So you are 18! An adult.
I have so many special memories of spending very happy times with you in your childhood that I wanted to mark this important Birthday.
After all I would cuddle, feed, play with you long before I had my own children.
I know I’ve always been one to give you advice so I thought why change a habit of a lifetime?!
Not only is there the advice that I wrote in your card here- the stuff I wish I’d known when I was 18, but there is also some hints and tips about living life as an adult from some blogger friends too :-). Enjoy!
You are enough.
Your warmth and intelligence add to any room, wherever you are, whoever you are with.
Meeting new people? Worried what to say?
Just ask them some questions about themselves. Everyone loves talking about themselves so the conversation will flow in no time.
Be true to yourself.
Feeling uneasy about doing something? Then don’t do it.
That said, don’t be afraid to push yourself out of your comfort zone.
Disagreeing with someone is not the same as having an argument with them.
We don’t have to agree with loved ones all the time. People can politely agree to disagree.
Pay off your credit cards EVERY MONTH.
Don’t get into debt unless it’s a mortgage that you can afford.
Enjoy EVERY stage of your life.
Don’t be in a rush to get to the next one.
Your mind is a wonderful thing but can easily play tricks on us.
Don’t believe everything you think.
Speak to yourself as a kind friend would.
If in doubt return to #1.
You are enough.
Words of Wisdom from other bloggers:
Sophie from Old House in the Shires says “Don’t be afraid of the world or the people in it. We teach our children about being wary of strangers but every friend was once a stranger…just be careful but get out there…the world is wonderful!”
Catie from Spectrum Mum comments: “I wish at 18 someone had told me not to worry so much about my imperfections. To embrace and accept myself for exactly who I am. Not to feel pressure to fit in or to camouflage myself but just to have the strength and courage to be 100% me. The people who matter will support you and love you unconditionally. You don’t have to be perfect, just be real, just be you!”
Lucy from What My Fridge Says advises:
“Travel more….last minute, planned, epic, fun.
Love hard and don’t worry about the consequences.
Buy the shoes. Always buy the shoes.
They aren’t worth it. Let it go.
Spend time with your older relations, they aren’t as invincible as you think.
…Buy the shoes :-)”
Susie from This is Me Now says: “I wish someone had told me never to feel like you have to apologise for being you. Even if you feel different, just trust yourself and be who you are. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. We are all different and to your family and friends you are awesome…And yep always buy the shoes….and chocolate….and handbags!”
Alana from Burnished Chaos adds: “My main piece of advice would be to trust your instincts and make sure you are following YOUR dreams and no one else’s. You don’t have to have it all figured out, live in the present to be happy NOW.”
Beth from Twinderelmo advises “embrace no responsibilities of mortgages and children and see the world! It’s the only time you can do it guilt free .
Kate from Ever After With Kids comments “embrace your own version of beauty. We all have it. The sooner you learn to see yours the happier you will be.”
Anna from Midwife Mama Bear advises “trust yourself, you are wiser than you think. Stand up for what you believe in and work hard at it.”
Wishing you lots of love, fun, happiness and health in adulthood darling.