10 Year Challenge: Advice to 9-Year-Old Me

Chances are you’ve stumbled upon the #10YearChallenge on social media. Posting side by side pictures of yourself in 2009 and 2019 can be revealing in many ways.

The inspiration for this post comes from two incredible blog posts on the same topic by CJ from WAY-FM and and Caralyn from Beauty Beyond Bones.

10 years is a significant amount of time. For some, those ten years have been a time of tremendous sorrow and regret. For others, maybe they’ve been the best ten years of your life. Or maybe you’re in the middle – with plenty of good and bad life events over that decade.

Here’s a snapshot into my life ten years ago…

  • I was 9 (almost 10) and in the 4th grade at a small Christian school.


  • My bunny Floppsy was the love of my life. I also absolutely adored my brother’s bunny Max. (Max actually just passed away in 2018.)



  • This was the year my love for writing really launched. A coloring prompt inspired me to write a story about Littlest Pet Shops at camp, which led to even more story ideas. All my spare time at school was spent writing stories and letting friends read them.


  • This year was pretty good, but the end of 2008 had been daunting. One morning in September, my grandma ended up with a full body infection. Doctors couldn’t explain how she was still alive, but I’m so thankful God brought her through! Later in September, my first bunny Floppy (Floppsy was partially named after her), was brutally attacked by a raccoon overnight. We had no idea until the next morning, when we found her in the neighbor’s yard with a broken back. Putting her to sleep was one of the hardest days of my life.

Here’s a snapshot into my life now…

  • I’m 19 (almost 20) and a senior at Cedarville University. I’m planning to go to grad school next year.


  • My dog Rosie keeps life exciting!



  • Writing is still my greatest passion. I haven’t written as much fiction lately, but have really enjoyed blogging.


  • It’s crazy how time can parallel. At the end of 2018, my family found out that my grandma (the same one) has cancer. She’s still struggling and it’s been really hard to see her suffer. I’m praying that the treatments are effective, but she’s been through quite the ordeal over the last few months.

I don’t really feel a desire to go back to 10 years ago, but here is some advice I’d give to my younger self…

  • Keep writing. Don’t give up. Writing isn’t “impractical” or an unrealistic life goal. You may not publish a novel right away, but keep creating.


  • Wearing glasses is not the end of the world. Believe it or not, they’ve become super popular in 2019. I know you were the only one in your class who wore them for many years, but that’s okay. You’d be happy to know that you wear contacts now.


  • Become better at not talking back. It took me years to realize that if I’d just kept my mouth shut, I probably wouldn’t have gotten in trouble at home quite so much.


  • Enjoy every moment. Dream about the future, but don’t let it take away from your life right now. You’re not too old to eat a kid’s meal, even though you’ll think so later this year.


  • The Internet will get faster. I know it’s annoying only be allowed to spend 30 minutes online, when half of that time is spent waiting for the computer to load. You’ll be amazed at how much you could do on Webkinz with fast Internet (although Webkinz isn’t really that popular now).


What were you like ten years ago? What advice would you give your younger self? Also, what is going on in your life that you never would have imagined ten years ago?

Thanks so much for reading. Feel free to comment below.

~ RaeAnn Jent


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