Monday, January 21, 2013

What I Would Tell My 20 Year-old Self

Twenty was one of my favourite years. I was in third/fourth year at Wilfrid Laurier University and having the time of my life (despite being the only person, probably in the world, to still to have braces at 20 – see the very flattering pic). 

The wonderful thing about getting into the later years of my 20’s is that each year brings more clarity, confidence and self-awareness. It’s just as fun, but in completely different and fabulous ways. A few things I would love to be able to tell myself seven years ago are the following:

1. Don’t be afraid to ask. 
Ask for help. Ask for that internship. Ask for a raise. You will be surprised what you can get by just asking for it. People want to help you, so give them the chance. The worst that can happen is you’ll be in the same position that you are now and the upside is limitless.

Kristina Breckon now
2. Spend money on experiences, not things. 
Travel. Expand your horizons. There is absolutely no better way to learn about yourself. Now is the time while you are your only responsibility. You won’t remember that 10th pair of jeans but you will remember those months you spent diving, surfing and exploring the world.

Kristina at 20
3. Don’t worry about things you can’t change. 
You can’t change the past. You can’t change how other people are acting. Step up and change the things you have control over that are bothering you and don’t sweat the small stuff. 

4. Be patient. 
You’re probably not going to make $100,000 right out of school. You probably won’t fall right into your dream job. Work hard, be nice to people and put yourself out there. Every step along the way is an amazing chance to learn. 

5. Enjoy it! 
Your only job right now is to learn and have fun. The majority of your friends live within a five-minute radius of you and you all have similar schedules. You have it made

Appreciate learning and being young.  It is rare later in life to have the luxury of focusing solely on education and yourself so soak it up now. It goes by way faster than you can believe.

Kristina Breckon manages marketing and operations at Consonant Skincare, a career that sparked her passion for making healthy, educated choices and questioning the status quo. In her free time she loves photography, yoga and has a serious case of wanderlust. 

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