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What advice would I give to my younger self?

- Don't underestimate yourself, you may have no confidence now, hate the way you look, your body shape but everything changes when you get older, it becomes less important and I wish I didn't waste so many years crying in front of a mirror disgusted by who I was

- Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone because you have proved so many people wrong that you are confident, don't let others stop you from becoming what you want.

- Not everyone you meet is going to have the same principles as you or be nice, there are people in this world who are nasty and malicious for no reason and you need to take no notice

-Don't change something about yourself because others have commented. I ruined my eyebrows when I was younger over one comment, I shaved the hair that wasn't even that visible off my arms due to one comment. I shouldn't have cared what they thought of me

-Be close with your family and don't lock yourself away in your room all the time. I wish I could go back and have some sort of relationship with my parents as there was a stage I hated on myself completely and pushed everyone away. Luckily that is fixed now

- Have some confidence in yourself

-Don't try so hard with people if they aren't going to make the same amount of effort

-Don't worry about those girls who think they are all it, they are irrelevant to your life

- Don't be so hard on yourself, good things do work out, so what if you aren't as pretty as the girl who you sit next to, or you don't have a boyfriend it doesn't matter

There are so many things I wish I could go back and change about my younger self. I am now nearly 19 and yes I am still affected majorly by past comments on my appearance but I don't let it shape my life like it used to. I now step out of my comfort zone and try and confront my anxieties because I believe we are brought into this world to make something of ourselves and that is what I am going to do regardless of what people used to think of me.
I think the worst thing you can do is waste your teenage years focusing on everything that is wrong with you. I used to tear myself to pieces wishing to be someone else. Your teenage years are so important and supposedly the best years of your life, please don't waste them away hating on yourself

If you ever need someone to talk to please feel free to contact me through any of my social media links

                                                                      Ella x

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