Build your karma so it can afford to take a hit every so often.
Never say never.
Tell your mother you love her.
Be honest with men, even if it is embarrassing, even if you have to be vulnerable out of your comfort zone, even if it takes tequila and red wine to get it out of you.
Tequila confessions still count.
Bone crushing hugs are the best kind.
No one else notices the three pounds.
Love your girlfriends, in spite of their flaws. You will need them to love you in spite of yours someday soon.
Etta James and Ray Charles know everything.
When you say, "don't tell anyone," they will tell at least someone.
Your friends' opinions matter, but so do yours. It is your life to live, after all.
It is okay to fall in love fast, and fall out of it even faster. It just means you are passionate.
Listening to the same song on repeat does not hurt the other songs' feelings. Go for it.
The written word is not a lesser way of communicating what you need. Some people can't speak as well as they write.
Nobody likes cover letters.
Sometimes, the cover really is better than the original.
It is okay to disagree with your friends, it will only build your respect for one another.
The most eloquently stated opinion is not necessarily the best one. Don't let others' intelligence intimidate you.
Thank your mother.
It is more than okay to not know. Anything.
There is always someone better at what you do. Fuck 'em, your talent can still be recognized.
Girlfriends will always, always break your heart more than boyfriends.
You do not have to turn your frown upside down if you do not feel like smiling.
Read others' words. They build yours.
Never, ever, ever stop believing something you believe in because someone else asks you to stop.
Drink the damn glass of wine.
Small talk isn't all that important anyway.
Sometimes, it is okay to baby a sad man's insecurities.
It is okay to know that you need a lot of attention.
It is okay to want to be held.
It is okay to cry, even in front of people.
You do not have to be an animal person.
You do not have to be a people person, either.
Participate in conversation, without your cell phone sitting on the table face-up. At the end of your life, do you want to remember talking to your friends, or checking your facebook while they were talking to you?
The ones who you can call in the middle of the night are the good ones.
There are eight different definitions for the word "family" in the English language. Sharing common ancestry does not have to mean a thing. When you are old enough to decide, you can choose your own family. Your aunt can just be your mother's sister. Your cousins can just be people you grew up with.
Do what your brother asks of you.
At the end of the day you truly are a gem, baby girl.