Saturday, 20 April 2013

Advice For My Teenage Self

Hello you lovely ladies. I know I've been a bit MIA in blogging, this is due to a very stressful time at work, personal life and also down to the fact my memory card has broken and I've not replaced it. I'm moving house next week and everything is up in the air so once I'm settled back down into my new house and got a new memory card, regular blogging will commence.

I've seen these posts floating around and I always think they're interesting to read. There are times where I sit back with my best friends and talk about high school and sixth form and looking back now and learning a lot, there are a few things I'd tell myself to prepare me for the future.

"The thing is each one of us is the sum total of every moment that we’ve ever experienced with all the people we’ve ever known. And it’s these moments that become our history. Like our own personal greatest hits of memories that we play and replay in our minds over and over again."

I've always been fairly knowledgeable when it comes to make-up and watching Youtube videos from a young age, I had a vague understanding but looking back, I wish I'd left my eyebrows alone! I plucked and plucked till they were barely visable, apparently that seemed to be a popular thing back then? It was definitely not, looking like you've got no eyebrows is certainly not a good look. I'm now 20 years old and only just grown my eyebrows back to a suitable thickness and shape. Another trend was cat flick eyeliner, of course eyeliner is an alien concept to me and not something I find that suits me, but during a slightly "emo" phase, I lined my eyes with black kohl. Safe to say I've learnt my lesson and eyeliner is banished!

I didn't really enjoy school if I'm honest, I lost all motivation to be there and when the end of sixth form came, I was just so glad to be out of there that I didn't care what A Levels I got or how well I did, I wanted to leave as soon as I could. Looking back, I know I could of worked a lot harder. I treated sixth form as a social club really, spending time with friends, skipping lessons, not doing coursework and avoiding school work as much as I could. I passed my A Levels but didn't do well enough to get into University, I didn't want to go to University but I felt a lot of pressure during A Levels to do well and go to University because that was the "done thing". I've had 3 years of my life going from A Levels studying English and Media and then onto college to study Beauty Therapy and still not knowing what I want to do as a career. Overall I wish I'd worked a bit harder but at the moment, I'm enjoying taking life as it comes so this advice would be bittersweet.

I have a handful of best friends, people I can confide in and those who I can trust and would put my life in their hands. They are the best friends I could ask for but during high school I had my fair share of bitches, liars and backstabbers. Looking back now, I was involved with the "popular" kids at school, think Mean Girls and some of the girls were absolute bitches. I found I struggled to get on with a lot of them, I would fall out and we'd argue and then everyone would just talk about each other behind their backs. I'm the type of person who is far too gobby for my own good and if I don't like something or agree with it, I'm pretty vocal, this caused a lot of grief during GCSE years and I would find myself being the one to speak out and tell someone I had a problem instead of bitching behind their back. Looking back, I would of preferred myself to keep my mouth shut and just get on with school. I have the most amazing best friends now and they're the people who've supported me, been honest to my face and been real, true friends.

Body Image
I started to lose weight at a young age, getting to a sensible weight and size I loved. I felt so much more confident but the split of my parents massively affected this to the point where I put the weight back on. Since then I've moved houses and not really been settled, so my weight has yo-yo'ed for as long as I can remember. I wish I'd carried on with my progress and weight loss so that now, I'd be happier with my body image and more confident.

There we have it, please feel free to leave your advice for your teenage self below or leave the links to your posts, I love reading these. But now, at 20 years old, I've very much become someone who takes life day-by-day and enjoys things as they come.
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