A Letter to My 16 Year Old Self

I am currently writing this from the plane, as I head out to Denver to look for apartments, in hopes of finding the perfect little place over the span of the next 2 days. Wait, let’s back up… you may be thinking… “Reed, Denver?! What?!”

I made the big announcement on social media a couple days ago (note: this was written two weeks ago, which is an accurate representation of all the excitement and preparation that ensued right after making this big announcement 😉 Hence, the note about the announcement only being posted a couple days ago when it’s now been a couple weeks haha…) and I am so darn excited for what’s to come! Because I am not only moving to Denver, CO, but I am also stepping deeper into my own business with The Fit Feed by Reed!! More time for clients, more time for new business opportunities, more time to create content for you all EEEEEEKKKSSSS I get so stinkin’ excited just thinking about it. For more details, check out the announcement video here:


This big change has been in the works for the last 6 months as I’ve thought about what I truly want for my future. I’ve walked a winding path of working in both coaching and business, since my early college years, and the opportunity to continue growing my own coaching business has continually rested on my heart as the perfect next step.

As I’ve been sitting in this itty bitty plane seat, I’ve been reflecting on what I thought life might look like at this point in time, a decade ago and, well, it led to this. 

A letter to my 16 year old self…

Dear Reed, 

I cannot wait for you to see the life you’ll be living in a decade. Would you believe me if I told you that you’ll be coaching full time, running your own business and on the verge of moving to a new adventurous place? Would you believe me if I told you that you’d have the perfect little furry pup and the most amazing group of friends. What if I told you that you’d be walking so closely with God that the worries of the world didn’t have to worry you any more? Or that your young perfectionist self would be set free in favor of chasing down dreams and taking action. 

Young Reedy, don’t worry about the ups & downs of career changes, relationships that come and go, and the few stressful days… they’ll pass. Keep pursuing the things that matter most; Jesus, your loved ones around you and the positive impact you hope to leave on others. Don’t be scared of the unknown. Keep stepping. Keep dreaming. Keep doing. It will all culminate into the perfect storm that clears into a blue sky of bliss. 

Humble yourself and never stop learning. Know that you will never “arrive” and that’s ok. Some steps forward may seem slippery, but keep stepping because mud is a part of life. And what’s more beautiful than getting messy, to the point that you simply don’t care about the mud anymore.

The more you breathe deeply, the more you pray and the more you lean into what others see in you, the more it will all become clear. There are incredible God-gifted things ahead for you so open your arms, embrace them, and keep being grateful for every small moment that reminds you how beautiful life truly is.


your 26 year old self

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