What Advice Would You Give Your 14 year old self?

February 9, 2017

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What advice would you give your 14 year old self?

Yesterday I went to a really fun event that my friend Katie hosted with Glitter Guide. Lately, I’ve been passing on events because it’s just too hard to go with Augustine and I’m trying to keep him on a schedule if I can. {It’s made such a difference in his sleep but that’s a topic for another post!} I went to this event though because Katie always puts together an inspiring group of women and whenever I leave her events I feel more connected to other LA creatives, and I also feel more inspired. Something fun that Katie does at her events is play a game of Conversation where everyone is given a question to think about and answer. My question was, “What advice would you give your 14-year-old self?” I feel like I knew my answer immediately.

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At 14, I was a freshman in high school playing soccer and making new friends. I was just starting my high school experience, and it was my first time at a co-ed school since elementary school {I went to an all-girls middle school for 6th, 7th, and 8th}. I was a good student but probably thought about my high school crush more than I needed to. If I could go back in time, or just talk to my 14-year-old self, I would say, “Girl, don’t even think about boys right now. Focus on school, build lasting memories with your friends, be a little less sassy with your parents, and gain experiences that can help you decide what you want to be one day. Don’t worry about being popular or impressing your crush. But if it helps, though, he’ll like you back Senior year!”

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I think my 14-year-old self would be pretty glad with how things turned out, though. I’m still best friends with the same three girls {love you Lizzie, Hanna, and Pauline}, and somehow I found my way to where I needed to be. I don’t think I was ever mean to anyone but there were definitely times where I could have reached out and befriended people who were having a harder time. I would want to tell my younger self to be as loving and caring as possible to others because high school is full of challenges that often go beyond the classroom. Everyone has their own insecurities, even the popular kids. I’d want to encourage myself to be real, confident and genuine. These would be good reminders for me at 14, but especially today!

What would you tell your 14-year-old self? I’d love to hear!

xox

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