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Things I Would Tell My Teenage Self


Do not over pluck your eyebrows
Enough said.

Take better care of your skin
I got so lazy during my teens and didn’t take care of my skin properly. I’ve rarely used a product for a minimum of a month and thinking about it, some of the products I’ve tried back then, I’m using now. I was just impatient and thought results would be instant. It got to the point where the routine was just non-existent.

Get out there more
I was very shy and timid. Ever since going to university, I had become more outgoing. I ended enjoying life more and the way I think had changed as well as my perspective of life. It helped me be more confident. I’ve done many things right out of my comfort zone and it was a great feeling.

Watch what you eat
It will thank you later in the future. Back then, I didn’t realise what I ate would affect my skin. Breaking out in various places thinking it’s just hormones and puberty. I would say it’s 50/50. I should have taken care of my body a lot better. I would be in a better place now if I did.

Smile more
I had barely smiled properly and never smiled with my teeth showing. And now, I smile too much! Even a simple hi at work walking past a colleague and I burst out a smile.

Saying no is ok too
I tend to have trouble saying no then come up with a reason just so I would avoid saying “no” or any other variations. I thought it has always been rude to say it. Now, when things get too much, the simple no would save me from all of the stress or emotions I may face. No one takes offence.

Opening up will help you lots
I’ve always been the type to keep everything to myself and pretended everything was OK. I would never open up to my closest friends until I’ve cracked. Getting things off my chest is the best feeling and listening to what others say, had helped me through the best to the worst of times.

What’s the number one thing you would say to your teenage self?

31 comments so far.

31 responses to “Things I Would Tell My Teenage Self”

  1. Rhian Westbury says:

    I totally agree with all of these esp the look after your skin one. I was so bad as a teenager with remembering to properly care for my skin! I regret it now x

  2. Hannah Green says:

    Definitely agree with all of these hun, you're so right! So many things we could teach are younger selves. Hope you're well x

  3. mummy Mess says:

    I agree as I am guilty on most things from over plucking the eyebrows up to not watching what I eat. xx

  4. Laura Ferry says:

    I agree with ALL of these but especially the saying No. I needed to learn that so long ago xxx

  5. Michelle / Daisybutter says:

    Yes to all of these! The eyebrows especially, hahaha~ growing those badboys back is a nightmare! xx

  6. Jamie Lewis says:

    Yes, Yes, YESSSSS to all of these. Especially the eyebrows. lol… Love this post!!

  7. Lost Voyage says:

    "Do not over pluck your eyebrows" sound like my mom 🙂

  8. Elizabeth O. says:

    I would tell that to my teenage self as well. There were to many things that I missed out on before, and knowing that now, I wish I could go back in time and warn myself.

  9. Erica Villas says:

    "Do not overpluck your eyebrows" OMG ABSOLUTELY. It took me a while to grow it back out for the shape I wanted it. I would also tell myself that despite it all (yes, despite the overplucked eyebrows too), everything is going to be OK.

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  11. beautyqueenuk says:

    Number 1 everytime, if only I knew then what I know now x

  12. Jess | Just Jesss says:

    This is a lovely post! I also wish I'd left my eyebrows alone…

    Jess xo

  13. Gil Camporazo says:

    All these things you mention are the so-called life's basic of making yourself enjoy life to its fullest. You know what it takes for you to follow these things in toto is timing and discipline. If you lack them, I don't know if you tell yourself as you wanted to.

  14. Alice Furlan says:

    some great tips you give here!! Eyebrows, smiling and eating better would definitely be on my list! 😀

  15. Mums Babies says:

    Well for me get out more there is so apt. I was too shy to speak up with lot of people.

  16. Fred Hawson says:

    We can say this easily in hindsight, but it is hard if we have not yet developed enough confidence during our teenage years. It will still depend on how we were nurtured by our parents at that time.

  17. Jiawun - says:

    This is my exact list too! I'm also very shy, but I'm starting university soon and I really want to get out there more x

  18. Phylicia Marie Pineda says:

    Everything here is totally relatable! I really regret all the junk food and fast food I consumed back then, I would have had clear skin if I just stuck to healthy food.

  19. Franc says:

    I think you get to realize on the things you should have done before like taking care of your skin and getting out there. It just means you're a lot smarter now.

  20. Kelly Chin says:

    Plus learn new things because when you are young your brain and body is stronger to accept new challenge on life.

  21. Cheryl F says:

    Id definitely tell the same things to myself especiall number two. There are light regrets but I wish I would have take care of my skin better when I was younger.

  22. Tiffany Yong W.T. says:

    What will I say to my teenage self? Hmm… I guess I have led the life as I wanted and appreciate the times back then? Maybe I will tell myself to go explore acting from then instead of waiting till now!

  23. Rakel says:

    Number 1, 2 and 3 for me too! 😉

    great post!

  24. Raymond Vasquez says:

    Smile more! That's the best. I've known people because of those smiles! 😀 Smile is the cheapest and greatest accessory you can wear that will never go out of style.

  25. yvonnembertoldo says:

    Saying No is Ok too! I should've been more careful on a lot of decisions I made in the past. Results really made an impact up to the present.

  26. Esha says:

    Smiling more is really important! Agree with the rest too.

  27. Fernando Lachica says:

    It's differently from my own viewpoint and yes, sometimes, I did it but not good in real life. The reality of life in present time weighs more than thinking about the past.

  28. Cebuana Mom says:

    These can be applied to anyone of all ages. It's never too late to start doing it now. 🙂

  29. Laura - Alagoz says:

    I agree with all, I too didn't take as much care of my skin when I was teen

    Pink Frenzy

  30. Maria-Isabel Gridley says:

    What a thoughtful and fun post. It honestly gave me goosebumps! I often see things kinds of posts and dont relate as much. I often wonder what WOULD I tell my teenage self? Now I know… With the exception of taking care of your skin (i was always good about that) I think every single on of these things apply to me – and I would have LOVED to tell my teenage self. Thanks so much for sharing!

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