Happy Birthday Alana!: 9 Life Lessons We Learned From Honey Boo Boo For Her 9th Birthday

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Today, Alana Thompson—A.K.A. Honey Boo Boo—turns nine years old!

We had trouble picking out a present for her—what do you get the girl who has everything? She has crowns and a pet pig and an extreme coupon pantry that has reached concerning levels of hoarding…

So we decided to do something a little different.

We’re showing our appreciation for all the gifts that little Go Go Juice-powered, salad-hating beauty queen has given us over the years—by listing the nine greatest life lessons she’s taught us (for her ninth birthday, of course!).

1. Love yourself and your body.

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2. Never give up! Follow your dreams!

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3. Take time for you. Even the most extroverted people need alone time.

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4. Be whoever you want to be.

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5. Don’t waste your time with pettiness and drama.

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6. Or diets. You’re beautiful just the way you are.

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7. Take naps. Sleep in. You deserve it.

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8. Don’t just sit back and accept your reality! Challenge your perspective!

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9. And most importantly of all: Dream BIG. Like meat-with-meat BIG!

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