Delaine Myles
Inspire & Be Inspired

5 Things I Would Tell 16 Year Old Me

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  • Everyday I think long and hard about how much I have changed mentally and physically in just a few years. Thinking about the person I was seven years ago and how much I have grown, is just remarkable. No regrets really just lessons and a hearty reflection. Here are 5 things I would tell my 16 year old self:

  1. Girl you gotta moisturize and drink more water

When I was 16, I was in high school and back then having a “cool” face was a trend. All the girls and even boys would wash their faces with a lot of soap to make it cool and popping. I wont lie, it was popping back then; but that, had some adverse effects on my face, as you can imagine, such habit will dry out your face.

I would tell that girl to moisturize, moisturize and moisturize a lot more because your older self will definitely thank you for it. I drank a lot of water when I was younger, back then I didn’t know about the 8 cups of day recommendation, so I would tell her to drink a lot of water consistently.

  2. Be proud of what you look like

Probably most of us went through this in our teenage life, where you would constantly compare of ourselves to other girls and wished we looked like that. I always wanted to be fatter, with more hips…oh be careful what you wish for lol I don’t mind it now though. I have always wanted prettier skin, in my head, I wasn’t sexy enough…back then I was viewing myself from point of view of those that don’t even matter now and not in my own image. I would tell that girl to embrace her skinniness, you are beautiful just the way you are.

3. One day you will look great wearing skirts

A bit silly now looking back, but this meant a lot to me then, oh teenage years…I wore a lot of pants because I just didn’t think I have the body for skirts. I thought I was too flat… but now that doesn’t even matter and I would love to tell that girl, that is a silly thought, you can wear anything and still look lovely!

4. You will achieve all that you have imagined

I was a dreamer and still am. I used to fantasize a lot about what I want my life to be like and all that I want to achieve, like most of us do. Looking back now, I have surpassed my own expectations. Even though I am hard on my self and feel like I should be doing a lot more. I happy about how far I have come.

Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others. – Virginia Woolf

5. I am proud of you!

One thing I knew when I was 16, was how smart I am and also how beautiful I am in my own little way. My mother always reminded me of that, so I didn’t care about what anyone else would say. Thank you mom! My mind at 16, wasn’t the average 16 year old mindset, I knew where I was headed and knew how to get there. I am happy 16 year old me built that foundation of a smart, inspiring, humble, sweet, loving and caring girl for me to carry with me to develop into a strong young woman. I am proud of you 16 year old me. Drops pen!

Love,

Delaine.

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