Dear "16 year old me",
You're a pretty girl and you don't need to lose weight. Trust me, you're the smallest now you will probably ever be.
Try to stay out of catty girl drama. The more you involve yourself, the more your words will probably get twisted.
Wherever you want to go to college, go there! Don't focus on where your friends are going!
At this point, don't let boyfriends/crushes bring you down. Enjoy this time with friends and only give boys time who treat you great in public and in private.
Remember your values, hold on to things sacred.
You're never too cool for any church event. If you want to know the people who will really care about you- you will find them there!
Be sweet to your parents, you will regret it if you don't. It's better for everyone in the long run if you just stay respectful.
Go on and start trying to overcome your circumstances. Beat the odds. Don't blame mistakes on the hand you were dealt.
Trust God. He loves you. SO. MUCH.
Don't worry if other people have nicer clothes/cars/jewelry than you. Nobody will remember and you will probably be making fun of the clothes you used to wear one day.
Whatever you do, do it with everything you have! Take ownership of who you are and be proud of that!
Keep in touch with those people who want to invest in your life. They really do care, and you really will want them involved later on.
Try new things. You never know where your gifts may lie.