DEAR YOUNGER SELF: 10 WOMEN SHARE THE ADVICE THEY WOULD GIVE THEIR 23 YEAR OLD SELF

The early 20’s are a really confusing and challenging age. It’s an age full of changes, growth, friends getting engaged, getting pregnant, achieving milestones and having constant doubt about your future. We often question ourselves and our fate, and we end up staying up late in our rooms constantly asking questions like: Am I going to get the job I want? Am I going to be able to start my business? Am I going to get married? Do I really want kids?

As much as we would love to have answers to all of your doubts, we don’t, but we really believe in the power of listening to other women’s advice, and that’s why we asked different women from 26-36 what advice would they give to their younger selves and here are our favorite ones:
1. “YOU ARE 97% NOT GOING TO MARRY HIM! Break up! Don’t waste your 20’s on a dude. And PARTY! Freaking party your brains out unapologetically because one day you won’t be able to. And also try to save at least $50 a month. Doesn’t sound like a lot but it will add up over the years!” - Corinne D.

2.“Be single. Enjoy your 20’s. Don’t worry about finding the one or having a boyfriend. Be selfish. Travel. Be mindful of your credit and money. Enjoy your friends. Drama with friends is a bad as it seems” - Melissa J.
3.  “Take a deep breath, because all these mistakes you are making and the hard times are just leading the way for better times. Your 30’s are so much better. Also, get debt free NOW, put away into saving or a retirement as much as you can NOW. Even $50 a paycheck can make a big difference in 5-10 years” - Tera R.
4.“Start saving up some money now!! Travel when you get the opportunities, take the risk on that job you really want. Don’t settle for any man/woman you’ve got plentiful time to find the right person for you. Start saving up some money now!!!” - Tegan M.
5. “Be selfish with who you give your time and energy to. Don’t keep friends around if it is a one-sided friendship! You will learn who is meant to be in your life and who isn’t, and it’s ok to cut people out. It doesn’t make you a mean person.
 Every time you think you should buy cheap “cute” clothes off of one of those Chinese website, DONT do it and put that $20 towards a travel fund instead.
Save money and BUILD CREDIT! I didn’t start doing this as early as I should have and it has bitten me in the butt a few times” - Erin E.


6. “You think you are an adult and wise and know what you want, but honey you have no idea. Enjoy your youth, you’re not fat, wear sunscreen, have fun with your girlfriends. If he breaks your heart, let him go. It’s okay if you don’t have your “career” job yet.” - Rachel L.

7. “Stop wishing struggle away. The truth is: struggle doesn’t leave with age. It changes. It gets easier then harder and then harder than the previous struggle. If you wish for a way out, you’re wishing to have your life flash before your eyes. Dig your heels in. Roll up your sleeves. Do things you haven’t done to get results you’ve never seen. Take care of YOU then take care of others. The world owes you nothing. If you want something, work for it. Oh and...hug your Mom more because she won’t live forever. Not even another decade.” - Andrea Z.


8. “You’re not meant to be perfect, don’t strive for that. Travel, have fun, don’t take things so seriously, and don’t worry about Instagram and “social media” nonsense, live a real life! Oh and wear sunscreen “ - Daria B.

9. “TRAVEL!!!!! Don’t worry about a man! Take the trip, go to the party, go all out! You have a few more years before you need to be serious about life.” - Ashley M. 
10. “It’s only been a couple of years, but that guy you loved, you will get over, I promise. You’re going to move to a different state and learn how to be an adult. You met new friends and are patient with yourself in the future. Live for you, be patient, be cautious, but live for YOU” - Emily N.

We loved reading these awesome advice' from strong, beautiful and empowered women! What advice would you give to your younger self?

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