I often hear people talking about regrets, only to be met by the response that you should never regret anything, as you wouldn't be where you are today if you changed things from your past. Some overly positive people like to make the point that they don't have any regrets in life, and it seems more common than not that this is how everyone should feel. What do you think?
While thinking about this, I got into a really interesting conversation about things I wish I had known when I was younger... What would I go back and tell my younger self?

The first thing that comes to mind is that I wish I had been a little more savvy with my money. I worked from a very early age and when I think about all the money I have had over the years, I really wish I'd done the sensible thing and put a little away each month. I'm now at a point in my life where we are wanting to buy a house and wanting to go on family holidays, which brings me to wishing I'd saved more of my money rather than spending it on nights out and clothes! It's something you hear as a piece of advice from a fairly young age, but when you're in a secure job with no worries, I guess it never feels like much of an issue. I have learned from my mistakes though, and I am saving as much as I possibly can now so that I can hopefully retire early and enjoy my life after 50!

Another topic that I wish I had known more about is skincare. These days I have a really good routine, I use some beautiful products and my skin isn't too bad, however, as a teenager I really didn't know what I was doing. My Mam was never interested in makeup or beauty so I didn't have anyone to learn from, and I really do wish I'd known how important it is to cleanse, tone and moisturise from an early age. If I'm honest, I would say my skin did suffer for this... When I was in school and college I always had a few spots (nothing major, so in a way I was lucky), but my skin did get me down and I still have a little scarring now which I probably wouldn't have if I had been caring for my skin properly.

Something that I talk about quite often to friends and family is that I wish I could go back to the start of my blogging career and be brave and start my YouTube channel. Back in 2009, there weren't many bloggers making video content and I always wonder what would have happened if I had been one of the first to get into it. I started blogging around the same time as Zoella and it's really hard not to wonder where I would have been if I had started a channel around the same time as she did... Things could have been a lot different in my life!

This may sound like a bit of a cliche point to make, but I really would love to go back and tell myself to have some faith in myself. I was painfully shy as a child, and often backed out of opportunities and events because of it. I didn't see myself as good enough in comparison to others and would much prefer to spend my time with one person or alone rather than with groups or new people. This has developed into slight social anxiety for me in my adult life and I'm determined that we will bring Elodie up to believe in herself and not feel the way I did (and do) sometimes.

Lastly, I would 100% tell myself to print my photos from my phone and camera more often! And I'm sure it's not just me who feels this way! I love to look back over memories, and although it's fun scrolling through the feed of photos on a phone, it's not quite the same as pulling out an old photo album and reminiscing. I've lost a lot of beautiful pictures and memories through broken memory cards and lost phones, and I'll never forgive myself for not printing them when I had the chance. It may seem like a bit of a basic 'regret' to have, but it really is something that makes me upset when I think about it.

So next time someone tells you that you shouldn't have any regrets, ignore them. Regrets are part of life and you can learn from mistakes and grow from them, all at the same time while wishing they didn't happen! 

Let me know what you regret, or what you would love to tell your younger self.

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