things I’d tell my younger self

I’ve read plenty of these posts in the past, but only recently was I inspired to write my own.

At 27, I think I’m finally qualified to dish out some advice to my teenage self…

Don’t settle. For boys, grades… Things should be 100% right, and if it means you have to be ruthless, it’ll be for the best in the long run.

If you have any inclination that you want to do something, just do it. I wasn’t sure if uni was for me – part of me wanted to go and the other part was unsure. I went, and it was the best thing I’d done at that age.

Throw yourself into what you’re passionate about. Although I loved uni, I ambled along work wise. If I had my time again, I’d definitely be more involved and push myself harder.

A superficial one, but read up on skincare and get a good routine. If you’re taking antibiotics for spots, face wipes probably won’t help…

And equally, stop messing with your half colour. Healthy hair is always best!

Wear heels! Your height is probably one of the physical features you have that there is literally nothing you can do about. Embrace it.

Don’t take your free time for granted. Life seems like one big treadmill these days, with barely a weekend free to just get.stuff.done. When I was younger, I felt like I had all the time in the world.

And the same goes for money! Disposable income is a thing of the past now we have our own house. Enjoy the carefree spending whilst you can!

Take more care of yourself. As a teenager, I was forever in the doctors with water infections and all sorts. I used to think I was just prone to them but now, as an adult, they’re no where to be seen and it was definitely a case of not looking after my body.

Don’t be influenced by others music tastes. Like Taylor Swift? So be it (me too!). I really struggle to understand the need to conform when it comes to music. They’re your ears, no one elses.

Wear what you want. I was on a hen do recently with most attendees around the 30 mark. The only 23 year old attending (with killer legs, I add) turned up in a teeny tiny dress and said to me, “You’re only 23 once right?”. Good girl!

Watch more films, try more recipes and read more books. Something I still don’t really do enough of but something that I really enhances your ability to be interesting.

It’s okay to not know where you’re going with your career. 27 years old and I still haven’t a clue!

And enjoy the hangover-free drinking sessions whilst they last…

What would you tell your younger self?

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