Monday, 5 November 2012

A letter to my 16 year old self

I saw this blog post here and thought it was a really great idea, so here is the advice and all the things I wish I had known at 16, maybe one day I'll look back and have some advice for the 26 year old me!

1 - Stop worrying about whether the boy is ever going to call you, he will, but you won't be interested.

2 - Go out on week nights, wear wildly inappropriate clothing, dye your hair a crazy colour and drink too much alcohol - trust me by the time you get to 26 you won't be able too!

3 - 10 years from now you will be teaching and rather than it being the nightmare you imagine it will be your greatest love in life.

4 - Pick up the phone and phone your grandad more, the time is fast approaching when he won't be there anymore.

5 - University will be the greatest time of your life, you'll meet your future husband and make friends for life!

6 - Craig and James may be the 2 most annoying people you know right now, but they will eventually become your ultimate allies in life. Treasure the moments you get to spend together before you leave home at 18.

7 - Start standing up for yourself, those friends that are walking all over you now will continue to do so until you stop letting them, save yourself the misery and cut them out now.

8 - Embrace your curly hair, you have no idea how much you'll love it and how much other people will wish they had naturally curly hair (besides you'll be brought GHDs at 21 and you'll get the best of both worlds!)

9 - Your (our?!) mom and dad will be your closest confidantes, they will go on to constantly amaze you and will be the first people you phone with any news whether it be good or bad.

10 - You are going to travel and live in some amazing places, but that village you hate so much now will always remain home in your heart.

11 - Stick with the dancing it may seem hard now but all the work will pay off, one day that is what is going to pay your bills.

12 - You will never, ever feel a grown up. That's a good thing, having fun and being able to laugh at yourself is important.

13 - You will one day stop biting your nails, until then stick with the fake nails and get on with life.

14 - Never ever settle for something that doesn't excite you, sometimes walking away is exactly what you need to do.

15 - You are currently debating having blonde highlights, DO NOT do it, just because it looks good on other people it will look awful on you and you'll spend weeks looking like a bird has pooped on your head.

16 - Those red trousers with things dangling off them that you love so much are hideous - do yourself a favour and just throw them away.

17 - Learn to look in the mirror and like what you see, otherwise you'll end up being a 26 year old who constantly finds imperfections that aren't there.

18 - Wear lipstick, nothing will ever make you feel as glamourous as a good lipstick.

19 - Listen to your mom - cleaning your face every night now might seem like a chore but it's one of the best bits of advice you'll be given.

20 - Don't sweat the small stuff, but the time you are 26 you'll have forgotten all about it. The next 10 years are full of mostly happy memories which you'll treasure forever.

This was lots of fun to do, what would you tell your 16 year old self if you could go back in time?


  1. this was a great post! I might take this on too but I'm not sure I'd have much helpful advice, still!

    1. It did take me a while to write, but it was funny the amount of things that I worried about when I was 16! x

  2. I'm definitely doing this one! I keep seeing them around but you have spurred me on to do it!

    1. YAY! This was so much fun to do - it's kind of funny to remember the things that seemed so much of a problem when you're 16 x

  3. I love this post - I am also going to jump on this. You have awakened so many memories I had forgotten. THANK YOU!

    1. It was so much fun to do, but also a little cringeworthy as I remembered different things! Let me know if you do it :) x