With Charlotte Tilbury's Makeup Your Destiny campaign gathering momentum, I've seen more and more people approaching the subject of what advice they'd give to their younger selves. There are of course plenty of things beauty related I could add to the list (and maybe will at a later date), but there are so many more 'life lessons' I wish I'd have known when I was growing up. In fact, almost all of them are things that I still need to remind myself of now.
- Make an effort with those that mean the most. I have a habit of relying on other people to put in all the effort, whatever my relationship with them. I'm definitely the kind of person that feels guilty for contacting people first and looking back I've probably lost a lot of friends that way. Some of those people made a hugely positive impact on my life and I wish I'd never lost touch with them.
- Appreciate time spent with family. Moving away from home has really made me appreciate the time I spend with my family a lot more than I used to. I feel as though it can be something you easily take for granted growing up and I'd definitely tell myself to take a step back realise how lucky I was; especially when it comes to those that are no longer around.
- Push yourself. I never made any attempt to separate myself from the crowd - and still don't to a large extent. I'd remind myself that at that age I really didn't have much to lose. I did fairly well academically but I was incredibly lazy; a trait that I can still see in myself today and wish I'd have shaken off sooner.
- Enjoy your school years. School was by far the most fun and enjoyable time of my life - I only wish I'd taken the time to appreciate it. After a rough start I found myself really liking where I was and making some friends that even now I miss daily. Whilst I never hated school, I would tell myself not to wish the time away so easily (growing up isn't all it's cut out to be).
- Have a little more self belief. This is one that I need to act upon even now, as failing to take up great opportunities due to a lack of confidence is a pattern that runs throughout my entire life. I'm naturally incredibly shy and have never had a great deal of belief in myself, although I wish that I'd have made more use of the support network I had around me and listened to them a little more often.