Saturday, August 8, 2015

5 Things I Wish The Younger Me Knew...

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Janes, do you ever catch a glimpse of yourself in someone else? Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation with someone and thought "I can totally relate; sounds like the story of my life...if only I'd known then what I know now..."?

So many things I wish I could tell my younger self! Where do I even start?

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In general: Trust your gut. Seriously, your intuition is better than you think. And don't be a doormat. Your needs are just as important as everybody else's and it's good to say "this is what I need." Don't be afraid to walk away if your needs aren't met. You deserve happiness.

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To my middle school self: Time is the great equalizer. Some day that girl who made your life hell every day, teasing you, flicking stuff in your hair, bumping into you on purpose in the halls making you drop your junk will serve you and your beautiful child dinner through a drive through window after a long day at your successful job where you are respected and well-compensated, and she'll still have the same 90's bangs. 

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To my high school self: Do what you love! Go with your heart and the money will follow. Live simply & decide what's important to you so you can thrive happily at a job you find rewarding & fulfilling. Chasing the almighty dollar will leave you trapped in a job that doesn't align with your core values because you have bills to pay. Say what makes you happy, then do it!! 

And one day that boy who you have a huge crush on but won't give you the time of day will ask you on a date and you'll realize he is a lame, unambitious loser who was never worth pining after. 

Last, but not least, take good care of your body!! Running will actually NOT kill you. 

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To my college self: Living alone is NOT as terrifying as it sounds. There is a freedom and a power in being single. Learn who you really are, what you really want and how you feel when it's quiet (Hint: you love quiet time by yourself because it helps you feel centered & grounded & gives your chaotic mind a chance to rest).
Do you really like pets? What would you watch on TV if you controlled the remote? What's your style? 

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To my adult self: Travel first! Move to another place! Two, even! Your biological clock will still be ticking in a few years, and you will be able to have a relationship. Marriage isn't the only way to "lock it down." 

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Girl, you're worth it. Less guilt, more joy and gratitude. 

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What advice would you give your younger selves, Janes? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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