May 14, 2014

Advices for a younger self

Do you ever think about what you should have told your younger self when you´re old? Sometimes I pause in my daily life and think that this moment will probably be one of those I´ll look back on, so what would I have told my younger self or what will I think about this situation when being really old? A while ago I stumbled over a great article about celebrities sharing their thoughts on the topic; "What I wish I´d known then: Celebrities write letters to their younger selves". Many more stars are featured in the article at, but here are my favourites to take inspiration from;

Cindy Crawford, model + Meaningful Beauty skincare

"Listen to  your mother when she says, "The fear of failing holds you back from a lot of things, yet you need to risk failing in order to succeed."

Bobbi Brown, CCO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

"Dear Bobbi,

If only you knew now what an adventure your life will be. Your feeling of uncertainty as you're trying to figure out who you are and what your passion is in life won't go away overnight. One day your mom will ask, "If you could do anything, what would you do?" You'll say: "I'd go and play with makeup at the cosmetics counter." To her great credit, your mom will help you find Emerson College, where you'll design your own major in theatrical makeup. The rest won't be easy but you'll evolve as an artist and launch your own business. You'll even marry the man of your dreams and have three beautiful boys. As tough as things may seem, you will be very happy."

Fergie, singer

"Wear sunscreen every day."

Helena Bonham Carter, actress
"It´s fine to make mistakes. In fact, embrace the mistakes because you move more freely when you have nothing to lose."

[Text source Pinterest image via This post was originally published 2013]


  1. We often say to ourselves "if only I knew that when I was younger" but I wonder if that would be taking us the same path...certainly I do wish I told my younger self many many things that I did not know then and that would have helped me lots... Yet I am happy with where my life has taken me(: and the fear one has when trying to achieve something is usually helpful. I would tell myself that. It is good to thing about these things... I used to regret things an I would tell myself not to have regrets and go with my instinct always(:
    Have a great day, xo z

  2. Also, I love the photo you posted! Is that you? So powerful! Hugs z

  3. I found myself wondering about it the other day... Although I don't think I would change anything or gave any advice to the lil' me. Not because I have nothing to say, but rather because I don't like giving advice (and knowing the lil me, I wouldn't want to hear one either :D )

  4. oh i'd have a LONG list of things to tell myself! - then again all my 'mistakes' made me who i am today - but i could of gone with less struggle would of been nice!

  5. Brilliant topic! My list is long and still a work in progress.

  6. I don't think it's productive to kick ourselves for things we should have, could have done ~ or mistakes we've made. For this reason, we shouldn't dwell on the past or "blame" people or circumstances for where we're at. I think these are wonderful quotes and ones that we can all (moving forward) learn from. As parents and teachers, motivational comments can be a great thing providing the listener is open minded. Having raised a couple kids, I think more go in than people think:)

    Have a nice weekend!

  7. Thanks for the reminder. These are fabulous quotes.

  8. So many wonderful quotes! And so many great reminders. I would love to sit down one day and write advice for my younger self, I think it'd be a great self reflection thing to do!
    Isn’t That Charming.

  9. I have thought about this before... I even wrote a letter to my 15 year old self...

    Nothing that I cared about when I was 15 was all too important to me when I am 50... I would have told me to worry less and not to care what other people say :)

    Have a really great day :)

  10. i love thie post. I wish I could tell my 16 year old self the people who mind don't matter-the people who don't mind matter.