For those of you who don't know, I have created a 30-day challenge for myself. I will be posting an answer every day for the month of September to let my fantastic followers, and anyone else who is interested, know a little bit more about me! #WhiChallenge

Here's a link to my original article of all the questions I will be answering-

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  • 4. List 10 things you would tell your 16-year-old self if you could.

1 Have fun. Worry less. Be a kid.

I feel like a lot of the time, teenagers feel the need to grow up and act a different way and speak and feel different ways than we should. I wish I hadn't lost sight of what fun was. I wish I hadn't thought that because I was 16 I couldn't be a kid anymore. Because I am!

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2 Don't worry about boys. There is plenty of time for that later.

I know you didn't come here to read my view on dating, but it kind of ties into this so I'll be brief. Dating at this age is okay as long as you don't put too much weight into it. And I say that not to hurt anyone but because we're just teenagers! Do you know how much you have and are going to change in your teenage years? All I'm saying is please don't get your heart broken over "super hot Justin" from school because girl he is not worth it!


3 High school is not the most important thing in the world.

All that stress you're pouring into it and you have your whole life ahead of you! Don't worry so much about it. Enjoy it.


4 The number on the scale does not matter. Be healthy.

Please, please, please, do not think you have to conform and change your body for a standard that isn't even reasonable. Who ever told us to base our worth on how low that number was? Besides, if you're building muscle that number may actually rise. And that's okay!

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5 You are not just good enough, you are perfect the way you are.

I kind of scoff when someone says "Don't worry, you're good enough." Like, how positive does that actually sound? No one wants to be just good enough. That's like a half ass excuse or something. But do you want to know the secret for not just being good enough but being perfect? You already are!

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6 Eat it if you want to.

That piece of cake you really want but you're worried about all the guilt you'll feel later or that cookie or pasta you want but you're fighting inside yourself because society has trained you to think of yourself as disgusting after? Girl, what are you doing basing something so simple as deciding on what you are going to eat on anybody but yourself and what you want? While I am all for being healthy and healthy choices and working out, do not let it consume you. Please, just eat the cake if you truly want it.

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7 Love yourself and don't ever lose sight of it. Ever.

It is so important to love ourselves first or else you will be thrown left and right trying to look a certain way and act a certain way. Once you love yourself, you see that what you wear shouldn't matter to anyone else. What your hair or makeup looks like doesn't matter to anyone else. When you love yourself, then others will be able to see the true you and fall in love with you as well, in both a friend way and even a romantic way. Someone who loves themselves and is confident is attractive I can tell you that. But do it for yourself first, not anyone else.

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8 Block out those who have ever made you feel like you were less than anyone else.

Who has the right to tell you or make you feel like you are less than they are? No one. Absolutely no one. If those are your "friends" than I think it's time for some new ones. As hard as that may sound, you will feel so much better in the long run.

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9 Don't be too quick to trust.

As harsh as that sounds, (remember I'm telling myself this) sometimes if you are too quick to trust, you don't truly know the person and you end up hurt because they weren't who you thought they were. I'm not saying don't trust anyone ever. I'm saying first trust yourself. Once you figure that out, you can trust yourself to know who to trust and when so that you aren't being hurt by those you thought you could trust. Know yourself first and then let others in.


10 Find yourself. Love yourself. Everything else will fall into place.

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Thanks for reading my article! Please keep in mind that all of this advice is primarily for my younger self. I am not telling anyone what they should or should not do. However, in the case of love yourself, please, please take my advice.

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