Hey sweets! Today's blog post is in connection with this week's YouTube video, which you can watch below. I thought I would do this is a blog post as well to write a little bit more information on what I mean.
So today's post is all about what I would tell my teenage self knowing what I know now...if that makes any sense?! I picked out 5 points and explained them briefly in my video but below I have talked about them in a little more detail.
1. Stop worrying about if someone doesn't like you.
In school I was always worried about what people thought of me, whether people liked me, if people liked what I was wearing etc. Now this wasn't me fishing for friends or anything like that I just used to want to fit in, as we all do in school. I had a large group of friends so really I had nothing to worry about but I think this is something that all teenagers go through in school. We're all worried about 'fitting in' when really who even layed down the lies of what 'fitting in' means anyway?! Since leaving school, infact, since leaving full-time education I've come to realize that I don't really care what people think of me or if they like what I'm wearing, if I like it I'm going to wear it! It really doesn't matter what people think either, so long as you're a nice, kind person then those you mind what you are doing don't matter and those who matter will never mind, they'll love you for you!
2. Work harder to achieve better grades,
I didn't do great in my GCSE's due to a lot of my 'friends' in school ditching me and a couple of my other friends. There was no reason for it, it was just what they decided to do at the time. We still don't talk now! But the fact is I spent way too long crying over it instead of revising. If I could see my teenage self now I would shake her and say 'Forget about them, concentrate on you!'. My GCSE grades did not effect my future at all, I still did well enough to get a Triple Distinction in my BTEC course, a Merit in my Pre-Degree course and get a degree in Fashion at university, so it didn't stop me at all, but I just wish I gave myself the best chance of getting good grades.
3. Stop telling yourself you can't do something.
I annoy myself because as a teenager I had good intentions to do something and then as soon as I came across a hurdle I would give up and tell myself I couldn't do it. And this could be anything from sports to learning Spanish, I was useless at being determined to do something. I know teachers and parents always say 'you can do anything you put your mind to' but you never listen as a teenager so I wish I could tell myself that and make myself believe it!
4. When 'friends' ditch you, shrug it off.
Now this one I have briefly touched on already in number 2 so I won't repeat myself, but to add to it I would tell myself that everything happens for a reason, it may seem horrible right now but this isn't the 'be all and end all' it will get better, you'll find new friends in college and you'll realize that you are so much better off!
5. Be sensible with money.
Lastly, I would tell myself to be sensible with money whilst still living at home. Always think about what you are buying, does it have longevity? Will you still like it in 3 months time? Because now that I am renting and paying bills it is a lot harder to save money, let me tell you! If only I'd saved more when I was in college (because university was expensive in itself!) then I would be a lot better off now! I have no debts, apart from my uni tuition fees, but I would just feel more comfortable now if I had saved all those years ago when I got my first job!
So those are my 5 points on what I would tell my teenage self. Please watch the video below and give me a cheeky thumbs up! What would you tell your teenage self? I'd love to know so please comment below :)