Timeless Advice

| March 3, 2011

What woman hasn’t wished at one time or another that she had known then what she knows now? Hindsight is 20/20. It can also be humorous, horrifying and painful.

We asked a number of women what they would tell their teenage selves if given the opportunity to go back to when they were 13, 14 or 15 years old. Here are their responses:

Dawne Gee

Dawne Gee

“I would want to say hold on to that body ’cause it is too hard to get it back, but what would be more important to say is we are born with only one obligation: to be completely who we are.” – Dawne Gee, WAVE 3 News

“Stay true to yourself, and you’ll turn out OK.” – Dawn L. Salmon

“Being kind to everyone will get you far in life.” – Suzi Tipton Preston

“To stand up for myself and defend myself against the bullies using martial arts effectively, that I need to getter better grades and that I am going to turn out just fine.” -,  Lynda Arca

Kelly K

Kelly K

“Stay away from stirrup pants and anything peach with sequins and puffy sleeves. Don’t go to prom with Troy. The braces and voice lessons will pay off. Mom and Dad are the smartest people in the world. And your Prince Charming is waiting to meet you in about 16 years. His name is Michael.” – Kelly K, 99.7 WDJX

“Life will get better. You are smarter than you think you are, and it will be all right.” – Paulette Logsdon

“Be sure to follow your own dreams, not someone else’s. If that means you have to take a detour midair, do it! It’s worth it. Also, these aren’t the best years of your life. It gets so much better.” – Holly Peterson

“You really don’t know everything.” – Tabitha Kirtley

Lynda Lambert

Lynda Lambert

“You will get a chest. It won’t happen until college, but you will get one, so relax. Stand up straight. Wearing a back brace in ninth grade is going to be tough, but it will pay off. The first TV assignment you will get after college will be to interview former President Gerald Ford. When you step up to the microphone to ask him a question, look down at all of the camera cables, because if you don’t, it’s not going to end well, and ending up on your bum in front of the president of the United States is a mortifying experience. And hug your grandmother more.” – Lynda Lambert, 102.3 the MAX

“You are much stronger and more confident than you think you are.” – Angela Hettinger Osting

“Don’t give in to peer pressure and always be true to yourself.” – Linda Osting

“Take your time. There’s no rush to grow up.” – Heather O’Mara

Cierra Sorrell

Cierra Sorrell

“Take advantage of every educational opportunity possible and be cautious of those you allow in your life.” – Cierra Sorrell

“I would advise young people to enjoy every minute of their lives – every bit of it. To love all the people that love them. Try to love them back more, and try to bring as much joy into their lives and your lives as possible.” – Sug Schusterman

“Always use your please and thank you’s.” – Jami Cutbush

“Don’t worry so much about what others think about you. Be yourself.” – Ann Harmon Danielski

Lindsay Ashbrook Dickinson

Lindsay Ashbrook Dickinson

“It’s not that important to be popular.” – Lorraine Houghton

“You matter more than what your friends think of you.” – Lindsay Ashbrook Dickinson

“You don’t know who you are yet, and you won’t for at least 10 more years, so hold off on picking someone to spend your life with until you know who you are first. And date so once you figure yourself out, you will be able to pick someone with traits you value.” – Sheila Phillips Allgeier

“This too will pass. As a victim of bullying from seventh to ninth grade, it was hard to look past that one moment.” – Debra Humphrey

“You are not smarter than your mom!” – Shannon Bush

Caroline Scott Clark

Caroline Scott Clark

“Stop trying to please everyone. It’s impossible and can make you miserable. Instead, please God.” – Caroline Clark Scott

“No matter what people say, do or think, don’t abandon any dreams. The only person who can stop you is you.” – Keta Redd

“One, wear sunscreen. Two, he’s not that cute. Three, you are that cute. And four, sunscreen, damn it!” – Allison Clark Newland

“Always be you. Follow your dreams. You shouldn’t care what the mean girls think, because you’ll be the successful one in life. Study and have innocent fun!” – Laura Apple Shell

April Roseberry

April Roseberry

“Study harder and forget about those long-haired boys.” – April Hill Roseberry

“I would tell her to love herself and to accept herself, curves and all. That little girl wasted a lot of tears and time trying to fit into a mold that she didn’t need to fit into.” – Missy Newland

“Don’t get caught up in all the fun and partying. Stay focused on your future.” – Debbie Waddle

“Trust the people who tell you that you will never remember half the bad stuff that you now think is the end of the world.” – Linda Roberts Horsman

Melissa Mattingly

Melissa Mattingly

“Start saving up now. You’ve got the entire rest of your life to work.” – Melissa Mattingly, Home Builders Association of Louisville

“To enjoy every single moment of the high school experience. It goes by so fast and you will always wish for those days again.” – Alexa Carter

“You’re not fat, you just developed a woman’s body a lot quicker than your other friends. It’s OK, really.” – Amanda Ortega

“You won’t always be lumpy and awkward. In another year, all that baby fat is going to migrate and you’ll have a whole new body with whole new challenges.” – Chris-Rachael Oseland

“Be nice to your parents, especially your mom. She’ll be your best friend one day, and she’ll be gone the next.” – Madelyn Anetrella

“Stop worrying so much about yourself and focus on brightening other people’s lives. That’s what will make you truly happy.” – Bonnie Jansen Hackbarth

“As long as you are proud of your actions and decisions, then you are doing the right thing. There are few people in this world who love you and whose opinions really matter, the rest aren’t worth your time. Oh, and life is incredibly fragile. Live in the moment and enjoy every moment.” – Stephanie Rickert

“Most of those cute, popular senior guys (the ones that won’t even glance at you) will be sad, lonely, divorced men in 20 years complaining about how they can’t find a good woman. That’s when they’ll wish you’d notice them instead, so don’t sweat it.” – Tara Cook- DeRossett

“Get involved with sports, play an instrument, learn to paint or find a hobby to help build your self-esteem so you don’t look for material things or boys to do it.” – Jennifer Williamson

“High school is not the end-all-be-all. It’s just the beginning.” – Danielle Hayden

“Stop hanging around the burnouts and the bullies and get some classier friends. Eventually that did happen, but it would have been nice if it happened earlier.” – Margi Pilon Neff

“If they tell you, you can’t do something, work hard to show them you can. Aim high: knowledge is power.” – Debbie Reynolds

“Don’t worry about being perfect. Take chances. Make mistakes.” – Melanie Studer

“Put down the Ogilve home perm box! And 12 pumps of hairspray is about 10 too many.” – Holly Weyer Ball

“Never wait by the phone for “˜the boy’ to call (advice given to me by my father).” – Jennifer Toms

“If you play your cards right, high school will not be the best years of your life.” – Maggie de la Torre

“Wear your retainer when you get your braces off. Save your 30-year-old self a trip back to the orthodontist.” – Sarah Meuler

“Stay focused. It is cool to be a geek.” – Phyllis Reed Johnson


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Angie Fenton
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.

Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.

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