A Letter to Myself From August

The other day I got a letter in the mail… from myself.

As we approach the end of December, reflection begins. We think about the past year we’ve had, the accomplishments we achieved, the failures we had, and the unfinished projects we plan to complete in the next year.

When I traveled to Nicaragua this past August, my group and I wrote letters to ourselves on the last day of our trip. The purpose was to hold us accountable for the world-changing ideas we had and the inspirations that led us there. It was also a way for us to see our personal growth and progress, and how we’ve differed since the summer filled with hard work, sweat, dirt, and sand.

Therefore, here is the letter I wrote myself. It was a nice thing to get in the mail, and I read it at the end of a long day as soon as I finished dinner. It made me miss the streets of Managua, the young kids playing at the school, my dirt-covered clothing, and the Nicaraguan sun. I hope one day I can travel back there and see everything for myself once again.

August 15, 2016

Dearest Kathleen,

First off, I hope you’re doing well! Hopefully, you’re loving sophomore year and having a fun time with friends. I’m in Nicaragua right now on the beach retreat. The Pacific Ocean is gorgeous!

In addition, I hope you’re doing something to change the world. It seems impossible, but I know you can make an impact. A change in the world cannot be done by one person alone, but all it takes is one person to inspire others to do the same. This is what makes a change.

Your idea right now is to make some kind of jewelry (e.g., anklets, bracelets, or necklaces) to support women’s empowerment, especially in third world countries. I really believe in gender equality; it’s not just a wage gap or other numerical values (although those are important too), but even simply expectations and how men view women and how women view men. I hope eventually the world will come to an equality where genders respect each other equally.

I don’t want to make this too long, but I hope you’re keeping up with your blog! It’s a good way to not only channel your energy but share your passions with others. So far, others really seem to like it!

Most of all, I hope you’re staying HEALTHY, taking reasonable RISKS, and realizing happiness doesn’t come from material items. Be kind, be funny, challenge yourself, and smile.

Lots of love,


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