Michigan Bloggers Reveal What They’d Tell Their Younger Selves

Michigan is a place full of amazing communities – something that bloggers who are based here know a lot about. They manage to educate and inspire their readers all over the state, sharing their own experiences and bringing together strangers to share theirs. In addition to blogging about all of the great things Michigan has to offer, these seven bloggers also focus some of their posts on healthy living and staying happy in the Mitten state. That got us wondering: What do those bloggers wish they could tell their younger selves? Check out their answers below and their blogs for a little homegrown inspiration.

Blogger: Mariah Harrison
Instagram: @Mariahlharrison
Blog: ReelToRealBlog.com
Mariah is a Lansing-based TV anchor and reporter whose blog focuses on career, lifestyle and fashion.

What would you tell your younger self?
Dear younger and carefree-er Mariah, remember when you first read that quote? The one by Maya Angelou that said “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” Read it, then re-read it, and never forget it. P.S. You’re going to love being vegan!


Blogger: Amber Battishill
Instagram: @Amberstarr82
Blog: MommyGoneHealthy.com
Amber is a mother from Fenton who tells stories about her adventures through motherhood and her passion for fitness and wellness.

What would you tell your younger self?
I would tell my younger self to be more confident and stand up for yourself, the things you believe in and those who need a helping hand. It may not always be easy, but it’s so important and empowering to believe in yourself and be a voice for others. You never know when being brave can make a huge impact in your life or another person’s life. I would tell her to rest more. It’s easy to get caught up in the fear of missing out, but sleep is so important towards your mental and physical health. As I get older, I value my rest more and more.


Blogger: Kristi Waite
Instagram: @WaitKristiWaite
Blog: WaitKristiWaite.com
Kristi is a Michigan-based lifestyle blogger and entrepreneur with a focus on fashion, lifestyle and Michigan scenery.

What would you tell your younger self?
No matter how young you are, you can make a difference in the world. Always be kind, always listen, work hard, follow your heart and love those around you. You’re capable of so much, so don’t ever forget that.


Blogger: Anne Adams
Instagram: @Curlsandcontours
Blog: Curlsandcontours.com
Anne is a southern Michigan blogger who is committed to inspiring women of all shapes and sizes through positive body image and fashion.

What would you tell your younger self?
Embrace the person you are because you are smart, beautiful and strong. By loving yourself you will be confident and happy. When you are confident and happy with yourself, healthy habits and positive body image follow. Stop using self-hatred as a means to change and start using love as a means to find a healthy happy life.


Blogger: Kherington McFarland
Instagram: @KierraQuinn
Blog: Thekierraquinn.blogspot.com
Kierra is a mom from Grand Rapids with a specialty in lifestyle, fashion and mommy blogging.

What would you tell your younger self?
Three things – something simple, something difficult to hear and something worthwhile. The first thing I would say is simply to start every day with a positive mindset—it will not only bring positive results, but it will also inspire others to do the same. The second is that change is constant. When it does happen though, you will be ready for it, handle it gracefully and find out that you are much stronger than you ever realized. Lastly, a worthwhile note, which I’ve learned recently, is that joy and strength can come from the same unexpected place and you will be pleasantly surprised when you figure that out.


Blogger: Britney Crawley
Instagram: @Britcrawl
Blog: starryeyedblonde.com
Britney is from Grand Rapids and her blog focuses on lifestyle and female empowerment.

What would you tell your younger self?
Don’t worry so much, take time for yourself, and schedule time for meal planning and exercise. Worrying isn’t good for anybody. Wearing a smile and treating others with kindness will make you more attractive than you’ll ever know. Life gets really busy, so take time to say yes to yourself. Also, don’t let important things like meal planning and exercise get pushed off your plate. Set a goal and schedule these things into your calendar. But give yourself lots of grace. If you miss a workout, it’s not the end of the world. The important thing is that you should focus on loving yourself and taking care of your body.


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  1. Yay! Thank you so much for the feature! It was great to read all the other comments as well! Being asked what advice I would give to my younger self has prompted me to think about what advice I’ve heard recently that I can listen to right now. Much of the advice listed above is applicable for anyone at any age. I think we can almost always reach a little further when it comes to taking care of ourselves and living a healthy lifestyle. Great article! Thanks again!

  2. This is great! Thank you for reaching out to me for the feature. I love seeing so many other homegrown bloggers and getting a peek into their lifestyle and values. It’s nice to know that I’m not alone in any aspect. I can’t wait to share this article with others through my social media channels. Thank you again!

  3. This was a great read. I grew up in Michigan as well and still live there now after just buying my first house. I stressed way too much about things that didn’t matter and missed some of the parts that really did. I’ve learned a lot even in the last year about owning a home and I would agree about a lot of this advice!

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