for whatever reason.

Andrea October 31, 2012 at 9:59 am

I would tell my younger self to not stress about the little things and to just forget about it and live in the moment before it passes you by!

Kris October 31, 2012 at 9:59 am

Oh man! I wish I could go back in time to tell my 16 year old self to CHILL out. I was such a high strung teen, obsessed with the future and getting amazing grades. I was sure that I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, and tortured myself along the way.

I’ve changed my mind so many times since then so it definitely wasn’t all worth it. I could have enjoyed myself a little bit more ;)

Brittany October 31, 2012 at 9:59 am

I repinned the fabulous-looking Spooky Shakes on Pinterest. Thanks for the opportunity to win such an awesome tool!

Kate October 31, 2012 at 9:59 am

contest tweeted @wattskl

Starla October 31, 2012 at 9:59 am

I would tell my younger self to slow down take time to enjoy each day instead of always looking ahead to the next day or next week. Be yourself and don’t worry so much about what others think about you. I would also say the if it feels wrong it usually is, listen to your inner voice. And BE HAPPY it is your choice.

Jamie October 31, 2012 at 9:59 am

Oh man, I would advise my younger self to eat healthy and not wait until their mid-20’s to pick it up. I can’t even image how much better my life would have been if I’d started off this way.

Timothea October 31, 2012 at 10:00 am

I would tell my younger self that the years go by too quickly…take the time to enjoy it all!

Steff October 31, 2012 at 10:00 am

My advice to my younger self would be–don’t spend so much time thinking and caring about what others think of you!

Denise W. October 31, 2012 at 10:00 am

I would tell myself to be adventurous and to go out and try some new things!

Yuri Y October 31, 2012 at 10:00 am

I tweeted!

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 10:00 am

I would tell myself to not be concerned with others opinions and not to care about the medias influence, because the law of attraction just brings lots of people who love you for your dorky self into your life! Also to listen to older people who have already been through it. (aka MOM!)

Andrea October 31, 2012 at 10:00 am

I tweeted this~!

Molly October 31, 2012 at 10:00 am

I would tell my younger self to stop fretting about perfection and achieving perfect test scores. In the long run, it just doesn’t matter!

frankie October 31, 2012 at 10:00 am

I would tell my younger self to stay in touch with everyone!! Thank goodness for Facebook!!

katie h. October 31, 2012 at 10:01 am

Listen to your mom, she really does know what she is talking about even if her delivery is less than desirable. Also, don’t judge others as you may find yourself in the same same situation one day.

Erika October 31, 2012 at 10:01 am

I would tell my younger self to not worry so much about what other people think of me. What someone thought about me (whether they liked me or not) wasn’t going to affect how I did in school, how I looked, or how my family and true friends treated me. I would tell myself to surround myself with positive people and not to try to fit in with people who didn’t accept me for me. Always be yourself and true friends and your family will love you no matter what!

Denise W. October 31, 2012 at 10:01 am

I tweeted!

jennifer October 31, 2012 at 10:01 am

I would tell my younger self…to let go of the past and dont let it control your future..enjoy the present moment and breathe.. * I am also going to tweet as well…

Andrea October 31, 2012 at 10:01 am

I would tell myself to follow my heart and do the things that make me happy.

Erica Barber October 31, 2012 at 10:01 am

I would tell my 15 yr old self to start drawing early and to follow all my dreams and tell her that life will get better. To stay strong and trust your gut instincts.

Laura P October 31, 2012 at 10:01 am

I would tell my younger self to give myself a break and to be more open to meeting new people – you never know what interesting person you’ll end up chatting with!

Jenny October 31, 2012 at 10:01 am

I would tell myself to enjoy being young and taken care of! Life gets much more complicated when you have adult responsibilities and BILLS!

Stephanie Geary October 31, 2012 at 10:01 am

I would tell my younger self to step back and enjoy every moment of my twenties…the good and the bad….because it goes by fast.

Aubrey D October 31, 2012 at 10:01 am

I wish I would have told my younger self to not worry about what everyone else thought and to just focus on being me.

Debi October 31, 2012 at 10:01 am

The advice i would give my younger self, is to comunicate more to my parents. I have three kids in their twentys now, and i am soo thankful for cell phones and facebook! If i only had this technology when i was in my late teens and early twenties. My poor mother had to wonder where i was and hope for a phone call, (which would never dawn on me that i SHOULD call). When i left for Australia when i was 21, by myself, I never called her or wrote for about 2 months after i was there! I can imagine how worried she was, only because today if i dont hear from my kids at least two to three times a week i begin to worry! So, comunicate to and with your parents, definately :)

Jena October 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

I would tell my younger self to not worry so much! Don’t worry about why others think, are how you look or what you will do Saturday night. It didn’t matter (and you won’t remember 10 years later anyway…)

Wendy Cohen October 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

I would tell myself to eat more raw fruits and veggies and to avoid soda and processed food. I would also tell myself to start running!

Andrea @ Vegvacious October 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

The first thing that comes to mind when I think about what advice I would give to myself is: stay away from Sun In and boxed blonde hair dye! It will kill your hair and you will have many, many mishaps that will leave you crying in the bathroom and your dad forbidding you to ever dye your hair again (which of course you should listen to, but won’t)

Hanna M. October 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

There’s nothing wrong with peace and quiet, but don’t miss the best moments in life – cherish them with your true friends, those who allow you to be yourself!

Denise October 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

Stay focused on the things of eternal value, learn from those who have gone before they know what they are talking about and don’t let others define you! Live for Jesus! :)

Denise October 31, 2012 at 11:25 am

I pinned your Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Rosemary and Garlic! One of my all time favorites in the comfort food category!! :)

Mary C October 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

Take some risks! Travel to crazy places! No one is telling you not to!

Erika October 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

I’ve tweeted this amazing giveaway! @erikaunelli

Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

I would tell my younger self to not worry so much about what others think!

Allison October 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

Advice to my younger self: Just be you. Don’t give credence to what others think, because chances are, they’ll think you’re awesome for being genuinely true to yourself!

Megan V October 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

I don’t have a Twitter so I re-pinned something from your Pinterest :)

Michelle October 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

AMAZING giveaway. I would advise my younger self to stop worrying about what others think… in the end it is more important to stay true to yourself and listen to your instincts.

CS October 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

Younger self: You have a voice – use it. Speak your mind. Speak the truth.

wendy October 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

i would tell my younger self to live/experience more and not fret over what others may think.

Jena October 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

A recipe is on my pintrest account!

Joanna Rose October 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

Stop worrying about finding a boyfriend! They will turn up with time, and truthfully, those boys turn out to be a big disappointment most of the time anyway, so stop agonising over what to wear and just enjoy all that girly fun with your friends!

Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

Tweeted!

Katie October 31, 2012 at 10:02 am

My sixteen year old self would need to know that High school is such a small part of life….you grow up and none of it matters. Stop worrying about what others think!

On the blender note, when I first started reading your blog you had a kitchen aid blender which you had problems with, I thought, that’s weird, my kitchen aid works great…well within the last couple of weeks it has started to leak horribly, my husband tried fixing it and it worked for about 2 days. I guess our daily green monsters are just too much for it.

Michelle October 31, 2012 at 10:03 am

I also re-pinned! Haven’t really embraced the twitter world yet.. woops.

Molly October 31, 2012 at 10:03 am

Not to worry so much, as it will not solve anything or change the outcome. Just enjoy things as much as you can and smile often.

Aubrey D October 31, 2012 at 10:03 am

Pinned a recipe!

Blake @ Blake Bakes October 31, 2012 at 10:03 am

Mom always knows. She’s been there and done that, twice! And if it’s something you feel you need to lie to your mom about, it’s something you shouldn’t be doing!

Alex October 31, 2012 at 10:03 am

I would tell my younger self to not worry so much about what lies ahead, but to revel in the moments that are happening right now. I was always so worried about some “end goal” that I didn’t see what was going on right in front of me.

Olivia @ Liv Lives Life October 31, 2012 at 10:03 am

I would tell my younger self not to worry about everything so much. Even though I got a B- on that math test, I’m still graduating college with honors! :-)

Stefanie K. October 31, 2012 at 10:03 am

Tweeted!

Laura C. October 31, 2012 at 10:03 am

I would tell my younger self to make your own decisions based on your own individual beliefs and not what you family believes you should believe. It is ok and wonderful to have your own mind – but make sure you only use it for good.

Also – take a chill pill!

maija October 31, 2012 at 10:03 am

i’d tell myself to chill out a bit and enjoy

Kara October 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

Be strong girl and stand up for yourself. You are worth it and it will save you from heartache later. Also- eat healthy and exercise.

Emily October 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

I am so grateful for your blog and that you have continued blogging! Almost all the recipes in my “favorite recipes” folder on pinterest are from your blog :) My advice to my younger self is that there is nothing external (weight, money, job, boyfriend) that can make you happy long-term. Happiness comes from within. :)

Megan V October 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

Some advise I would tell me younger self is to not let other peoples opinions form your own. You’d be surprised how often you disagree with them if you take a moment to think about it.

Jamie October 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

I also tweeted! And pinned. :)

Heather Ubiles October 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

Hey Heather! Relax and enjoy the moments in life. It is easy to get caught up in life struggles and frustrations but it is important to take the time to enjoy the beautiful aspects of life. This time will pass quickly and you will never get it back. Surround yourself with love and beauty. Make memories and don’t beat yourself up over mistakes. Breathe calmly knowing that you are a good person and that you are loved.

Laura C. October 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

I tweeted (it’s a word now).

Lauren October 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

Note to younger self- rock those braces…and head gear….sigh….

Timothea October 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

I just re-pinned your No Bake Peppermint Patty Bars. I think my family will love them!

Stefanie K. October 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

I would tell myself not to worry too much, things will work out just fine, keep following your dreams and work for them!

Andrea @ Vegvacious October 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

Awesome, awesome giveaway! Happy 4 year blog-iversary!!

I tweeted :)

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

I would tell myself to not be so hard on myself! It has a snowball effect.
And YAY for a give away!
Happy Halloween!!!!!!!

Marielle October 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

I would tell my younger self that even though I will make mistakes that cause me a lot of heartache and pain at the time, someday I will look back on them and not regret anything because they taught me about myself and made me a stronger person!

Anna McD October 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

You need to learn to love yourself before you can love someone else!

Beth October 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

I would advise my 16-year-old self to worry less about what other people think and be yourself.

Jackie October 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

If you are worried about getting caught doing something, it is probably a bad idea!

Lauren October 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

I tweeted!

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

I also just pinned your recipe :D

Kristin October 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

I would tell my younger self to “be nice to your skin!! stay OUT of the sun! you don’t need that silly tan” also “it DOES matter what you put in your body, treat it well and it will treat you well, take care of yourself”

LOVE your blog! Thanks for all the delicious recipes, I have made so many of them and we love them all.

Beth October 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

I tweeted the giveaway, too! I would love to win this!

Kathryn October 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

I would tell my younger self to travel as much as possible and take a couple years off before heading to college. I don’t understand why we are expected to pick our life path at 18 when our brains are not even fully developed until 25. There are a lot of things I would tell my self, but at the end of the day I know I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be and that when I go to Irelend next year at 31 at least I’ll be able to afford a lot more beer.

kayla October 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

the advice i’d give my younger self is: “truly believe that everything happens for a reason” and also: “be happy with who YOU are. you WILL figure it out soon and when you do, it will be wonderful.”

Kathy October 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

I would tell myself to try those little things that scared me… Guess I could still take that advice today haha :)

Jenna October 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

I would tell myself to stay positive and not get so discourage! Life is an adventure go full force

Michelle October 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

I would tell my 16 year old self to not worry so much about what other people think of me! Now I look back at those days with so much more self-esteem and self-confidence! Congratulations on the blog anniversary! We are all so glad that you started this blog “on a whim” as we all appreciate your many wonderful posts and recipes!

Lori Rasmussen October 31, 2012 at 10:06 am

I would tell my younger self to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. “While all things petty and shallow rule your world right now, trust me, one day none of this teenage drama will matter. One day you’ll find your passion and be truly happy. You’ll learn to love, trust and believe in yourself and others… and it will be magnificent!”

Julia October 31, 2012 at 10:06 am

I would tell my younger self to take the risks I was waiting to take until I got a little older. Because the moment can never be right you have to make it right. Oh the opportunities I wish I would have done.

Michelle @ Michelle's tiny kitchen October 31, 2012 at 10:06 am

I would tell younger me to spend more time enjoying herself then worrying so much about the future. When I think about how few responsibilities and real problems that kid had, it makes me shake my head.

Tammy October 31, 2012 at 10:06 am

I would advise my younger self to listen to her heart. So many of the mistakes I made were things that I knew were wrong, but peer pressure, or the desire to be loved, yelled louder than my good sense. Peer pressure is temporary, but the regret remains forever.

Jackie October 31, 2012 at 10:06 am

I would tell myself to follow those things that you are most passionate about, and don’t apologize for being the person you are!

Kathryn October 31, 2012 at 10:06 am

oh and I tweeted. Hoping to win this for my pops so he can get some green monsters in his body.

deva at deva by definition October 31, 2012 at 10:06 am

I’d tell my younger self that looks aren’t everything.

Donna October 31, 2012 at 10:06 am

If I could talk to my teenage self, I would say: “Follow your dreams with all your heart. Ask questions, and never stop learning or exploring new opportunities. Don’t let the elders in your life tell you you aren’t amazing and wonderful and capable of amazing things, because you are. Be yourself, and you’ll be happy forever.”

Michelle October 31, 2012 at 10:06 am

Michelle, we all have frustrating things happen to us in life, especially on a daily basis. But, if you remember to think of how your words become your actions and that kind words create the type of person you can be proud of, just take a deep breath, swallow the negativity and replace it with something positive.

Anna McD October 31, 2012 at 10:06 am

I repinned your Lentil Apple walnut loaf and I’m making it for dinner.

Kathryn October 31, 2012 at 10:06 am

oh and HAPPY OSG BIRTHDAY! Thank you for sharing your time and energy and your rockin’ recipies.

Chandra October 31, 2012 at 10:06 am

I’d tell my younger self to stop comparing herself to others and that it’s perfectly wonderful to be comfortable in her own unique body, skin and mind. Oh, and also to quit the baby oil attempts at tanning and load on the sunscreen!

Antoinette October 31, 2012 at 10:06 am

Dear Younger Self,

Lead by example and life will be good. BTW, use sunscreen everyday!

Amber October 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

I would definitely tell my 16 year old self to stop skipping class, apply myself and that my high school GPA actually does affect my future ;)

Carole October 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

I’d tell my younger self not to be so hard on myself. I was my own worst enemy for too many years!

Michelle October 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

I would advise myself to be wiser financially and don’t expect things to just happen for you. Sometimes hard work reaps benefits, not coasting!

Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations on your (blog) anniversary!

Julie Boyer October 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

This is amazing, I happily retweeted.

Pat October 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

Don’t west your time being angry with choices made for you by your parents. Make every situation work in your advantage to a positive. Self depression and doubt is your greatest enemy.

Tammy October 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

I tweeted :-) @therunnerchick

Di October 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

As much as I love who I am now, I would tell myself to explore more of my potential that could have made me a more well-rounded person.

Briana October 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

I would tell my younger self to APPRECIATE my life and all that was in it! My younger self was always worried and anxious about what was going to happen next, who liked me, who didn’t like me, what I could & couldn’t do (always erred on the side of focusing on what I couldn’t do!)…a whole host of anxious thoughts all the time. Then my worst fear came true and I lost my mom to cancer when I was 27 and she was only 55. I always loved my family and knew I was lucky for having them, but I didn’t know just how lucky I was when I had my whole family, all together. I’d tell myself to enjoy every minute of the certainties I had, like having people who loved me, APPRECIATE IT and not worry so much about all the little junk that was out of my control and that didn’t really matter! Life is so unpredictable, messy and sometimes hard, but it’s lovely just the same.

Veronica October 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

I would tell young me to never ever take your loved ones for granted. You don’t know how long they will be with you so make the most of your time with them!

Michelle October 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

I would tell my self to just breathe. And not to sweat the small stuff, thats for sure!

Amber October 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

I would tell myself that I am beautiful just the way I am.

Julie Boyer October 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

And what I would say to my younger self – Julie, everything always works out exactly as it’s meant to. So do your best not to sweat the small stuff!

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

Dear younger me,

STOP WORRYING! It will all work out in the end!

Trust me, Older me

Sarah Herrewynen October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

My best advice for my younger self would be: Start doing the thing you keep putting off now. Become a vegan, start exercising. It will make all the difference in your life! Don’t procrastinate anymore!

Vicky October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

That everything always works out!! And it’s sooo TRUE :) we worry so much about things and really we waste our time on a lot of stuff. We could be putting our energy on thinking about or doing other things that are more important like spending time with our family and friends that we may not have in the future.

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

I would tell a younger me to appreciate life as it is; to cherish the simplicity and to stop striving for adulthood, a process which cannot be sped up. Because so many days of my youth were wasted in waiting.. life is what you make of it, and both childhood and adulthood are beautiful in their own ways :)

Sara October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

My advice: You’re a teenager, so your hair and clothes will always look hideous in hindsight. Quit spending so much time obsessing about it.

Tiffany October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

I would advise my younger 16 year old self not to study so much and have a little more fun :)

jess October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

enjoy all of your free time and all of the time spent with friends and family – in the future, those moments will be too short. also, please save all of that money from your part-time jobs instead of spending it at the mall.

Antoinette October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

Just posted on Pininterest!

Sarah Herrewynen October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

OH I also tweeted the giveaway :)

Michelle October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

I follow you on Pinterest & just repinned your Pumpkin Pie Smoothie for two. Looks so good!

Ashley F. October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

Amazing giveaway – thank you!

I would tell my younger self that ‘you don’t have to be who everyone thinks you are.’

Laura October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

I would tell my younger self to stay positive and know that things will work out the way they’re meant to be and to eat more fruit and veg!

Laura October 31, 2012 at 10:10 am

I just tweeted the [email protected] gfshorty

suzi fichman October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

remember to start fresh daily… dont take yourself too seriously.

Kathy October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

I would tell myself to look for the good in everything and not take things so personnel.

Megan October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

Use sunscreen and see more of the world.

Stephanie October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

I would tell my younger self to live my life the way *I* want to, not the way other people wanted/pressured me to! And be nicer to my husband when we were newly married :)

Chandra October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

tweeted with love!

Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

I would tell my younger self to follow her dreams of becoming a pastry chef/chef even though it wasn’t “academic” enough for me at the time. 10 years later, it is still my dream, but now much harder to achieve with all of life’s other obstacles. To be young again and to think you knew everything!

Amber October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

Young Amber,
Give up meat and moisturize!!! (life changing!!) oh, and cut yourself some slack lady!!!
The end.

Morgan October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

Dear younger, over-achieving, high school (and who am I kidding, before that too) age me,
Take a breather. You have your whole life to be serious and worry. You do extra credit not to make up for things, but to have a higher than possible grade. You stay up all night putting blood, sweat, and tears into projects. You will wear yourself out! Trust me, I know. Sports, school government, college level classes. If you can believe this, you’ll quit college when you discover your passion lies in the arts. Your dedication & tenacity will come in handy then. So save that energy, and skip class every once in a while. Make friends! Have fun. Really, have fun. Oh and don’t do that weird thing with your hair for prom.

Erin October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

Go blenders!!
I would tell myself to stick up for myself, even if it’s terrifying.
I would also remind myself that the world is a huge, exciting place and as a 16 year old, I do not know everything, and do not understand myself or other people yet :)
thanks for your amazing posts!

Hailey October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

I would tell my younger self not to worry so much about the future because it will all work out. I would also tell her to stop with all the sweets/junk food because the sweet tooth still hasn’t gone away! Lastly, I’d tell her to respect herself and never change for anyone.

Alexandra Scott October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

I would tell my younger self to love myself more and accept that everyone has flaws. Flaws are what make us unique and unique is beautiful. You are more than just what is on the outside.

Kat October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

I would remind myself to keep in touch with people from the past – and to rethink some of those snap decisions before following through!

Elizabeth October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

I would tell myself not to worry so much- the things that you think are so monumental and life destroying at the moment will seem so insignificant when you look back on them.

Emily K. October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

I would tell myself that cheese-its are not a healthy snack choice! My mind was blown when I finally figured out that a plant-based diet was the best thing for my health and sanity. I wish I had known these things sooner!

ziba October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

I would advise myself not to be so shy and just put myself out there more. It doesn’t matter what others think of you as long as you are a good person and love yourself unconditionally.

LizW October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

YAY! I want a blender ;)

I would tell my 16-year-old self to chill out and go easier on my friends. We’re all trying to wade through life and making the best of it :)

Kat October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

Posted to twitter!

Emma October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

I would tell myself to focus less on what others think of me and more on what I think of myself!

Sarina @ Earthgiven Kitchen October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

I would tell my younger self to go vegan! It’s the one thing I wish I did years ago.
Thank you for the giveaway, Angela. I’ve tweeted it too!

Meaghan M October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

If I could tell my 16 year old self anything, it would have be that you only live once so savour each and every moment and tell your loved ones daily just how much they mean to you.

This was all made apparent to me 8 years ago today and I live by these values every day that passes:
“Thinking today of my Dad…8 years ago today he was taken from us and not a single day goes by where I don’t think about him. I was up last night thinking of how he was never able to see me enter my twenties and all of the exciting events these years have brought to me, he was not around for his son’s wedding or to meet his grandchild, and he never had the opportunity to watch all of his children grow up into responsible and respectful adults. I know he is watching over us all, but his presence is sorely missed each and every passing day. Hold your loved ones close, unfortunately there will be a time when they are far beyond your reach. ♥”

Jessica October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

My advice to a younger me would be to tell myself to never ever put anything on toast and then stick it back into the toaster.Why would I think it wouldn’t catch the toaster on fire?!?!

Alexandra Leask October 31, 2012 at 10:10 am

I would tell my self not to stress needlessly about things out of my control – still working on this though…

Darbi October 31, 2012 at 10:10 am

Don’t sweat the small stuff!

Hannah October 31, 2012 at 10:10 am

I would tell my younger self to trust myself. To trust that what I have to offer is valuable, I just have to believe it.

Chloe October 31, 2012 at 10:10 am

I would tell myself to stop worrying about the future so much and enjoy the moments!

Eating 4 Balance October 31, 2012 at 10:10 am

To my younger self: Eating less will not make you happy. Eating better will.

Love that ghost cup idea by the way. Super easy and too cute!! :)

Nicole October 31, 2012 at 10:10 am

Tweeted!!

HandbagReport October 31, 2012 at 10:10 am

Advice I would give to my younger self: follow your intuition because it helps guide your judgement/actions in any situation.

Stephanie October 31, 2012 at 10:10 am

Tweeted about the giveaway (@nograin_nopain)

Ashley F. October 31, 2012 at 10:10 am

I pinned this recipe to my Halloween board – so cute!

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 10:10 am

I would tell myself to REALLY not care what anyone else thinks and have fun (everyone says that, but we still do). Also, never more than 4 drinks in one night. Thats one I learned the hard way.

HandbagReport October 31, 2012 at 10:11 am

I tweeted the giveaway too (@handbagreport)!

Danielle October 31, 2012 at 10:11 am

oh so much advice i would give my 16 year old self! I’ll just choose one thing though…

as someone who was almost painfully shy back then, I would tell myself to put myself out there more, don’t be afraid to take some risks, what seems like earth-shattering embarrassment really aren’t that bad a few years down the road!

fantastic giveaway! happy halloween!

Di October 31, 2012 at 10:11 am

Just tweeted. Thank you for the giveaway!

Aubrie October 31, 2012 at 10:11 am

If I could give any advice to my younger self it would be that life gets better! It’s ok to embrace your flaws and insecurities and turn them into strengths!! And that being healthy and happy is worth far more than giving into societal pressure. But most of all I would tell me that we are loved and that we are worth it!!

Janice Douglas October 31, 2012 at 10:11 am

Dear 16 year old self, Don’t kid yourself. You’ll get fat like everyone else. Big butt, big thighs and batman flaps hanging from your arms. Listen to me now…KEEP MOVING! I know you don’t want to…you’ll thank me later. Promise.

Beth October 31, 2012 at 10:11 am

I’d tell myself to stop worrying and have fun in the moment.

Pat October 31, 2012 at 10:11 am

I have twitted @UrbanMystique @ohsheglows =-)

Eating 4 Balance October 31, 2012 at 10:12 am

I pinned your apple butter to my Healthy Stuff board. I had completely forgotten about that recipe. I need to make it before Apple season is over!

Donna October 31, 2012 at 10:12 am

I have so many of your recipes pinned that you could just look at my board. :)

http://pinterest.com/mommymusician/food/

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 10:12 am

I would tell my younger self to worry less about what others think, and do more of what makes me happy and healthy. I wish I had known that life would work itself out to be wonderful in the end. Everything happens as it’s meant to, and the bad things are just part of your path and preparing you for good things ahead.

Lo October 31, 2012 at 10:12 am

I would tell myself to stop wasting so much time worrying about what’s coming next and live right in the moment! I also need to remind my present self of that, too :)

Tina October 31, 2012 at 10:12 am

I would tell my younger self that my body is strong and beautiful. There is nothing wrong with it, and fighitng against it will only lead to exhaustion and frustration. Providing it with love and care, however, leads to joy.

Amy October 31, 2012 at 10:12 am

Tweeted the giveaway-wow the blendtech would make my life so much easier! Thanks for your great recipes, you’re my daily go-to site for cooking.

Kelsea October 31, 2012 at 10:12 am

I would tell myself not to stress out so much. It’s not worth worrying about the little things.

Meghann October 31, 2012 at 10:12 am

To 15 year-old Meghann I would say PLEASE stop worrying what everyone else thinks! Do what you love, and do it well :D

Chantal October 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

I would tell my younger self to stop being so hard on myself and to follow my heart, not what was expected of me.

Adrea October 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

Oh so much advice I could give my younger self!! One thing I would say is to not do such weird things to my hair! Leave it alone and you won’t look back at photos and cringe!

Mo October 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

OMG I would love to make protein smoothies and my own baby food in a great blender like this!

Meaghan M October 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

I also pinned your recipe for “Creamy Orange Sunshine Soup” and shared it to my Facebook to have another entry!

Thank you for all of the wonderful recipes!

Allison October 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

I also re-pinned your Homemade Crispy Twix Bars!

kim October 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

i would definitely tell my younger self that inspirational quotes are not cheesy!… and sometimes they’re just the moment of reflection you need during a chaotic day. :)

Marla October 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

I would tell myselft not the sweat the small stuff… what seems like a big deal at the time does not always matter so much down the road. Relax more and have fun!

Melanie October 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

I would tell my younger self to have the faith and confidence to believe in myself and know that I have worth.

Lauren October 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

I’d tell myself that there are no shortcuts to good health. And the feeling of being healthy is worth taking the long road. Your blog has given me countless examples of this and helped fuel me along the way. Congrats on 4 years and thank you!

Desiree October 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

I would tell my 16 year old self that everything is possible. Don’t let fear stop you from being great…you can achieve anything you set your heart on.

Casey Fitzsimmons October 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

Oh my, I would LOVE this blendtec! I was an early admirer of their YouTube videos – talk about making viral marketing work for you, but I continue to admire the strength of their blenders. I think I may have burned the motor of my cuisinart mini-blender last night trying to blend up some peanut butter smoothies.. whoops.

Adrea October 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

I tweeted the giveaway – thanks! @adreareed

Tiffany October 31, 2012 at 10:14 am

I re-pinned your warm quinoa salad recipe on pinterest :)

Angela October 31, 2012 at 10:14 am

In high school when I briefly thought I might have an issue with wheat but dismissed as absurd…I would tell that 15 year old self she’s right and to cut gluten and dairy. I’d have saved myself two surgeries, countless $$$ in meds and at least a years worth of sick days. But since I can’t I’ll just take care of myself the rest of my life!

Nicole October 31, 2012 at 10:14 am

I would tell my younger self that what you eat matters! Healthy habits are so much easier to develop when you’re young. But it’s never too late to start and have an active lifestyle!

Carla Ioshiura October 31, 2012 at 10:14 am

Dear young Carla,

Don’t let people say you are dreaming too high! Dreams are never high enough if you are willing to do your best. Face your fear, challenge yourself. You can always be better. You can always do more.

ps: I already tweeted this!!! =)

Sara October 31, 2012 at 10:14 am

Sara,

First of all, please, start breathing. You need to slow down and take a step back. Remember there is always more than one way to “skin a cat” (squash, zuchini or beet), and only when you breathe and take a look at the whole picture will you discover the mandolin sitting in the corner just waiting to help you out.

Love yourself. You are BEAUTIFUL inside and out. Beauty is so much more than the jeans you’re wearing, the party you want to go to, or your crush. Beauty cannot be attained with makeup, hairspray, or the right clothes. Beauty comes from loving, trusting, and respecting yourself for who you are, and who you want to be.

Throw away your scale! Beauty is NOT what you weigh on the scale, what size your jeans are, or how your bum looks. Beauty comes in ALL shapes and sizes and is NOT the same as skinny. Fit is beautiful. Strong is beautiful. Capable is beautiful. Sick, insecure and self-harming is NOT beautiful. You are not FAT, and FAT is a terrible word. Don’t use it for yourself or others, it doesn’t help.

Love. Tell your mom and dad you love them. Today. You never know where they will be tomorrow. Hug your sister. Protect her. FAMILY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU HAVE.

Put positive energy into the universe and you will get it back, and more.
Remember what dad always says “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. He’s right. He’s always right.

Most importantly, Sara: Breathe. Love yourself. Love others. Treat yourself with love, respect, and admiration: others are sure to follow.

I LOVE YOU,
your 26 year old self.

Rebecca October 31, 2012 at 10:14 am

My advice to my 16 year old self would be to never give up the things that you love to please others. You may think it’s for the best but it will leZve you lacking fulfillment and contentment, two key pieces of life’s puzzle!

deb October 31, 2012 at 10:14 am

Hmmm advise to my younger self would be spend more time with my kids were they younger and not worry bout having a clean house.

Carrie October 31, 2012 at 10:14 am

I would tell my 16 year old self to seek balance and live a well-rounded life. Fixating on one thing in life makes it difficult to embrace change.

Jamie October 31, 2012 at 10:14 am

I would advise my 16 year old self to not take everything so seriously and that what other people think doesn’t matter!

Katie October 31, 2012 at 10:14 am

I would tell my younger self to stop eating dairy – it would have saved me from a whole lot of health related doctor appointments in my 16 year old future (no past) :) on a more serious note, I would tell myself and any other 16 year old – its only high school, in 2 years none of the drama will matter :)

Sue Clough October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

I could really use this blender, I’ve been using a Magic Bullet thing, which has been okay for over 2 years but it has worn down and I was just thinking I have to give myself an early Christmas present.

I would tell my younger self to spend more time with the kids when they are young instead of worrying about a clean and picked up home…they are not going to remember if the house was not picked up or their were dishes in the sink.

Nicole Harris October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

Hi Nicole,
I hope you follow your heart instead of what you think is expected of you. Embrace your love for dance, cooking, music and all furry creatures. Set an example and make a difference by sharing your passion for a cruelty free world with others. Treasure each moment you spend with loved ones so you will have those memories forever imprinted on your heart. Lastly, always TRUST your gut when it comes to life changing decisions.
Hugs,
Yours Truly

Simone October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

I would tell my younger self to get that grad degree.

kim October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

and i re-pinned “life is short, enjoy ur coffee.” love it.

Allison October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

I also repinned your Homemade Crispy Twix Bars!

SUMMER PLEWES October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

I would tell myself

SELF – You are beautiful, unique, funny and courageous. Be yourself cause everyone else is taken. And no one will ever be a better YOU than YOU !!! P.S – all pics in magazines, etc are photoshopped. The marketers will stoop to all lows to make you feel bad about yourself so that you will purchase their product in hopes of making you feel good about yourself.

Kimmy October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

Oh wow would I ever love a blendtec!

Advice to my younger self (which sometimes still applies!):
Slow down girl! Quit rushing through life and trying to hurry everything. Slow down and enjoy things more. Appreciate things instead of already thinking of the next thing on your agenda before you have even finished what you are currently doing.

Casey Fitzsimmons October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

Tweeted from @iHealthSci as well! :-)

Meghan-Rose October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

I’d advise my 16 year old self to be more cautious with my heart, but then I guess that would take some of the fun out of being 16 years old :)

Sherrie October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

I would tell myself to give lots of hugs and kisses and “I love yous” to my family and friends. You never no how long they will be with you in this life, and you’ll never regret giving extra love!!!

Char October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

RELAX. And spend more time with your family, your ‘friends’ really aren’t everything!

Carrie October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

I tweeted the blender give-away!

Michelle October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

I would tell the younger me to not put so my pressure on myself to be perfect!

Katie October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

Oh and I tweeted your givaway @thealmostvegan as well :)

Meghan-Rose October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

Also Tweeted the link (@meghanroseo)

Bethany October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

I would tell myself to enjoy the the life you have right now. Even though the future has a lot of exciting opportunities you will miss the things you doing are doing now when it’s all over. Live life to the fullest! Remember what’s really important.

Molly October 31, 2012 at 10:16 am

My advice would to be to savor the average ordinary day more. So often I “can’t wait” for the next big event that I miss the wonderful small events that happen each day! :-) We’re all so blessed. Thank you so much Angela for all you do for us! I have learned so much from you and am grateful for your teaching!

deb October 31, 2012 at 10:16 am

I tweeted your give away

Janet October 31, 2012 at 10:16 am

I would tell my younger self to stop spending and start saving. Build a good habit now and you won’t be trying to make up for it later. And stop worrying about that guy – you end up marrying him!

Amber W October 31, 2012 at 10:16 am

My advice to myself would be – you don’t have to have the designer clothes save your money for the good stuff in life life traveling and cute little girl clothes :)

Sadie October 31, 2012 at 10:16 am

Become Crafty. Don’t be so afraid to be you and do the things you love. You have an imagination and talent for creating beautiful things. Use it. The same mantra I still tell myself :) I just wish I had started telling myself it a little earlier in life

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 10:16 am

I would tell myself to love myself and to not need others to validate my self worth. You are good enough just the way you are.

Maggie Olson October 31, 2012 at 10:16 am

Listen up, Maggie Mae. Trying to predict or guess or worry or hope what will happen is a waste of your time. In time, everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, will work itself out in the best possible way. It may be a way you hoped for, a way you guessed, or a way you didn’t even think of. It may be sooner, later, or exactly when you expected. Regardless, it will be the best way. It will work itself out. It always has. It always does. It always will. Give it time. Have faith. All will be well.

Here’s hoping this philosophy applies to this blender… :D

Molly October 31, 2012 at 10:16 am

p.s. I tweeted and hope it brings you lots more new followers! :-)

Amber W October 31, 2012 at 10:16 am

I repinned you Frankensoup recipe- can’t wait to try it!!

Megan October 31, 2012 at 10:16 am

I would tell myself not to worry so much about what other people think. Don’t be afraid to be who you are and let your true colors shine. The people who matter most will still be there and those who leave don’t really matter at all. The real you is beautiful; let her shine!

Jen October 31, 2012 at 10:17 am

Listen to the Lord and give your heart to Him. Everything will be fine.

amy October 31, 2012 at 10:17 am

Dear 16-year-old Amy,

You have one body. Don’t hate it and abuse it. Love it and take care of it.
You have one life. Don’t waste it. Take advantage of every opportunity and never be afraid to fail.

Love,
Old-as-dirt Amy

Jen A October 31, 2012 at 10:17 am

Don’t be in such a rush to grow up! Enjoy your carefree, teenage years before you have to start worrying about paying bills and being responsible.

Alessandra October 31, 2012 at 10:17 am

I would tell my younger self that no one cares what your weight is, it’s a number and it is not all defining. Also I’d tell myself to be who you are and live your life the way that will make you happiest, not how others dictate. :) Thanks Angela!

Jennifer @ kidoing! October 31, 2012 at 10:17 am

I would tell my 16 yo self to stay true to herself and she will find her way. Thanks for the chance!

Allison October 31, 2012 at 10:17 am

I would tell myself to listen better…. so much I could have learned from everyone around me if I had listened, rather than think about the next thing I was going to say.

Asia October 31, 2012 at 10:17 am

I would tell my younger self to find love from within instead of from without (and from all the wrong people!).

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 10:18 am

I have many of your recipes pinned! Just pinned the six salads post from your June salad challenge. After being cooped up in Hurricane Sandy eating your Rolos for two days, I feel like I need some fresh raw veggies in my diet about now…

http://pinterest.com/pin/276619602083912577/

Krishna Woods October 31, 2012 at 10:18 am

I would advise my 16 year old self to work hard at school. Don’t worry about what the “in crowd” is doing, focus on your studies, as it will really stink when you have a large amount of school loans because you couldn’t get a scholarship.

Chasity Grome October 31, 2012 at 10:18 am

I tweeted this awesome giveaway!!

SUMMER PLEWES October 31, 2012 at 10:18 am

and totally tweeted

https://twitter.com/fokxxy/status/263661129815949312

Desi October 31, 2012 at 10:18 am

Dear Self,
You are way more smart and capable than you give yourself credit for. High school ends at graduation- the rest of life is so much better!

alli kitchens October 31, 2012 at 10:18 am

I would tell myself to listen better…. so much I could have learned from everyone around me if I had listened, rather than think about the next thing I was going to say.

Zana October 31, 2012 at 10:18 am

I would tell my younger self to stop being so timid and unsure…Go on, explore your fear, explore what holds you back from living life fully. I also love this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Janice Douglas October 31, 2012 at 10:18 am

Dear Ange,
I have a twitter account but seldom use it. I thought you’d get much better exposure through my Pinterest so I posted your Rolo knock offs. Perfect for Halloween!!
Janice

nina October 31, 2012 at 10:18 am

Wear sunscreen to protect your natural beauty (and health!).

Allison October 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

The advice or wisdom I would pass down to my younger self (my twenty-something self) would be that life goes by very quickly. Whatever doesn’t get done today can be done tomorrow, so take the time to enjoy your life, especially your little ones, your family, and your friends. And stop trying so hard to be perfect!!

Susan October 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

I would tell my younger self to be a better babysitter….I was awful!

Delanie October 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

I would tell myself that what other people think about me is absolutely none of my business. And that they are probably not thinking about me anyway!

CJ October 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

Advice to my younger self – “Stay away from the Cheetos!!!”

chelses October 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

Work hard in high school, get the best grades you can. Take a year off after high school to find out what you want to study in college and find out who you are as a person and a community member.

Monica October 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

I’d say – “self? keep in shape! it’s so much easier to maintain than get stuck out of a rut!”

Anna October 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

I “tweeted”, “liked”, and “pinned it” :) not only for the blender, but to share your wonderful blog.

Samantha October 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

I would tell myself to love the body that I have- it is great! I am never going to be ‘long and lean’ and it is silly to spend hours in the gym trying to make my 5 ft 3 legs look like they belong to someone who is 5 ft 10 but thats OK because my legs are strong and I can run.

Jenny October 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

I tweeted!

Analisa Freitas October 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

Advice for my younger self .. well, I am still young and figuring things out :) I guess I would tell myself to eat better! Not so much dairy :) and to my really young self, I would tell myself to not go through that phase of giving in to peer pressure .. although I guess if I didn’t go through that, I wouldn’t be as strong as I am now! I would tell myself to jump on the technology train .. that would have been helpful!

Lindsey October 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

I would advise my younger self to take it slow and enjoy the moment – you don’t have to have all the answers at 16!

Tracey Kennedy October 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

I just tweeted about the giveaway!

Jenelle October 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

I would tell my younger self to set a little money aside for all the traveling I would end up doing without having to drain my bank account every single time!

Justeen October 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

I would tell my 16-year-old, “Do what you love, and don’t look back!”

joltdude October 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

My younger self…. hmm Don,t let narrow minded people get to you and enjoy your youth because diabetes rears its head later in life.

Jen A October 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

I re-pinned your Vegan Tortilla Soup from last year, it’s one of my favorites!

Jenelle October 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

I also tweeted!

Jennifer October 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

Younger self: have more fun and stop taking school and work so seriously. Dance, run, sing! You are beautiful and perfect.

Cheryl October 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

I would tell myself to take more risks…
Life is too short to be hung up on the small details!
.. and drink more smoothies.. although I don’t think I even knew what a smoothie was when I was 16! :)
xo

Cayce October 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

“You spend a much larger part of your life being old, not young. Rules change along the way. The first things to go are those things you thought were eternal.” This is a quote by Douglas Coupland, but it’s the message I would want to send to my younger self. Everything changes, nothing lasts forever. Don’t let it pass you by.

Aneliya October 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

Dear younger self – be present. Enjoy every day for what it is and make the most of it. Don’t forget to look around you at the tiny beautiful moments of your life. Live in the present, instead of only dreaming of the future.

Lili October 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

I would tell my younger self to worry less about what others thought, to do what you love and everything else will fall into place. You’ll attract the right people when you’re busy loving yourself.

Carolyn October 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

What a great post! I’ve loved reading everyone’s advice to their younger self.

I would tell myself that self confidence and self worth is so much more important than the thoughts and opinions of others. When you try to make everyone else happy you yourself end up unhappy.

Monica October 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

Pinned your Twix Bars!

http://pinterest.com/pin/283023157803936496/

Megan October 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

I just retweeted the giveaway. Congrats on your 4 years!

Samantha October 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

I tweeted this post! Come on blend tec!!!!!!!!!!!

Amanda October 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

I wish I could tell my younger self to stop worrying so much about what other people think of you and worry about yourself. Most of these people won’t matter in a few years! Thanks for the giveaway.

Cyndi October 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

I would tell my younger self that one day you will have this amazing husband and he will be everything you need. So don’t worry about a thing and enjoy your life until that day comes!

Christine October 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

I would tell my younger self that one day you will LOVE vegetables so get over your fear and try that brussel sprout!!

Heather October 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

Love yourself more, live each day as it is your last, be active!

Kat October 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

I would tell my younger self to treat everyone with respect, drink less, eat healthier and put everything I have into school work and sports because the time to do all of that is when you are young.
Thanks for another great giveaway!

Martha C. October 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

The best advice I would give to my 16 year old self would be to be nicer to my mother, because every seemingly annoying and over-protective, over-bearing thing she did helped me grown into a responsible and respective adult. Oh, and probably to invest in a properly fitting bra (you have big boobs – embrace it!)

Lisa C October 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

I would tell her to let go of the past, to not be afraid of what might happen, but have fun and not to let the nay-sayers get her down; to keep moving her body, and Oh, YES, drink green smoothies, of course!

Oh, and I sent a Tweet. Caught much flack the last time I didn’t tell my kids about a blender giveaway!

Melinda October 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

I would tell my younger self that life just keeps getting better as you get older. :)

Tracey October 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

I would tell myself to travel more and take some time before going to school.

Sara October 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

I would tell myself to look for balance…. not to push myself to extremes–that letting yourself relax is OK every once in awhile!

Amy Squires Malone October 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

Congrats to you! You have enticed many people to eat healthy with your wonderful recipes!! Sharing your story with the world has shown young and old the importance of “eating” and still being skinny. I just think you might be the next Martha!
Amy, you can be or do anything in the world! Just set your goals high and strive to reach them!! Mom (oh if only I’d have listened and had more faith in myself!!)

Josy October 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

I would tell my younger self to let go and have fun while I’m young. To eat heath healthy without counting. To be a smart girl at school but not too focused on my grades. To stay close to my family and my friends because I am lucky to have them!

Thanks Angela :)

Jaime October 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

I would tell myself: “That beauty isn’t a standard found on television or in a magazine – there is no standard for beauty. Love myself more and be proud of who I am. And for gawd sake stop eating all that junk food because you are going to spend the next 15 years working it off!”

Bethany October 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

Don’t be so hard on yourself. You are a great person. Don’t dwell on the past. The future is bright!

Bethany October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

Oh, I forgot to say that I pinned the Homemade Wheat Thins recipe on my Pinterest. :)

Susan October 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

I don’t have a twitter account, so I pinned Healthy Carrot Cake Power Scuffins. LOVE those things and always try to keep some in the freezer.

Corina K. October 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

I would tell my 16 year old self to pay attention to the amount of sugar I take in. I now realize that all those treats did not help my changing hormones and affected my mood negatively!

Martha October 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

I would tell my younger self to love my body, treat it with respect, and be mindful of what I put into it!

Rachel October 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

What a great giveaway!
My advice to my teenage self: Don’t worry so much–things always work out!

Michelle Clay October 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

The bad-boys may be cute now, but hold out for a bit. The funny guy who plays guitar is only a couple years down the road. And he gets better with age!

Annette R October 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

I would advise my younger self to SAVE money – be frugal!

Michelle Clay October 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

I tweeted also!!

Nancy October 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

No matter how hard you are working at your day job, find time to exercise at least one hour a day.

Leslie C October 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

I would tell myself that all of the boys I think are OMG SO FABULOUS will grow up to be total duds. :)

Chasity Grome October 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

Advice for my younger self: Do not rely so heavily on student loans and credit cards. It may seem like the easy out and a good idea to apply for more money than you actually need for tuition so it can cover the cost of living, but it’s NOT! Look for more scholarships and grants! Save some of the money you’re earning while working your way through college, so you can put some of that money towards the loans. Work harder so that you graduate with the 3.0 needed to turn $13,000 of those loans into grants! The $86,000 of debt you will have in 2011 will depress you more than living in a crappy on-campus apartment, or than moving back home during the summer to live for FREE.

Kelly October 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

I would tell my younger self that vegetables ARE delicious – just eat them. Also to start mountain biking, because it would have been great to have started that earlier!!

Sara October 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

Sara, I know that right now you think that the most important thing in the world is to be “skinnier” and “prettier”. You think that if only you were “skinnier” or “prettier”, then maybe those nasty girls would be nicer to you at school. Trust me when I tell you that the reason that those girls are nasty to you has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with their own unhappiness and insecurity. Hold your head high, keep smiling and working hard in the way that only you can, and I promise you things will be okay.

Oh and also – bet on the LA Kings for the 2012 Stanley Cup. And bet big.

[email protected] October 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

To my younger self: “don’t be so shy with giving your mom a hug and telling her that you love her. You may think there is always tomorrow, but what you don’t realize is that when tomorrow comes, it may be too late!”

Kellie October 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

I would tell myself just to enjoy each day. The years go so fast. Don’t be in a hurry to grow up.

Martha C. October 31, 2012 at 10:24 am

I also just tweeted the giveaway! @miss_marthalc

Angie October 31, 2012 at 10:24 am

I would advise my younger self to live in the moment more and not to rush through the wonderful “wonder” years to reach adulthood. I look back now and cherish my high school and college years and only wish that I didn’t spend so much time longing to be “free” of my parents, their roof over my head and their reign on my independence, which now translates into missing my mom and dad dearly because we live so far away, a hefty mortgage along with many other bills and too many decision to make on my own.

Katy W October 31, 2012 at 10:24 am

Take more chances!

Amanda D October 31, 2012 at 10:24 am

What I honestly would say to myself is not something I would want to post on the internet. I would build a time machine and go back and tell myself…. myself? Wording words aside, I would advise my tinier self to build a time machine. Besides saving the world, it would make my present life a lot more fun.

Bridget October 31, 2012 at 10:24 am

I would tell my younger self that my body is fine as is and my time would be much better spent having fun and not worrying!

Tara October 31, 2012 at 10:24 am

I would tell myself to work on loving myself just as I am :) Also, to continue looking for the positive in every day and everyone. Your future is bright :)

Heather Winkler October 31, 2012 at 10:24 am

My advice to my much younger and more attractive self would be to keep in contact with your friends. It is so easy to let those old high school / college friendships pass you by but as you age friendships become more important again and you miss them. My friend has a Blendtec and I have one on my wishlist on Amazon but I just have never been able to afford one. I am a vegan who juices daily and would love to be able to NOT waste the pulp and have a blender good enough to liquefy my fruits and veggies. Thanks!

Amy Holowaty October 31, 2012 at 10:24 am

My advice to my younger self would be this: Stop making out with so many boys! Save your lips for the really good ones. And, don’t try to please everyone. Be confident in you! Happy 4 years, Ange!! You inspire me. xoxo

Emily Rae October 31, 2012 at 10:24 am

Self, don’t start with the hair dying.

Corina K. October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

Just tweeted!

Annette R October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

Pinned the stuffed baked apples which I made this past weekend. Delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CJ October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

Re-pinned baked stuffed apples – Yum!

Mary October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

I would tell my younger self to take more risks and have more fun!

Kristen October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

I would tell my younger self to make a bigger commitment to being healthy. Even though I have been vegetarian since High School, I didn’t focus on truly un-processed vegan food and running, yoga and consistent weight lifting until my late 20’s. I wish I’d started sooner, but I had many excuses, including focusing on guys, school, my career and not having any leftover money for yoga classes or gym memberships. If I had it to do over I’d make it my top priority!

Jeannie October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

Trust your heart…because it does not lie…and to be exact who I am, because I am enough.

Tiffany L October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

I would tell myself to stop saying “no, I can’t do that” or “no, I’d be too embarrassed if I did that” or no to anything that would stop me from enjoying life experiences. Instead (obviously within reason and within legal bounds) say, “yes, I want to do that” or “of course, I may look silly on that stage but I’m certainly go to do this play” or to say yes to things that would encourage you to see the world with different eyes and to go an explore and learn like you did when you were a child.

Kim Munro October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

Congrats on 4 years!! That’s amazing!
Dear 16 year old me:
Keep believing in Santa Claus. Tell your parents and your grandparents that you love them – often. Wear more sunscreen. You can do anything you put your mind to. Eat your fruits and veggies. :)

Catherine October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

Catherine, you young over-achiever, you! Spend some extra time listening to your Grandpas’ stories, and join a swim team before you get to high school (believe me, it will be so fun!). Take care of yourself, girl, and keep things in perspective…ten years from now, you won’t remember any grades or awards, but you will remember good times with friends and family!

Erin K. October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

Erin–– Don’t sit on your legs constantly… your knees will pay the price when you are in your 30s!!

Becky Henderson October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

I would tell my younger self to enjoy being young. You are a grown up far longer than you are a kid so enjoy it! I would also tell her to not compare herself to others and that she is beautiful just the way she is! Happy Halloween!

Becky Bohl October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

What an amazing giveaway. Also, I would tell myself to stop caring about what other people think so much!!

Cindy October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

Dear Younger Self,
Well you are probably freaking out right now, because after all I am talking to you from the future! Well once ya get over freaking out, listen up! I have some wisdom for ya! Here it is…Keep eating. Don’t compare yourself to the little sticks in ballet class. Don’t under nourish your body. Don’t shut others out in your quest to be thin. It will take too much from you. Strong is SO much healthier, prettier (and sexier! ;) then skinny! Cause guess what?! One day (perhaps very soon!) you will meet a truly incredible guy who will love you for who YOU are, not the size of your skinny jeans. Love life: keep eating: hug your family a few more times, and just have fun!!!….and start saving for college earlier!!!!!
Love,
Your older, wiser, (and so infinitively funny ;) Self!

Mary October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

I tweeted the giveaway!

Melinda October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

I pinned your strawberry shortcake pancakes. A good use for all the berries I picked over the summer that are hanging out in my freezer!

Aleksa October 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

I would tell myself to just go for it! If you never try, there is a 100% chance it won’t happen. You only live once and mistakes are apart of life!

Martha October 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

I pin your recipes all the time, but I just pinned one for the give-away!

Colleen October 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

I would tell myself to relax, that everything would turn out exactly as I had dreamed it would.

[email protected] October 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

I woiuld tell myself to CHILL OUT! Ha, I was one high-strung teenager. I wish I had just trusted myself a bit more to know that things would work out as they should.

[email protected] October 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

I tweeted your giveaway! :)

Heather October 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

Pinned your recipe for baked apple with date oatmeal, I am in LOVE with that recipe! I already add coconut and coconut dates to my oatmeal thanks to a Mama Natural recipe.

Becky Bohl October 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

Just tweeted the giveaway as well!

Kristen October 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

Re-tweeted your Twitter Status!!!

Jess October 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

I would tell my teenage self to have somehow figured out that there was a thing called vegetarianism instead of reluctantly picking at the meat my parents served us at home. It took a couple months of instinctively not eating meat at college and then meeting another vegetarian for the light bulb to go off.

Martha October 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

I also tweeted!

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

Dear younger self: please, oh please, resist your constant urge to correct other people’s grammar. Contrary to your belief, they do not find it charming. In reality, they will hold grudges. Yes, even fourth graders. Do not become known as “grammar police girl.” Sometimes it’s ok to let the little things slide ;)

Tiffany L October 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

Hi Angela, I just tweeted the giveaway.

Anne October 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

Don’t waste opportunities. But since you will, remember there will be other opportunities coming tomorrow. So learn from your mistake and don’t miss the opportunities that are still coming.

Kim Munro October 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

P.S. I tweeted!

Aleksa October 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

I tweeted!

Abby October 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

I would teach myself one of my favorite mantras: Do good, feel good. Feel good, do good!

I would also tell myself to remember to live (Memento Vivere…my other favorite mantra)!

My roommate and I were just laughing about how horrible our blender is as we were thinking about making pumpkin smoothies with our leftover pumpkin puree (from making this recipie (YUM!): http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2012/09/vegan-pumpkin-pie-tarts-with-vanilla.html#.UE5SInVtoMY.gmail

Megan Lanae October 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

In earnest, perhaps desperately, perhaps grasping myself by the arms and shaking me vigorously, and staring myself straight in the eye, I would say:
Quit being so judgemental and concerned with worldly beauty. Learn to look in the mirror and love what God has given you.
Treat your body like a temple.

Thank you for the giveaway, Angela! Your blog has helped me through so much!

Erica October 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

To my former/younger self: Get off that couch! You may not like how you look now, but you’ll hate it even more if you don’t do anything about it. It will be MUCH more difficult to get in shape after 29 years of inactivity than it would be to start NOW! and PS – he isn’t “the one” move on and love yourself more :)

Desi October 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

I tweeted!

Nicole October 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

I often think back on my teen years and feel disappointed that I wasn’t more secure about myself. It really hindered my ability to form relationships and excel in the things I was good at. So, my best advice would be to work on loving and believing in myself. My high school years would have been much different if that were the case!

MEG October 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

Meg, you don’t have to put up with people who treat you poorly. You DO have the strength and right to defend yourself!

Sami October 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

Note to younger self:
Sami-
Don’t be so worried about what people think of you. Don’t be so hard on yourself and stop expecting perfection. People who are going to love you, are going to love you in spite of your “flaws”. Perfection is overrated and imperfection is beautiful. Love yourself.

Laura October 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

Dear younger self,
Be less afraid and more bold about the possibilities and directions that life can take you. You are not your past. Don’t just fit yourself within the framework of all you have known – reach out, take chances, be inventive, and dare to try what seems impossible.
Love,
Older Self

Monica October 31, 2012 at 10:28 am

I actually think about this a lot as I watch my three kids (8, 11, and 15) grow up. I think I would tell my younger self not to be so focused on what I want to achieve in the future that I forget to enjoy life as it happens. That’s something I struggle with even now!

[email protected] October 31, 2012 at 10:28 am

I tweeted!

Carol October 31, 2012 at 10:28 am

I’d leave bad relationships sooner….and eaten way less sugar!

Emily Taylor October 31, 2012 at 10:28 am

I would tell my younger self to slow down and enjoy each day. stop dreaming of days to come and start dreaming of today!
also retweeted the giveaway (@emilybrtaylor)

Carrie H October 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

I would tell myself to not fret about having a perfectly ordered and clean house and to spend more time with family and loved ones!

Lindsey October 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

I tweeted (and re-pinned)!

Kristen October 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

Re-pinned your Apple Walnut Lentil Loaf on Pinterest. I made it last week and it was AMAZING!!!

Evelyn D October 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

Hmmm… If I could tell my younger self something, it would be..”BE YOURSELF. SMILE and Dont sweat the small Stuff! ” I remember trying to fit in, and until I got to Senior Year (when it was too late) that I should just be myself, and I made SO MANY friends afterwards by just warming up and not being so “uptight” I would worry about sooo much stuff..like what I wore, or that my hair had to be perfect. Pshh…I wish I realized that when I was younger..I couldve used all that time to sleep ;P

<3

Emily October 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

Be yourself. Don’t worry about what others think. Also embrace exercise and healthy eating

Nelly October 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

If I could encourage my slightly younger self with one gem of advice, I would tell her to always choose kindness. Kindness is ALWAYS the answer, except when the question is “What is NOT the answer?” The golden rule should always rule and of course a bangin’ diet and lots of excise only accentuates your ability to be nice to everyone else… try being nice after gorging yourself on potato chips… it’s hard! :)

Elle October 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

I would tell my younger self to choose your battles wisely and don’t sweat the small stuff!

Emily Ewald October 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

I would tell myself to not be so critical of myself and being happy with the person I am. I would also tell myself to start an exercise routine instead of waiting to start in my late 20’s.

Nicole October 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

I tweeted about the giveaway!

Rebecca Oosterhuis October 31, 2012 at 10:30 am

I would tell my younger self not to care too much what other people think of me..and also to question everything!!

Sophie October 31, 2012 at 10:30 am

Thanks for doing this giveaway!

As for what I would tell my sixteen-year-old-self…Well, I would tell her to be kind to herself. I would tell her to have more fun, because homework assignments will still get done, but fostering relationships is more important. I would tell her not to worry about her weight and that an eating disorder will destroy her life. It’s much more important to just eat healthy, engage in activities for the JOY of them, and spend more time with family and friends…I would ask my younger self if what she is worrying about now will matter in the future?

Jaime October 31, 2012 at 10:30 am

I would tell myself to stop “screwing off” so much and pay attention in school! Get good grades, make better decisions, ENJOY life and eat right and work out every day when you turn 25!!

Nelly October 31, 2012 at 10:30 am

I also retweeted the contest @Nells__Bells

Shelby October 31, 2012 at 10:30 am

I would tell my younger self to trust her gut more. She knows what’s going on… and maybe kiss a few more boys in college rather than hanging onto one not-very-nice beau.

Jordan October 31, 2012 at 10:30 am

I think I’d tell myself to stop expending so much energy trying to please everyone else – because a) often what we assume others want isn’t correct, and b) peace starts with me. If I make myself happy, it can help others feel happy too.

Elle October 31, 2012 at 10:30 am

I tweeted!

Rebecca Oosterhuis October 31, 2012 at 10:30 am

I tweeted :)

Steph October 31, 2012 at 10:31 am

I would advise myself to make sure that you follow your dream; it may not be easy, but it would lead to a happier life! Also to check out the website Oh She Glows in 2008, it’s great! Happy Blogiversary!!

BTW, this totally came at the right time, I just blew up my Magic Bullet (my second one). I will be lost tmrw with no Green Monster :-(

Holly October 31, 2012 at 10:31 am

Ha! So true Angie!!….. I would tell my younger self to enjoy life and who you were created to be. Explore, travel, take piano/guitar lessons, follow your heart and find out what you really enjoy!! (And always try to save at least 10%)

Jan October 31, 2012 at 10:31 am

Don’t give up on sports. ou can play volleyball and still get straight As and the exercise will do you good!

Donna October 31, 2012 at 10:31 am

Be more adventurous.

Erin October 31, 2012 at 10:31 am

I’d have started healthy nutrition habits sooner. Hate that I may have missed out on peall performance in my daily life.

JENN October 31, 2012 at 10:31 am

I would tell myself to cherish everyone in my life no matter happens, because they will not be there forever!

Sheena October 31, 2012 at 10:32 am

I would tell my 16 year old self to lighten up when it comes to body image and striving for perfection/the perfect weight, the stress is not worth it!
I would also let my 16 year old self in on a little secret – that all those girls who were part of the ‘popular’ crowd in High School are not so popular or perfect now…perspective is everything!

Sheena October 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

Oh, and happy 4 year anniversary Angela and Oh She Glows!!!

Marianne October 31, 2012 at 10:32 am

I’d tell my younger self to stop being intimidated by people who have more experience or talent, to laugh in the face of fear and uncertainty, and to pursue her creative impulses with abandon.

Cate October 31, 2012 at 10:32 am

I would tell myself not to rush through everything…you don’t always need to be the first to do something!

Mary Eggleston October 31, 2012 at 10:32 am

I have 2 daughters, ages 27 and 25. We study, read, and experiment with cooking healthy meals. I have learned so much over the years, and one day I said to my youngest, “If I knew then what I have been learning about certain foods, immunizations, etc. I would have done things differently.” She said to me, “Mom, we are learning from you now.”

Melissa J October 31, 2012 at 10:32 am

I would advise my younger self to study a little harder in school!

Alison October 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

I would tell myself just to be kinder to myself – in all things!

Linda October 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

Dear 16 year-old Linda: Nothing is going to go according to plan, but that’s not a bad thing. Just brace yourself, and ride that wave for all it’s worth!

Emma October 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

Dear 18 year old me: don’t smoke! It’s not cool. It’s stinky, gross, energy sapping and repulsive to those who don’t. Just trust me on this one. You’ll feel look and sleep better if you just don’t do it.
Oh, and that hot drummer in the band? Don’t. He’ll break your heart.

Mallory October 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

Just re-pinned one of my faves… Dark Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites <3

Angi October 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

Ang – be nice! I know you are super shy and insecure, but don’t be afraid of people! You will meet some amazing people – don’t let the opportunity to get to know them pass you by!

Charlotte October 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

Here’s Mine:
Charlotte, never underestimate yourself . Like everyone else you have the power to do so much with your life.
Always trust your gut feeling. If your gut is telling you something and it feels right listen to what you body is telling you.
And never think mistakes are a bad thing, they are just life lessons waiting to be learned.

Keep well in Mind, body and spirit.

I re-tweeted the giveaway also :)

Holly October 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

Oh, I forgot – “Eat more veggies!!”

Catherine October 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

I just tweeted my pin on Pinterest! (extra credit?!)

Erin October 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

Tweeted!

Kelly October 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

Advice to my younger self: Don’t worry so much.

Maria Malaveci October 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

I would tell my younger self that It isn’t important what people think of you, don’t judge people by their apperance, talk to as many new people as possible.

The Blendtec makes my heart go pitter patter…. Never owned a Blender, and would love, love, love this one!

mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)edu

Amy Holowaty October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

P.S. I just pinned this recipe: http://ohsheglows.com/2011/06/24/almond-butter-rice-crisp-treats/. So excited to make them today!

Angi October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

I also tweeted!

Robb Schreiber October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

I tweeted hope I win

Megan October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

I wish I could tell myself to worry less at the age of 16. None of it will matter in 10 years!

Hailey October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

I also pinned your recipe!
http://pinterest.com/pin/191051209163808952/

Lea October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

Tweeted :) +

Well, since I still am young (17) I’d tell my even younger self… Lea, just relax and have fun. You don’t need to figure everything out, just relax. Enjoy the ride.

Yep, that would’ve been some pretty useful advice a few years ago ;)

Sami October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

I repinned your oil-free chocolate zucchini muffins to my “baked goodies” board!

Shannon October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

I would tell my 16-year-old self to trust myself and to listen to my gut feelings…. oh and to give myself a break:)

Andi B October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

I would tell my high school self that the relationships didn’t need to last forever. Let go and move on sooner to better things. (Oh, and buy an awesome blender sooner because smoothies are the bestest breakfast ever!)

Thanks!
-Andi

John October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

You’re great! That’s what I’d tell my 16 year old self.

Suzie October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

Wow, congrats on 4 years of blogging! Love your site, it is so inspirational, thank you!

Note to younger self: You didn’t have to grow-up so fast… you could have enjoyed childhood a little longer and the aspect of being a KID. Instead of always being such a perfectionist and trying to take care of everyone else– take a little time to be care-free, soak up the joy and sweet spirit of a child, embracing a faith that can move mountains!

Maria Malaveci October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

https://twitter.com/mmalavec/status/263665183833063424

Tweet!

mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)edu

Patricia October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

Do not stay with boyfriends when you know – absolutely know – you want to get out. Leaving is kinder for both of you.

Jennifer October 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

I would tell my younger self to stop thinking you are fat! The older version of you will look at pictures and think – WOW! I used to look great! :)

Megan October 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

I re-pinned a pinterest recipe!

Jen October 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

To my 16 year old self: Despite what you think, it will get better! Also, go to bed at a decent hour and you don’t know it right now but you grind your teeth terribly when you’re sleeping so get a night guard!

SarahT October 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

Never stop moving and working out – it’s so much harder to start over. You’re fit now and look fabulous! Keep it up!

Rebecca October 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

Don’t worry so much about grades. Grades are important, but spending time with friends, having fun, and pusuing other hobbies are just as important. Remember, once you’re grown up no one asks or cares whether you graduated summa cum laude and with honors or whether you got straight B’s. Live a little! Cook more!

Melissa Liddell October 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

Liss, fast food and 7-11 food/candy will lead you to 310 lbs. Don’t wait until 28 to change your ways. It’s a long road that will be MUCH easier if you go Vegetarian, then Vegan NOW. lol Look it up, get educated and change your life for the better. Now that we’re 30, it’s good that we’ve lost 110 lbs, but it’d be much easier if we created these awesome habits earlier. XD I LOVE YOU!

Willow October 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

Love the ghost smoothies! I am so jealous right now, because my blender crapped out over a month ago, and the company told me to send it in for repairs… well, I sent, and I still don’t have a blender. Wa-wa-waaaaa. :(

My advice to my younger self would be: “Don’t get too caught up on the hard stuff. Learn from your mistakes when you can, then take a deep breath and give yourself permission to move on. Don’t ever stop trying just because it’s hard, or because you’ve failed in the past… your future-self still believes in you, which means you are going to be okay. I promise.”

Also, I just wanted to say… “smashing my head against the keyboard daily and chasing my dreams.” is going to be my new motto for life. That’s how I feel every day, and you summed it up perfectly!

KAREN October 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

I would tell my younger self – to not worry that you will find love one day… with a partner *my amazing husband!!* and also within myself.

Mona October 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

I would tell my younger self to keep doing some form of exercise – It would be much easier than to start from scratch at age 45.

Jamie October 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

I have been saving for a good blender for ever and being a university student its quite hard he he so this would be great for me!!!
I would tell my younger self that you are beautiful!!! I relied too much on a boy telling me and let boys taketotal advantage of that. So I would tell myself to be more independent because you are beautiful and you dont need a boy to love you to make you feel you are, love you self and stand up straight!!!

Thank you So much for all your realness (a word)
Jamie PS –> I TWEETED!!!

Marta October 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

hahahaha I love your advice! I’d love to reassure my younger self that it all gets easier after 30 so just don’t stress over it! Then again, I’d also like to tell her not to think she’s so smart, you’re always learning, you may think you have all the answers but ya don’t!

AmyJ October 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

I would tell myself to wise up and start eating REAL food instead of CHEMICAL food much earlier.

mary @ what's cookin with mary October 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

To my younger self: Don’t be so shy and self conscious! Just live. Also, don’t worry so much about the future… you end up having a really kick ass life that you love.

Willow October 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

Tweeted the give-away! :)

Maree October 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

Dear Maree,
TAKE A BREATH! LET IT GO! If the people around you don’t love you for who you are, walk away. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL JUST THE WAY YOU ARE!

Ashlee @ Plant Infusions October 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

Ash, get your butt to school because you love it, and stop being scared of what everyone thinks of you. All those teenagers feel just as awkward as you do, and some of them might even admire you. Have fun with it. Help others have fun with it, too.

Emily McIntyre October 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

I would tell my 16 year old self to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, not what everyone else thought I should do.

Allison October 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

I would definitely tell myself to not be afraid to verge from the path that was paved for me by my family and community growing up. It’s scary to be “different”, but oh so worth it!

Sylvia October 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

I would tell myself to: chill out, live in the present and follow my own passions, not what others think I should do. I wish I had learned those lessons a little earlier!

Rachel October 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

Rachy, keep on making those soap sud cookies while mom bakes. You will learn all you know from her-life lessons, fabulous meals and obviously desserts. One day you will be happy you watched her all those years. ….Always have a plate of warm cookies or pie on the table when your future man comes home from a hard day-it will make him fall in love with you all over again. :)

Melissa Liddell October 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

Tweeted the Giveaway! https://twitter.com/LissaShines/status/263664869902020609

Carly October 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

Oh Carly – things always turn out just fine. Only worry about the things you can change. If it’s out of your control, the task is acceptance.

Jillian Casey October 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

I would tell my 16-year-old self to learn to enjoy each moment with family and friends. You never know who will be gone tomorrow so enjoy the time you have with loved ones.

Elizabeth October 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

I would tell my younger self to be more spontaneous and to live and love in the moment. Life is not about perfection, it’s about BALANCE.

Allison October 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

…and I just tweeted the giveaway!

Emily McIntyre October 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

I re-pinned your maple popcorn recipe. Looks so good!

Adrienne October 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

Dear younger self,
Care less about what others think and more about what your heart is saying. Kindness, compassion, and grace are actions you’ll never regret.
Love,
Me

Elizabeth October 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

Plus, I just tweeted about the giveaway!

AmyJ October 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

2nd entry, I repinned your Cinnamon Bun Granola: http://pinterest.com/pin/228205906089456315/

Urban Wife October 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

One thing I would tell my younger self:
He totally isn’t worth it. Don’t “fall in love” with him because someday if you wait long enough, your true love will come along. And mom is always right and knows best.

Carolyn October 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

To relax and enjoy things a bit more … spent way too much time worrying & making myself sick! It all turns out fine.

Nancy October 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

I would advise my 16 yr old self to never take life too seriously and never take anything too personal. Love yourself and stay strong in who you are and always trust that things will work out just the way they were meant to be. In the end in only matters that you love yourself, love those around you that you hold close to your heart and that you are happy in whatever you do.

Judy Grasso October 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

Judy, Don’t take a year off from college. I know you are burned out, but you only have one year left. Suck it up and get it done. You may never finish if you do. Which is exactly what happened.

Urban Wife October 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

I don’t have Twitter, so here is a link to one of your recipes I pinned: http://pinterest.com/pin/15833036161373852/

Kristine October 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

Don’t be so concerned about what everyone else is doing, just continue following your heart and being your true self, I know that is hard at your age, but seek those you respect who are older and ask them to share about your character traits, then enhance them! You will be amazed at what you are going to accomplish in the future! Lastly you are loved!

btw, I tweeted as mommyof3bz

Amy J October 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

This is an amazing giveaway – I’ve wanted a fancy Blendtec forever but can’t afford one. One piece of advice I’d tell my younger self is to not take life SO seriously all the time and don’t sweat the small stuff!

Verhanika October 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

I would tell my younger self to drink more water! I grew up in South Florida and HATED drinking water. It took me until I was in college to really learn the value of water and suddenly my daily headaches disappeared. CRAZY!

Hector October 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

My advice to my younger self would be . . .

Don’t try to be like everyone else. Embrace your differences and what makes you who you are. Once you grow up, you will treasure these differences and wonder why you ever wanted to conform to others idea of who you should be.

Cassie October 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

I would tell my younger self that there is a reason we go through tough times in life and that is to make us stronger. So don’t question your actions question the intent behind them and as long as that is on the right track you will be fine !

Suzie October 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

I pinned your delicious Baked Apples Stuffed with Cinnamon Date Pecan Oatmeal! I can’t wait to make this for breakfast sometime soon!

erica bookrr October 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

I would tell myself:

Erica,

Always remember to be kind, be kind, be kind!

Thanks for the opportunity!

Niki October 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

I wouLd convince myself to go to a naturopath sooner. Investments in your health are always worth while and with his guidance I was able to solve all my digestive issues! I’m not sure why I was so afraid to go but if I hadnt waited 5 years then I wonder what other things I would have accomplished!

Kristen October 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

I would tell my younger self that life is short, precious and what you make it. Live in the now, not in the past or future. Never wish your life away anticipating all those “better things to come”. All we have is right now, so make it great. Choose to be happy in the moment and stop worrying! Live it, love it, embrace it!

Allison October 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

I would tell myself that 99% of the things I worried about will never happen.

tina October 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

I wish my younger self had taken more time to enjoy being young—so I’d have to tell her to stop living for the future & enjoy the present.

Aubrey October 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

16 year self, one day junk food will catch up to you.

Jenna October 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

I would tell myself to never doubt my ability to accomplish something. Always give things a try no matter how difficult it may seem.

Cassie October 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

So excited to have a chance to win this blendtec! Pinned this recipe! :)

Jean October 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

I would tell my younger self to run away from every man I was attracted to before the age of 40!

Rebecca October 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

Tweeted

SarahT October 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

I also pinned one of your recipes.

Lindsay October 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

I would tell myself to stop worrying so much.

Katrina Brush October 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

Be true to yourself. Don’t worry about what anyone else says or does, live your own life. Wish I had followed this advice. Do you think if I tell my teenage daughter that enough times she will listen?!

Marianne October 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

tweeted!

Margaret October 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

I would tell myself to wear sunscreen!

Monica October 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

“The acne doesn’t matter – it’ll get better, just ditch the makeup and use coconut oil.”

Caleigh October 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

I also just tweeted the giveaway! @caleighashton

Diane Titter October 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

Re-tweeted ! Thanks for such an amazing giveaway. I love green monsters but don’t have a machine that will blend everything nicely – this would be such a blessing to win!!

Gil October 31, 2012 at 10:41 am

eat your veggies!

ashley October 31, 2012 at 10:41 am

I would tell myself to keep in touch with the important people in your life and don’t feel guilty to let the some of the others go.

Kerianne October 31, 2012 at 10:41 am

I REALLY REALLY want to win this!! I’ve pinned your rolo recipe:
http://pinterest.com/pin/71142869085055797/

Thanks!

Kristin October 31, 2012 at 10:41 am

My wisdom: keep going; it’s worth it!

Sheryl October 31, 2012 at 10:42 am

I would tell my younger self not to worry so much about what others thought. LIfe is what you make of it, so go have fun!

Angela October 31, 2012 at 10:42 am

I would tell my younger self to travel more. I settled down because I was afraid to travel on my own. Now, I plan and take trips whenever I can, but it is different with a spouse and a job!

Michelle October 31, 2012 at 10:42 am

I would show my younger self how fun it is to run, be fit and eat yummy, healthy food !!!

Leslie October 31, 2012 at 10:42 am

I would tell my 16 year old self that there is a whole lot more to a vegetarian diet than just potatoes, bread, and pasta! I started as a vegetarian at 13 and definitely gained a lot of weight because I just cut out the meat without adding many vegetables or fruit. Fourteen years later, I eat & feel so much healthier, especially since discovering your blog a year ago!

Susan October 31, 2012 at 10:42 am

Stop smoking now while it is easier, girl you stink. Grief is a part of life as sure as joy is, you will feel better down the road. One day you and your brothers will be laughing at how your family is the “normal” one in the end. Let go of your ideas about how others should be and look inward it will set you free.

Kerrie October 31, 2012 at 10:42 am

See the world!

Tracey October 31, 2012 at 10:42 am

I would tell my younger self that she is more powerful than she realizes, that she really can become everything she wants to become. Just trust.

Diane Titter October 31, 2012 at 10:42 am

Amazing Giveway – I would never be able to afford such an amazing machine! I would tell my younger self to not be afraid, to believe in yourself, and do what makes you happy – take that leap of faith and go for it! There are so many things I wish I had had the nerve to do when I was younger but never did!

Jessie October 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

I would tell myself to not let anyone talk you out of becoming a teacher, because you are going to end up doing it anyway. You are just going to be a lot older though.

Erika October 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

I would tell myself to keep doing the things that brought me joy even though they were “unusual.” These were the things that set me apart and provided inspiration and purpose. I should have quit the expected sports and activities because the frustration was not worth the energy.

tanua October 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

Dear 16 yr old self. Be kind to others. Stop only thinking of yourself and boys. Love your momma and squeeze her tight. And please start exercising !

Sheryl October 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

I also just announced this contest on Twitter. Thanks!

Carli October 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

Dear younger Carli,

Don’t eat as much red meat! haha :) but seriously. Don’t do it.

Jen October 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

I would tell my younger self, that life begins outside your comfort zone.

Aubrey October 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

I pinned the Brownie Pumpkin Pie with Crunchy Pecan Topping!

Carli October 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

I pinned your twix bars!

michelle October 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

I would tell my younger self to not be afraid to try new things!

Tamara d. October 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

I would tell my younger self to try not to do so much… To be less busy and take time to enjoy the things she is doing :) thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Julie (A Case of the Runs) October 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

I’d tell my younger self to stop worrying and go out and build relationships, be authentic, and not sweat the small stuff!

LauraC October 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

I would tell myself that someday, you are going to feel so much more comfortable in your own skin, but in the meantime you should be kinder to yourself and love yourself for who you are!

Julie (A Case of the Runs) October 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

I tweeted (@nobel4lit)!!

erica bookrr October 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

Re pinned your baked apple and cinnamon with date and oatmeal recipe. Looks delicious. Yum!

kim October 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

Kim,
The more you try to please people, the more harm you do to yourself. Put God first and take care of yourself. You’ll naturally please others when you live this way!

Emily @ www.main-eats.com October 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

HAPPY 4TH ANNIVERSARY!!!
I would tell myself to CHILL OUT! I have spent my whole life being anxious and worried for nothing! I needed to sit back and enjoy the moments I had! : )

Rebekah October 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

I tweeted the giveaway!

Laura K October 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

I think I would tell my younger self to stop worrying about the small silly things. There are enough things in this world to have to worry about. Let the small things go so you can concentrate on the good stuff!

Emily @ www.main-eats.com October 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

PS-I totally “tweeted” and it’s totally a word!

Lesley L October 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

I would tell my younger self to save money! :)

Katie K October 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

I would tell myself to stop trying to grow up so fast! I thought I was so mature and I wanted to be independent from my parents, and now I realize that I only had 18 years to be a kid, and the rest of my life to be an adult!

Sam Nicaise October 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

I would tell myself that truly the best breakfast is a Green Smoothie, not Raisin Bran. Furthermore, a quinoa salad kicks the butt of spaghetti and tomato sauce anyday!

Courtney October 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

I tweeted the link! @cbshelto

Katie October 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

I would tell my younger self to get on the real food / exercise (running) bandwagon much sooner! It would have saved me a lot of effort in losing weight and completely shifting the way I eat!

Ana October 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

My advice for my younger self – quality over quantity! Five $5 dollar shirts won’t last as long as one $20 shirt – and you probably don’t even like them! haha thanks :)

Christen October 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

I would tell my younger self to not smoke that cigarette!!!

Tamara d. October 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

I have pinned a tone of your recipes… Most recently the knock-off rolos. And I have never been disappointed in one of your recipes. So thanks for making it much easier and more fun to live dairy-free :)

Erin October 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

Thanks for the giveaway – I would tell myself that no matter what happens in life the scary things are worth going for and you are worth it!!

Hanna October 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

Even though I’m still pretty young (24!!!) I would tell myself to stop worrying so much. Things have a way of working out exactly as they are supposed to!

Hayley October 31, 2012 at 10:46 am

I would advise my younger self to not care so much about what other people think and just be yourself!!

Kerianne October 31, 2012 at 10:46 am

I would tell myself that life takes unexpected turns, embrace them don’t fight them.

Kevin (Closet Cooking) October 31, 2012 at 10:46 am

I would have told myself to START COOKING! Frozen dinners are not the way to go.

Christa @ Edible Balance October 31, 2012 at 10:46 am

Oh there are so many things I would say to my younger self…

the most important thing I would say is to be kind to yourself, God placed you here in this moment for a purpose and there is so much more in store! Dreams you didn’t even know you had do come true.

Anne October 31, 2012 at 10:46 am

I would tell my younger self to stop being so hard on myself, to try to relax and have some fun!

Laura K October 31, 2012 at 10:46 am

I have pinned lots of your recipes. My families favorite is your Vegan Enchiladas with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce. We love them!

Courtney October 31, 2012 at 10:46 am

Courtney, find the grace and peace of the Lord and camp out there at the foot of the cross. In His presence there is no fear, worry, or pressure of what others think of you.

Carol October 31, 2012 at 10:46 am

I would tell myself to never grow old – enjoy life and try not to take things so seriously!

Anni Minerva October 31, 2012 at 10:46 am

I would tell my younger self to trust myself and not to be afraid of new things. I would tell myself that I’m perfect just the way I am.

Colleen October 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

I would tell my younger self that your outward appearance doesn’t matter nearly as much as the respect you have for yourself and others. I would tell her to study more and shape her character instead of trying to obsessively shape her body to fit the liking of society. I would tell her that the women in magazines aren’t real. I would tell her that the most consistent and real “thing” in this world is love she puts out into the world.

Beth October 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

I would tell my 16 year old self to start eating healthy now because that metabolism isnt going to hold up forever!

Carrie October 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

I would tell my 16 year old self to live, laugh, and love! I definately did not do enough of these important things. I was often upset at myself and others around me – nothing in my life was going the way I expected. I was not a kind person. Now, 11 years later I’m slowing changing/becoming the person I want to be – learning from my past and making my life better.

michelle October 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

Don’t have twitter so I Re-pinned!
http://pinterest.com/pin/260857003388005362/

Emily October 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

I would give myself oh so much advice, but some of the advice I would give my teenage self would be “Emily, no matter how hard you try silver eye liner with brown eye shadow is never okay. And no matter how many times you ignore your mom calling your cell phone you will always be in trouble for being late when you get home, and she will always take away your cell phone privilages. So answer your phone and TELL YOUR MOM YOUR GOING TO BE LATE!” Thanks for the chance to win….I love, love, love love, blend tec and would love you use one!

Cadry October 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

I would tell my 16 year old self to get a double major in something more steady than theatre! :)

Julie October 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

I would tell my younger self to appreciate my parents’ home-grown tomatoes — can’t believe I didn’t truly enjoy them until college!!

Molly October 31, 2012 at 10:48 am

Friendships come and go through out different stages of life but invest time in family and those you know are life long friends.

Charla October 31, 2012 at 10:48 am

I would tell my younger self to have more confidence in who you are. For many years I didn’t think too highly of my self but the truth is I am pretty fantastic and the more I believe that, the more I live that way. It’s something I think (hope) many of us come to realize with age.

Nicole D. October 31, 2012 at 10:48 am

Appreciate your Grandpa. You’re blessed to have one spectacular parent instead of two, and he loves you unconditionally. Listen to his advice: treat people fairly, work hard and be honest – you’ll come to realize that his thoughtful guidance can help you achieve your dreams. Soon your hero will leave unexpectedly and you won’t have the chance to enjoy him. So instead of laughing at his dancing, dance with him in the living room. Instead of putting in headphones, enjoy his singing. Instead of running off to tend to adolescent concerns, take an extra moment to embrace him. Thank your Grandpa for the confidence, bravery and good nature he has instilled in you. Soak up every bit of sunshine this person shines onto you, so that one day you can pass on the essence of Grandpa to your own children.

Cadry October 31, 2012 at 10:48 am

I tweeted!

Edith Minty October 31, 2012 at 10:48 am

I would tell my 16 year old self that as improbable as it may seem you are on the right track.

Izzy October 31, 2012 at 10:48 am

I would tell myself that the world is bigger than I could ever imagine, there will always be another adventure, and time heals all. I would also tell myself to find a hobby I love that I can’t grow out of, such as cooking. I wish I’d started cooking earlier and learned the family secrets.

jackie October 31, 2012 at 10:48 am

Mom really does know best…not your best friend. And sdon’t stress so much about what the other kids think.

Christy October 31, 2012 at 10:49 am

I would tell myself to look into the vegan lifestyle earlier, rather than waiting for an epiphany when I was 37! I have felt so much better these last 4 years. So, so thankful for your blog, Angela. I have been reading and trying it since soon after its inception. You have been a blessing and your recipes seem to rule my family’s diet… my guys LOVE every recipe I have ever tried from your blog. I would bet we are way past 100 by now!

Jenny October 31, 2012 at 10:49 am

I would tell myself to trust myself more, to quit trying to please everyone and not worry so much what other people think. I would say, “You are beautiful!”

Samantha October 31, 2012 at 10:49 am

I would tell my younger self to not worry so much about what everyone thinks of you! Your close friends are really the only ones who matter in the end.

Emily L. October 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

This is a great idea!! I would tell myself that you grow up way too fast and to enjoy every second of the teenage years. Have fun! Be goofy and spontaneous! Because once you get older it is harder to get away with being a goofball!

Christa @ Edible Balance October 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

I tweeted! https://twitter.com/ensuing_grace/status/263667452968321025

Thank you for such an incredible giveaway! I am dying to get my hands on one, especially the twister jar!

Happy 4th Blog Anniversary! You are doing an incredible job :)

Ashley October 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

I would tell my 16 year old self that she is beautiful and that she does not need to starve herself to look good or be respected by others. I would also tell her to nourish herself with good, wholesome foods because she will feel a lot better!!

Rebekah October 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

I would tell my younger self that I was beautiful. I would tell my younger self to let go of that unhealthy relationship and, in turn, enjoy my friends and family more.

Amanda October 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

I’d tell my younger self to listen to R.E.M. sooner!

Kaitlin October 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

I would tell my 16 year old self that the most important thing she needs to learn is how to love herself.

Janice October 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

Dear younger self: you would have been better off studying something practical in University. But someday you’ll find your passion.

Meighan October 31, 2012 at 10:51 am

I would tell my younger self not to stress about “where you should be” and focus on where you are.

Nicole October 31, 2012 at 10:51 am

I wish I could tell my 16-year old self to stop worrying so much about her appearance. Her nose really didn’t look like a ski slope!

Janice October 31, 2012 at 10:51 am

I also tweeted, pinned, and Liked on FB. I really want to win!

Nicole October 31, 2012 at 10:51 am

Tweeted the giveaway!

Samantha October 31, 2012 at 10:51 am

Oh man. I would tell my younger self not to worry as much and to smile more. I would tell that younger girl that there is such a thing as too much people pleasing and to live life for me!

Thanks for this giveaway opportunity!

Elizabeth @ The Dapper Paper Co. October 31, 2012 at 10:51 am

Hm…I would tell younger self don’t worry about being cool, just be you. Don’t waste or rush time and WEAR.SUNSCREEN. and don’t even think about going to the tanning bed, even if everyone else is doing it.

Michelle October 31, 2012 at 10:51 am

I would tell my young self- “Silly silly girl your parents love you more than you could ever imagine! They only want to protect you & want what’s best for you!”

ps: there really is a wonderful guy out there that wants to marry you for you!

Shirin October 31, 2012 at 10:51 am

Advice to my younger self: there is no feeling better than that of strength and personal accomplishment. It’s only you in your race, so celebrate each mile…you never know when they’ll add up to marathon.

Katie October 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

Just repinned the Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recipe! I can’t wait to try it…maybe I’ll make some homemade graham crackers and crush those in there as well for to simulate a little crust! Yum!

Ashley October 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

Just tweeted! “My favourite blogger is having a Blendtec giveaway, enter now! @ohsheglows http://ohsheglows.com/2012/10/31/blendtec-giveaway-last-minute-halloween-recipe/ …”

Jessica October 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

That blender looks awesome! Just pinned your cinnamon bun granola, one of the many OSG recipes on my pinterest page. :) Here’s to hoping for a new blender!! ps younger self, stop worrying so much, it’ll all turn out in the end.

Marcie October 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

“Stop worrying so much about boys! Develop yourself and your interests and cultivate your friendships instead of jumping from guy to guy! “

Nicole October 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

I re-pinned one of your posts!

Erin October 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

I would tell my younger self to enjoy every phase of life! I feel like I was always looking ahead, trying to get to that next phase, and now I look back and realize that every one of them was worth relishing. Live in the moment!

Sarah S. October 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

I would tell my younger Self : “Trust me, in the end, you will always be okay. The Universe got your back my dear. So let it go. You don’t have to try to control everything for it to work or not to be hurt. Just let it go a little bit. Have tooons of fun. Leave in the present moment and trust. You will be just fine. I love you.”

:)

Tamar October 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

I would tell my younger self to take high school and college classes more seriously instead of just coasting through! I always got A’s, but never challenged myself or connected with my teachers. I’m regretting that in grad school now!

kate October 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

Never ever, EVER, go on a crash diet. Oh, and start wearing sunscreen before you turn thrity!!

Jordan Riley October 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

I would probably remind my younger self that she doesn’t have to be perfect. Heck, I’d remind my current self of that.

Bill October 31, 2012 at 10:53 am

I would definitely tell myself to have lots more self-confidence in everything I do, and not be afraid to try anything at least once

Patricia P. October 31, 2012 at 10:53 am

Thanks for the giveaway! Here is a little note I would give to my younger self:

Dear Patricia,
Keep doing what you’re doing! There is nothing wrong with being different and you will meet great people who will appreciate you just the way that you are. Also, don’t fall for every guy that tries to sweep you off your feet. Most of them are toads.

Love,
Future Patricia

P.S. Buy Apple stocks!

Meighan October 31, 2012 at 10:53 am

repinned carrot ginger soup!

Jordan Riley October 31, 2012 at 10:53 am

Also just tweeted!

sara October 31, 2012 at 10:53 am

This is a really hard one for younger people to swallow/accept/DO, but…I’d tell my younger self to take better care of me. Eat better, exercise more, be kinder to myself.

Sarah S. October 31, 2012 at 10:53 am

Tweeted this awesome giveaway!

Nicole October 31, 2012 at 10:53 am

I would tell my younger self to focus more on exploring interests & talents and less on partying & boys. That would’ve saved me about 10 years :)

Diana October 31, 2012 at 10:53 am

I would tell myself to stop being such a weenie, be braver, and talk to more people.

Victoria Lackey October 31, 2012 at 10:53 am

I would tell my younger self at 16 that I was thin enough, even though I thought I was fat! I had no idea what it meant to be accepting of myself, or gracious to myself. I thought I needed to lose weight! If I had the wisdom then I have now I would have been kinder, to myself.

Roseanna October 31, 2012 at 10:53 am

I would tell myself not to go to grad school.

Janna October 31, 2012 at 10:54 am

I’ve always thought that if I had the option to go back and make a few better choices I would in a heartbeat, but over the last couple years I’ve realized that everything I’ve said or done has helped me become the person I am today. I really like the person I am today, I just wish I knew that a little sooner in life. :)

{Moni} @ Moni Meals October 31, 2012 at 10:54 am

I would say: “Listen to that deep, inner voice!”
The one we ALL hear if we slow down to listen, yes–that one!
I have it down now though. :) BALANCE too!

Happy Halloween! These smoothies are adorable!!!

Nicole October 31, 2012 at 10:54 am

I tweeted this awesome giveaway: Thanks for hosting & congrats on 4 years!
https://twitter.com/wonkywonderful/status/263669011433263104

Kat October 31, 2012 at 10:54 am

I would tell myself the thing it took 33 years to realize: You will never become who you want to be, so just be who you are.

Karla October 31, 2012 at 10:54 am

Karla, you are going to want to have babies… Take care of your body. Eat enough, eat fats, don’t over exercise… Enjoy life!

jen October 31, 2012 at 10:54 am

I would let little ol’ teenage me know that each and every one of those dramatic feelings is not necessarily a truth to live by. That I am a part of something bigger and beautiful. Really, life is just starting. Don’t over think everything so much. And oh yeah, start doing yoga NOW!

Jen October 31, 2012 at 10:54 am

Pinned a fav recipe on pinterest !

Denise October 31, 2012 at 10:55 am

This would be awesome :) I’ve been saving for a great blender but can’t seem to get there:) Advice for a younger me would be to slow down and enjoy, not to take everything so seriously.

Rebecca October 31, 2012 at 10:55 am

my advice would be to embrace the things that make me so much different than most people i know, because those are the qualities that people love about me!

Jasna Ganibegovic October 31, 2012 at 10:55 am

I would tell my younger self to not be afraid to take more chances. In love, in friendships, in life. I try to live my life that way now. My motto is “I’d rather have a life of ‘oh wells’ than ‘what ifs'”.

Kristin October 31, 2012 at 10:55 am

I would love to win this!!
My advice to my younger self would be to stop worrying so much about the future and focus on the present. :)

Ash October 31, 2012 at 10:55 am

I would tell my younger self to not take relationships for granted. If I had only expected what has occurred in the past year, today I would feel less guilty. I would encourage my younger self to cherish and hold onto the relationship with my mom, and perhaps encourage a more healthier lifestyle for her.

Tamar October 31, 2012 at 10:56 am

I also pinned your perfect veggie burger because I’ve made it so many times and my carnivorous Midwestern boyfriend loves it!

Kat October 31, 2012 at 10:56 am

Tweeted! Tweet, tweet!

Jennifer M October 31, 2012 at 10:56 am

I would tell my younger self to live by the words of Dr. Seuss “Be Who You Are and Say What You Feel Because Those Who Mind Don’t Matter and Those Who Matter Don’t Mind.”

Danielle October 31, 2012 at 10:56 am

I tweeted! Awesome giveaway. :)

Ash October 31, 2012 at 10:56 am

Repinned(:

Leslie October 31, 2012 at 10:57 am

Dear younger self:
Don’t be so hard on yourself. Don’t worry about how you look. You look good. But it really doesn’t matter. Be a good friend. Sometimes you have to work at it. But it does matter.

Rebecca October 31, 2012 at 10:57 am

i repinned your twix bar recipe, because i’m making them today!

Kim Hedges October 31, 2012 at 10:57 am

Don’t believe the negatives that you feel toward yourself. Believe in all your good qualities and keep working on them. Sometimes being funny isn’t the most important thing.

Alexa October 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

I would tell my younger self to put down the credit card!

Amber October 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

Oooh, I want this. My best advice to my younger self would be to worry less! The right man will come along. Just enjoy yourself!

Danielle October 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

A piece of advice I would give to my high-school younger self is that if boys won’t put in the effort to actually date you, stop putting in the effort to get them to change their mind. There are plenty of fantastic guys out there who will put in the effort to be with you, and those are the ones who are worth your time and affection.

Rebecca October 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

Man, this is hard… I suppose I’d tell my younger self to get tested for ADHD much earlier, and don’t be so afraid of meds, they will change your life in a very, very good way. Also, keep practicing things that don’t come to you easily. I know you’re a perfectionist and you’re smart, so it’s dangerously easy to coast through life, but resist the temptation! Make fun wild goals, and WORK at them, fail spectacularly, work some more, develop self discipline and self pride. Keep trying, keep reading great books, be generous, don’t be afraid to cut toxic people/things from your life, practice kindness, eat your veggies.

Kate October 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

I would tell my younger self to relax and explore more to learn about my passions. So I don’t have to do it when I’m 28!!

Mari October 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

I would tell my younger self that I am stronger, both mentally and physically, and smarter than I think. Thanks for all the amazing recipes. Congratulations on your four years. Wish I’d found you sooner.

Anne October 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

Pinned this recipe: http://ohsheglows.com/2011/11/25/last-minute-protein-energy-bars-creamy-holly-nog-smoothie/

Thanks!

Erica October 31, 2012 at 10:59 am

I would tell my 16 year-old self: not to take my parent’s new car out for a spin on some windy roads that one day, not to continue playing sports while I had mono, and not to wear some of those 90’s outfits (thank goodness for no facebook at that time!). I would also tell myself to love my body – it’s a gift not an enemy, to love my parents – they are wise and any day could be their last, and to not be afraid to trust myself and chase my passions. I would tell myself to choose love.

Emily October 31, 2012 at 10:59 am

I would tell my younger self to not sweat the small stuff – especially the boy drama! And I would tell myself to stay close to good friends – don’t lose touch, make the effort it takes.

Theresa October 31, 2012 at 10:59 am

Younger Self: greens, rest, and exercise make you feel like your perfect self. Don’t skimp on those three and you’ll stay healthy and happy!

P.S. Just made a green monster that I’m very excited to enjoy!

amanda October 31, 2012 at 10:59 am

To my younger self:
Always think twice about the actions and words that you use toward those who know and love you. remember that there won’t always be time to take back negative words and behavior. No matter how bad you think your situation is, take five minutes to choose your words wisely. You may lose someone you love too early, and you don’t want your memory of them straight.ed with words you wish you could undo. And God forbid something ever happens to you, you want to give everyone around you a reason to remember you as a person with all the love and kindness in the world.

Connie October 31, 2012 at 11:00 am

I would tell my younger self not to care so much about appearances and be nicer to my parents :)

Lauren October 31, 2012 at 11:00 am

What a great giveaway! I’d tell my younger self to get yo shiz together and figure out what you want to get your degree in! It took me years of flip-flopping to finally decide on something. :-)

Mercedes October 31, 2012 at 11:00 am

Angela, first of all, thanks for all your recipes!! I have a serious sweet tooth, so your recipes let me indulge in a healthier way… I would tell the 16 year old me to take it easy with school and extra-curricular stuff!! Enjoy the last few years of high school with your friends and share those moments with your family… Thanks for this giveaway!!

Sara McGrath October 31, 2012 at 11:00 am

I wish I could tell my younger self not to sweat the “process” because I’d be happy where I am today, although I didn’t get here the way I thought I would, and it isn’t really how, or where I envisioned I’d be. It would have taken a lot of pressure off if I knew I’d end up in a happy place one way or another.

Agnes October 31, 2012 at 11:00 am

Use your time wisely, you only have so much of it.

Lauren October 31, 2012 at 11:00 am

I tweeted! :-) Thanks for offering this!

Susanne October 31, 2012 at 11:01 am

I would tell my 16 year old self to have confidence in myself and stop worrying about growing up, you will be there soon enough!

JP October 31, 2012 at 11:01 am

I would tell my teenage self to relax, don’t worry.
That you are worthy, you are no more or no less special than anyone else.
You have a place in this world and have something to offer.

Sharon Clair October 31, 2012 at 11:01 am

I would tell my younger self to lighten up – enjoy life, travel more and believe in myself.

Tiffany October 31, 2012 at 11:01 am

I would tell my younger self: Don’t live to please others and their expectations. Live to be yourself and be happy. Nothing is more important than your mental and physical health.

Cathy Sales October 31, 2012 at 11:01 am

I would say to myself not worry what others think of me and just be comfortable with myself. Trust your gut and don’t sweat the small stuff! When you look back, the small stuff is really not worth it.

Cheyenne October 31, 2012 at 11:01 am

I would tell myself to follow the dreams that were true to my heart at 16 and to always chase your dreams no matter what anyone else thinks or says. And to pay more attention in school;)

Robin October 31, 2012 at 11:01 am

I would tell my 16 year old self to stay the same course that I was on… everything in life happens for a reason, and every twist and turn benefits you in the long run. Even though you don’t know what you want to be now or who you will end up as, take comfort in knowing that you will end up in the right place!

Claudia D. October 31, 2012 at 11:01 am

My 16-year-old self would never have listened to any advice, but here is what she would have needed to know:
Learn to be positive about the world that surrounds you and to focus on the beauty that is to be found within it. Try to trust people. It will make the next 10 years of your life much, much more enjoyable.

Thanks so much for this great giveaway, and for sharing with us such outrageously delicious recipes!

Jessica October 31, 2012 at 11:01 am

I would tell myself to put down the pepperoni and start eating some vegetables.

Sara October 31, 2012 at 11:01 am

Sara, Break-up with that silly HS boyfriend and kiss more boys! Don’t worry, the right one will come along before you know it.

Oh, and stop wearing crappy clothes to class. You can do better!

Courtney October 31, 2012 at 11:02 am

I tweeted! And I would give the advice that I cannot plan how my life is going to go…but that’s a good thing!

Cassidy October 31, 2012 at 11:02 am

I’d let myself know there’s nothing to be afraid of reaching out to people even if you don’t trust them. :)

Christina October 31, 2012 at 11:02 am

I would tell myself to learn earlier how to “let things go” and it’s ok to say no, the only person you need to please is yourself. I hit 30 this year and I wish at 20 I would have learned these things. I think deep down, we all know this already but sometimes it’s hard to practice what we preach. Hanging on to things sometimes just makes us over analyze and dwell on things we can’t change. Live in the moment and do what makes YOU happy!!

Rachel October 31, 2012 at 11:02 am

I would tell my younger self to not worry so much and just enjoy the ride. Grow deeper in your faith daily and form a strong relationship with a close group of friends.

amanda October 31, 2012 at 11:02 am

To my younger self:
Always think twice about the actions and words that you use toward those who know and love you. remember that there won’t always be time to take back negative words and behavior. No matter how bad you think your situation is, take five minutes to choose your words wisely. You may lose someone you love too early, and you don’t want your memory of them strained with words you wish you could undo. And God forbid something ever happens to you, you want to give everyone around you a reason to remember you as a person with all the love and kindness in the world. Be kind and show love to all!

Nichol Tarello October 31, 2012 at 11:02 am

Life really is too short… Live and be greatful for every day!

Sonya October 31, 2012 at 11:02 am

I would teach myself to breathe, relax, feel, watch and allow.

Miranda October 31, 2012 at 11:03 am

I would tell my younger self to not stress so much, that there will be things much more important that come along….and that even they won’t be worth that much angst!

Marisa October 31, 2012 at 11:03 am

Congratulations on 4 years! I would tell myself to stop thinking and worrying about the future and enjoy the freedom and excitement of youth! Also that what happens in high school really won’t matter ten years down the road.

Angela October 31, 2012 at 11:03 am

I would tell myself to find a way to channel my anger (preferably through exercise) and learn to love myself!

Lindsay October 31, 2012 at 11:03 am

I would tell my younger self not to worry so much about what others thought of me, to be confident, and just be myself!

madrigalia October 31, 2012 at 11:04 am

I would tell myself that, no matter how falsely seductive laziness and junk food can be, no harm can come from eating well and staying active.

Sofia October 31, 2012 at 11:04 am

I would definitely tell my little self to eat less crap. p.s. I tweeted :)

Nichol Tarello October 31, 2012 at 11:04 am

Tweeted!!

Gwen O October 31, 2012 at 11:04 am

Enjoy the present moment and stop caring what people think so much!

Rachel October 31, 2012 at 11:04 am

I have re-pinned some of your recipes on Pinterest!

Julz October 31, 2012 at 11:05 am

Younger Julz, don’t care about what others think of you!

Ananda B. October 31, 2012 at 11:05 am

If I could give some advice to my younger self, I would say to stop feeling so self-conscious and awkward about being taller than everyone else. I’ve wasted so much time worrying about something that can’t be changed. My younger self probably still wouldn’t listen, though. hah!

Heather Boyd October 31, 2012 at 11:05 am

I would advise my younger self to be more confident in my own skin!!! If only teenagers knew how to do that, things would’ve been so much easier!!!

Jennifer October 31, 2012 at 11:05 am

I would tell myself that there is so much more to life than high school and hang in there!

Stephanie October 31, 2012 at 11:06 am

Happy birthday OSG!

I would advise my younger self to never be anyone different than who I am. I have always been a “strange bird”, as my parents would say. I didn’t fully accept my uniqueness until after high school. I was always so concerned with what others thought I should be. It wasn’t until later that I shed this façade and could be comfortable in my own skin.

Kathleen October 31, 2012 at 11:06 am

I would tell myself that he is not the right guy for you…..and neither is he!

Allie October 31, 2012 at 11:06 am

Hey Ange,

If I could, I would tell my younger self that I am beautiful, and I would tell myself that everyday. I had this horrible mindset (and still do sometimes) that I had to look like a carbon copy of today’s photoshopped celebrities. That I had to be pin-thin, have clear skin and long, shiny hair. This idea of beauty helped me to meet some new friends: anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Today, I honestly still fight tooth and nail to recover. However, I am finding that a healthy vegan diet full of variety (thanks to your amazing recipes!) as well as yoga are helping me to believe that I AM BEAUTIFUL!

I want to thank you personally for helping me with my recovery.
I’ve been following your blog for just over 1 year (since I became vegan) and I have looked through your before and ‘after’ post so many times. I remind myself that you did it, so I can do it to.

You are an amazing inspiration for women everywhere. You are following your dreams, living concientiously and helping others all the while! Plus, your recipes can please even my carnivorous boyfriend. ;)

Thank you so much! I am looking forward to reading this blog (and your new cookbook!!) for a long time.

Allie

Sara Ann October 31, 2012 at 11:06 am

I would tell my younger self, don’t let people get you down. No matter what anyone says – you are wonderful. Naysayers are just jealous.

Kelli October 31, 2012 at 11:07 am

I would tell my younger self not to worry so much, things have a way of working themselves out and I can’t be in control of everything. Sit back and enjoy the ride, what’s meant to be will be.

Sara Ann October 31, 2012 at 11:07 am

I tweeted the giveaway! :)

Jen October 31, 2012 at 11:07 am

Take every moment as a lesson!

Andria October 31, 2012 at 11:07 am

Advice to past self-
In short: Like what you like because you like it.
At length: Don’t spend so much time worrying if people will judge you for liking something that’s not popular, and at the same time, don’t knock something that everyone else is into until you’ve tried it. Watch/read/wear/listen to/do what YOU enjoy, and you’ll be a lot happier than either the hipsters or the mindless sheep.

Jennifer October 31, 2012 at 11:07 am

I pinned your sunshine soup and thanks for the giveaway!! Oh yeah, congrats to you too. Never tried that mag, will have to look for it the next time I’m out

Tenaya October 31, 2012 at 11:07 am

I would tell my younger self to be less critical and be kind to herself. Self-love and a little bit of confidence would have made things a whole lot easier back then!

Lee October 31, 2012 at 11:07 am

I would tell my younger self to slow down and enjoy today. Stop fixating on the future and take a breath.

Madeline McElaney October 31, 2012 at 11:07 am

Advice for my younger self:
Don’t try to plan out every moment of your life. Leave things open to chance and you’ll be suprised and delighted with what happens!

Duze October 31, 2012 at 11:07 am

I would say:
Drink fewer milkshakes and more smoothies! Seriously, I drank way too many milkshakes.
I would also tell my university self to eat more regular balanced meals, I wish I could undo the damage I’ve don to my body in previuous years.

Melissa October 31, 2012 at 11:07 am

My advise would be to accept yourself as you are – you’re not as skinny as a lot of the girls but you’re not fat or unhealthy. You are beautiful! Don’t waste your life chasing a dream that God didn’t create you to be.

Rachel October 31, 2012 at 11:07 am

Stop trying to be who you think you should be and just enjoy who you are. Spending energy trying to fit into a mould of the person you think you have to be will leave you exhausted and confused. Instead of focusing on who you think you should be, embrace who you are.

Lucie October 31, 2012 at 11:07 am

I would tell my young self to buy shares in Microsoft and Apple!

Tenaya October 31, 2012 at 11:08 am

& I tweeted the giveaway! I would LOVE to have this blender!!! :)

Rebecca October 31, 2012 at 11:08 am

I also re-pinned several of your lovely fall recipes to my Fall Recipes board. Helloooo pumpkin everything….

Duze October 31, 2012 at 11:08 am

I would say:
Drink fewer milkshakes and more smoothies! Seriously, I drank way too many milkshakes.
I would also tell my university self to eat more regular balanced meals, I wish I could undo the damage I’ve don to my body in previous years.

Allie October 31, 2012 at 11:08 am

I have also tweeted this entry for my followers to read (alliethebrownie)!

robbie October 31, 2012 at 11:09 am

don’t bother shaving, you’ll need that extra time in the morning. also, eat food made from food. you’ll understand when you’re older.

Tracy October 31, 2012 at 11:09 am

Dear 16-year-old me: Dump that guy. Now. Seriously. Yesterday would’ve been ideal.

Heather October 31, 2012 at 11:09 am

I tweeted your giveaway!

Lee October 31, 2012 at 11:09 am

I just tweeted it – good luck everyone

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 11:09 am

I would tell my younger self to stop dating morons just for a little attention. Would have had a lot more fun if I ignored dumb boys, and just hung with my friends. And, STAY AWAY FROM FAST FOOD! IT MAKES YOU FAT AND YOU WILL HAVE TO WORK REALLY HARD TO GET OFF THE POUNDS…hence why a new blender would be fabulous!!!

Andria October 31, 2012 at 11:09 am

Also, just tweeted : )

Heather October 31, 2012 at 11:10 am

I would tell my younger self to not forget my friends and to make sure they are not left behind..

Kristen October 31, 2012 at 11:10 am

I would tell my 20-year-old self to stop worrying about finding a boyfriend. Wasted too much time on that instead of just having a good time with my awesome friends. Also…I NEED a new blender!

Sally October 31, 2012 at 11:10 am

I would tell my 16 year old self that it isn’t inauthentic to think positively, that the choice to look at life positively is actually very brave.

GlendaM October 31, 2012 at 11:10 am

Oh G, although it feels like you know better, you don’t. Listen to your mother, listen to your instincts, don’t just follow the crowd. Be strong.

Claudia D. October 31, 2012 at 11:11 am

Oh, also–I just repinned your Healthy Carrot Apple Ginger Soup recipe. It looks absolutely scrumptious!

Ryane October 31, 2012 at 11:11 am

Happy Anniversary/Halloween!!! :)

To my younger self: Nobody is judging you as much as you think they are. I was so self conscious as a kid and one day… I asked myself why? and snapped out of it!! I do get sidetracked sometimes and can get anxious about things and then I get into my head for a minute and talk myself out of it :) We are always a work in progress that’s for sure, but I can tell I am happiest when I am challenging my inner voice.

lindsey October 31, 2012 at 11:11 am

I’d tell my 16 year old self that eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to eat nothing but raw fruit and veggies, that being the skinniest person isn’t going to make you the happiest. I’d tell her you can eat really good, nutrient-rich food and be happy, healthy and whole, just as you are.

Stacy October 31, 2012 at 11:11 am

I would advise my 16 yr old self to learn to love who I am and focus on being healthy, rather than being obsessed with being skinny and crash diets. So much happier once I got that lesson figured out!

Jade October 31, 2012 at 11:11 am

Live your life the way YOU want to, now how others expect you to, no matter how hard it is.

Aimee October 31, 2012 at 11:11 am

I would tell my younger self to not worry so much about the little things, and to enjoy every minute of life as it comes!

Colleen C October 31, 2012 at 11:11 am

Sweetie, when you put on that face cream, what ever you do, don’t forget about your neck! It needs the love, just as much as your face!

Patti Tuohy October 31, 2012 at 11:11 am

My advice would be to take care of your body! Be selective in what you eat to fuel your day! Fill yourself with the best whole foods. Use your body- push it to build muscle and strong bones. Feed your mind- learn all you can about living a happy, healthy, successful life! Do everything you can to meet your goals, but most importantly, love yourself along your path!

Andrea October 31, 2012 at 11:11 am

I would tell my younger self to give herself a break! I There is no such thing as perfection, you have plenty of time to achieve all of your dreams, and you don’t have to know exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life right now. You are young; take a deep breath and enjoy being young.

Katie D October 31, 2012 at 11:11 am

My advice to my younger self: it is always a good idea to eat more veggies!

Brittney October 31, 2012 at 11:12 am

Try to be present in the moment and take each day one minute at a time. The stress and the worries about the future and past don’t make anything improve.

Joanne October 31, 2012 at 11:12 am

To my younger self. Don’t wait until later in your life to start eating a whole foods plant based diet. Start right now. Exercise daily. Love every minute of your youth because it is fleeting. Laugh every day!

Kira October 31, 2012 at 11:12 am

I would definitely advise my 16 year old self to get good with change, because there is alot comin!

Dalia October 31, 2012 at 11:12 am

I’d tell my 16 year old self: There is no better time than now. Waiting to be smarter, prettier, stronger, skinnier, faster, funnier, better, will all hold you back. Perspectives shift and you can always find a reason why you aren’t “good enough”. The world opens up when you believe in your own power. You’ll be as great as you push yourself to be right now and the way to be your best is to go for it — in everything.

Jade October 31, 2012 at 11:12 am

I have also tweeted this contest!!

Emily K. October 31, 2012 at 11:12 am

I tweeted!

Melissa October 31, 2012 at 11:13 am

I would tell my 16 year old self to not eat Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies for lunch everyday – and that spinach is actually good!

Lauren E October 31, 2012 at 11:13 am

“Dear little Lauren, what you eat defines who you are. Do all things through love, not depravity. Dark chocolate is sometimes the closest thing you can find to the sublime, and home-made peanut butter is heaven. Your wonderful body is worth the food it craves.” :)

Melissa October 31, 2012 at 11:13 am

I would tell my younger self to follow instinct instead of second guessing for a possible better decision. Take on all your dreams despite what others may say to you to digress from those dreams. Make youreslf happy before taking on others happiness. In terms of cooking build the kitchen of your dreams the your cooking will bring the people. :-)

amanda October 31, 2012 at 11:13 am

i’ve also pinned your avocado pasta on Pinterest!

Lauren E October 31, 2012 at 11:14 am

Also, just followed you on twitter and tweeted your contest :)

Alyssa October 31, 2012 at 11:14 am

I would tell my younger self… School is really not that bad! Homework isn’t either! Enjoy it while you can. Enjoy every single moment!

celina October 31, 2012 at 11:14 am

I would tell my younger self not to worry about fitting in…standing out and doing what makes you happy is so much more fulfilling!

Jocelyn Newby October 31, 2012 at 11:15 am

I would tell my 18 year old self to go to college for what I want to study.

Lucie October 31, 2012 at 11:15 am

I also re-pinned one of your recipe on Pinterest.

Joanne October 31, 2012 at 11:15 am

I tweeted your message.

Susan October 31, 2012 at 11:15 am

I would tell my high school self to stop determining my “worth” based on how I compared to others. It’s ok for everyone to not be exactly alike and it makes life a lot more interesting!

Bex October 31, 2012 at 11:15 am

Advice for my younger self- Be true to who you are. Don’t spend so much time and energy worrying about what others think of you. You are perfectly unique.

Lacey October 31, 2012 at 11:15 am

Message to younger me:
Please relax, I know school is important, but there are other things to enjoy too and you don’t have to be Perfect! Your body either, just live and love and it will all be okay.
Love,
Older Me

Courtney October 31, 2012 at 11:15 am

No matter how much you want to think your shoelace collection will eventually make you “cool” and “hip”, it won’t. Stop wasting time switching your shoelaces every morning and work on figuring out how to apply eye shadow, which will be a useful skill. :)

Elizabeth corwine October 31, 2012 at 11:15 am

I would tell myself to invest.

Dominique October 31, 2012 at 11:16 am

I would tell my younger self to not focus on what others think and to not compare myself to anyone.Because you will never be exactly like someone else, so there’s no point in comparing. In fact, be happy with who you are because there is no one else like you either. And those who judge you badly on the things you do that make you happy aren’t worth having in your life anyhow. I feel like often this prevented me from doing things that would have made me happy but instead I placed these personal roadblocks in front of me.

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 11:16 am

I would tell myself to never compare how I look with how others look. Everyone is unique, and I now appreciate myself much more for realizing that!

Laurie C. October 31, 2012 at 11:16 am

I would tell my younger self to listen to and respect others but not accept what they say as your truth.

Sherisse October 31, 2012 at 11:16 am

I would tell my younger self not to worry and take everything so seriously. Love others and don’t be afraid to share your happiness.

I tweeted about the give away, congrats on 4 years! And Happy Halloween!

Ashley October 31, 2012 at 11:16 am

I would tell my younger self to stop worrying about what other people think!

Jenny October 31, 2012 at 11:16 am

I would tell my younger self to dance in the rain more and be kinder to my parents.

Rebecca L October 31, 2012 at 11:16 am

I would tell my younger self to never just settle for anything. Always hold out for what you truly want for your future.

Katie Oz October 31, 2012 at 11:16 am

I would tell my younger self to let go of control just a little bit. One can only plan so far ahead into the future. Life has a funny way of leading you exactly where you’re supposed to be if you let it.

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 11:17 am

Repinned your homemade crispy twix bar! Yum!

Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist October 31, 2012 at 11:17 am

I pinned your summer roll recipe! http://pinterest.com/pin/55591376621840048/

Jenny October 31, 2012 at 11:17 am

I pined one of your recipes!

Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) October 31, 2012 at 11:17 am

I would tell myself not to worry so much about everything, that it doesn’t matter what others think of me, and that I am stronger, smarter, and more able than I imagine.

Lacey October 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

I also re-pinned (no twitter account) your lentil loaf hopefully for this thanksgiving!

Jackie C October 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

If I could go back in time to the beginning of hogh school era, I would advise myself to have to confidence! I have never had much courage when I was younger to solve a problem on the board or the sing solo part in a play or ask the really handsome guy at school for a dance. I wish I could give myself more of a confidence boost!

Ester October 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

When I have my younger one I will bring her to prepare and make a meal with the blender!

Michele M October 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

I would tell my younger self not to worry so much.. “worry is interest paid on a debt not taken”. Oh, and eat Paleo :)

Kerry October 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

Dear Younger Self —

Own who you are. Own what you love. Don’t waste time and energy making people like you —- it doesn’t work.

xoxo

Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist October 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

To my teenage self: Exercise is worth it. It doesn’t make you uncool to try hard in gym class. Also, get those brows waxed!

Ester October 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

I have just tweeted this amazing gift

aimee October 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

this experience/instance/fight/friendship/hardship may not matter in 5 or ten years, but the fact that it happened will make you who you are in 5 or ten years.
.. this would apply to so many things, weather positive or negative, that are such a big deal to our yourselves in our younger world that we make very big deals about, that do not really matter – but the fact they happened and how we handle with them, leave an imprint in us, contributing to the person we are today.

Simone October 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

I would tell my younger self: Always be yourself and never let others judge you. Most importantly: Stay true to your principles!
Thanks for the giveaway and your wonderful blog!! Congrats on 4 years of blogging, you’re a rockstar!!!

Amy October 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

Advice: Stop worrying about what other people think (unless you are interviewing). You are cool just the way you are :)

Angel S> October 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

Take the time to exercise!! Trying to start a regular routine in your 40’s SUCKS!!

Allysia October 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

This is an awesome giveaway, I’ve been saving up for a Blendtec for a long time! Advice to my younger self would go something like this: “you don’t know everything, dude. And be a little nicer to the parents, it’s not like they’re out to get you. Well maybe, but they definitely love you.” :)

Nicole October 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

My advice to my younger self:

Stick to your hobbies. You enjoy writing, photography, art, working out; Don’t stop enjoying these things just because your time is limited. You once considered yourself a good artist and writer.

Now, in 2012, I say, “I’m not that great at either.”

Enjoy the skin you live in and treat it well. Indulge yourself in the small pleasures you enjoy so much, and take the time to do so. It refreshes your introvert self.

I suppose this is advice my current self should soak up too.
Great giveaway! :)

Trina R. October 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

Self, if you only knew how great your family was. Treasure it, for one day you will lose family members and there’s no way to get back that time. Spend as much time with your grandma and Aunt as you can. They adore you more than you know, and you will soon regret not asking about every detail of their life. It’s cool to spend time bonding with family. You have much to learn from them and not enough time to do so.

Liz October 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

To my younger self: contrary to your current beliefs, you’re not best when you go it alone. It actually tends to bum you out pretty darn bad. Go see your friends. Oh, and also – Mom’s gonna be ok.

nelia October 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

When you look back you will always see that you were perfect, you stressed about your looks/body for nothing. So, where you are at now is exactly the same, you are perfect and when you look back on yourself now, you will see that, so why not be happy with yourself now!

Robin October 31, 2012 at 11:20 am

I would tell my younger self that No man will make you happy. True happiness comes from within – you have to love yourself and find your own happiness. Only then will you be content in a relationship.

LeeAnn October 31, 2012 at 11:20 am

I would tell my 16-year-old self to love myself and not to be in such a headstrong hurry to grow up. To value myself. That desperation to feel loved would take me in many wrong directions and to people who wouldn’t/couldn’t give me what I was looking for.

Thanks for the giveaway, Angela. I love your blog. You have influenced me so much, and I’m nearly twice your age.

Steph October 31, 2012 at 11:20 am

I would tell myself, “don’t doubt yourself so much- you got this!”

Trina R. October 31, 2012 at 11:20 am

I have also tweeted: https://twitter.com/trnlina/status/263676777375862784

Joannabanana October 31, 2012 at 11:21 am

I would tell my younger self -It is all worth it, live life!! Every mistake, every fall, every dance, every kiss, all the sex, every leap, every chance…everything you do is who you are and a step toward who you will be, no regrets, baby!

I would love to be entered into the contest but I’m not that social media savy, not sure how to tweet or retweet that I’ve tweeted…I’m still happy to leave my message :)

Tanya Ortelle October 31, 2012 at 11:21 am

Ask more questions and don’t assume things you don’t understand or don’t really care for now are “useless.” You’ll miss those things you didn’t pay enough attention to later in life, and spend countless hours researching things you could’ve already known had you just tuned in a little better every now and then.

Lori October 31, 2012 at 11:21 am

I would tell my younger self to take better care of myself and to STOP all the starvation diets and extreme exercising because not only is it not healthy but it will catch up with you one day and burn you out.

aimee October 31, 2012 at 11:21 am

It was a challenge looking for a recipe that I love from you that I have not already pinned! After some searching, I decided that I am getting ready for the holidays early having just pinned Creamy Holly Nog Smoothie! (Bring on the snow!)

Nicole Boyhouse October 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

My advice? You’re beautiful just the way you are.

maryann October 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

My advice to my younger self: you are good enough just as you are…..

Emily October 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

Emily:

Do not worry or stress so much. The grade or bad race that upsets you now you will not even remember in several years. Loosen up!

Lacia October 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

My advice to myself, be happy with who you are, exactly the way you are. Stop worrying about what other people think.

Amy October 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

I also just tweeted! Thanks!!!!!

Samantha Remington October 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

I would tell my younger self to make the transition from vegetarian to vegan sooner… it’s a lot easier, healthier, and more delicious than you think.

Nicole October 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

Pinned one of your recipes too… Pumpkin smoothies?? Yum!

Kristen Buck October 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

I would tell my younger self to not drink so much alcohol and soda and coffee. I spent so much time consuming them all excessively and now, at just 30, I see the damage its done to my skin.

Maggie October 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

I would advise myself to forget about little annoyances. It’s the big things in life that matter- health, love, friendships, and a satisfying career.

Danielle F October 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

I’d tell my younger self to stop and think before rashly doing!

GC October 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

1) Put down the tweezers. You will miss your eyebrows 5, 10, 20 years from now.
2) Be nicer to your mom.

Lindsay Bowman October 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

My advise to my younger self – good lord – walk away from the designer jeans and the boots you can’t afford. Just PUT the credit card down. It will not turn out well and you will regret it later. Trust.

Katie October 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

I just tweeted!

But I would tell my younger self to worry less about what other people thought about me and more about what I thought about myself.

Lindsay Bowman October 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

I’ve repinned MOST of your recipes!

Danielle F October 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

Repinned on Pinterest too!

Courtney October 31, 2012 at 11:24 am

Great giveaway! I would tell my younger self not to stress out so much and compare myself with others. No one notices your faults nearly as much as you do!

Coleen October 31, 2012 at 11:24 am

I would tell my 16 year old self that you will not always be that naturally skinny andbe able to eat whatever you want without gaining weight. You should always stay active and eat right because as you get older it gets harder to find time to do the things that will keep you healthy. It will make the rest of your like so much easier to do what you can to stay at that healthy weight even if it takes a little more effort when you get older.

Alexis October 31, 2012 at 11:24 am

I’d tell my 16 year-old self to quit worrying about what other people thought, because she’s a pretty cool person (though she didn’t realize it at the time, which makes me sad every time I think about it). Play video games, listen to industrial music, just be herself!

Katie Ollis October 31, 2012 at 11:24 am

Save all the money you get for graduation. Save it. And don’t wear that lipstick. Yuck.

Tanya Ortelle October 31, 2012 at 11:24 am

I tweeted about your giveaway!! :) https://twitter.com/mrsortelle/status/263677541871677441

Liz October 31, 2012 at 11:24 am

Also, tweeted!

Lacia October 31, 2012 at 11:25 am

Reprinted your no bake peppermint patty bars.

Katie Ollis October 31, 2012 at 11:25 am

I tweeted! ;) https://twitter.com/xoxoxkoxoxox/status/263677951969742849

Mary Ann October 31, 2012 at 11:25 am

I would tell myself to enjoy the body that was given to me. As I look back on my younger years, I actually looked pretty good even though I constantly beat myself up. I always fed my mind with negative thoughts that I was too fat, my hair was too straight (just who invented perms?) and I was always dieting. It’s a continuing journey to accept the body that I’m living this life in but now I love it. Now there’s wrinkles all over to deal with but I see them as markers of a life well lived. I wouldn’t trade any of them for a younger self.

Tasha October 31, 2012 at 11:25 am

I would tell my younger self to not stress the little things, they don’t mean anything in the end.

JenniferP October 31, 2012 at 11:25 am

Advice I would give to my 16 year old self – You may not believe it, but one day your mother will be one of your best friends :)

Alexis October 31, 2012 at 11:26 am

Also, pinned your roasted spaghetti squash recipe … it’s the first time I’ve ever had perfectly cooked spaghetti squash (it’s turned out so mushy in the past), and I’ve made it 3 times since. All my coworkers are jealous when I bring it for lunch, mixed with black beans, peppers, red onion, jalepeno, and chili powder! ;)

(Pin here: http://pinterest.com/pin/135248795031061480/)

Taylor October 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

I would tell my younger self to have the guts to go vegan at that age! It’s the greatest thing I’ve done, and it only takes a little courage to tell your parents that you are going to and that’s that.

Aimee October 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

I would tell myself to stay away from old men!!

Michelle C. October 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

Dear Michelle of last week,

Pay better attention to the directions when trying to make Angela’s delicious vegan chocolate chip cookies so that instead of just tasting delicious, they also look delicious.

Rachael October 31, 2012 at 11:28 am

I would tell myself that all the things I’ve worried about (being taller, cuter, having less acne, more friends, and a boyfriend) don’t matter at all. The only thing that matters is loving myself and then those who are supposed to love me will come to me.

Angelique October 31, 2012 at 11:28 am

my advice: relax, it’s all going to be OK and life is going by so fast so just don’t be so hard on yourself (and others) and quit working so hard and have some fun!

Taylor October 31, 2012 at 11:28 am

I repinned your chocolate zucchini muffins (which I’m going to mail to my friend at West Point).

Quin October 31, 2012 at 11:29 am

Hmmm.. I would advise my teen self to stop moping around and start running sooner! I wish I got into running before I had, it definitely changed my mood around and gave me some goals to strive for.
Blendtec, perfect for after run smoothies?!

Michelle C. October 31, 2012 at 11:29 am

I also just pinned the recipe!

Fran October 31, 2012 at 11:29 am

I would tell myself it’s ok not to wait your turn. Sometimes you have to put yourself first because if you wait for life to be fair you’ll be waiting forever.

Allison October 31, 2012 at 11:29 am

I would give my younger self the exact same advice as you! Mothers always know. And I’d tell my younger self to be proud of her body and love herself as is :)

Joyce October 31, 2012 at 11:29 am

I’d tell my younger self that I don’t have to be like someone else…just be the best me.

JenniferP October 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

While I do technically have a twitter account, I never use it and I don’t think I’ve ever tweeted. Pinterest on the other hand… we’re old friends ;) I repinned the no-bake peppermint patty bar recipe, I plan on making it to eat on the way to Mexico next weekend :) Would love to win a blender…. mine are both almost dead :(

morgan October 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

Just saw to leave a second comment letting you know I tweeted. I tweeted! (@mgmua)

Thanks!

Katherine October 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

I would tell my younger self not to stress out so much and to just enjoy life! :)

Eva October 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

Definitely to not care so much what other people think

Rachael October 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

I tweeted it out! :) What a great giveaway!

Kathy Morton Stanion October 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

My advise would be to stop wasting time worrying!

Lanie October 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

To be nice. Always.

Jules October 31, 2012 at 11:31 am

I would tell my younger self that if you love the right people, the right ones will always love you back. The rest don’t matter.

Allison October 31, 2012 at 11:31 am

I repinned your Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recipe……..I’ve actually been meaning to make these since you first posted the recipe! Need to get on that :)

Amy Bossomo October 31, 2012 at 11:31 am

Hi Angela,

I love love love your blog!! I would tell my younger self, ” no matter if people, even your own family, tells you that you can’t do something, never give up! If you love it and want it bad enough, you can accomplish anything!” I just teared up a little typing that!
Amy

Megan (@studiomme) October 31, 2012 at 11:32 am

I would tell myself that I will always have more books than friends…but that’s okay because if I had more friends than books, I wouldn’t be able to hang out with all of them.

Regina (@GwinnettGirl) October 31, 2012 at 11:32 am

Don’t listen to the names they call you – they aren’t the title you earned. Don’t fret you didn’t get invited to the party – you now ARE the party. Don’t be so hard on yourself – you will grow and love being in your own skin and appreciated for being you.

Robin October 31, 2012 at 11:32 am

I would tell my younger self to experience as many new things as possible, be fearless, and never be afraid to fail, because only then can you learn to succeed.

marika October 31, 2012 at 11:32 am

To my younger self – don’t be scared, go to talk to that person!

Megan (@studiomme) October 31, 2012 at 11:33 am

I also tweeted!

marika October 31, 2012 at 11:33 am

And I tweeted!

lynn @ the actor's diet October 31, 2012 at 11:33 am

don’t compare yourself to others – even past versions of yourself…great giveaway and happy halloween!

Meghan October 31, 2012 at 11:33 am

Just repinned your yummy Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Rosemary and Garlic!

Britta October 31, 2012 at 11:33 am

I would tell myself to have more compassion for myself (and others) and that perfection is not the ultimate goal. I would tell myself to not think in such black and white terms and that everything eventually works out the way they are supposed to.

Kit October 31, 2012 at 11:33 am

My advice to my younger self: keep that ’72 VW Super Beetle. It would be WAY cool right now….

Jennifer Manriquez October 31, 2012 at 11:33 am

“Young Jennifer, please learn to appreciate healthy food. Stop eating garbage all the time. I promise you, you will stay stronger, leaner, and sexier than ever. If you keep eating crap, you’re gonna regret what happens to your body in your mid-30s!”

*I really, REALLY hope I win this!!!!*

Andy October 31, 2012 at 11:33 am

Dear younger me,
A Slurpee is not a replacement for a meal. Stop it.
Love, current me.

Britta October 31, 2012 at 11:33 am

I also pinned your lentil walnut loaf :)

Meghan October 31, 2012 at 11:33 am

I would tell my younger self to not be so hard on herself!

Jules October 31, 2012 at 11:34 am

I re-pinned! And I’ve already pinned a gazillion of your recipes…My Food+Health Board has 46 followers!

http://pinterest.com/fletcherjuliana/food-health/

Emily Delaney October 31, 2012 at 11:34 am

Hi Angela!! I would advise my younger self to loosen up more and take advantage of all those social opportunities that I said no to, simply because it was more “comfortable” to stay in!

Karine October 31, 2012 at 11:34 am

I would tell my younger self to keep lauginhg and playing around in life and not get so boring and serious…

Jennifer Manriquez October 31, 2012 at 11:34 am

I tweeted!
https://twitter.com/BankruptVegan/status/263679664621490176

Alanna Francom October 31, 2012 at 11:34 am

I would tell my younger self to focus on the things in life that are the best. There are so many subjects and things to take our time… spent your time on the best.

Minerva October 31, 2012 at 11:34 am

I would tell my younger self not to let other people’s expectations for my life guide me.

Jenny October 31, 2012 at 11:34 am

Oh younger self, think twice before enrolling in a Masters, starting a career, getting pregnant, and planning a wedding in the same year. I need a well blended green monster..stat!

Kt October 31, 2012 at 11:35 am

I would tell my younger self to stop being so hard on herself. And to learn a sport! It’s hard to learn a sport when you’re an adult.

Emily Delaney October 31, 2012 at 11:35 am

I also re-tweeted your link!

Stephanie October 31, 2012 at 11:35 am

I’d definitely tell my younger self to not care so much what other people think. Just laugh, enjoy life and be yourself. It all works out and you’ll end up so much happier! The people you want to end up with in your life are the ones who love you no matter what.

Oh, also, make sure to take off all that makeup at the end of the day – don’t be lazy about that! LOL

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 11:35 am

Shared it on facebook… Don’t have a twitter or pinterest…

Ky G October 31, 2012 at 11:35 am

I’d tell my younger self to stop calling your 5’7 150 lb self fat! Just eat healthy and continue to be active…you’ll love yourself a whole more in the future for it. Now you’re over 200lbs still treating yourself the same way!

Melody October 31, 2012 at 11:35 am

I’d tell my younger self that being the best in the fastest time is not the most important- slow down and enjoy the ride!

Stephanie October 31, 2012 at 11:35 am

I tweeted about the giveaway! Here’s my tweet:

https://twitter.com/kitchenfrolic/status/263679880275832832

Anne October 31, 2012 at 11:36 am

Read more books. I love books now, but wish I had read more when I was younger.

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 31, 2012 at 11:36 am

4 years?! Amazing! I love your blog and look forward to many many many more years! And thanks for the awesome giveaway. I would tell my younger self that having a nice hair day for school is not the most important thing in the world.

Helen October 31, 2012 at 11:36 am

I would tell my 16 year old self not to stress so much about which college to go to, and that it would all work out perfectly in the end.

Amy L. October 31, 2012 at 11:36 am

I would tell my younger self to let go and not worry so much… things will work out the way they’re supposed to :)

Lindi October 31, 2012 at 11:37 am

I would tell my 16 year old self that it is okay not to feel guilty about everything!

Laura October 31, 2012 at 11:37 am

Tweeted! Exciting!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 31, 2012 at 11:37 am

Tweeted the giveaway! https://twitter.com/damn_delicious/status/263681014231072769

Justine October 31, 2012 at 11:38 am

if I could tell my 16 year old self anything… I think it would be my current mantra, “Work hard and be nice to people.” That includes being nice to yourself, IMO!

Blazka October 31, 2012 at 11:38 am

I would tell myself not to worry about what other people think and always do what I think is the best for me.

Jen G. October 31, 2012 at 11:38 am

I’d tell myself that working out actually can be fun. Even though you don’t like team sports, you can still be athletic!

Aaron October 31, 2012 at 11:39 am

Aaron: Don’t take things so seriously! No matter what happens, you will get through it and become a stronger person because of it. Oh and by the way…..one day you’ll be a Vegan!….I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true!

Another Katie October 31, 2012 at 11:39 am

I think the best actionable lesson I’ve learned looking back at 16 is that, no matter how close you are to someone, you don’t really know their life and that words, even said in jest, can touch a secret pain so choose them well.

Megan October 31, 2012 at 11:39 am

I would tell myself to relax- that everything turns out as it should!

Kim Hall October 31, 2012 at 11:39 am

I would tell my teenage self to start eating healthy long before you start to have health troubles and weight issues. The junk food is just not worth it!

Lauren October 31, 2012 at 11:40 am

don’t spend so much time in your head. Live a little more.

Jennifer October 31, 2012 at 11:40 am

Jen: Be happy with who you are everyday. It seems so cliche, but one day you will look back and wish you were easier on yourself about food, school, and boys. Everything has a way of working out, even when you think it won’t. You will end up marrying a wonderful man, graduating and going back to school again, becoming a great teacher, and being there for everyone you possibly can. You will still be a “Yes” person, unable to say no to anything, but secretly you will always thrive on that feeling, even when you are exhausted from everything.

Jennifer October 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

Tweeted and Pinned too!! =) Happy Halloween everyone!

Candy October 31, 2012 at 11:40 am

I would tell my younger self to use more sun protection and that life is intended to be lived so make the most of every day and don’t be concerned about what others might think – do it anyway!

Ana October 31, 2012 at 11:40 am

Hindsight really is 20/20! I’d definitely tell my younger self to act on my feelings for my fist love…then I wouldn’t be left wondering :)

Tamara October 31, 2012 at 11:40 am

I would tell my 15yr old self that moving to Canada is the best thing that could happen to me.
Also to listen and trust my intuition!

Julie @ Table for Two October 31, 2012 at 11:40 am

I would tell my younger self to stop worrying about things beyond my control and let go and let live :)

Annie October 31, 2012 at 11:40 am

I would tell my younger self to trust her gut-instinct. If a man you’re dating doesn’t seem quite right, he likely isn’t. Don’t settle – it will only waste your time!

Miss Alexandra October 31, 2012 at 11:40 am

To my younger self:

It’s ok to be silly, to cry, to be angry, to read young adult novels, to wear outgrageous outfits, to question norms, and to yell into the night.

Don’t focus on tomorrow, enjoy today. There will never be a day when you are too old to dream up a bright future. I love you.

-A.

Amy L. October 31, 2012 at 11:40 am

just pinned one of my favorite recipes :)

Lauren October 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

I tweeted about this giveaway!

Julie @ Table for Two October 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

I just tweeted about the giveaway!

Natalie October 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

I would tell my younger self not to care what others think! “Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”. Also, “rivers know this – there is no hurry. we shall get there someday”. RELAX and enjoy life!

Karry October 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

I would tell myself to dont overthink and just enjoy the life, those days never comes back.

Kendall October 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

cauliflower, along with spinach, is another great way to add veggies into your smoothie!

Lady Dorothy October 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

I would tell myself to think. Really think. Think ahead. Think it through. Ask questions and then think!

Tamara October 31, 2012 at 11:42 am

I’ve also tweeted about the giveaway! Im iCurlyT on twitter

Gabrielle October 31, 2012 at 11:42 am

I’d advise my 18 year old self to study way harder at university than I did…. Life still turned out great, but I missed out on opportunities by not trying harder when I had the chance. A lesson well learned :)

Maggie October 31, 2012 at 11:42 am

Hi Angela,

I would first like to mention that I adore your blog(!!) and that with all of the delicious recipes and tips that you provide gave me the kickstart that I needed to discover and work towards a happier and healthier me! This is my first comment on your site, although I am a long time visitor, but it won’t be my last : )

Dear younger Maggie, stop filling up your schedule to the brim, even though it helps you to ignore some of the big bad scary stuff in your life, you would benefit far more from slowing down long enough to take a breath and to enjoy your present situation, while working on the big bad scary stuff just one day at a time.

Samantha October 31, 2012 at 11:42 am

I would tell myself to take notes when it comes to everything my mom did (and still does!) and to thank her at every chance I had. At 25 I’m *shockingly* still learning the rules of living on your own from conquering the kitchen to keeping my apartment spick and span. Everytime I see my mom I’m sure to express how in awe of her I am for the fact that we ALWAYS had weekday family dinners hot and ready at 6PM, the house never had anything out of place, and she still had time to help me with homework, go to every sporting event and band concert, bake the brownies for my friend’s birthday, AND have a full-time job. My mom is amazing and I would LOVE to be able to give her this blender as a thank you, to hopefully speed up her recipes even more so she has more time to herself and off of her feet :)

Megan October 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

Re-pinned your vegan twix bars- they look delicious!

Jen October 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

I would tell my younger self to be more flexible and get out and enjoy life as much as possible. Life isn’t very exciting or rewarding when you stick too much to a routine or schedule!

Rachel October 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

I would say:
Relax, have fun, redefine what culture says progress is, and get in trouble once in a while.

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

I would tell my younger self to worry less and try new things more!

Tiffanie October 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

I would tell myself to not waste your silly time on silly boys/relationships that really don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. You can’t get married anyway at 16 so why the rush to date? You have a really great prince of a husband coming down the pike….just you wait. No sense in bringing any baggage into the marriage…wait on him.

brittny October 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

Hi there!

I would tell my younger self that it is okay to say “no!” Being nice does not mean not standing up for yourself! :)

Stephanie October 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

I repinned the Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili in Pumpkin Bowls.

It. Is. Delicious.

Samantha October 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

I would tell my high school self that it is okay to let loose sometimes. I was always the girl with her nose in the books studying, but I wish that I had had more fun.

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 11:44 am

I would tell myself to just relax and enjoy, to not stress so much!

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 11:44 am

I would advise my younger self to never start dieting, it’s what gave me a weight problem!

Julie and Brit @twosaucysisters.wordpress.com October 31, 2012 at 11:44 am

Tweeted! :)

Dianne October 31, 2012 at 11:44 am

I would tell my younger self not to be so uptight. Have fun and break some rules while you can b/c as you get older you “may” regret not living up to your “fun” potential. :)

Julie and Brit @twosaucysisters.wordpress.com October 31, 2012 at 11:45 am

Our advice to our younger selves: Relax! You’ll get everything done that you need to, and it’ll all work out, so make sure you go and have some fun! :)

caroline m. October 31, 2012 at 11:46 am

i would tell 16-year-old me, “don’t believe the people that say high school is the best time of your life. college is.”

Heidi October 31, 2012 at 11:46 am

I would tell myself there is nothing to be afraid of, except not trying anything.

Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution October 31, 2012 at 11:46 am

I would tell my younger self to start a savings account while I didn’t have any bills to pay!

Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution October 31, 2012 at 11:46 am

I tweeted!

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 11:46 am

I also re-pinned your Coconut Whipped Cream recipe. I can’t wait to try making it!

Katheryn October 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

I pinned some of your recipes!

Marty October 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

I would advise myself to say yes to every opportunity presented! No holds barred!

Erica @ Coffee & Quinoa October 31, 2012 at 11:48 am

I would tell my younger self not to be so shy – you’ll have a lot more fun if you don’t care what other people think! (Actually, I still need to remind myself of this advice today!

Erica @ Coffee & Quinoa October 31, 2012 at 11:50 am

Also, I just ripped your roasted Roasted Butternut Squash with Kale recipe!

Erica @ Coffee & Quinoa October 31, 2012 at 11:50 am

repinned that is :)

[email protected] October 31, 2012 at 11:48 am

I would advise myself to not sweat the small stuff and enjoy every day to the fullest!

Anna October 31, 2012 at 11:48 am

Buy stock in Apple! :)

Faith October 31, 2012 at 11:48 am

I would tell my younger self to learn to forgive…not only others, but myself too. Life is too short!

[email protected] October 31, 2012 at 11:48 am

I tweeted!

Angela October 31, 2012 at 11:48 am

I would tell myself like others mentioned that life gets better after high school. High school is probably the toughest time for many kids, including myself.

Angela October 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

I also tweeted the giveaway.

Katheryn October 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

I would tell my younger self that my happiness does not depend upon anyone else. It’s all on me.

Cathy October 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

I would tell my younger self that I could make it on my own, I didn’t need to be in a relationship so young, making compromises and sacrifices that never, ever paid off.

Rebecca October 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

I would tell my younger self to think more about the food choices she was making and to enjoy living so close to family and friends. I would also highly suggest that she start taking the opportunities to travel more as soon they become available and to start thinking of the things she wants to try and adventures she wants to take – then take steps to make them happen!

Thanks very much for the giveaway opportunity. I truly enjoy your blog every day, LOVE your recipes, and am so happy for your continued success – including the VegNews award – love that magazine and your award is much deserved! Happy OSG anniversary!

Ana Maria October 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

I would say to my younger self: “Love yourself and be secure in that love. What other people think of you is none of your business. Rely on God to enlighten you as to who you are and do all you can to make the most of the gifts He has given you.”

shelley October 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

I would tell my younger self to not spend countless hours over many years chasing skinny and trying to attain some physical ideal you think will make you happy. Dont define your existence by your physical self.

Cary October 31, 2012 at 11:50 am

I’d tell myself to only spend money on things I absolutely love and can imagine keeping forever.

Zainab a October 31, 2012 at 11:50 am

I would tell myself to enjoy every minute of being young…instead of desperately wishing to grow up!

Ellen October 31, 2012 at 11:50 am

I would tell myself that there’s no use being so incredibly self conscious. All it will do is hold you back. It might seem like everyone is looking at you, but it’s not true!

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Robyn Okrant October 31, 2012 at 11:50 am

I’d tell myself to be grateful for my body and stop beating myself over what I saw as my faults. Because as each decades passes, I’ll look back at pics of myself when I was younger and think, “Wow! I looked great!” Why waste so much time with nonconstructive self-criticism when I could be living in self-acceptance?

I’d also tell myself not to throw away my Magnum PI lunchbox. It was really cool.

Faith October 31, 2012 at 11:51 am

Tweeted (@faiththomas)

Andrea October 31, 2012 at 11:51 am

I would tell my younger self to not take everything so personally, and to love yourself! I would also tell myself to do self-breast exams starting at 16 – I waited until 32 to really start and found some too-mahs (in my best Arnold voice) – thankfully they were caught early. Oh, and one more thing – DON’T take mom’s car out joyriding at 14! Oops.

Karlee October 31, 2012 at 11:51 am

Dear younger me,

CHILL OUT!! Stop taking life so seriously. Everything happens for a reason. Yes sometimes bad things happen, but they are lessons teaching us how to deal with certain situations. These can later be used as a learning experience.

LIVE AND LEARN LITTLE ONE!

Everything WILL work out in the end – just relax and enjoy life :) Oh and eat the damn cookies.

Sincerely,

Older (chilled out) Karlee

Cary October 31, 2012 at 11:51 am

I pinned!

Aubrey Jarman October 31, 2012 at 11:52 am

I would tell myself to do what I love no matter what it is or what other people think. Don’t let fear or embarrassment keep you from pursuing your passion.

Abby White @ Eat, Drink and Be Aware October 31, 2012 at 11:52 am

Great Giveaway!

I would remind myself that the golden rule-” treat others like you want to be treated” applies to yourself as well. I spent WAY to much time self-loathing rather than self-loving and WAY to much time worrying about what others thought about me rather than what I thought about myself. I now have two kids and am doing the best I can to teach them to be loving and thoughtful people.

Gina October 31, 2012 at 11:52 am

A lot of good advice in here! I’d say don’t worry so much about the future, but get out there and do stuff that will make you happy. Start sooner. Take music lessons. Go to more concerts and plays. Get involved more outside of school. Live a little. Develop a sense of style. Figure out who you are and be yourself. Brush and floss every day.

And buy stock in Twitter when it comes, because you’re going to post this contest on it. :)

Abby White @ Eat, Drink and Be Aware October 31, 2012 at 11:52 am

I also tweeted the giveaway!

Karlee October 31, 2012 at 11:52 am

Just tweeted!!

alanna October 31, 2012 at 11:53 am

I would tell my younger self to:
Not be afraid and just live your life.
It’s okay to be single for more then two seconds.
You’re not fat! Do you really want to spend the next 15 years of your life trying to lose the same 10 lbs?
Appreciate your youth and beauty now.
Low calorie ‘diet’ food is not food. Have some spinach.

Tanya @ Vegan Faith October 31, 2012 at 11:53 am

My advice to my younger self would honestly be to save myself for marriage. My husband and I have a beautiful and rich relationship now, but it is the one thing I regret from my past.

Katie October 31, 2012 at 11:53 am

I would tell myself to stop worrying about what everyone else was thinking and make more of my own decisions and form more of my own opinions – it will matter so much more in the long run!!

Katie October 31, 2012 at 11:54 am

I also just tweeted about the contest!

Isabelle October 31, 2012 at 11:53 am

Congratulations Angela on the 4 years. Although I have been following it for less than a year, I absolutely love your blog.

There is so much I would tell my younger self, but I guess the main advice would be to cut off on sugar, and take daily exercise as fun to feel fit and healthy. We feel so much better physically and mentally when we do so.
(PS: I don’t think my younger self would have listen to any of that, but worth a try, eh?)

JennyD October 31, 2012 at 11:53 am

Dear younger Jenny, try and focus on where your heart leads you rather than what the world around you seems to think ought to happen.

Jess October 31, 2012 at 11:54 am

I would tell my younger self to stop being so afraid and worrying about what everyone else thought.

farrah October 31, 2012 at 11:54 am

Be true to who you are and surround yourself with postivie people and thoughts.

Jennie October 31, 2012 at 11:54 am

I would tell my younger self to stop worrying so much. I wasted so much time worrying that I forgot to just be. It’s an important lesson, because this is the only time we have.

Jess October 31, 2012 at 11:54 am

I also tweeted the giveaway!

Karlee October 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

Ooops hehe I tweeted twice since I didn’t use the link the first time :P

laura October 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

Eat heathier & excercise.

Pari Knights October 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

The first thing I would tell my younger self is to do what you want with your life and not let others convince you otherwise. Then I would tell myself to save your money so you don’t have to take out so many student loans.

Katie G October 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

I’d tell my younger self that outward appearance really is not as important as personality. There is no need to go crazy with makeup, use crest whitestrips at age 12, or starve to be “thin” enough. Beauty comes from within and there’s no need to change your appearance to please others.

Nancy Geiger October 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

I wish I had eaten then the way I do now – and to also use sunscreen all the time!

Heather Oberly October 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

I would tell my 16 year old self to learn to be disciplined.

jacqueline October 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

keep doing what you are doing because your older self is just as happy as your teenage self. way to go!!

Ashley October 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

here is my tweet!!:) https://twitter.com/AshleyANoel/status/263685560751771648

Diane October 31, 2012 at 11:56 am

I would tell my 16 year old self that all the friends that are soooo important to you now, will likely not be part of your life in a few years. Don’t base you decisions on what they think, do what YOU want to do.

Katie G October 31, 2012 at 11:56 am

OH and I tweeted you and followed you (@katiegreiss)

Zainab a October 31, 2012 at 11:56 am

Just tweetd the giveaway :)

Ashley October 31, 2012 at 11:56 am

Advice I would have given myself was to enjoy the present. In elementary school I was so excited to rush to middle school, then high school, then college. Now that I am two months away from graduating college, I wish I had been more present growing up. :)

Danielle October 31, 2012 at 11:57 am

To my younger self – Danielle, dont worry so much about everything, live in the moment, laugh with friends, and love with all your heart. dont wait for life to happen, remember IT IS HAPPENING! xoxxo LOVE YOU younger self :)

Lauren October 31, 2012 at 11:58 am

I would tell myself to open up to my mom. She wants to help, so let her. She can’t fix everything but she will always be there to offer support when you feel like you’re drowning.

Michele October 31, 2012 at 11:58 am

Note to younger self: Accept people as they are instead of judging/trying to change them and don’t take everything so personal! The only person you can change is yourself.

Heather Oberly October 31, 2012 at 11:58 am

Tweeted about the giveaway. Thanks for putting such a good giveaway together!

Angela October 31, 2012 at 11:58 am

I would probably tell myself to stop staying up late texting friends (or whatever!) and work just a little bit harder in my AP Gov or AP Calc classes. I was less than one point away from valedictorian because of that and I’ve regretted it since!

[email protected] Tell Stories October 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

I would tell my younger self not to sweat the small stuff – things always work out. And to make sure to always have a rainy day money stash :)

Whitney October 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

I’d tell myself to not stress so much about things that don’t matter.

Alli October 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

I would tell myself not to worry so much about things that are so unimportant in the long run. Oh wait, I still fail at doing that…maybe with more practice.

Stacey Ball October 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

I would tell myself to be more careful with money and to stay away from credit cards!!

Cynthia October 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

Be less afraid to try new things…and don’t go to that party (you know which one I mean!)

Carrboro vegan October 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

When your mom asks you to cook with her- (smile) and DO IT!

Emily October 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I would advise my 16 year old self to not get caught up in trying to be popular or worry about what others think about you. Having a few great friends is way better than a million aquaintances. Be there for people, and let them be there for you. It makes so much sense as you get older, I wish more teenagers could realize it!

Goreti Tada October 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I would tell my younger self to live life without fear,

Angela October 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

So awesome! Tweeted!

Alli October 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I tweeted!

Madeline October 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

It takes much more effort to be something you are not. So just be yourself and own your quirks! In the long-run, it makes you much cooler and, most importantly, much happier.

Afton October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

My advice to my younger self: Write down everything Mom does, because one day you’ll be a mom, and wonder how she did everything so perfectly!

Jessie October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I would tell my younger self to not be so hard on yourself.

Kelsey H. October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I would tell myself that all that, in the end, all that will matter is how you loved yourself and others.

Alanna Francom October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I tweeted :)

Stacey Ball October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I tweeted!

Emily October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I tweeted this awesome giveaway! Thanks!!

Megan October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Great giveaway! How timely! My blender is dead so my food processor has been doing double duty. I wish I could tell myself to have more confidence. I don’t know how you tell someone that – easy to say, hard to hear – but I was so insecure when I was a teenager.

Sonja October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I would tell my younger self not to hurry and have more patience with myself and others.

Kelly October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I would tell my younger self to stop worrying and not to be so hard on myself…to shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars, :o)

Carlyn October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Carlyn, believe it or not, your parents have your back. They are advocating for you 24/7. Stop treating them like the enemy and using them as your emotional punching bag. In fact, they will become two of your closest friends in just a few years.

allison October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I’d tell my younger self… trust yourself. Don’t worry so much!

Danielle October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Also, I tweeted! and yes, I hope that’s a word or else I use that non-word alot.

Tiffany A. October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I would tell my younger self not to fall for peer pressure and continue to do well in school.

Aimee October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I would tell myself to work with what you’ve got. Do not wrap your happiness up in the idea that you’ll be happy when this or that occurs. Yes, things can be better in the future but find happiness now with the resources you can, exactly how you are.

Theresa October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I would tell my younger self to not sweat the small stuff! It’ll all come together :)

Maureen October 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I would tell my younger self not to wait for a man to define who I am but to figure this out before I got involved with one.

Theresa October 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I tweeted!

Awesome Ash October 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Stop caring what other people think because it doesn’t matter and avoid Justin like the PLAGUE!!!

Courtney October 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I would tell my younger self to get into nutrition and fitness earlier than I did and start loving/accepting my body more than I used to. I’ve been wanting a blendtec for so long, thank you for giving us a chance at this giveaway!

Megan October 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I would tell my younger self that life gets WAY better after high school, so don’t worry if it feels difficult or stressful at the moment. Life just gets better as you go!

Angi October 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I would advise my younger self to NOT DATE. The heartbreaks aren’t worth it, and those losers aren’t worth it! They’ll all be ancient history once you marry your amazing husband anyway, so why not just wait for him??

So excited about this giveaway!

Angi October 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway!!

Meagan October 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Happy halloween angela! My piece of advice would be to love and respect your parents no matter what. I have so many memories of my Mom and I fighting as a kid that have clouded our relationship as adults. My mom is a wonderful woman and gave up so much for me – I wish I could have seen that as a child.

Megan @ The Detoxinista October 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Just tweeted! ;)

Andrea G October 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Oh man, that is such a great giveaway! Happy Anniversary to you! I love your blog and cannot imagine my daily life without reading what you have been up to! Your recipes have become part of my kitchen and I am so happy for all of your success.

Now, on to what I would tell my younger self. It will get better and life will be full of love and laughter like you never thought possible. At 18, you are not able to understand the complexity of life but your path will show itself in ways you have never imagined. Keep smiling, it is the only way to get through life!

Abby October 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm

This is an awesome give-away!!! I would tell myself to wear more sunscreen and not bake in the sun! And to NOT EVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE go to tanning beds.

Emily October 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Hi Angela,
Congratulations on 4 years! Thanks for the contest oppportunity. What would I tell my younger self? Do yoga. Things will get better, they always do. Do more yoga. Stick with it, and when you fall off the practice, it’s ok, it’ll come back in time but still keep trying. Study abroad. Take road trips in your crappy car, don’t worry about it breaking down. Trust in the universe/God/whatever I believed in at the time, that every little thing is gonna be alright.

Thanks again!

Kim October 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Kim It would be nice if you could be easier on yourself, love who you are, accept things as they come and imagine the life you want. Be happy and Trust everything will work out as it is suppose to. All is well in your world.

Katrina October 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Be more open and warm with those around you and show them you don’t take them for granted and to never be afraid of showing your true self.

Holly h October 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I would tell myself to eat better and move more! Get it into system earlier in life!

Dara October 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Dara, if only you knew the food you know now…
no daily starbursts, no more frozen Jimmy Dean Sausage biscuits, no more cinnamon pop tarts with butter, no more fried meat patties at lunch, no apple pies from McDonalds before practice… none of that.
oh how much better your swimming performance would be if you indulged in the amazing, nutritious food you know now…

Simone October 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I would tell myself: No one is as concerned about how I look, they are too busy thinking about themselves, just stop worrying and HAVE FUN!

jenna October 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I would tell my younger self that i really wanted babies earlier in life, and that college debt ‘may’ have been worth it. ;)

Simone October 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm

just tweeted as well :)

Kristall October 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I would advise my 16 year old self to rebel more. Once you’re older it’s not as much fun!

Anna October 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I would tell my younger self to invest for the future.

Lauren October 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I would tell my younger self to SAVE MONEY. That pair of jeans? Not going to make you happy. Find happiness doing things and being with people you love.

jessica October 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I would tell my younger self not to care so much about what other people think, to study hard and to wear sunscreen not oil!

Marissa October 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm

The advice I would have given to my younger self would be to just do it. Too many times I didn’t feel like anything was worth it. I missed out on many great experiences to sit home in sadness. The best remedy is to get out and do what you love, or just get out to do something! I still have to remind myself today that my tomorrow’s aren’t promised, so take the opportunity while you can!

Marissa

Audrey October 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I would tell myself to find my confidence and be proud of who I am!

Emily October 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm

PS I posted the Homemade Crispy Twix Bars to my pinterest, but I post your wonderful reciepes regularly! Love every single one I’ve made!

Jessica H. October 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I’d tell myself that the judgements of other people don’t matter so much

Amanda October 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Dear younger self,

You are beautiful, brave, and stronger than you think. Don’t worry about things that don’t matter. When something is meant to happen, it will happen.

Also, it’s ok to be different.

Bethany October 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I would tell my younger self to stop studying so damn hard and live a little. Nobody cares what your GPA was after you graduate!

Miranda October 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Happy Halloween! I’d tell my 18-year-old post-first-love-breakup self, “Don’t worry, it really will get better and it really won’t hurt forever. I know everyone tells you that and you don’t believe them, but believe ME! Things will turn for the better again and you will be grateful and happier than ever! Hang on. I promise. ” :)

Karen Hanneman October 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I would tell my younger self to trust herself more and to care less about others’ opinions, and most importantly, to allow herself to be happy!

Jenna Z October 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Young Jenna, you are hard-working and goal-driven. You can do ANYthing! So Do it! Do anything, just don’t do nothing. Put your mind toward a goal and it will get done. Don’t be afraid of failing, trying is better than stagnating for years in fear.

Jenna Z October 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I tweeted: https://twitter.com/corgipants/status/263688566239010816

Katie MacDiarmid October 31, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I would advise my younger self to just go easy on myself! All that self-criticism doesn’t get you very far…

Jess - The Dainty Pig October 31, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I would tell my younger self to always trust in her intuition, and know that value is not determined by other people or events! Each person has the power to create her own reality, and that she can do whatever it is she dreams of :)

Jessica W October 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I would tell myself not to worry so much about what other people think. Do the things you love and that will make you a happy and confident person. Thanks for the giveaway, I would LOVE to have a stronger blender for my daily green monsters!

Susan Stahley October 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I would say, “Susan, regardless of how much you hate exercise, you still need to do it because if you don’t, you won’t even be able to walk 10 minutes without feeling like you were going to die. Never stop exercising.”

Julia October 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Happy Blogging Anniversary, Angela!!

My Dear Younger Self,

Stay out of the sun! Yes, you’ll look pale and ghostly now, but when you’re nearly 40 you’ll appreciate the lack of fine lines and sun spots.

And another thing? Accept yourself for who you are, not what you weigh. That’s not to say you shouldn’t exercise and eat healthily, but keep it in check, yo.

And green monsters? You’re going to love them – even if they look strange and your family looks at you like you’re crazy!

Love,
Your Future Self <3

Julia October 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Tweeted! https://twitter.com/PaperCrank/status/263689867878342656

Caitlin October 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Be comfortable with goofing off more! (The same advice I would give to myself now, actually…)
And maybe cut your hair a little sooner. :)

Clare October 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I’d tell myself to respect my body more – less crap, less alcohol, more sleep and nutrition!

Susan Stahley October 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I tweeted https://twitter.com/rsmstahley/status/263689582304960512 (and congrats on your 3 yr blogiversary)

Liliana October 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Love this giveaway! I would tell myself not to worry so much about everything! I’ve always been a worrier and most of the things that stress me out are not really all that important.

jenna October 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm

re-pinned the twix bars

Jess - The Dainty Pig October 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm

oh yes, and I tweeted! :)

Clare October 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Tweeted!!

Chris October 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I would tell myself to not stress out so much about school and that it will all work out in the end.

Anna October 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I would tell my younger self to stop trying so hard to fit in. Eventually it just happened. Ugh. Awkward years.

Lanna October 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I would tell myself to enjoy everyday because you never know what tomorrow holds. Now I know, wish I new this earlier.

Sheena October 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Oh wow, I’d love to win this! I’d tell myself two things: first, you need to eat to fuel your body! Coffee doesn’t count :) Second, I’d tell myself to give my mom a break. She’s doing the best she can – that doesn’t mean everything she does is acceptable or right or even okay, but appreciate that she is doing her best.

John October 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Buy MSFT in 86 and sell in 12/99.
Buy AAPL in 7/82, and sell in 9/12.
Buy AMAT in 85 and sell in 4/00.
Buy RIMM in 3/99 and sell in 6/08.

char October 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Patience is a virtue, and perspective is everything.

Miet October 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I would tell me to just be myself and stop worrying about what other people might think. And love yourself!

Miet October 31, 2012 at 12:16 pm

And I tweeted about your giveaway (which is an awesome giveaway, by the way!)

Ashley October 31, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I would tell myself to work to be patient and thankful in every situation and circumstance. Everything happens for a reason, to teach us and to equip us for the next step in life. The more we give thanks, the happier and more content life becomes.
P.S. I tweeted the contest as well!!

Jolene J. October 31, 2012 at 12:16 pm

If I could tell anything to my 16-year old self it would be…loosen up, worry less and enjoy your friends and family, you never know how long they will be around! Also, no matter what your teacher tells you, you will never, ever use Geometry! ;)

Cassie J. October 31, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I would describe to myself the importance of balance in all things. Perfection is unrealistic and will only cause you stress. Focus on creating a life of love and serenity, and all else will fall into place.

Carol October 31, 2012 at 12:17 pm

believe half of what you see and none of what you hear…..if i would of only listened to this advice when I was younger!!

Emily :) October 31, 2012 at 12:17 pm

To my younger self: Learn to respect and appreciate your body early on–especially by cultivating a love for activity, eating well, and learning how to live with stress without using food as a coping mechanism. Everything else will be fine, but you’re already thinking that :)

Cassie J. October 31, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Also, I pinned your pumpkin gingerbread smoothie recipe :)

Cherie klein October 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Embrace life and loved ones. And sing and dance your way down the grocery aisle.

Anna October 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I pinned a recipe.

Audrey October 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I would tell my 14-year-old self to NOT diet. I’m still feeling the repercussions of that through my eating disorder.

Rebecca R. October 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Rebecca, don’t listen to the mean things other people say and do to you. You are perfect and beautiful just the way you are. Their opinions don’t matter, so be confident and make friends and be happy! Don’t waste any more time being sad. One day things will turn around, and you will be much much stronger.

Megan @ The Detoxinista October 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Ooh, I want to try that Twister jar! I would tell the younger me to stop worrying so much! I stressed myself out in high school, when I should have been enjoying how care-free my life really was!

Betsy October 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Well, wouldn’t I just LOVE my very own Blendtec! To my younger self: invest your time and energy in doing the things that truly make you happy and light you up from the inside. Concern yourself MOST with these things and let go of that which you cannot control, you’ll be far happier for it!

Sabrina October 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I would tell my younger self to go easy on myself, especially as it pertains to appearance. Also, to know that I deserve awesome things and awesome people in my life, and that those who try to tell you otherwise are not worth keeping around or trying to impress!

Melissa October 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Happy 4 year anniversary! Love your blog and love this giveaway:)

I would tell my younger self that the boy I was crushing on and just had to have would not matter in the long run. Or that cool girl that had everything is just another person and we all grow up to be who we strive to be.

Lauren October 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Also re-pinned your Baked Apples Stuffed with Cinnamon Date Pecan Oatmeal recipe. I feel a Costco trip for some Honeycrisp apples coming on!

Leah O October 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I would tell my younger self to always live life with confidence, follow my dreams, and to never take my loved ones for granted!

Marcea October 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I would tell myself to work as hard as I could and travel as much I could before I had children.

Nicole October 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I would tell my younger self to take more risks! And to party more…hehe

Terri Cole October 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Advice to my younger self: Get married later, go veg sooner!

Sara October 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Sometimes you should just let things take its course because it usually works out in the end.

Chelsea October 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I would tell myself to pay attention to all the home cooking my grandma’s did for me and the family. One is now gone and the other no longer cooks those amazing farm-house, all from scratch meals. Now that I am into the local foods, home preserving and making things from healthy wholesome ingredients movements I would have loved to had more knowledge on how they cooked and preserved back then. Things made at home are so much more yummy and healthy!!

Julie Charbonneau October 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Hi Ange! Just letting you know that I tweeted the giveaway :)

Alex October 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm

The advice I would give to my younger self is to give my mom a break!

Joey October 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm

If I had one piece of advice to share with my younger self it would be to learn to relax. I tend to be high strung, and have a hard time settling down. I am finally at age 30 learning to breathe deeply, enjoy yoga, and embrace “calm”.

Audrey October 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I pinned: http://pinterest.com/pin/201395414558144516/

Sarah E October 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm

i would tell a younger version of myself to embrace who i am, quirks and all, and to just be myself and let people accept that if they want. it took too long, but now at least i know my friends are real. :D

Leah O October 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm

just pinned your delicious crunchy twix bars!! I love that you use dates for the “caramel”. Genius!

Abby October 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I would tell my self not to sweat the small stuff and relax a little more and enjoy being young

Cadie October 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I just tweeted about your giveaway! I would tell my younger self to worry less, and travel more! I would LOVE to win this blender!!! xoxo

Rebeccah October 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I would tell myself not to listen to what other people say. They always have their own agenda and I should trust my own instincts.

Tracy J. October 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I would tell my 16 year old self to not obsess so much over school and have a little fun :) Also I would tell myself to wear my hair down once in a while…. ha ha I’m embarassed of my hair back then!

Sarah E October 31, 2012 at 12:24 pm

pinned the roasted potatoes and brussel sprouts recipe – they’ll be showing up for our thanksgiving dinner (if i can wait that long!)

Melissa Sudds October 31, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Make decisions based on what your heart feels and not what your mind thinks is the right thing to do.Also, give up eating animals and animal products, you won’t believe the differences it will make in your life and other lives, for the better.

Carmi October 31, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I would tell my younger self to stop trying to please everyone.

sara October 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm

tweet sent and happy to be able to share

Amber October 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm

My advice to my younger self would be to follow my dreams earlier instead of waiting for many years before I tried to achieve them, and to believe in myself more! :)

Allison October 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I would tell my younger self not to worry so much. Things always have away of working themselves out for the best.

Amber October 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Tweet:https://twitter.com/roomofmyown/status/263693183907663873

Alison October 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I would tell my younger self to spend less time worrying about outer appearance because outer beauty fades anyways.

Jessica October 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I would definitely tell my younger self to ease up on the self-criticism…it’s not a motivational tool; it only leads to guilt, discouragement, and fear. And then I would get to work on making my dreams come true! :)

Amy October 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I would tell my younger self… To not be so afraid of failure. To take more fearless chances in life. Because, a chance taken or an effort made, would be more wildly impactful than the stigma of not succeeding.
I try to practice this now, but like most if us, would like to have broken through these barrier we set for ourselves sooner:)

Fariya October 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Seize the day. There is nothing more important that right here, right now.

sara October 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I would tell my 16 year old self to just breath and enjoy.

Kaleigh October 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I would tell myself to think less about myself and more about others. Life is short and everyone is fighting some sort of battle, so be aware and kind!

Katie October 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I would tell my younger self to not hide the things you truly love from others because they’re considered weird or uncool … if you are passionate about something, you deserve to shout it from the rooftops!

Allison October 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I pinned the ghost smothie! Very cute.

Carmi October 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Just pinned…

Tina October 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I would tell myself to never lose sight of my dreams. Life tends to get in the way sometimes and then they are even harder to achieve.

P.S. I could sooooo use this blender!

Ashley S. October 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I would tell my younger self to stop worrying about the unknown! Everything in life happens for a reason and it always seems to work out in the end.

Kaleigh October 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Pinned also! :-)

Jenn October 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I would tell my 16 year old self to stop tanning so my 22 year old self wouldn’t have precancerous moles! I would also tell myself life goes by fast and to spend more time with my grandparents.

Jessica October 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Just tweeted the contest to spread the joy! You can find me on twitter: @jessdanov

Ruth Z October 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Listen to what people say and try to read between the lines and understand what it is they are trying to tell you, and talk things over if you are not sure!
Lately my family has been telling me things that happened years ago and I had no idea what was going on. Sometimes people tell you things without actually saying them, hoping that you read between the lines, so to say. It’s not easy but nevertheless, pay attention.
Love your blog, especially because you are a fellow Canadian and I can get items you blog about.

Terri Cole October 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I pinned your recipe for Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Rosemary and Garlic. It looks amazing! I made roasted brussels & b-nut squash with a maple, dijon, balsamic glaze the other night, delish!

Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest October 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I would tell my younger self to choose a new major in college. Go into nutrition instead of broadcast journalism and then history and you will be much happier by pursuing an interest you don’t know you have quite yet.

Stephanie October 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Tweeted!! :-)

Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest October 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I tweeted! https://twitter.com/FitintheMidwest/status/263693602629222400

Irene October 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I would tell my younger self that procrastination leads no-where. Putting things off will only lead to increased stress and last minute slap-dash work. Things will always need to be done, and if you take care of them in a timely fashion, you will have time to enjoy the work while doing it and to enjoy time to yourself afterwards! Advice that would have been useful then, and is still applicable now!

Heather October 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Self- Quit fuckng around with pills. Heroin is cheaper, better, and (ironically) safer to shoot.

Christina October 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Dear Little Christina,
Do what you love, and love what you do. Stop forcing yourself to be someone you’re not. Hold onto your precious people; they are the ones who will keep you afloat in your times of sorrow.
Love,
Older Christina

Marcy October 31, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I would tell my younger self to always be the best friend I can be. In high school, I learned the hard way the importance of being a true and loyal friend. But the lesson stuck and it made me the person I am today.

Lisa October 31, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I would advise my younger self to throw all caution to the wind and just travel! I know now that you can make it happen with what you have and it will all work out. If I started younger I would have had some amazing life changing experiences early on — and more stories to tell!

Ninu October 31, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Congrats Angela on completing four years!
I would like to tell my younger self that the habits you form here will stick with you, in some form or another, for the rest of your life so…cultivate good ones…. :-)

ariana October 31, 2012 at 12:31 pm

hey girl, no matter what it cost you, that trip out to colorado would have been totally worth it

Kristy October 31, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Advice to my younger self: don’t stress about the size of your clothes or the numbers on the scale, focus on the quality of the food you eat and don’t be afraid to love the person you are, be proud of yourself and be brave enough to not be afraid of what others think.

Mike October 31, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Tweeted!!

jan October 31, 2012 at 12:31 pm

HI Angela,

I love your blog Oh She Glows – you are so upbeat. I print out and make so many of your recipes and they always come out just right. Thanks for putting in the time and effort to make them taste so good. If I were speaking with my younger self I would tell her her mother was right. My mother was a sugar free vegan 45 years ago – she’s still healthy. I rejected that lifestyle totally – and ate myself to over 330 pounds. Now in my mature years I’ve become like my mother. Sugar free, plant based healthy person – I’ve lost 111 lbs. I’m trying to demonstrate to others what wonders a plant based diet can do for you.
Keep up the great work. Yes – I would love to win the Blentec. Jan

brownfam October 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Year Younger Me:
Be the person you want to be and know you should be in your heart, don’t worry about if what you do means people won’t like you… especially boys. If they respect you at all they will still like you. Sounds cliche but it’s true! Find the things that bring true Happiness and do them everyday! Stop waiting until your “older” to finally establish some good habits.

Ps: Future Husband is totally worth every bad relationship and every night spent crying over a boy.

Heather October 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I would advise myself to take up triathlon training before my 30th birthday.

Lisa October 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Also, repinned (and will be making) your Twix bars tonight for Halloween!

Beth October 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Beth, Trust your instincts. They are always right, and stop second guessing yourself.

SASCHA October 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I would advise my younger self to be more outgoing. Ignore the advice “don’t talk to strangers”. There are lovely people to meet everywhere you’ll go, ask questions, say “hi”!

Jamee October 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I would advise my younger self to stop freaking out about things that won’t matter in 5 years, to take piano lessons, to keep wearing my retainer, and to never pop zits or get sunburned, ever.

Nancy S October 31, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I would tell my younger self to be more social. Get more involved in extra curricular activities and sports. That way when you get older it won’t be so hard to get motivated to get in shape and make new friends.

Sorayya October 31, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I would tell my 16 year old self to not be afraid to follow your passion. No matter how much family and friends tell you to run after lots of $$$, at the end of the day, I want to love what I am doing 40+ hours every week of my life. In the words of Rumi, “let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Amen. Glad I listened to him ;)

Nancy S October 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I also tweeted the giveaway (@sunyblack).

Melanie October 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I would advise my younger self to start doing yoga now!

Kika October 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I’d tell my teenage self to go to my parents and ask for help.

sarah October 31, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I’d tell myself to not just focus on physical health, but also spiritual and emotional health. you really can’t have one without the others!

Ivy October 31, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I would tell my younger self to stay close to God everyday of my life. To enjoy every single day. To fear not and laugh all the days of my life. To not worry and trust the Lord always.

Kristen October 31, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I would tell myself to finish college. It’s so much harder to go back later after you are married and have kids!

Jackie October 31, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I would have told myself to never compromise myself and my health for others. I would have probably never had that first cigarette (I’ve since quit!) or partied so much when I was young. But that’s growing up!

Colleen October 31, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I would advise my younger self to have the courage to be kind to everyone, even if it’s not popular.

Colleen October 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I just tweeted :)

Ari October 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm

16 year old me:

Don’t fear the future. If you fight for what you know is right for you, amazing things will happen. Spend a little less time worrying about looks and boys and go out there and do what makes you happy because you are beautiful inside and out!

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I would tell my younger self to trust herself and not give in to other peoples expectations. To live according to her own standards. To be strong.

Kika October 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Just pinned another of your yummy recipes:)

Hailey October 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm

This is so exciting! I’m dying for a high speed blender that I don’t have to worry about breaking with my crazy culinary adventures.

I would tell my younger self to treat every day as a gift and to appreciate the wonderful family and other blessings my everyday life is filled with. Over time, I’ve encountered so many who are less fortunate than I. It’s made me realize how lucky I truly am!

Trena Garland October 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I would tell myself to sleep while you can, before babe comes along :D

Emmy October 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Congratulations on 4 years, amazing! Advise I would give my younger self would be to start eating healthier at a younger age (I’m horrified to think back on my diet as a kid and even into college years, yikes) and to wear sunblock everyday (unfortunately my parents didn’t seem to know about sun block either when I was a kiddo or else just didn’t reapply enough!).

Jackie October 31, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Blendtec giveaway @ohsheglows ohsheglows.com/2012/10/31/ble…— Jackie Anderson (@jackieand) October 31, 2012

Ari October 31, 2012 at 12:40 pm

And just pinned that delicious looking cinnamon bun granola. I’ve been meaning to make a fresh round of granola and this looks like an amazing option!

Lisa October 31, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I would tell my younger self to stop worrying so much, to live more in the moment without being stressed out about what’s coming next. There are so many beautiful things in life that can only really be seen if we take the time to breathe and actually notice them.

Emily October 31, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I’d tell myself that my mom’s actually not as clueless as I thought. She was actually pretty on target on just about everything she told me. :)

wendy October 31, 2012 at 12:41 pm

don’t worry about what other people think. just say and do what you want. so long as you’ve thought about it, you’re good. also, don’t wait until you are 40 to go vegan…

Lori October 31, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I would tell my younger self to be less hard on people (to both myself and others) and give love more freely- life is a humbling experience and you only learn that with time.

Camille October 31, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I would warn my little Cinderella self that there is MORE housework after marriage, not less. I would advise myself to take cooking classes, cleaning classes, and parenting classes (since these are the areas I wish now I’d been better prepared for). Then I would tell her, “Don’t worry too much about your life, it will all work out.”

If only my future self could give me that same assurance for THIS phase!

Phyllis October 31, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I would tell myself to go ahead and join the debate club, or the drama club, or band. The people who will judge you for that aren’t worth being friends with. And the guys you’ll meet when you’re older will care more about how interesting you are than how popular you are.

Shannon October 31, 2012 at 12:43 pm

A very interesting question…I would tell myself..”Shan, take the time to take care of yourself. It’s ok to put yourself first sometimes and do the things that you want to. You have a passion for life, and don’t ever lose that. Follow…no, chase your Bliss…and adopt a plant based lifestyle early in life to reap the rewards and get off that couch and go for a walk!”

Stephanie October 31, 2012 at 12:43 pm

My advice I would give to my younger self: don’t go straight to college. Wait until you know what you want to do instead of going into debt and graduating with a degree you can’t/dont want to use.

Jacqueline October 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Word! 18 is such a young age to be making these decisions.

Lisa October 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

And I love your spooky shakes! :) So cute.

Marsha October 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Laugh more. Don’t take everything so seriously.

Johanna October 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Read, read, read. Exercise everyday, vigorously most, and take care of your skin (naturally).

Rachel October 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I would advise myself to be confident and know that you can do what ever you want in life.

Stephanie October 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I would definately tell my younger self that what you think and feel is the end of the world is no where near what He has planned for you! Learn to keep your head held high and treat yourself with respect first before worrying about everyone else.

Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire October 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

My advice to myself would be to not take myself so seriously! Loosen up, live life, and don’t let things out of your control stress you out.

Emily October 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I just re-pinned you…and now I’m dying for one of your snacks. I can’t wait until we have those star trek replicators so if I see one of your treats I can just beam it down rather than having to go to the kitchen and make it. lol!

Beth October 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Dear younger-self,

Quit stressing the small stuff!!!!!! Relax a little bit; take a night off! You won’t be missing much!

Camille October 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Oh, and I’ve pinned the Blendtec as well, and hope to win it!!

Beth October 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I tweeted!

Beth October 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Beth, stop stressing over the little things in life that stop you from enjoying life. Just take a deep breath and go for it because the reward will far outweigh any negative result you may be able to think of.

Kristin October 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Oh how I wish I could tell my younger self……”Never, never, ever get a tattoo to impress a boy!” :)

Sara October 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I would love to tell my younger self to wear sunblock!!! ..And stop complaining about how messy it is.. and that you need a tan to feel confident. Face it your pale and you only burn which turns back to pale anyways, and leaves more freckles. Remember YOU define your own beauty! You are not one of those bronzed goddesses, so stop try to be. Be who you are, and love who you are, because who you are beautiful in your own way! Besides Mom always said one day the pale look will be “in”. And there’s always sunless tanner ;)

Christy October 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

In no particular order…..
Laugh. A lot.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Be kind to everyone.
Strength train.
Save money.
Go on every adventure you can while you are young and unattached.
Eat your veggies. They make your skin glow:)

Alissa October 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I’m advising my 16 year old self to do your research about the food you are eating!!! Go vegan! Gluten-free! Organic! Local!

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 12:47 pm

To my younger self – this too shall past. Don’t spend so much time stressing over things that can’t be changed and won’t matter in the long run – live in the moment!

Christal October 31, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I would definitely give my younger self a great big hug, and say everything is going to turn out okay. Stop focusing and worrying so much about failure and just focus on what’s going to make you happy and healthy. Stop hiding under the covers and go out and live.

Jessica October 31, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Congrats on 4 years…keep up the great work – I love your blog!! Thanks for the awesome giveway!

I would tell my younger self not to worry so much and to have more fun.

ali janine October 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Congrats on 4 years of awesome-ness! My advice to my younger self: Stop taking life so seriously. You’re a kid – act like one. Go out and have fun. Stop worrying about grades, going to university, etc. Don’t be afraid to live a little :)

Jacqueline October 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I would advise my college self to stop and really think about what I want out of life instead of just doing what I’m told to do!

Erin October 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I would tell myself to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. don’t be so impatient! in time, you will grow up, you will heal, and you will be better than you ever imagined!

Rebekah October 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

i would tell myself to talk to people more and talk to more people.

roney October 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I would tell myself to do what makes ME happy, and not to worry so much about what other people think of my choices.

Jacqueline October 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

On Pinterest I repinned the homemade Twix bars…I’m so excited to try the date caramel! Yum!

Rich October 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I would tell myself to worry less, laugh more and would have become vegan a lot sooner…was always afraid to because as a guy who works out, was always afraid of being ‘too skinny.’ So not the case…!

Erin October 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm

TWEETED! tweet tweet!

Lauren S October 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I would tell my younger sell to just be authentic. Stop worring so much about what others do/think, and just be me. Do what makes me happy :)

ali janine October 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm

and I just tweeted it!

Christy October 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm

In no particular order…..
Laugh. A lot.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Be kind to everyone.
Strength train.
Go on every adventure you can while you are young and unattached.
Eat your veggies. They make your skin glow:)

Amanda Browning October 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Don’t be afraid to ask questions, being able to ask questions is what truly makes you smart. Knowing you don’t know isn’t enough, being able to ask someone something to get more insight is the smartest thing you can do!

Keeley October 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Yay Pinterest for telling me about this. I’ve been dying for a blendtec but just can’t afford it.
Advice I would give my younger self: You are a good person. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Be kind and you’ll be fine.

Sherri Beatie October 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Enjoy who you are. Hands down best advice I could have given myself!

Gianna M. October 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I would love to win this blender! I would tell my younger self to appreciate my mother! and to not define myself by the approval of others.

Keeley October 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Also, I pinned it to my want wall on Pinterest.

Amanda Browning October 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I tweeted! :) Yes it is a word!

Abbie October 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I would tell myself to stop worrying about what other people think!

Rebekah October 31, 2012 at 12:52 pm

re-pinned on pinterest.

jennifer October 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Hi! I just pinned your recipe. It looks really delicious.

Gabriella October 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Dear 16 year old Gabriella (and to many other 16 year olds): Believe in yourself and love who you are. Embrace your weaknesses as AND your strengths. Do not second guess yourself. Do not be afraid to express yourself. Be assertive, be confident, and always remember the love that you have all around you. You are not alone and you are worth more than you let yourself believe.

Jennifer October 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I would tell my younger self that it is okay to ask for help.

Ashley October 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I would tell myself that it’s okay to take a peek out of your shell sometimes and step outside of your comfort zone. It can be very rewarding when you do!

Becca October 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Happy 4th, OSG! Here’s to many more (delicious) years.

What a lovely give-away question. Advice I’d give to a younger me: when in doubt, just go to bed. A good sleep wipes away many ‘bad’ thoughts. I would tell her that many heated emotions, self-doubts, and tears would be put to rest (literally) if she had just gone to bed rather than staying up fretting. Sometimes we just need to ‘sleep on it’ and things suddenly become clearer and calmer in the morning.

Crystal Brown October 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I would tell my younger self to take care of my body and advice I now know about a healthy vegan diet. I would also tell myself to follow through on commitments and don’t burn any bridges; get good grades and don’t waste time taking classes that you have no interest in. Don’t take your time working with kids for granted because they offer the best kind of therapy out there!

Jaclyn October 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Advice I’d give a younger me: don’t worry so much, things have a way of working out in the end.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Megan October 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I would love to win that blender it will work great on my Raw Food Diet.

Melissa October 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I would advise my younger self not to eat so much processed and high-calorie junk food. I ate so much of it, and my health definitely suffered. I wish I had become health-conscious and gone vegan a lot earlier!

Chef Amber Shea October 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I would tell younger me: don’t worry so much about boys and heartbreak. There will be several years of not-great times, so brace for it…but know that you’ll find the right one in the end.

Thanks for the giveaway, Angela!

jennifer October 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I tweeted your recipe!

Doris Romano October 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Doris, sweetheart, you are perfect just the way you are. You are not broken. There is nothing about you that needs fixing. You go out there, do your best, always forgive yourself, and know that you will forever be loved.

Erin October 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I would tell my younger self that you are going to screw up and guess what? Life goes on! Laugh a lot, dance a lot, leave no kind word unsaid! :) Congratulations Angela on your 4th anniversary. I enjoy your recipes, they are helping my transition to vegan life!

Maryz October 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Momma always knows what you are up to…and she generally knows what is best for her babies!

Yedid Lugo October 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Since being diagnosed with type 1.5 diabetes at age 32, I’d say health and self love has become my #1 priority which is why my diet is SO important. Even though I did do most of these things, i could have done more.

My advice to my younger self:
Treat your body like a temple – with respect and love. Health is priceless and you really are what you eat. Eat healthy foods, low in fat, high in nutritional content. See a doctor once a year. Get tests done to make sure everything is ok. Follow your instinct and listen to your body. Dont drink to much and exercise a lot. Never take your health for granted and help others who arent as blessed as you are.

Chef Amber Shea October 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I tweeted, too – @chefambershea

sarah October 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I would tell myself: be yourself, the people that matter will love you for it :)

Stephanie October 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm

To my younger self — don’t let anyone or anything bring you down. Be true to who you are. Live, laugh, and be happy.

janet @ the taste space October 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm

My advice: Enjoy the journey! It will all work out in the end. :)

Melissa October 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I also just tweeted the giveaway: https://twitter.com/shmelissa/status/263701630317387776

jennifer October 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm

One piece of advice: Even though it seems like forever, high school does end. There is a whole other world out there.

janet @ the taste space October 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Thanks for having a non-twitter entry! I actually am part of Pinterest, so I repinned your No Bake Peppermint Patty Bars!

Monica October 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I would tell myself to hold on! Life get’s better. Bad things will happen, and you will learn and grow from them. Life goes on :)

Jessi October 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Dear 16 year-old me,
Years from now you will realize that being different is WAY better than fitting in. Give yourself permission to be unique, ditch the people who make you feel inadequate, and allow yourself to be your own person. Find what it is that interests you, even if no one else understands how amazing it is. Don’t let fear hold you back- be able to take risks and allow the unknown to happen. Above all things, remember that you are AMAZING!!
Love, yourself

Melissa October 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm

And I pinned your lentil walnut loaf with balsamic glaze recipe. I’m planning to try it out for Thanksgiving this year :-)

Jody October 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I’d tell my 16 year old self to think before you react. I’ve only gotten better at this in the last couple years. lol.

Alicia October 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I would say to my younger self: the hardest thing to do is say you’re sorry, and admit you were wrong. It is a lifelong thing to learn how to sincerely apologize and it’s hard to do sometimes, but it’s better to move forward than hold a grudge or be stubborn.

Alicia October 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I also tweeted =) @Bakeaholic

Maribel October 31, 2012 at 1:02 pm

The advice I would give my younger self is to stay in school and accomplish to have a great education in order to have a great career! The people I once trusted and failed me would definitely not being in my life ever if I knew now what I know now! Thanks

Jera October 31, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Just because you can’t see the sun on cloudy days, it is still there. It WILL shine again!

Patricia E October 31, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Advice to my younger self? I’d tell myself that the best thing I could possibly do was listen to myself and not let others dictate what my life should be like. I might have gotten out of a bad situation earlier.

Meaghan Doucette October 31, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Younger me- don’t be so afraid to talk to new people or try new things. Rejection is not the end of the world :o)

Robyn J October 31, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I would tell my younger self to not be so quick to judge all of humanity. Just because there is so much bad in the world doesn’t mean that everyone is cruel. There is too much hate in the world and hating everyone does not lead to less hate.

Robyn J October 31, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I also tweeted the giveaway. :)

[email protected] Totes Delish October 31, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I would advise my 16 year old self to not spend so much time worrying about what you are going to be when you “grow up”, no one really knows!

Aimee October 31, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I would tell my younger self that some of the most toxic people in my life were the ones who were the closest to me. I tried too hard to keep up with these girls who turned out to be assholes (pardon my language), but it took me another 10 years or so to figure that one out and once I did there was a huge weight of self-doubt and self-loathing that disappeared.

cristin October 31, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I would tell my younger self that those big bangs are not OK. Ever. They never looked good.

Jennifer L. October 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Dear younger 16 year-old self: realize you are worth more than you think, get help now and come out of your shell!

Happy 4th Blog-iversary Angela!! You’ve been an inspiration to me since the start! Cheers :)

Laura @ My Pink Thumb October 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I would tell my younger self not to worry about trying to fit in with the other girls in school. They aren’t important and aren’t worth trying to change yourself over. Although it might not seem like it at times, you WILL find someone who you can 100% be yourself around and this person will change your life.

gretchen October 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm

My advice to younger me? “Don’t worry about being weird. You will find people who really get you and appreciate your weirdness, not just tolerate it.”

JW October 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I would tell my younger self to lighten up.

Linnette October 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I would tell my younger self to not worry so much about little things. Life happens and things could be a lot worse than what you think.

Megan (Braise The Roof) October 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I’d tell my younger self to stop trying to grow up so fast. Being a kid was pretty awesome – no bills!

Laura @ My Pink Thumb October 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I also just tweeted the giveaway!! thanks! :)

cristin October 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Tweeted!

gretchen October 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Twottered! [voltagecalmed]

nicole October 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I would tell my younger self that life is short. So instead of dwelling on always making the perfect choices, follow your dreams & you will find what makes you happy!

Aimee October 31, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I re-pinned the Broccoli and Cheeze Soup – made this for dinner last week and the non-vegan husband was blown away! Kids gobbled it up too.

Kirsten October 31, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I’d tell myself that nothing is as major as it seems, and that everything happens for a reason!

nicole October 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I also “tweeted” the giveaway! : )

Megan (Braise The Roof) October 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm

And I tweeted the giveaway!

Kerry October 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I would tell my younger self not to always stay positive, and to stop worrying about what other people think.

Cosmo October 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I would tell my younger self to learn to cook! Just because your parents think you are a nightmare in the kitchen is no reason to give up and make the excuse that it isn’t the 50s anymore. Cooking is really a convenient skill to have. Trying to learn with 2 little kids running around your kitchen makes it more challenging than it needs to be.

Shelly October 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I would advise my younger self to stop worrying so much about what’s on the outside and focus on a healthy inside! And I definitely would tell myself to start drinking green smoothies! Easiest nutrition boost ever.

Emily Johnson October 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I would tell my 16 year old self to not worry so much! Don’t get so caught up in what other people think of you, especially if it means losing who you are!

Katie October 31, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I remember when you reviewed this blender! Awesome giveaway. I would tell my younger self to relax and stop worrying about the future. You can handle whatever comes your way. I still need to remember this as my present self!

Jeanette Guellil October 31, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I would tell my younger self to stick with what I love no matter how difficult it may seem. Also, to not straighten my hair as much because my natural curls are much prettier :).

Shelly October 31, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Tweeted! via @phlyersphan

Abby Cyphers October 31, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Dear 16 year-old-me,
You will regret all that beef and body image stress! Life gets better!
From,
Yourself!

Go Blendtec! Going to go pin a recipe as we speak!

Anneh October 31, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Dear younger self: there will be other guys. Don’t stay with a jerk just because you think you aren’t pretty or cool enough. Someone better is out there and will like you no matter what. And spend more time with your girlfriends…they are more valuable than you think.

kristina October 31, 2012 at 1:11 pm

My advice for my younger self would be this: “kristina, you are loveable and beautiful no matter what your weight is. You can’t define yourself by how other people look or seem. Cut yourself some slack!”

Kerry October 31, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway!

Heidi October 31, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I would tell teenage myself that food is not a cure for emotional or physical pain and that using food that way would only lead me down a long path no one wants to be on.

Haley October 31, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway and followed you on twitter. I love your Twix and Rolo recipes!!! Too. Good.

Kim October 31, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I would say to my younger self “Trust Yourself” you know what you like to do, follow that path no matter what it takes, don’t make choices based on what you think others would want you do, or not make choices because you think you are not smart enough, you are smart enough if it is what you want to do. Trust Yourself!

Carli October 31, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I tweeted! Also, I would tell my younger self to stop worrying about what you can’t control and just enjoy life.

Gwynne October 31, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I would tell myself to say yes more!

Jillian October 31, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I would tell younger self to adopt a dog ASAP! They will change your life!

Cat October 31, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I would tell my younger self “Don’t sweat the small stuff… and its ALL small stuff!”

Kathy October 31, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Oh a blender. My blender busted eons ago. I am in desperate need of a new one. That one is really nice looking.

What would I say to my younger self? Oh my, so much. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Do everything you want to do in life and let God handle everything for you. Life goes by way to quickly. Live to make a difference in other people’s lives and take every day slow and enjoy it all!!!

Melissa October 31, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I would tell my younger self that I am smarter, braver and better than I give myself credit for-and to never be ashamed of the difficult times in my childhood. It was never my fault and the scars I bear will help make me into who I will become. I would also start meditating sooner

Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats October 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I would tell myself that you definitely do not know everything, despite how much you think you know. Oh, and to not do so many stupid things that looking back I would be sick knowing my kids were doing them!

Sarah October 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I would remind myself that there’s never a point where you finally figure every little thing out, but that it’s okay!

Becky October 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm

What I would tell my younger self (The Dating Years): Don’t worry that you’re not going to find anyone to love and who loves you just as you are – even though you will go vegetarian, then vegan about 8 years into your marriage and completely throw him for a loop. (Yes – you will go vegan – hard to believe as you’re downing that slice of pepperoni pizza, but you will and there will be plenty of things to eat.) Just because you aren’t dating anyone yet, it’s not because you are a loser – you just have to be patient and wait for a while – he is out there, and he is TOTALLY worth the wait!

Carlee October 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I would tell my younger self not to change a thing…the choice you made back then turned me into the person I am today.

KP O'Malley October 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I would tell myself to follow my own path in life, not someone else’s :)

Laura P October 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I would tell myself not to care so much about what everyone thinks and to live life for yourself!

cathy October 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Take time to enjoy the simple things.

Barb October 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I would tell myself to never sway from my beliefs or convictions just to please someone else. Be strong!! You are worth it!!

Patti October 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I would tell myself to take chances and listen to that little voice in my head (wait, I hear voices?) because it’s trying to point me down the right path. But since the right path is seldom straight or easy, remember that every wrong turn has a lesson … just be sure to learn it the first time or there’ll be a second, or third, …

Abby Cyphers October 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Tweeted and pinned recipe!! Yay! Pick me!:)

Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats October 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I tweeted the giveaway :)

Patti October 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm

and i retweeted!

Amy H. October 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I would tell myself to not be in such a hurry to grow up. Come to think of it, that’s actually good advice for myself as I’m inching towards a big birthday milestone :)

Megan October 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Learn from your decisions… You’ll learn a little from the right decisions, but a whole lot more from the wrong decisions….

Ashley S. October 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I would tell myself: Try new things and don’t stress out over small decisions that need to be made, such as what to have for breakfast and lunch! Always think happy and embrace EACH moment of life that you have the privilege of going through whether positive or negative :)

Gayle October 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I would tell my younger self to be true to myself and not let the kids at school mold me into someone I’m not. There is a whole world and new life to be discovered aftere school.

Jennifer October 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I would tell my younger self to CALM DOWN. All the stuff that seems so important in high school (and even college!) all evens out in the end. You’ll find happiness with yourself and with your future spouse. You’ll be OK. Things’ll be hard sometimes, but you’re tougher than you realize. Chill out.

Heather S October 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

A piece of advice I would give to my younger self would be to stop worrying so much about how you look/how much you weigh, and just focus on enjoying your youth :)

s October 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I would tell my younger self to stop worrying so much about what other people think. Also, go vegan sooner!

KP O'Malley October 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

tweeted!

Ashley S. October 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Your recipes already make up about half of my pinterest board :) But I pinned another one too because I don’t have twitter!

Heather S October 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

And I pinned one of your recipes! :)

Pia October 31, 2012 at 1:22 pm

The advice I would give to my younger self: ‘Don’t care too much about the opinions of others. Don’t try to impress and please everyone, it only makes you sad. If there is anybody you should try to impress, it’s yourself!’
And, of course: ‘Love yourself no matter what happens.’

Kimberly October 31, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I would tell my 26 year old self, to follow your dreams where every they lead, and belive in yourself you can do amazing things just by believing in yourself.

Kimberly October 31, 2012 at 1:22 pm

ok, that should of been 16 year old self…still getting use to this new wave keyboard.

Wendy October 31, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Tweeted, Pinned and liked Very cute shakes indeed

To younger self, stick with the computer programming so you can be an even bigger geek then you are now, and invest in Apple when they launch!

Lynn October 31, 2012 at 1:24 pm

What would I tell my 16 year old self? That life is too short to worry about what others think of you. And anyway they probably aren’t even thinking about you! I would say the things that you think in your head….. are in your head. I would say you have a choice to fill your head with good thoughts. The good things that you think will benefit your in a positive way and make life so much more rewarding.Make sense?!!!
I have a few friends who LOVE their Blendex. Thaks for the giveaway and for your fabulous vegan site.

Elizabeth October 31, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I would tell my younger self to always be my best self! Happy Halloween!

Stef October 31, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Stef, you will be so grateful that you ate your fruits and veggies. You will feel half your age by taking care of your body now.

Steph October 31, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I would advise my 16 year old self to stop staring in the mirror – those hips aren’t going anywhere, and there are better ways to use your time!

Sabrina October 31, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Sabrina, don’t be afraid, just fly.

nikki sharma October 31, 2012 at 1:25 pm

If I was younger I would tell myself to work harder in school because it does effect your future. I would always slack off and just kind of barely get away with things, but now that I am in college I know the importance of a good education.

Amanda T. October 31, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I would tell myself to not dwell on every single issue! Time goes by and you grow up pretty quickly!

emmy gee October 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Don’t let fear get in the way of your dreams, especially when youre young. Failures and mistakes are learning tools to make better decisions and do not label you for life. Don’t listen to negative naysayers. Look for support and love, if your family is negative find people who encourage and believe in your dreams. one cannot choose their families but we can choose our friends.

[email protected] October 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Great question. I was just thinking about this the other day. I would have told myself that I needed to learn early on to love myself and celebrate the good things about me every day. As I’ve gotten older, it’s a battle to do that sometimes and I wish I had started actively seeing the good every single day.

[email protected] October 31, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Pinned the homemade Twix bars! I promise, it’s not the first recipe I’ve repinned and it won’t be the last! :)

Adara October 31, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Life is not as hard as it seems, embrace it, enjoy it, live it.

Jenna October 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Cute idea!
I would tell myself to live in the moment & enjoy the care free time you have – I know you want to grow up but trust me these are the days to really enjoy your friends and family, you have the whole world at your doorstep!!

Jan October 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm

i would tell myself to be more confident…everyone isn’t “out to get me” or constantly critiquing what a wear or say or do.

Kate October 31, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I would say to my younger self, keep your options open, and don’t be in a hurry to grow up!

Kris October 31, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I would absolutely love one of these! I would tell my younger self not to take Physics and Calculus senior year, after getting into college… totally unnecessary.

Amy Vandal October 31, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I would tell myself keep being they way you are … the goofy person who laughs til she cries, sometimes snorts when she laughs and danced her butt off. I would have encouraged my younger self to volunteer more because it’s amazing the opportunities that are out there if you just open yourself up to them. Ange….thanks for the blog it is fantastic and I’m soooo looking forward to the cookbook! Cheers!

Tasha October 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I would tell my younger self to not worry so much about what other people think! Oh and also, tell your family that you love them as much as you can because they will be gone soon. I miss them everyday!

Sabrina October 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I pinned your baked apple recipe. Thank you for making healthier versions of my favourite classics!

Nanna October 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I’d advise my 15-year-old self to get out of a destructive and abusive relationship and stand up to my mother.

Cari October 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I would tell my younger self to live in the moment more often– I used to be so much more uptight and was always getting stressed out by looking too far ahead! Now I’m all about embracing the current blessings and keeping things more in perspective– “be here now” is kind of my philosophy (or at least I’m working on it!). :)

Alissa G October 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I would tell my younger self not to worry so much about everything and that I also shouldn’t care so much about what other people think. Also I would tell myself that I should surround myself with those who love and support me and rid myself of any person that was negatively affecting my life or making me feel bad about myself. I would also tell my younger self that it isn’t fair or right to be unhappy in order to make others happy. Even though I wasn’t able to learn all this when I was younger, knowing them know will make me a stronger person in the future.

Ang W October 31, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I would tell my younger self… Don’t care so much what other people think of you. Enjoy life, enjoy being yourself regardless of the labels or judgements other people might try to assign you. Besides, they’re probably too busy worrying what everyone else thing of them to be judging you anyway. So who cares? Be confident in yourself because you’re way more awesome than you think.

Ang W October 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm

oops, I meant “thinks of them” not “thing of them” haha.

Amy B October 31, 2012 at 1:31 pm

My advice to 16 year old Amy would be to realize that being active and athletic isn’t limited to the team sports we played in gym class. Running, rock climbing, frisbee… I could have found so many things I actually enjoyed

Song October 31, 2012 at 1:31 pm