A letter to my 16 year old self

Dear 16 year old Lisa. How’s life in 1999? I hope you’re still enjoying No Doubt, and getting to grips with your contact lenses.

I thought I’d give you a little heads up about the next 16 years, and hopefully it’ll save you a little heartache and a lot of money on hair products.

16 yr old lisa


Gorgeous aren’t they? So many to look at, and yet the one you want is, inevitably, attracted to someone else. Thing is, if you spent more time enjoying your own and your friends’ company, and doing your own thing, you’d have probably found that ‘you know who’ would have been a lot more interested in you. You know yourself the more someone wants you the less you’re interested. And steer clear of the bad boy. He’s only going to be trouble, and he’s going to cause you a lot of heartache.


Things keep coming back. Right now the 90s is back, so basically hang on to anything you’ve borrowed from the film Clueless and put it in a box.  The Take That dummy necklace hasn’t made a reappearance though, you can ditch that. You’re fairly unlikely to need the baggy combat jeans too – skinny jeans have stuck around a while, and you live in those.


You know you have curly hair? I wholly suggest you embrace those curls and stop ironing them. It’s only going to lead to a frizzy ball on top of your head. As soon as you make friends with your hair, and stop fighting it, you’ll find you’ll be much more relaxed – and you’ll have hours back in your life. Oh – and don’t dye your hair until it absolutely becomes necessary, as soon as you start you CAN NEVER GO BACK.

Embrace your fears

Stop holding yourself back, if you want to do something, just do it. That’s the only way you’re going to get the jobs you want, not to mention fly in a helicopter, jump out of a plane and marry the man you love (not all at the same time of course, that would be madness).

Last of all

You know you will never, ever, ever have kids? Erm, you do. Two of them actually. And you like them, they even inspire you to write a blog (which is incredibly brilliant).

Lots of love, Lisa (aged 32 ¾ ) xxx

PS – you know Take That split up a couple of years ago? They get back together. I shit you not. You even get to see them in concert, and ROBBIE JOINS THEM. I know. Mind blowing.


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