Sixteen Forever

16 forever - kristine bruneauLast year I wrote a letter to James: 15 lessons for 15 years. When I sat down to write this year’s letter for this 16th birthday, I didn’t know where to begin. I wondered if I had anything more to add to my list of lessons. Once I started writing, I found I had a few more things to share. Writing this letter became another act of letting go of my teenager.  Here it is: Enjoy!

Dear James,  

You are sixteen forever, strong and sweet.

You are my best work.

Today and always, remember to trust your gut

And lead with your heart.

Show up everyday, prepared – even when you don’t want to.

Work harder to change the storyline in your head.

Stay calm and present when life seems overwhelming.

Don’t forget to breathe.

Have faith in yourself and forgive those who don’t get you.

They don’t understand and they never will.

Keep moving forward with kindness and compassion.

Hold hope for those who can’t.

Confidence means knowing yourself and

Fearlessly expressing your potential.

You told me: Everyday is your birthday because you get to work on your dream everyday.

Keep doing what you’re doing. I believe in you!



Have you written a letter to your child, lately?

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  1. Kathleen richardson

    I love reading your blogs! They all make me happy, some brings tears to my eyes. You are an EXCELLENT writer. All the letters you have written to James every birthday, he will TREASURE! Happy 16th James – Wishing the Bruneau family and all your readers a happy and healthy 2018!!

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