Monday, 20 March 2017

Guest Blog Post: 'A letter to my 16 year old self' by Danie-Jade

Hiya everyone, my name is Danie-Jade and I am a full time beauty, fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. My blog is my online thoughts and opinions on latest trends, reviews and my tips and tricks. Today I wanted to do something different and so I'm here to share with you all, a letter I have written to my 16-year-old self.

I was quite shy as a 16-year-old; reserved, quiet and not very confident. At 16 I was taking my GCSE's, leaving high school and praying I was going to get into Sixth Form/College.

I turned 20 on the 7th March and in 4 years I have changed dramatically as a person. I have become a complete different person to who I thought I was going to be and I've finally accepted that I am happy with who I have become. My 16-year-old self used to worry that I would grow up to not be liked and today I would tell my younger self that it's okay. Not everybody is going to like you in this world, you're not going to be everybody's cup of tea, but that's okay.

When I was 16 I was worried that I was going to lose my friends at the time when we all went our separate ways. I was worried that I wouldn't make new friends and would be alone in my college classes with nobody to talk too. In truth I did lose the majority of those friends and haven't spoken to them since they didn't support me with what I was going through at the time. I made wonderful new friends in college who I still talk to today and they have proved to be better friends than some that I have known my entire life. I would tell my 16-year-old self that it's okay if you make new friends and leave your old ones behind because your REAL friends will stick by you no matter what.

I wasn't that confident in myself 4 years ago and I used to feel very insecure about my body and image. I used to wish that I looked like other girls and would try to change my look to suit what society classed as "pretty." I dyed my hair, I got my nose pierced and done a load of squats and actually started to feel happy in my changing body shape. This might have been at attempt to impress somebody (which I think it did) and to show somebody else what they threw away, but all in all I was doing it to impress myself. Looking back now I would tell my 16-year-old self "you go girl" because I was so self motivated and determined that I began to see a change in myself that I was proud of.

I would tell my 16-year-old self not to worry about ANYTHING, and to just enjoy everyday as it comes because life is too short and we all grow up way to quickly.

Danie-Jade xx


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