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7 Things I Would Tell My Younger Self & Win a Samsung Galaxy A5 Smartphone Grad Tech Pack ($1000 value)

It’s been a while since I graduated university and looking back, there’s a lot of things I wish I knew back then. I remember I was super anxious to finish up school, to go hunting for my first post-grad job, so I could move up that corporate ladder.

If I could go back in time and talk to my younger self, this is the advice I’d give myself. And if you’re fresh out of school (congrats!) – I hope you find this advice useful!

My travels in Japan (the above are the streets of Osaka) were one of my favourites. Funny enough, this wasn’t even on my radar, until my high school best friend convinced me to meet her there. 

1. Take That Travel Break

I was a major keener and jumped right into my first full-time 9-5 job at 21 years old. If I could do it again, I would’ve taken 6 months minimum to travel. You’ll have to save up and manage your funds to plan for this, but if you have the opportunity to travel…do it! Meeting new people, seeing different cultures and putting yourself outside your comfort zone will be so valuable to your personal growth.

Second floor, far right. This was the first place I lived when I moved cities for the first time. So many awesome memories! 

2. Pack Your Bags and Move Cities

I pondered moving cities for a solid 5 years before I did it. Moving to Montreal was a turning point in my life. It was challenging at times being in a new unfamiliar environment, but I grew leaps and bounds that first year. I was forced to practice my high school French at the grocery store, I said “yes” to everything, and I even went to a nightclub by myself for the first time to see Kaskade DJ.

3. Take The Risk, It’s Not That Big a Deal

It’s scary to take risks. I’ve had a million conversations with myself and why I probably shouldn’t do something. Looking bad, every time I took a risk, it paid off. And I also never regretted the risk I took. I moved cities, I quit my full-time job to start The Style Spy, I became my own boss.

4. More Books, Less TV

Don’t get me wrong, I PVR reality shows and love a good TV series, but I think I did watch way too much TV in my younger years. I’ve made a bigger effort to turn off the TV and listen to more audio books. Audible is my favourite app for that – you can try it out and get a book for free! Another option is wander the aisles of your local library or even borrow audio books from them.

5. Get Educated On Your Money Matters

I was never really taught much about money. For the longest time, I didn’t really understand how to manage it or think about anything long-term. It’s very empowering to understand your financial health. Be proactive and learn (Google is your friend), even ask someone you know who’s older and who you admire on what advice they’d have for you.

You’ll find me here most Saturdays, getting my sweat on. 

6. Get Off The Couch and Be Mindful About Food

I never exercised when I was younger and I barely knew anything about food, nutrition and health. I could eat all the fast food and junk food I wanted and I would still be stick skinny. But really, I wasn’t the healthiest I could’ve been. Find something that keeps you moving that works for you (my current obsession: Mini trampoline classes) and make better choices with your diet. For a little wellness inspo, I like to read Mind Body Green. They’ve also got a great podcast.

I’ve found a lot of peace in no longer caring about what others say.

7. Seriously, Who Cares What Others Say

I use to care a lot about what others thought of me. But really, it doesn’t matter. Don’t get sucked into that vortex where you worry and stress over other’s opinions of your life. That friend who’s saying bad things about you – they’re likely not your friend and you probably won’t even remember their name ten years down the road. Bye!

Every experience helps you grow, so go out there and go live life. Be present, have integrity and be kind – that will take you a long way!

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Reader's Comments

  1. Get Educated on your money matters.

  2. #5 GET EDUCATED ON YOUR MONEY MATTERS! I can’t stress enough the importance of financial literacy, understanding how to manage money, and taking an active role in managing your financial affairs. Don’t assume no news is good news, or hope for the best. Plan for the best and good news. Math is money … so if possible take it as long as you can.

  3. My fave comment is Get Educated on Your Money Matters.This is really important for then now and the future. 🙂

  4. #7 – life’s too short to care. We are our own selves, do what makes you happy and be unique. Don’t let others dictate what you should do or how.

  5. Seriously don’t care about what others think is the best advice I wish someone told me when I was a grad.

  6. 7. Seriously, Who Cares What Others Say

    this was a big thing with my daughter her generation of people can be so mean and now that she is an adult all those so called friends didn’t finish school and all have kids and that are all ages 18 -22 but my daughter no kids finished school and is traveling

  7. My favorite tip is get Educated On Your Money Matters. Most do not understand the importance of money when you’re a fresh grad

  8. Remember that your education is only beginning.
    As a new graduate, you may be convinced that the first job determines your career. It does not.

  9. #2 – pack your bags and move cities is my favourite. We are currently considering a big move (across the country!).

  10. 3. Take The Risk, It’s Not That Big a Deal
    We only get to live life once so I would take risks and live life to its fullest whenever I can.

  11. The moving part; it used to make me so fearful and now I am warming up to the idea!

  12. 7. Seriously, Who Cares What Others Say,,love it!! I also love the The Galaxy A5!

  13. My favourite is More Books, Less TV. This is a great way to reduce stress without being connected to technology all the time!

  14. I love the Get Off The Couch and Be Mindful About Food tip, so important to do this, take good care of our bodies, we only get 1

  15. The advice i like most is 2. Pack Your Bags and Move Cities. I moved to another city years later after graduating, and it was life changing! wish i had done it sooner.

  16. My favourite is Take The Risk, It’s Not That Big a Deal. It’s true that you regret the ones you don’t take!

  17. Get Off The Couch and Be Mindful About Food. Think about what you put in your month and enjoy the taste then you won’t eat as much. That’s my problem I eat without thinking about it so I don’t realize I am full till I am really full.

  18. #2 This is something I’ve wanted to do for the better part of a decade. Great advice, great prize, thanks for the chance!

  19. I like #1 Take time to travel. Once you start working there often isn’t the time to take a long vacation.

  20. Take The Risk, It’s Not That Big a Deal – is a great one. If one always stays complacent then one will never know the rewards of what is out there. Take a chance and see what life has to offer. Great opportunities often come from risk-taking. If you want success you have to pursue it by sometimes taking the risk…go for it – you have nothing to lose.

  21. I loved the “Take a Risk-Its not a big deal”. Fear of failure is an obstacle to having new experiences.

  22. 4. More Books, Less TV is always good advise for students.

  23. 7. Seriously, Who Cares What Others Say….enjoy your life you only have one to live.

  24. The advice to Get Educated On Your Money Matters. No one cares about your finances as much as you do. This was one of my goals for 2017

  25. Get off the couch and be mindful of food……….goes a long way to making you feel good!

  26. My favourite is Take The Risk, It’s Not That Big a Deal. It’s true that you regret the ones you don’t take!!!

  27. if i had managed my money better, i could have taken off a year to travel!

  28. Was a winner chosen for this contest? I have checked several times on the blog and didn’t see a post about it.

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