I think we have all thought it, what advice would I give my younger self? Lol where do I start? I guess the basics, to me, would be: Health, Wealth and Family.
Now don’t get me wrong, I certainly do not have this one figured out just yet.
Currently still working on this one. But, especially as a nail tech, I would advise a few things to me.
Get up more. Sitting down for a living definitely takes a toll after a while. Take little walk breaks in between clients. Drink more water. Stretch more. I have back issues now from not listening to one of my mentors when I was younger. She would walk by and smack me with a nail file and tell me to uncross my legs!! Said I would regret it when I was older!!
Yep, she was right on the money. Clearly I didn’t listen 😉
Even when I went for my interview for an esthetics course, they asked me what my relationship was like with my Dr.? She then proceeded to tell me that if I chose this career I would need to have a good one! Again I never really took it to heart. Except now that over ten years has gone by, I have a little regret.
But its not too late! Never, right?! Always a work in progress!!
This one might look different to others. But to me I was always worried about wealth. Or at least what I thought wealth was at the time. A big house, new vehicle, cash flow! I grew up relatively poor, so wealth to me always had to do with the material things.
One day a visit from my best friend changed my perspective completely! We were sitting having coffee in my brand new condo and she looked around my place and said to me, “Wow! You just have such nice Stuff!”
Click! Stuff!!?? That’s all it was. I had zero money in the bank. Never went on a holiday. But man, did I have some nice stuff! Cringe!
Wealth looks so much different to me now. Wealth comes in all shapes and sizes. My friends, family, dogs, health, career. How I treat others, how others treat me. The books I have read. These are all things I consider to be wealth now.
Of course having money in the bank feels good. But my wealth comes from my experiences that I can hold and cherish forever.
Plus keeping up with The Jones’ was just plain exhausting after a while!
I was a young mom. My husband and I were 22 when our son was born. He’s 16 at the time of me writing this. We were stressed, broke and tired.
Like most new parents, we had zero idea what we were doing. Totally flying by the seat of our pants! But man, was I in panic mode! If I could go back and chat to me, I would tell her to calm down. Take each day as it comes. Stop trying to figure it all out! No one has it figured out! I would tell her she is doing great! Maybe ask for a little more help, so I could get some sleep. lol
Looking back I find I was always stressed. Not present as much as I would like to be. And worried. Worried about his health, about finances, where we were living, where we were going! You name it.
GIRL! Just take a breath. I didn’t realize I was creating more opportunity for stress and chaos by acting this way. I was creating this hectic lifestyle. I was choosing to act crazy instead of choosing to act calm. Then projecting this onto my husband and our new child.
What Would I Tell The Younger Me:
I would tell her she is beautiful. I would tell her she is stronger and more capable than she thinks. I would tell her to speak her mind and to stand up for herself. I would ask her to be more patient with herself and the world around her.
I would give myself a hug and look myself straight in the eyes and say “You are a fucking smoke show girlfriend! No one has what you have! No one does it like you! Go get ’em Tiger!!!”
But I think we could all use little of that advice on a regular basis.
So, if no one has told you yet today….
You are a smoke show!!! No one does it like YOU!!! You are doing a kickass job!!! Now, go show the world what you are made of! And do with grace and a smile on you are face 🙂
Cheyanne-The Nail Lamp Tramp