I'm 32, I've travelled, I've seen, I've lived and I'm not saying I'm done with any of those. My previous job as an owner of a women's boutique, and current job being a flight attendant has taught me a whole lot about myself, sacrifice, commitment, self worth and courage just to name few. I'm truly blessed to have the job that I have, it's something that I've always dreamed of being. I can still remember dropping my mother and grandma off to the the airport for their mini vacations to San Diego at the age of 7 and I couldn't help but stare at airlines crews and wonder what their life was like working in the air. Well now I know ( that'll be another blog post in the future). Being an owner of a women's boutique? All I can say is, thank you God for that experience. That's a another blog post waiting to be posted...
So what would my 32 year old self tell my 20 year old self? Now that I'm in my 30s, I look back to my 20s and ask myself if I've everything I wanted to do in my 20s. I often have this conversation with my husband, and my answer is always a No. This is why I'm making this post. I just need to let it all out. Here's my top 5 advice to 20 year old Sarah:
1. Travel MORE. I landed the job as Flight Attendant when I turned 23, it was a highlight of my life that I landed one of my dream jobs! However, I didn't use the perks of my job as much as I would have wanted. I've travelled all around Canada, USA, Philippines and Mexico, but I should have gone to places like Brazil, Switzerland, Greece, Japan, Korea, Peru ...and the list goes on. I can't believe that I only travelled to Europe last year, when I could have gone every year since I started. Why Sarah...why.....
2. SAVE YOUR DANG MONEY. I have to admit it, I'm a spendaholic. Like most girls, I love checking out the newest restaurants, having weekly sushi dates, and love everything and anything to do with the latest fashion trends that hit the street . I currently have 3 and a half closets full of clothes, purses and accessories. Trust me, it's time to purge! I opened an RRSP account in my mid 20s, which I should have done as soon as I turned 18. I should have been more diligent in being active in putting MORE money away in a TFSA or SA bi-weekly and spending less on quantity as opposed to quality. Thank goodness for having shares in the current company I work for. That allows me to save some coin. I wouldn't tell my 20 year old self to stop spending money, but to just be careful what you spend your money on. You really didn't need those 3 pairs of $250 pair of jeans that you worked countless hours to pay for. Like, really. The Gap has some gorgeous jeans that are a 1/3 the price.
3. You should have gone or at least applied to Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in LA. You really should have applied to FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. It was something you always wanted to do, it was something that's been stuck in the back of your gosh dang mind. Now you're wondering how your life would have turned out had you gone to FIDM. When it comes to education, you really need to do what your heart desires. That is all.
4. Chill out. I was such a worry wart in my early 20s. I used to think to myself that by the time I was 23 I should have graduated from university, be married and have at least 1 child on the way. Who was I kidding?! I wasn't ready for any of those things to be done. I finished university with a Bachelor in Business Administration when I was 26 because I was flying and going to school at the same time. I wasn't engaged, and did not have a child on the way. Everything still turned out great. I definitely put a lot of pressure on myself to be the best that I can be, but what I've really come to realize is that everything happens for a reason, don't try and rush life. It's not a competition.
5. Value your time. Stop wasting time on people who aren't worth your time. Stop wasting time on those negative Nancy's. Stop wasting time filling your brain with nonsense like every article your brain could possibly process on Facebook. Stop wasting time and get that job you've always wanted. Stop wasting time and travel to that country you've always dreamed about. Stop wasting time and pick up that hobby you keep putting on the back burner. Stop wasting time and finally call that friend you've been wondering about. Stop wasting time.