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What advice would you give to your younger self?
Learn how to manage your money better. I’ve made so many foolish mistakes regarding finances and my credit score, baybeeeee! Thats the only major regret. Should’ve been reading fundamentals to being an entrepreneur at 14 instead of being so eager yo work for other people.
I’m still fairly young and learning new things everyday but the most important lesson for me, especially as a woman of faith, is to trust in the process. There is always a lesson to be learnt and no experience is ever a waste of time. Things will work out for my good in the end, they always have done and they always will do, but trusting the process makes it a lot less stressful and allows me to enjoy my journey to the fullest! I’ve wasted so much time in the past worrying and stressing about things that were out of my control- I would definitely tell my younger self to trust the process and trust God more than anything!
RELAX. The five year uber detailed plan won’t turn out the way you’re currently imagining. It will be much, much better. There’s so much to learn and experience that it’s impossible to predict exactly where you will be in life. Fair warning: there will be significant ups as well as significant downs. There will be setbacks, tears, celebrations, surprises. Keep going and push for what you believe in and your wildest dreams will come true.
When I was in high school I believed I was going to medical school in the states and become a family physician, never leaving home. Man was I wrong. Life has allowed me to travel, I’m following through with school but in the Caribbean. I’ve overcome major depression and anxiety as well as lost significant weight and taken back my health. So to sum it all up: decide what you want, make a plan, stick to it, allow for the universe to shake things up where needed.
DO WHAT YOU WANT. You are allowed to make mistakes, just don’t make the same mistake more than once. Find three good people who would drop what they’re doing when you’re in a crisis. Cut off people that your parents don’t like (That’s a tricky one, but trust me, your dad is SO RIGHT about that boy you like). Forgive people, because grudges are so unhealthy. Don’t rush to grow up, being a “real” adult is only fun when you’re off work and it isn’t the first of the month.
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SLOW DOWN!! Be content with who and where you are. Trust the process. I recall being 18, a freshman in college and thinking I knew more than enough to get me by. When I turned 21, I took a look back and quickly realized how wrong I was. Even now, I look back at how much of a false sense of understanding I had regarding life back then. You want so badly to know best for yourself, even if that means knowing more than your parents (and you do not know the half). I would also advise my younger self not to compare myself to those around me. Sometimes it’s not meant for you to be like everyone else or do the same thing they’re doing. As a matter of fact, it’s probably best that you’re different. Everybody has different lives to lead, and if you just slow down and be patient, you’ll one day see exactly why there’s not a need to compare yourself to your peers. My younger self should know that I still today have these moments where I step back and realize that I just learned something completely new. They didn’t lie when they said you learn something new every day!
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Show yourself the same love that you show others. You can’t stretch yourself thin trying to be and do everything for everybody when you’re running on fumes yourself. It’s okay to tell others no in order to make time for you.
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I would tell myself to slow down and use better judgment. Live life, but don’t risk it all so fast. A lot of fun memories and great stories came way too close to being tragic accidents or near death experiences. I would have taken opportunities that were presented to me at the time. It could have potentially changed or molded my future in a different but positive way.
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