Ten things I would tell my younger self.

roses1. Do more things for yourself.

Stop worrying about what everyone thinks about you, they’re far too busy worrying about their own problems. So you would rather stay at home in your new PJ’s and watch that animal documentary with your dad and a large pizza, instead of going to *that* super cool college party… You don’t have to be exactly the same as everyone else, do your own thing and enjoy it, you’ll thank yourself later.

2. Bin the Maybelline dream matte mousse foundation.
Put it down.
It’s five shades too dark for your skin tone and you’ve already got (at least) three layers of it on your face already. It won’t help your acne, we’ve all been there. Back away from the pot of dream matte mousse.

3. Drag that Sims desktop icon to the recycle bin.
Un-install the Sims, go outside, be more active. Stop spending your nights on MSN messenger,  signing in and out all night trying to get that boys attention you’ll see your friends again tomorrow, they can wait for now.

4. Appreciate your parents more.
They only want what’s best for you…You may think they’re invincible now and that they’ll be around until the end of time, but they won’t. Thank them more often, let them know you love them, just little things, they will make a big difference.

5. Try to have a little more confidence.
For god sake, stop getting a bob the minute your hair goes back, you’ll end up in tears every time. Stop walking around with your head down and your iPod on,  your horrendous acne disappears so working on lifting your head up. Try to love yourself a little more instead of always looking for the negatives.

6. Everyone’s just winging it…
Try not to pass out when you cut your legs to pieces in the bathroom because you didn’t use shaving cream on your legs. Your hair will be so many colours but you’ll always go back to blonde in the end. Dad forgives you in the end for dying it jet black, don’t sweat it. You’ll figure out that you can’t sleep in your make up or not wear the gloves when you apply fake tan… you’ll get there.

7. Don’t do things because it’s considered ‘cool’
Stop going to the sun beds in your college dinner hour, they are cancer boxes. It’s okay that you don’t like to drink, you’ll probably save yourself from doing some pretty embarrassing things. Good on you for resisting trying cigarettes, you’ll be even more convinced when you see your best friend throw up all over her shoes shortly after she has her first puff…super cool, not.

8. Be nice to people.
Stop walking around with that bitchy resting face of yours…Make the effort with your friends and family, be the person to text or call first, smile more, do something nice on a daily basis no matter how small. You will feel so much better for doing this. It really is nice to be nice.


9. Enjoy life before the internet.
*makes dial up connection sound* Gone are the days of being shouted at because someone picked up the house phone whilst you were browsing the world wide web. Social media is everywhere, it will become a part of your everyday life. Enjoy your food… before you have to instagram it before eating it.


10. Stop trying to make the ‘life plan’ happen.
Nothing in life will go the way you plan, usually anyways. Focus on the main important things, and you will be okay. You don’t have to have the next ten years of your life planned out in extreme detail. Things change all the time, you can’t plan your life, you just have to make the best of what you’ve got!

I tried to keep this as light hearted as possible, whilst still getting in some serious points that I would tell my younger self. What do you think? How many of these ring a bell, when it comes to your teenage years? what would you tell your younger self?

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    • March 12, 2015 / 4:21 pm

      Oh, didn't we all! 6 weeks holidays and weekends – non stop playing of the sims! So addictive x

  1. March 12, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    hahahaha binning the Sims! and crying at my hair cuts, completely agree. We all did it! What a great post <3
    Betty x
    The Betty Stamp

  2. March 12, 2015 / 4:35 pm

    This is a great list, there are definitely some things I wish I could tell my younger self, this also makes you think what your future self would wish they could tell you now!
    Emily
    xx
    http://emilyattemptslife.blogspot.com/

  3. March 12, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    Omg Sims!!!! It's still such a fun game & that's exactly why I won't download it. I would spend too much precious time on that rather than focusing on REAL life.

    :] // β–² itsCarmen.com β–²

  4. March 12, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    Lovely post, it's definitely important to appreciate the little things in life which a lot of us don't realise when we're young!

    Toni xx
    clarkecouture.blogspot.co.uk

  5. March 12, 2015 / 6:17 pm

    Such a great post to read, I realy enjoyed reading it! Even though I'm still only 16, I can totally relate to these, particularly the life plan one!

    Emma xo // Wallflower Wardrobe

  6. March 12, 2015 / 7:06 pm

    Haha I love these! Especially signing in and out of MSN constantly, and binning Dream Matte Mouse – they were the days! I wish I'd been more confident, spent more time on school work and stopped trying to impress people.

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

  7. March 12, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    I loved reading this! I'd definitely tell myself to bin The Sims or at least limit the time spent on it…it was too addictive! I would have liked to have been more confident too and to have spoken to more people. I'd definitely tell myself to sort out my eyebrows (although to be fair I should be telling my present self that too!) x

    Josie’s Journal

  8. March 12, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    This is a truly beautiful blog post. I laughed, reflected and remembered; all at once. This really sparked many emotions from me as a nostalgically thought about what I was like as a teenager – and all of your points apply (even the dream matte mouse one haha). Loved this so much xxx

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  9. March 12, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    The Sims are awesome! What can I say… I still love to play them time to time. That much that the Sims was my first purchase straight after new laptop.

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  10. March 12, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    These all really hit home with me I have to say! I really wish I could go back and just shake my younger self and then give her a great big hug. I wish she could have cared less about what she thought people where thinking and if only she knew how little all those people matter now. I'd tell her to shut off the sims too! TOO many school holidays wasted up in that bedroom giving these little simulated people amazing lives because she was too afraid to go out and live her own amazing life!

    Sarah πŸ™‚
    Saloca in Wonderland

  11. March 12, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    I love this, the Maybelline dream matte foundation and the spending my evenings on Sims or MSN was literally me haha ! So funny to look back – also appreciating your parents is something I definitley learned when I went to uni πŸ™‚ xx

    the-fashion-rose.blogspot.co.uk

  12. March 12, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    I couldn't agree more with ALL of the above. Especially the sims one, I spent wayyyy too much of my time on that making myself a billionaire with 'motherlode'.. ah the good old days eh?

    Made In The 1990's.

  13. March 12, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    Totally agree with the Maybelline dream matte mousse foundation!! Abi πŸ™‚
    MyW0rldMyView #

  14. March 12, 2015 / 9:27 pm

    Great post! I agree with a lot of these.

    Jenna | jennaloves3.blogspot.co.uk

  15. March 12, 2015 / 10:30 pm

    So much I can relate to, after nearly 3 days of no sleep, hardly eating and playing nothing but the sims I deleted it sold it, never looked back and I haven't played it since! xoxo

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  16. March 12, 2015 / 11:41 pm

    This is so, so brilliant.

    Love this post! And can relate, too.

  17. March 13, 2015 / 12:05 am

    Haha I love this! I always bought the dream matte mousse even though i hated it, i think i used every shade they had through my teen age years.

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

  18. March 13, 2015 / 12:50 am

    I absolutely love this post! There are so many things on this list that my younger self definitely should have know as well πŸ˜€
    Especially to give up on the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse – it looked SO horrific!

    http://la-fille-lumineuse.blogspot.de/

  19. March 13, 2015 / 4:46 am

    Such a perfect post πŸ™‚ I was the same exact way with the Maybelline Dream matte mousse foundation- I wore it like 3 shades too dark and layered it on thick! Eww. I can finally laugh about it, though.

    x

  20. March 13, 2015 / 6:25 am

    Completely forgot about all those nights of signing out and signing back in to MSN! Does MSN even exist now?! I haven't used it in years!
    I would definitely tell my younger self not to worry over not having a boyfriend and to really not care what other people thought. I wish I'd been more confident as a teenager because looking back, the things I worried over really were not worth it.

  21. March 13, 2015 / 7:11 am

    Ah the days of a dial up modem, how frustrated I got at the time! Lots of great advice here which made me smile. I'd definitely tell myself not to waste my money trying to be cool and instead to invest some time in learning photography with my dad… I'd be so much better at it now if I'd used time in my younger years more wisely. Someone invent a time machine please!!
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  22. March 13, 2015 / 10:53 am

    I wish I knew people were just winging it when I was younger too. Everyone seemed like they had everything together, when they were in exactly the same boat as me.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

  23. March 13, 2015 / 11:47 am

    I love these kind of posts since I'm only 15, and you're completely right. I DO need to be more confident, and do more things that I ENJOY and stop being an internet addict. It's a lot harder than it seems, though.

    ZoesSecretStyle.blogspot.com

  24. March 13, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    3, 5 and 8 – How I wish I could tell 'em to my younger self!
    Lovely post, by the way. x

    ♦ daretodivee.blogspot.com

  25. March 13, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    This was lovely and I would love to go back and tell myself so many things. I don't regret playing Sims all day though.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

  26. March 13, 2015 / 2:54 pm

    Great tips – I wish I could go back and tell myself to do things a little differently.

    But it's all a learning curve isn't it πŸ™‚

    A Forte For Fashion

    x

  27. March 13, 2015 / 5:23 pm

    Laughed so much reading this, pretty much everything i can relate too. Apart from the dream matte mouse, i think my favourite was the natural collection foundation? Not pretty.
    love jen | jennifer's journal x

  28. March 14, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    Haha some of these are basically the same as the things I would have told myself. Especially about the Sims and MSN, as they were what my teenage years were spent on. Would love to see some pictures of you in the too dark foundation and with the jet black hair, just to see that you haven't always been perfect!

    Rachel x
    The Inelegant Wench

  29. March 14, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    Oh Dream Matte Mousse – we all wish we'd known a little more about makeup back then I think! And I can totally relate to that Sims addiction. Mine may still be around today… πŸ˜‰

    Kelly xx

    http://www.tea-books-eyeliner.com/

  30. March 14, 2015 / 8:25 pm

    Loved all these bits of advice, I defiantaly needed to bin the sims too! I spent way too much time focussing on my imaginary life and not on the real one!!
    Almsee x

  31. March 15, 2015 / 4:57 am

    Hahahahaha. Sims. Wow. My life! I think I've been playing it for ten or eleven years now! So much time (you know, the time that' used for procrastination) has gone into that game!

  32. March 16, 2015 / 10:50 am

    I can rely so much on every point of this list. It was amazing to read it πŸ™‚
    I really hope that some younger girls will come across it and find this helpful!
    Ellie from indiellie.com

  33. March 17, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    This made me laugh! Number 7 though, how true! I used sunbeds regularly as a 20 something (not ideal for pale skinned me) and now at age 34 i'm one week post surgery for a skin cancer on my face. Well done for addressing this issue! xx

  34. March 31, 2015 / 5:17 pm

    Great post! Relieved to discover I wasn't the only one wearing way too many layers of dream matte mousse!
    xx

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