Things I Wish I Could Tell My Teenage Self

I recently watched some home movies with the fam. One of which was of my 18th birthday and I have to say, I was somewhat horrified by what I saw… a rather chubby, ungrateful brat, with a serious need of a makeover. Okay, I might be being ever so slightly harsh on my looks, but the personality was seriously lacking in sparkle. It’s funny really, because although parents are notorious for relaying how vile our teenage years were, it’s not until we’re out the other side (and watching it on TV!) that we can truly appreciate just how horrid we were. I honestly couldn’t even recognise myself and it got my thinking, if only I could go back to that girl now and tell her a few home truths.

1. Babes, have you ever heard of dressing for your shape?

Clearly not! It wasn’t until second year of uni that I really started to understand how to put a look together. Before that it was like a fashion crime scene, smeared in bright orange fake tan. I’d love to be able to sit myself down and teach myself a thing or two or perhaps just hit the shops.

2. Your Parents Are Amazing.

This is a major one! I really think my rents are totally awesome. Yes at 16 I found them embarrassing, I guess most of us did! But I wish I could remind myself of how kind, generous and hilarious they both are. No matter what, they’re always there for my brother and I and they’re the most important people in the world.

3. Get ya butt to the gym. Your current self will look and feel better and your future self (me) will thank you for it!

4. Be kind.

Karma is a bitch and I truly believe that what goes around comes around. So be kind and going back to my earlier point, be especially kind to your family. Cause it will bite you in the butt if not.


5. Who Cares About The In Crowd!

I spent years worrying about what people thought of me and wanting to be friends with the so called ‘popular crowd’. How I’d love to go back and say to myself, “who bloody cares”. In the last couple of years, I would say I’ve finally accepted myself for who I am. That’s not to say I don’t want to change and improve things, of course I do. But I happy in my own skin and I only have space for real friends in my life. If I’d have only accepted that from day one, I’d have probably saved myself a lot of ball ache, but as they say… hindsight is a great thing.

6. And speaking of the popular crowd, keep your eyes on those geeks.

These peeps will have transformed into pretty hot guys/gals, with great jobs and flashy cars. Need I remind you of Neville Longbottom? Look at that geek now (insert heart eye emoji).

7. Everything Will Be Okay. 

You spend so much of your teenage years worrying. Will I meet a boy? Will I get into uni? What am I going to be when I grow up? Do I fit in? I wouldn’t want to tell myself exactly how my journey has turned out so far, but I wish I could tell myself (and my rents) that everything will turn out okay in the end.

8. Do me a favour and start blogging mate.

This point probably only makes sense if you caught up with my latest post, but if you did… a girl can dream ay.


  • Diana Maria

    I loved reading this post! I wish I could tell myself how amazing my parents are back then, but I’m glad part of me always knew that and that I appreciate them so much now. You look so beautiful in these photos! xx

    Sending light & love your way,
    My Lovelier Days

  • You should do a “style evolution” kind of post, I’d be so curious to see you like 6 years ago with all that fake tan on :P
    I’m still not over the phase of “oh shit what I am gonna do of my life?” but I think Steve Jobs was right when he said that “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
    Finger crossed!!

    Caterina |

    • Haha, I’m not sure I could post them! That is such a great quote, I can’t believe I’ve not heard it before. x

  • I love all of these!

    xx Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  • i really wish i started blogging and youtube earlier…but i was just too shy.

  • Kiri Yanchenko

    I wish I could have said soooo many things to my teenage self.
    Yes the gym is one – started when I was 24 I think.
    Don’t sweat the small stuff.
    And yes – I totally agree with the crowd statement.
    I was never part of the crowd – but I did worry what others thought…
    Great post topic – it really made me read!
    Set to Glow

    • Glad you enjoyed it lovely. Don’t sweat the small stuff is a great one x

  • i loved reading this !
    i wish i could have said so many things to myself too!
    i agree with you on everything that you said especially on the things related to our parents!

  • I love this post! And you look stunning. And yes we definitely need a reminder that our parents are amazing! I also wish I started blogging and youtube much earlier!


  • I love reading this! And if I have the chance to tell something to my teenage self, it would be 99% of what you write in here, haha.

    Michelle Morchella

  • Lisa Autumn

    I saw loads of youtube versions of this but I LOVED to read your thoughts.. it’s such a great way to get to know someone and their past a bit more :)

    xx Lisa |

    • Ohh really? I’ll have to check out some Youtube videos x

  • Peppermint Dolly

    This is such a great post – love it and was giving you virtuatl high-fives throughout – I can totally related to lots of this!!


  • The Sunday Mode

    Oh man, preach! I wish I could go back and tell myself so many things but mainly to stop bloody worrying all the time!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  • Thanks for sharing this! I’m turning 21 next month and I needed this!
    I feel like I’m falling behind just because sometimes I don’t feel brave enough you know.. haha

  • Kris

    This post is amazing and I’ve really enjoyed reading it. I love your style of writing! Besides, all that you’ve written is soooo true!

    Keep up with the good work,

    xx Kris

  • I love this post! It’s so raw and real. I’m in my twenties now and I feel like I am having more and more times of reflection! xx

    with love, Jordyn |

  • Love your honesty in this post :) xo

    Editionemmagrace – Lifestyle blogger & style sharer

  • jho

    So…this was perfect in every way. Ha! The geeks definitely will surprise you. I wish I had stuck to blogging when I first started out but I have learned a lot throughout the years.

    The Girl on the Tamarind Hill