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  1. I love this! What good reflection (and throwback photos). I have so many good memories of us being 18 in first year together… Pretty wild to think that was 11 years ago!!

    1. Aw, thanks Em! So many great throwback photos of us in our Vanier days. Absolutely wild that it’s been 11 years. Thanks for being such an amazing friend for over a decade!

  2. This was so awesome to read. Brings back wonderful memories and such great advice to pass along to someone at 18.

    You did great as an 18 yr old and still doing great! 💕

  3. JoJo Hall says:

    These are such good points for not only your younger self but for everyone at that age. If only we had hindsight, the knowledge and experience we’ve accumulated over the years at the age of 18, life would be very different for us today. But I guess that’s the definition of “you live and you learn”.

    1. Thanks, JoJo! So true about having to live through some of these big lessons.

  4. Gustavo A Feliciano says:

    Invest and travel are def my top two for when I was young and I wish I had done more of that in my early 20s but oh well time to get on the train now! Never too late to start saving money and never too late to start travelling more.

    Maybe no party hostels after 40 LOL

    1. Never too late for sure! Haha good advice on party hostels!

  5. All very good points. I would be such a different person now if I knew things about me and my future at the age of 18. Many stupid mistakes were made along the way but I learned from them and it made me stronger and more astute.
    I especially like the one about retirement and investing. At 18 and even into my 30’s I was more about spending every penny for enjoyment and fun, a little kept to one side for the future was never thought of. .
    A freiend encouraged me to pay a small amount into a pension – I did for a few years and then stopped. Over 40 years that small amount grew steadily and now enables me to pursue travel. A goal which I had even as a kid that I can now do.

    1. Thanks so much, Barry! Yes, all important lessons learned along the way. I’m glad your friend talked you into that pension account – great money move!

  6. Such a great reflection that would be good to do every decade! Part of getting wiser as we age is experiencing life- the ups and downs, the mistakes we made, the challenges- although seem tough in the moment shape us for the future. Agree to invest more, friends first, body image and never stop learning! Happy 30th!

    1. Thanks, Renee! Yes, would be super fun to do every decade looking back. I’m just 29 now but inching closer to the big 3-0!

  7. I loved this post. What a great idea. I’m not sure what I would tell my 18 year old self, other than to leave home. At 18 I was afraid to go anywhere alone and certainly wouldn’t have thought of moving halfway around the world. I feel like I definitely got the travel bug later and curse myself for missing some great opportunities when I didn’t have a full time job to tie me down.

    1. Thanks so much, Emma! Yes, so sad to think of the trips we could have taken!

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