Today I have reached 17 years of life.

And it feels so unreal.

I am a senior in high school.  And I am about to graduate in eight months. I will begin a new chapter in my life. And honestly that is scary, but exciting at the same time. I am eager for something new and different. But I am also content with my life where it is now. Of course I am thrilled for the future and where God will take me, but for right now I will enjoy my last year as a high school student. I am going to appreciate my high school friends, the late night football games FullSizeRender (58)

and basketball games,the bus rides to the football games, cheering on the sidelines,FullSizeRender (56)

the rush at pep rallies, the dances,fullsizerender-54.jpg

the hangout spots, my youth groupFullSizeRender (60).jpg

and most importantly all the memories that I have made during my years in high school. Although this high school chapter will end in a few months, I will take in every moment and not look back on anything.

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Since today marks my 17 years of life, you know I have to do a special and FUN blog post. So, I have put together a list of 17 lessons/facts/truths- whatever you want to call it- that I have learned in my life so far. Most of the things that I have listed are from what that I have learned in high school, but I have a couple of things on the list that I learned in middle school as well. I am so anxious for you to read what I have listed below- some things are deep, some are simple, and some are spiritual. These are things that I have learned that have had a huge impact on my perspective of life, and the person that I am today. My prayer for you is that you: Do not bypass the little things that you are learning in your life right now, rather big or small, they become vital to what God has for you for the road ahead.

Note: There are major throwback pictures from my freshman and sophomore years of high-school with my family and friends that I have made along the way. They are in no particular order.

—————————————————————————————————————————————What I have learned in my 17 years of life….

  1. Everything does not need a response, and everything does not need a clap back. Self-control is important.
  2. Everything that I see people worry about like test scores, grades, people’s opinions, their style, their hair texture, how long their hair is, the shape of their body, their skin, their followers on social media, who can do this/that the best, their friends, their parents, their family, their past <—-all those things does not define who someone is. People are not defined by a number from a test, or the number of likes on a post. People are not defined by opinions nor by their features. We, as children of God, are not defined by these superficial things that the world sees as relevant, we are defined by what God’s word says about us. thumbnail (3)
  3. If a guy likes you, he will prove to you that he likes you, you will not have to guess.
  4. EVERYONE is NOT your friend. FullSizeRender (50)
  5. Social media is not a place for you to call someone out, nor the place to be messy. Talk to that person face to face about the issue, rather than shading them on social media.
  6. Your social media should be used as a platform.FullSizeRender (52)
  7. People really do not care what you do. They are not paying attention to you, because they are too busy paying attention to their own life. So trust me when I say, you are not as relevant as you think you are.
  8. Using your gifts is the best way to honor God.FullSizeRender (49).jpg
  9. Adam needed Eve. Eve was created for Adam because he NEEDED someone, just not anyone, he needed a WOMEN, therefore men need women more than we think
  10. It is okay if you don’t party, smoke, or drink because honestly, no one cares.
  11. A relationship does not validate who someone is. Relationships are also not needed in certain seasons of life.FullSizeRender (51).jpg
  12. Live in the moment. You can be so concerned with the future and what’s to come that you never appreciate what is right in front of us.
  13. It is okay to be by yourself and go out by yourself, enjoy your own company.
  14. You find yourself by being rooted in God, not by people, social media, or even your own opinions of yourself.FullSizeRender (41)
  15. Different seasons of life are important, and it is vital that you understand the season that God  has placed you in. I believe each season of life we encounter builds our character, and we learn something new about ourselves.FullSizeRender (39)
  16. You need to know what you believe in and why- because the world can really alter your vision, IF you allow it to- so being rooted in your beliefs is VITAL.
  17. It is okay to go to dances with your friends- dates are overrated.


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Thank-you so much for reading this very special and fun blog post dear to my heart. I hoped you enjoyed this post. Stay tuned for other blog posts in the future. Much love, Shay

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Email: shaygriffin756@yahoo.com


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