DEAR YOUNGER SELF + ANKARA WRAPPER

Hey beautiful people!
At one point or another, I'm sure most of us wanted to go back in time and redo some things, correct our mistakes and possibly advice ourselves. 

Most times, I wish I could go back in time with the knowledge I have now but sadly that's not possible. I can however still learn from my mistakes, so here goes!

So dear younger self, now you might not want to hear this but you better take notes and that goes for all my younger people out there reading this. Think of me as your aunty or older sister, I know better now. 

1. Stop Shopping
Yes I said it! I know how much you love clothes and shoes especially but there's so much more to life than new clothes. Invest your money, save too because there will be a time where all those clothes won't matter. Most of you know this blog started due to my shopaholic ways back then. Looking back I wish I had saved more than I shopped, I would have been richer now.

2. Spend Your Time Better 
Stop watching all those series, wasting all those hours on the internet, depriving yourself of sleep and not achieving anything reasonable. Rather, learn a new skill on the internet.  Take a course, brush up on your Photoshop skills. Just stop wasting time on things that don't matter.
3. Grades Still Matter So Keep Studying
I guess you could have called me a nerd growing up. School has always been important to me, I also excelled at it too (graduated with first class honours). Yes it's not everything but it changes people's perception of you. I remember it really playing a role in my first job, my employer was super impressed when he saw the dedication.

4.Stop Procrastinating!
This sadly still applies to me now as procrastination is a horrible habit that I've gotten used to over the years, its the reason this post is coming at this time even. But I'm learning to do the right thing when it needs to be done.
5. You're not missing out!
I was quite the 'goody-two-shoes' growing up hence I often felt like I was missing out on something especially when I was judged or people were confused over my values. However, I'll always maintain that it pays to stick to your beliefs.  Other people might not get it but do you, do what makes you comfortable and never feel bad for standing out for the right reasons.

6. Loosen Up a little!
I grew up faster than my mates. In fact most people don't believe I'm 23 based on both appearance and mode of action. I guess you could say I'm an old soul at heart but it's important to have some fun, meet people and network. Life is too short to be serious all the time. I'm working on this still.
Photography by Mide King Visuals 

7. Choose Another Career Path
Yes guys, if I had to go back I'd most likely skip going into mainstream media especially in Nigeria.  The sad realities of the media industry (Journalist life ) is not for me I think. Yes passion is enough but so is getting paid. Enough said though.

8. Know God
The most important of all and still relevant till today.  I remember my parents bought me tons of bibles which I rarely opened, instead they would mostly gather dust in one corner of my room but boy was I missing! There's so much to discover with this our God. And the more we know him, the closer we get to fulfilling our purpose in life. 

For the outfit, I collaborated with Mide who shot these stunning pictures. Really wanted a deep caption or story to go with this but dear younger self would do for now.  I simply paired my Zaful Mustard dress styled here and here with my mom's favorite ankara wrapper which I simply belted over. My hair was styled in a natural/ kinky hairstyle. I sadly didn't keep the hair-do as long as expected so never again.

If you had to go back in time, what would you tell your younger self? 

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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love the combination...thought it was sewn together. Yes, there are lots of things i wish i knew then and things i would have done differently. Great talk.

Alhassan Rahinat said...

Yaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssss. I won!!!. Thank you spook much

Anonymous said...

Pensive.Beautiful.

highstreetmania.com said...

I could easily copy and paste this post as a letter to my younger self too. Seems like we might have had a lot in common growing up especially 1, 3, 5, 6 and 8.

Loved every bit of this post!

Demi

Debs said...

I couldn’t agree better with stop shopping! I remember just 2 years back, I spent 90% of my salary on clothes and looking back, I realize I don’t even wear any of the clothes anymore.

What an unwise decision!

And your outfit, totally unique and awesome!

www.debwritesblog.com

Dominika Goodness said...

I would say to my younger self stop worrying, regret the past less and trust in God more than in your intellect and abilities. I love this post and also your outfit, Sarah.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

@Anonymous, a lot of people thought that too, Thanks for stopping by
@Alhassan thank you for entering, you're welcome. Hope you love your shoes
@Highstreemania Lol Based on your response, I guess so. Thanks girl
@Debs, that was me too girl, spending all my pocket money on clothes which I eventually gave away and never wore. Honestly, Nigeria is good for me because it curbs my impulse shopping. Thank you
@Dominika Amen to that girl, I'd still say that to my present self. Thank you for reading

WanShyGirl Blog said...

Yo! This is a real one. Thing's I'll tell my younger self?
- Don't be too trusting
-Learn to say NO!
- Don't let people's view of you affect your actions
That's about. Growth is amazing though because as I get older I'm wiser and better.
Never knew you were a First Class student. Beauty and Brains! Go Girlllll!!!
Also, love how creative you went with this outfit with the gold accessories and all. Love! Love!! Love!!!

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

@Wanshygirl That third point though, I remember wanting to stray away from my values due to other peoples thoughts of me. Thank God for wisdom and growth. Thank you

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