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According to my loving boyfriend Andy, I am no longer ‘in my prime’ – what a charmer he’s turned out to be! Honestly, sometimes I wonder why I want to marry this guy *does over-dramatic sassy eye roll*. Apparently, once you leave platform 25 at the train station, you are on a downhill track from there. As much as I joke about this myself through my constant ‘omg you are so wrinkly and you have loads of greys’ messages in my friends birthday cards, I think it is far from the actual truth.

Recently, I feel like I’ve gone back in time to my ‘failed attempt at being an emo’ stage of life by absolutely loving Panic at the Disco. (Please can someone agree with me that their recent songs are actually decent so I don’t feel so sad?!)

Anyway, why I mention this random fact is that they have a song called ‘Roaring 20’s’ and even though I’m 99.9% sure this has naff all to do with being in your twenties, me and Andy are still singing it around the house when we book yet another city break or extravagant holiday. Why? Well, because we have come to categorise our twenties as the stage of our lives that we should be taking advantage of and living to the full – they should be roaring with excitement and adventures! As much as I hate the word ‘YOLO’ with a fiery passion, it is definitely true. You get one life, why not bloody live it eh? Let me tell ya, as you roll down the hill towards the big 3-0 and inevitable mid-life crisis that is soon to come (I joke), you start realising that you should make the most of every single day.

Without a doubt, being in your 20’s can be a difficult time but I feel like I have learnt a lot from the experiences I’ve had so far in life. If you’re like me, you stumble out of university thinking ‘now what?’. You suddenly have to leave your comfort zone and dive into adulthood and give it all you’ve got, even if you’re absolutely clueless. So far in my 20’s, I have relocated from Liverpool to sunny Yorkshire, got a mortgage on my first house, experienced horrendous grief, started a new job and so much more that has made this period of my life a bit of a rollercoaster ride. That is why, as I sit here planning my upcoming 2019 adventures, I felt it apt to reflect on my current lifestyle, mindset and ambitions. If I could turn back time, I would give my teenage self a few simple pieces of advice for the future based on what I know now (which lets face it, is not a lot). For the record, half of these things I am still reinforcing with my 26 year old self every single day. Here goes…

  1. Don’t take life too seriously, have as much fun as humanly possible
  2. Make a travel bucket list and see the world while you can
  3. Get a hobby and don’t be worried about putting yourself out there
  4. Take your time and go at your own pace, everybody’s journey is different
  5. Stand up for what you believe, even if you aren’t the most outgoing extrovert in the crowd – your opinion matters
  6. Try to not spend time worrying about the things you can’t change
  7. Never ever go to bed on an argument
  8. Be kind to your body because your metabolism doesn’t stay your pal for much longer (trust me)
  9. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, failure should be embraced and learnt from
  10. As your mum would say – ‘get up, dress up, show up, and never give up’.

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