5 Things I’d Tell My Teenage Self

Unlike a lot of people, I was actually one of those girls that loved going to school. Don’t get me wrong, some of the lessons didn’t half bore me to death but in general it was never a place I hated going. Saying that, there are so many things I would love to tell my teenage self (ya know, all the things your mum told you that you ignored because you thought you knew best?…)

1) Not everybody is going to like you, and that’s ok.

This is so bloody important. Yes Sarah, you’ve always been the kind of girl to get on with everybody, talk to just about anybody who will listen and moving schools around 8 times when you were younger meant making friends was thankfully never a difficult task. It’s natural to care what people think about you, especially at such a young age but just because one person has fallen out with you, does not mean the whole world is against you, drama queen… It’s important to remember that every single person in the world has a completely different personality, and not all of them are going to fit alongside yours. You will soon find an amazing bunch of people who you will instantly bond with, and then it honestly won’t matter that the girl you’ve never spoken to apparently doesn’t like you. Her loss anyway, am I right??

2) Not getting a full set of A* results does not mean you aren’t going to be successful.


Please don’t even get me started on how much you will begin to loathe the education system. The constant drilling of having to do exceptionally well to get into university, get amazing jobs and to do well in life is draining. Some people just suck at exams (and I’m afraid you will be one of them – sorry!). Justifying everybody by the same exam when everybody’s mind works in different ways is just absurd. The only thing you should be aiming to do is your best. Motivation, drive and lots of determination will take you very far in this world, I promise!

3) Save your money!


I say this as the 20 year old girl who decided she would love to move out but will never have sufficient funds to do so. Honestly, how do people afford all off these adult bills? Buy a piggy bank. Put your pennies in. Save that god damn money. That pair of Louboutin’s you have wanted for so long are not going to pay for themselves I’m afraid!

4) Don’t wish your life away.


You may think you can’t wait to turn 18 & 21, but trust me on this one, you can. Cherish all the moments you have when you’re younger, no bills, no responsibilities, they’re the best years ever. Enjoy not having to spend all your wages on Jager bombs, that time will come. Enjoy school, and most of all enjoy seeing your friends everyday!!! When they all go to university you will realise how much you took for granted them always being around.

5) Regardless of what you may think, you are not always right.


Slightly hypocritical maybe, for the girl who would realise her point is wrong and still continue to argue the point, but hey ho. When your mum tries to steer you away from blonde highlights, Helly Hanson jackets, chino’s and multiple bad hair choices, please for the love of god just listen to her. She does actually have your best interests at heart whether you think she’s just being mean or not.

What would you tell your younger self?
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Love Yourself

‘You will never look like that girl in the magazine. Hell, the girl in the magazine doesn’t even look like the girl in the magazine’

Body image is absolutely everywhere. On the streets, in the magazines, on the TV.. you can’t really escape from it. The harsh expectation that girls should all have flat stomachs, a thigh gap and fit in to size 0 clothes is haunting us in every direction. I’ve never been a really small, petite girl and I never will be, my body just is not built that way. I’ve also never particularly thought myself as fat, either. In the past, luckily I’ve never had any major problems with my weight. I wasn’t ‘skinny’, I wasn’t ‘fat’ – I was just an average size for a teenage girl (or so I thought until my wii fit told me I was overweight. Damn thing hasn’t been out in years since..).

Like a lot of people, I’ve had the odd passing comment about my weight which never really bothered me until recently. Don’t get me wrong, I still don’t look at myself and ‘God Sarah, you’re huge!’, but I have been putting on weight for the past few months which is starting to eat away at me. Tonight, I start the gym which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while but I’ve never really had the confidence. Okay rewind, confidence to go to the gym?! That sounds quite silly. I used to do loads of exercise up until starting a full-time job and now that I don’t do as much I just feel like I’m going to stand out like a sore thumb when everyone’s easily working out with their amazing bodies and I’m struggling to reach 200 steps on the walking machine (okay a little exaggerated.. but you get where I’m coming from).

Where did this come from?

It suddenly dawned on me on holiday (a hen party weekend) that I was the least body confident I have ever been. I was suddenly the girl who didn’t want to get into her bikini because she felt too big for it so spent the day covered up instead. Er, who is this girl?! And where did these expectations come from.. not cool! I’ve never moaned about weight, I think it’s quite a hit and miss subject because if you hate your body you’re ‘attention seeking’ and if you love your body you’re ‘self absorbed’ – ugh what a load of crap.

Love Yourself - teaching girls

Small reminder that whether you’re a size 6 or a size 14, you’re beautiful. Wear what you want, eat what you want, exercise as much as you want. If you’re feeling confident within yourself, you’re winning at life. If you’re not feeling confident? There’s tonnes of time to change that. Whether it’s starting the gym, starting a new hobby, eating healthier, you’ve got this. YOU have all the control in the world over your body and what it looks like. Find that body you’re confident in and love the hell out of it.

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Hen Weekend Antics

Hola Amor!

Thank goodness for google translate on that one.. I did actually do Spanish at GCSE however the only thing I can remember how to say is ‘Cockroaches in the bathroom’ – I’m sure someday this phrase will come in super handy right??

Anyway I thought I’d start in Spanish as I arrived home from Spain yesterday (boooo) and I want to update you all on how much of a fabulous weekend I’ve had. As you’ll have seen on my previous blog post, I was invited on a hen weekend to Magaluf with a whopping 25 hens.

Hen Weekend Antics - Hens

Now first things first, I had absolutely nothing to worry about in terms of not knowing anybody – what an incredible bunch of ladies! I don’t tend to have problems with meeting people as I usually to talk to anybody who listens and I do work with customers but I think when you’re abroad and with the same people constantly for a couple of days I felt a little bit more pressure to settle in within the group. I can honestly say I think I’ve made a couple of friends for life and I am very excited to be seeing them all again in a couple of weeks for Chloe’s big day!

Magaluf.. what was it like?!

What I would like to say is that I actually thought Magaluf was beautiful. Obviously, the strip was nothing special but the view from our hotel room was absolutely spectacular. The rooms looked straight out to sea – there was no land between us which was a little scary at first. The hotel we stayed in was Universal Florida Hotel which was only a short walk from the main strip however it was up a massive hill so we all came home with very achy bones. The food was absolutely delicious and once we got there we decided to upgrade to all inclusive which was a real bargain as all we did was eat and drink cocktails all day – one San Francisco please!

Hen Weekend Antics - Room View

What did I do?

We had three nights out altogether and went in all the cheesy bars – who doesn’t love a bit of cheese on a night out?? The second night was Disney night where everyone dressed up as different characters. I had an absolute nightmare with my Pocahontas outfit (the more you read of my blog, the more you will realise how clumsy I am and that something always goes wrong for me) – but the girls perked me up and I ended up having a brilliant night. Each bar we went in kept playing Disney songs for us and we got so many brilliant comments. Chloe looked absolutely beautiful – she had dressed up as Rapunzel with an amazing replica wig and a super gorgeous dress. It’s no surprise that she had won the Best Dressed at the award ceremony!

On the last day one of the hens had planned for us to go to a Cocktail making class. In all honesty, we were all absolutely beaten from the previous two nights out that we didn’t really have much energy but once we got there we had such a fabulous time. The bar lady made 5 different cocktails for us all to try and then we got to make our own. I went for a classic ‘Sex on the Beach’ and it was so yummy – even though I really didn’t feel like drinking at this point!

Hen Weekend Antics - Cocktail Making

This will be a weekend I remember for such a long time. The maid on honour, the bridesmaid’s and Chloe’s sister and mother had done such an amazing job at arranging everything for us, which I think is amazing as it must be so hard with a group of 25!

Hope you all had a lovely bank holiday!

Love,

S x

*A big thank you for all the hens posting pictures in the group chat so I could upload a couple on here. My phone memory is full to the brim so I couldn’t take any photos all holiday!

 

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