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When I think back to my teenage years, I get mixed emotions. I remember feeling Happy, Sad, Angry, Frustrated, Excited and Scared all at the same time. When you’re a Teenager you think you know EVERYTHING! “Nod7fa76219098112af1c7e4f4011a423c mum I won’t need my coat, it’s not that cold and besides I want to show of my cute top” And then you’ll be standing there outside in the cold, watching the boys ride around on their bikes at the park, wishing you had taken your mums advice and worn a coat. And did they notice your new super cute top? Did they hell! Face it, you made some very stupid decisions as a teenager and despite what anyone says you’ll always do your own thing with a middle finger up to the rest of the world.When I think back to my teenage years, I get mixed emotions. For most of that time I was Happy, Sad, Angry, Frustrated, Excited and Scared all at the same time. When you’re a Teenager you think you know EVERYTHING! “No mum I won’t need my coat, it’s not that cold and besides I want to show of my cute top” And then you’ll be standing there outside in the cold, watching the boys ride around on their bikes at the park, wishing you had taken your mums advice and worn a coat. And did they notice your new super cute top? Did they hell! Face it, you make some very stupid decisions whilst being a teenager and despite what anyone said, you always did your own thing with a middle finger up to the rest of the world.

My teenage years were pretty average. The usual out drinking, attempting to pull every lad I liked, wearing a serious amount of makeup and trying my damn hardest to fit my size 10 ass into size 6 jeans. Oh the struggle! I did enjoy my ‘Teenage Years’ though and looking back now I’ve changed so much. Some good and some bad but I’ve learnt so much about myself and what I want out of life. Pulling the ‘Hot Guy’ just doesn’t cut it anymore. I want to meet my Mr Charming and Buy a home. I want to Photograph People for a living and Spend MY hard-earned cash on mahoosive shopping sprees and holidays in the Med. Yes I’m dreaming of the high life but I’m determined to turn in into a reality. When you’re young you don’t tend to dream big. You live for the moment. You stay out drinking until 6am and worry about the hangover the next morning. You experiment with lots of different clothing and hairstyles. Do you remember the McKenzie Jackets? And don’t get me started on the Big Black Blocks we called shoes…

But, now that I’m a little past my teenage years I can look back and reflect on what I’ve learnt. And believe me, I’ve learnt quite a lot…

  • JD is not the only clothing shop in the world. Oh my god, I cringe so bad when I think about what I used to wear as a teenager. My early teenage years I wore anything designer, brands such as Playboy, Juicy Couture and Bench. Then it was the McKenzie Jackets and Rockport boots for school. Oh Jesus I must have looked a complete mess! But at the time if you didn’t wear the sort of stuff you weren’t classed as ‘Cool’ and that just wasn’t an option. Why wasn’t Topshop as great as it is now back then?
  • Major backcombed hair is NOT a good look. Neither is the Orange Foundation line underneath your chin! The amount of time I’d spend backcombing my hair and using half a can of hairspray just so I’d avoid the ‘Flat Hair’ look. Though I certainly rocked the ‘Birds Nest’ look. How anyone ever took me seriously I will never know?

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  • You haven’t met the Love of your Life. I had so many crushes during School and College. Many people knew about most of them but there were a few I kept to myself and still to this day they’re a safe guarded secret. But It’s happened to us all. You end up falling for the boy and tell yourself he’s your Soul Mate and then when he breaks your heart you end up hating the guy and hating yourself even more for feeling that way. But don’t worry, the guy you liked back then will probably now be the guy sitting at home, smoking weed with no job. Consider yourself lucky!
  • Your mum was and always will be right. Come on! Your mum knows everything. She’s been there and done that. She has the best advice and can tell you what’s going to happen before it’s even happened. But back then she was your enemy. All she wanted to do was ruin your life! She’d moan at your outfit choice and she’d nag you when you chose TV over homework. Worst of all, she’d question your choice of friends. She caused so many headaches, so much stress and so many arguments. But, you’d have been totally lost without her. Today, she is your best friend and the only person you trust with your life. I’m Sorry Mum!
  • It’s OK not to be One of the Popular Kids. My mission throughout the whole of high school was to be one of the ‘Cool Kids’. I’d spend hours on end trying my hardest to join in with anything they were doing. Even just sat talking to one of them gave me a buzz. I wasn’t unpopular. I had many friends and we had a lot of fun but there was always a part of me longing to be one of the Popular kids. Thinking on it now I haven’t a clue why? I had nothing in common with them. I didn’t Smoke, I never went to any of the clubs they went to, I never had (nor do I ever want) a fight with a girl and honestly I’d have Sh*t myself if I’d have had a run in with the Law. But despite all this I would still spend my lunches and breaks attempting to claw my way into the popular circle. That’s one regret I have from school, that I spent so much time trying to be someone I knew I never would be. That’s one piece of advice I’d give to any teenager reading this, “School is for a mere few years of your life and once you leave your lucky if you keep in touch with 5 of your old school friends. So don’t try to be someone you’re not. By all means experiment with other things but don’t change who you really are to please anyone else”.

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(Me on the far left on my last day of School)

  • Tracksuit bottoms tucked into your Socks hasn’t and NEVER will be a good look. Have you seen people walking around town sporting this exact look? Do you think it looks good? Of course it doesn’t! So why oh why did we ever do it to ourselves? There’s only one word out there to describe exactly how you look…and that’s a Nob!
  • Don’t be afraid to Do Something you Love! In year 10 I took an extra GCSE. I did this out of school, on a friday night. So whilst other people my age were probably getting ready for a night of drinking, I was taking Drama lessons at a local school. I kept it secret as I didn’t want anyone knowing but I honestly loved every second of it. You tend to learn quicker the younger you are so I should have taken full advantage of that. I wish I’d have continued with my dancing lessons as well as pursue my singing too. You can only learn from your mistakes and eventually pass on your wisdom to your own children.Christina-Aguilera-White-Photoshoot-Images-540x360
  • Pop Princesses Rule! I would never have admitted to it back in School but Britney, Christina and JLO are Amazing! The True Princesses of Pop! And I’m not even going to deny that I listen to them. Editing Photos and Writing up Contracts can get so stressful and sometimes you need something to give you that little push to carry on. My push is 90s Pop Music!
  • Don’t Try and Rush Things. When I was around 15-16 I remember Wanting just 3 things…A College Boyfriend, Money and Big Boobs! I wished my life away dreaming of meeting guys in bars, getting drunk with friends and finding a job. Why? Now I do all those things and it isn’t half as fun as I’d imagined it to be. I meet more creeps in bars that nice guys these days. I go out drinking once every blue moon and finding a job is near impossible at times! Growing up does in fact Suck! I’d do anything to go back to my Carefree Self! Up until 2 years ago I had average sized boobs and hated them. I even decided to start saving up for a boob job! But then BOOM! They grew a Cup Size and now I hate them even more, they’re too big! Why God, Why?
  • Screw What Other People think! I spent most of my teenage years and even my early 20s worrying about what people think of me. Do they talk about me behind my back? Do they laugh at what I do? Who actually listens to what I have to say? But do you know something, I DON’T CARE! I honestly couldn’t give a flying hoot who likes me and who doesn’t. I don’t need negative people in my life. I’m a nice person. I have time for anyone. You can come to me for help and advice anytime and I’ll always be here to listen. But if you haven’t got time for me then I don’t have time for you. Simple. I’ve wasted so much of my life worrying about what people think of me that I’ve made myself ill. And it’s not fair anymore. Life’s too short. I’ve realised that of late and I’m determined to focus on my own thoughts and feelings instead of everyone else’s. I do however have the most amazing Family, Friends and Readers who stick by me through thick and thin. They support me in everything I do and I just want to take this moment to Thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart!YOU ROCK!

           Sincerely, Sophie X