I’m hitting 26 this year and although that isn’t jaw droppingly old, and I’ve got a few years still from 30, but I really feel like I have learned so much over the last 5 years and have grown up so much.
I know it seems like everyone and their dog struggles with anxiety, but I genuinely spent my late teens and early 20’s, really suffering and feeling like I was leading such a rollercoaster life. One minute I was the happiest person on the planet, and the next minute, feeling like the saddest person ever. It is really only the last year, that I’ve felt happier and more settled in myself and life, I’ve accepted myself and truly realised that you only live once, and you have to make the most of everything. And also trying to live by a little saying ‘happiest girls are the prettiest.’
I can’t reverse time, but I can reflect and give my younger self some advice to move forward with. I’m not being a ‘know it all’, far from it! Give it another 5 years and I’m sure I’ll have something else to worry about I’ll be back giving myself some more life advise before hitting 30!
Summing it up, here are 20 things I wish I could of told my 20 year old self….
And what I’m actually still telling myself now…
- When people tell you to stop worrying, try and listen. Worrying causes wrinkles and YOU DO NOT WANT WRINKLES! I’m now trying every anti-aging cream under the sun!
- There really are plenty of other fish in the sea. You think you’ll never find a better boyfriend, but you do and the tears they put you through really aren’t worth it.
- Buy the god damn shoes. Buy all the clothes you want whilst you’re living at home and have the extra cash to do so!
- 22 is not old. (I guess nor is 25 and a half, hooray!)
- Mum’s really do know best.
- You’ll find out who your real friends are soon and they’ll be your besties forever.
- MOISTURISE! Look after your skin! Get that H2o down you as well!
- It’s ok to watch and cry at all of the romantic films wishing to find the perfect guy. You won’t find that perfect one, but you will eventually find a good egg who isn’t far from perfect.
- LET IT GO. Don’t hold on to negativity, just let it go. Forget it.
- You aren’t overweight for goodness sake!
- Don’t try and fit in, just be you. Wear whatever you want and be whoever you want to be.
- Travel as much as possible and visit as many countries as you can. Although I got to travel for 4 months (I was 25), there is no age limit on seeing the world, so do it as much as you can! ‘Travelling leaves you speechless, then turns you in to a story teller’. Read my travel tips here!
- As my Grandma says ‘you always have a laugh with the girls’ and you do! Always make time for your friends.
- There is always going to be people that are skinnier, prettier, funnier, more stylish than you, but you are YOU and no one can be you.
- You probably won’t be married, or bought a house or had children by the time your 25 just like you thought. But its ok, I don’t know many 25 year olds who have achieved those things yet! ‘All good things come to those who wait’
- You DON’T have to have everything figured out. You don’t need to have the dream job right now either! Everything happens and develops with time
- You’ll eventually like your small boobs! You can get away with not wearing bras 😉
- Less is more! I used to have a bleach tint on my hair, and wear so much foundation and fake tan! When I look back at photos, I now think, why did you do that Laura?!?! Less is definitely more. I know we all want to beautify ourselves and I still fake tan and bleach my hair, but just in more of a natural way! (Me and my best friend used to do each other’s hair and take ages layering on the foundation, fake tan, fake eyelashes, and sometimes hair extensions!)
- Make YOU time. Keep an evening free for having a bath, painting nails, reading a magazine, maybe a hair mask and just a general relax. It makes you feel a million times better.
- Visit your grandparents/elderly relatives. When we are younger, we don’t really want to spend weekends visiting family, you want to be out and about with your friends. But if you’re lucky enough to have grandparents, see them as much as you can! God forbid anything happens to them, I’d feel so so so guilty if I hadn’t spent the time going to see them. I absolutely love visiting my grandparents. It really makes their day and it totally makes mine too.
I loved writing this post, writing things like this always puts things into perspective! I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know if you can relate to any of these!
Anyway, just a quick mention to my newest shoes! When I buy boots, I can honestly say, I wear them to death! I am so particular with boots and I loved these for ages, but I thought how much wear am I really going to get out of a bright red pair of boots? Turns out, a lot! They have gone with SO many outfits and such an easy way to add a pop of colour to my monochrome palette! There will be plenty more posts with these little beauties!