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September 22, 2011

Teenage Dream

A little over a year ago I met with five great teenage girls to discuss their views on beauty, fashion and friendship. I decided to reach out to them again and invite them into the city to catch up. 

As we sat around my apartment and ate snacks (I went a little overboard with crackers and cupcakes and pink lemonade) we got into some girl talk. I realized that last year I had sophomores in front of me and this time they were seniors.

They told me about their dreams for the future; they want to study archaeology, directing, english, teaching, and business. Some explained how they also want to travel and write and wait tables before they have to give up their freedom completely. It seems they all want to fall in love (some already have) and grow up and party. They want to meet new people (the high school party scene is soooo over) and experience the highs and lows of life outside of homeroom. They're also a bit nervous and worried about the big decisions and roads that lie ahead.

After 24 years of living, I wouldn't say I have all the answers. Heck, I'm still trying to figure it out myself. Despite my lack of full ancient wisdom, I tried my best to ramble some answers.

Here is some advice I gave them:

1. You can choose anything. You'll know when it's right. It's a feeling. You'll walk into a place or meet a person, or try something new and you'll think, "This is me, this is where I belong." You'll just know.
2. Don't listen to the critics. People who judge your decisions or try to make you change them are insecure about their own lives. Maybe they wanted to do something like you (travel, try a different career path) but they never had the bravery. They are just projecting their fears onto you, so be strong and stick to your gut.  
3. You don't have to figure out your entire life at this very moment. Sure, your decisions will affect your future but you can change your mind, your heart and your journey whenever you want to.

I want to thank Bronte, Stephanie, Sophie, Nicolette and Cassie for spending their Sunday with me. I can't wait to see where you all end up a year from now. I hope you'll reach out to me whenever you need it.

So check out our photo shoot below. They even coaxed me into taking a group shot with them despite my old lady protesting.

Enjoy! xx

5 comments

  1. Love this!! Great advice Amanda and such beautiful girls.

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  2. You're nothing short of amazing, Amanda!

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  3. I remember applying to University and feeling like whatever I decided then would be forever. Here I am now, 6 years later, I changed my major after 2 and a half years, did a certificate in something I didn't even think I would be interested in back in high school, and going down a completely different path from what I planned. You never know where you are headed until you get there. That being said, I definitely agree with #3.

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  4. Your second piece of advice was spot-on. Couldn't have said it better myself.

    This is a delightful blog, by the way.

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  5. thank you! thank you! thank you!

    these girls are amazing.

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