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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. My favourite tip was #7. Be kind & respectful to people who are not kind to you. It is the best revenge. Who knows, you might even be friends later in life. Also, if people do not believe in you, let them go. There are going to be people you meet that will have your best interest at heart. Just have to weed out the bad ones until you reach the good ones!

  2. My favourite tip is to pack your bags and move cities. I had also always thought about moving but recently did and it really did push me to grow more than I ever thought!

  3. Pack Your Bags and Move Cities is the best! I am actually moving oversees and pretty excited! Sometimes you have to take risks or you will be left wondering “what if”!

  4. “6. Get Off The Couch and Be Mindful About Food” I wish I hadn’t taken my youthful metabolism for granted 🙂

  5. MY FAV is Seriously, who cares what others say!

  6. It was a tough one to learn, but 7. Seriously, Who Cares What Others Say

  7. #2, because new adventures are always good for the soul!

  8. my fave piece of advice is to take risks.
    I am trying to listen to this myself, even as I get older.

  9. My favorite advice is Seriously, Who Cares What Others Say! I always told my three children to live “THEIR” truth. When I was young I cared way to much about what people thought and it stopped me from trying things I should have tried. I can happily say all of my children are on their own individual paths.

  10. I love #7 Seriously, Who Cares What Others Say. This is the best advice ever.

  11. my favourite was—- Seriously, Who Cares What Others Say

  12. Get off the couch and be mindful about food!

  13. All of your advice is great! I would tell myself to take the travel break and tell my present self to pack my bags and move cities. I’m pondering it and think it would be great to try in the near future. 🙂

  14. 3. Take The Risk, It’s Not That Big a Deal I feel life is too short so do what you can while you can

  15. #5 – the best advice I got at grad was to always save a little because even a little is a lot when you need it

  16. Take that travel break – I went straight from university to work. You’re only young once and work will always be there!!

  17. My favourite advice was Get Off The Couch and Be Mindful About Food. I believe if you are not eating healthy and doing some form of exercise you will not feel at the top of your game. This affects all aspects of your life.

  18. Be present, have integrity and be kind!! Like the Tim Mcgraw song always be humble and kind. Really touches your heart. Thanks!

  19. Great advice! I agreed with all of your tips. I’m especially a strong advocate for doing as much travel as you can before finding full-time work, or trying your best to prioritize travel when working already. You learn so much about yourself and others through exploring new culture, which you can then apply to other aspects of your life.

  20. My fave was Seriously, who cares what others say!!!

  21. #5 and #6. Wish I knew more about these when I was a bit younger.

  22. #4 More books, less TV, so much better for the mind and spirit.

  23. My favourite advice was “More Books, Less TV”. Picking up a book instead of watching reruns of shows I liked would’ve been a much better way to spend my spare time.

  24. My favourite advice is #7 ‘Who Cares What Others Say’.

  25. My favourite advice is #5 Get Educated On Your Money Matters

  26. I love the advice about taking time to travel, the are memories that are priceless

  27. 7. Seriously, Who Cares What Others Say is my favorite bit of advice. Im now 44 yrs old and i am finally at the point in my life that others opinions do NOT matter.

  28. Favourite advice is to take risks. Better to take risks than to live in regrets.

  29. love the advice about taking time to travel

  30. I like 5. Get Educated On Your Money Matters. So important to make wise financial decisions.

  31. The travel break. I should have done more when i was younger.

  32. My fave comment is Get Educated on Your Money Matters… so important.

  33. Get Educated On Your Money Matters!

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

  35. #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.

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