25 Things That 25-Year-Old Me Would Tell My Younger Self | #ThisGirlEats

I just turned 25. How did that happen?!

It really feels like it’s time to get my shit together, and that’s pretty nerve-wracking to me because I still feel completely baffled by it all, if I’m honest.

Instead of freaking out about how on earth I ended up here, I decided to look back on my life so far and think about the things I’d change. I know people say things like no regrets, don’t look back, wouldn’t change anything, etc., and that’s all well and good – but it’s not me.

I’m perfectly happy to accept that things haven’t always gone the way I’d liked, or the way I’d planned, and there are absolutely things I’d change if I could.

But hindsight is a wonderful thing, right? I’m well aware I can’t change these things, but I’ve really enjoyed thinking about all the things I’d go and warn my younger self about if I could.

It’s distracted me from how old I’m getting anyway!

1. Don’t be scared to be different. You’ll be different to the crowd all your life anyway, might as well embrace it.

2. Do not listen to other kids. Everyone knows kids are mean, but what you don’t know right now is that they’re also really dumb. They literally know nothing. Ignore them.

3. Be more sociable. Get out of the mindset that making friends is scary. I mean, it is, but it’s also pretty awesome.


4. Blue eyeshadow is a bad choice. You think you look so cool and ‘scene kid’, but you actually look like a teenage streetwalker. Just stop it.

5. Every time you think you want to cut your hair short, don’t. It doesn’t suit you.

6. Every time you think you want to dye your hair a new colour, do it. It’s fun!

7. Being single is fine. It honestly is not a big deal.

8. Don’t go to uni. Or, if you do, choose to study something useful.

9. Spend more time in London. You won’t always live just outside the city, it won’t always be a 20-minute train ride into central London, and you’ll miss it. So for the three years you’re there, make the absolute most of it!

10. Networking is important. You don’t want it to be, because you suck at it, but you’ve just got to throw yourself into it and accept that networking can really help you out.

11. Blog at uni. I will never, ever, ever know why you waited until you had no money, no free time, a full-time job, relationship commitments and had moved away from London to start blogging…

12. Do work experience and internships. While you can live off of student loans and part-time, zero-hour contracts (ah, those were the days…) take up any internships and work experience opportunities that come your way. These will help you out way more than a degree.

13. When that trip to study in America comes up, don’t even question it. Just do it, it’s one of the best experiences you’ll ever have.


14. Stop being lazy, exercise more! While you have the time, space and a great place to go running (because you’ll eventually move somewhere ridiculously hilly and impossible to run without getting exhausted after about 30 seconds) DO IT!

15. Save up before moving out. Trust me, moving out is more expensive than you know, so save up while you can.

16. Family is precious. Things can – and will – change for you and your family, in lots of ways, in a matter of moments. Sometimes you see it coming, sometimes you don’t. No matter how much you might want to, you can’t go back and change those things. Just be prepared, and value them as much as you can.


17. Judge less, enjoy more. You’ve learnt this now, but it took a long time to get here. Just live your best life and let others do the same.

18. Water is not a mixer. Especially with vodka.

19. For the love of god, take your make-up off before bed. ALWAYS.

20. Go on, get your lip pierced. Your parents said they’d kick you out, but they probably wouldn’t have gone through with it and now you’re way too old to get it done.

21. You don’t have to know what you want to do with the rest of your life. Barely anyone knows what they actually want to do with their lives, their careers, their passion. And that’s okay!

22. Cooking is your skill, embrace it! You spent years convinced all you were capable of was oven-cooked pizza and Pot Noodles, and look at you now!


23. Being drunk and stupid is allowed. Go out, have a laugh, drink too much, take selfies, do something stupid, throw up all night, go to work hungover, regret it, do it all again. Because you can.

24. Social media is not real life and basically means nothing at the end of the day. You’ll get sucked into it anyway, but at least I tried.

25. Talk to that guy at work with the tattoos and lip ring. It’ll be the best decision you’ll ever make.



Rain, Restaurants and Rooftop Gardens | #ThisGirlEats

London is the city that keeps on giving. When you think you’ve seen every sight, been to every theatre, stopped at every tube station, there’s always something new to experience. My most recent trip included ferrying across the Thames in horrific thunderstorms, drinking cocktails in Canary Wharf and pretending to be posh in Selfridges, all things I’ve certainly never done before!

At uni London on the fly was no big deal, I practically lived down the road. But now I’m a bit further afield, the train costs more, the journey takes longer, and I have that whole boring adult life thing going on, it doesn’t leave much room for jaunts into the city. But I try to get in for special occasions, such as birthdays – more specifically, my mum’s birthday this year, for which she wanted an overnight stay across the water from Canary Wharf.


We had all these plans but, unfortunately, the British weather completely washed out our first day. And, of course, in a thunderstorm like something outta Twister (great ’90s disaster movie about some big-ass tornado, if you haven’t seen it) the place to stay is a hotel on the water, only accessible by ferry! You should’ve seen us, like drowned rats in summer dresses, what a sight… ⛈️


But we didn’t let that hold us back! We spent the afternoon scoffing down a huge meal at the nearest restaurant (Zizzi, no complaints!)… and a bottle of wine… and a couple of cocktails each..! We had to swap a night on the town for several bottles of Prosecco in the hotel room but, hey, what’s wrong with that?!


Luckily things brightened up in the morning so we ventured into central London. We  ticked at least one thing off of mum’s birthday list – visiting the rooftop restaurant at Selfridges, Alto by San Carlo. It was beautiful, from the exclusive elevator to the flowery archways.


The waiters couldn’t be more helpful (maybe a little TOO chatty for me, but that’s because of my adversity to, you know, people) and we couldn’t believe this fancy restaurant only charged £8.50 for a lasagne – bargain, right?! Obviously until the waiter explained that the meals are “medium sized to share” – the prices made much more sense then! It was a lighter lunch than we expected, but lovely all the same.


Of course, that didn’t mean we didn’t sneak a McDonald’s cheeseburger on the train home..! 🙊


SERIES: My Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle #4 | #ThisGirlEats

11:30AM: I’m up early on a Sunday when I’m not working – why, you ask? Well, because I’m off out to stand in a cold, damp field and watch football. Supportive girlfriend points, please 💁

4:30PM: For the first time in our two year relationship, I am the one on the soft drinks 🍼It’s a birthday party, it’s in a pub, and I’m tentatively sipping on two white wine spritzers and what feels like gallons of Diet Coke because for the first time – not only in our relationship but, in fact, my LIFE – I’m the one driving us home. I’m proud of myself, but also a little unsure. Like, is this really worth it? Can’t we just get an Uber home? My cousin is here and she’s not drinking either, but she’s almost six months pregnant which feels like a much more worthwhile excuse…

Anyway, we filled up on a little mini buffet my mum laid out for us before we left in her valiant, but ultimately failed, attempt to stop everyone getting too drunk – except me, of course.


Greek yogurt with mixed fruit and a drizzle of honey

Roasted chicken, vegetable cous cous, roast potato chunks, slice of French stick, handful of black pepper crisps, salad

2 white wine spritzers with lemonade
Several glasses of Diet Coke – oh the newfound perks of being designated driver!

Half an oven-cooked pepperoni pizza