Dear Patient Girl,

One of the best ways to be happy is to learn to wait for special things. It seems like it should be the other way around . . . but when we have to wait for things that our hearts and souls want so badly, they are even sweeter than we could ever imagine.

So today, think of something that you would love to do or have. Something that makes your heart sing, and makes you want to dance and jump up and down with joy. Something really, really, REALLY good. Write it down. Then start making a plan for how you are going to earn it.

Every minute you spend working your beautiful fingers to the bone and putting aside your quarters and dollars toward your goal will get you one step closer to your dream. If you keep putting one foot in front of the other, if you keep working, if you keep sacrificing, if you keep your dream right in front of you, you WILL make it, and oh what a happy day that will be!

Don’t rob yourself of that joy by letting someone give you shortcuts . . . it never feels quite as fabulous as doing it all by yourself.

You can do it! You’re a brave girl!

You are loved.