Advice To My Younger Self

Life goes by so fast, that I can hardly believe I have been out of high school for so long. Here are a few things I wish I had realized back then:

  • Always look up and never at your feet. I was no stranger to insecurity in middle and high school, but I wish I hadn’t have been so obvious about it. Whether you’re having a bad hair day, there’s a huge zit that not even cover-up will hide or you’re trying to avoid a bully, walk confidently with your shoulders back and head held high with a smile.
  • Pay attention and Study. I was an A/B student, but I wish I had paid more attention in school. It’s difficult not to become lazy, especially towards the end of high school. I could have easily been a straight A student if I had applied myself more. Pay attention and study because you really do need the “useless stuff” that they teach you.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff. God only knows how many times a day I embarrassed myself (and still do!), but you can’t let those moments bring you down. I used to obsess and go over what had happened in my head, which would just make me more upset and nervous. I wish I would have known to just brush it off, because there are plenty more embarrassing moments to come.
  • Open just 1 credit card. Once I turned 18, I had a part-time job and irresponsibly opened up every credit card that was offered to me.  Bad move. Instead, I wish I had opened up just one to build credit history and paid it off at the end of every month.
  • There are plenty of fish in the sea. I believe every teenager needs at least one heart break to realize what they truly want and deserve. It may feel like it at the time, but it is NOT the end of the world. Never lose yourself in a relationship and don’t ever be afraid to be alone. The next time you hear that famous line from your ex, “you’ll never find anyone again” – don’t believe it, it’s just a trap to get you back!

Stay healthy and beautiful!

Much love, Lindsay

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