Dear Teenage Me

dear teenage me, anika may, winter style, winter coat, blogger style, winter fashion, ootd, floral dress, winter florals

Dear Teenage Me,


It’s officially been two whole years since you were a teenager and so much has changed. Let’s just say I’m writing this from the future, and I have some tips to help you through those rough years.

So, you’re thirteen. You’ve been in school for about a year and a half and so far, you’re loving it. Here’s my first tip: stay positive, because there are numerous factors that will try to dim your light. Friends, teachers, family and even your surroundings. Don’t let those negative vibes get into your heart. One more thing… do not create a Facebook account and set a pair of Converse as your profile photo.


Now you’re fourteen. Your first crush just passed you in the hallway and he’s dating your best friend. Don’t stress about him, boys are trash. Actually, don’t stress about anything. You’ve already completed your first proper exam and to be honest: they all feel like that. They’re not that big of a deal and in five years you’ll look back and laugh at how silly you were.


You made it to fifteen. Life is shooting by, and you’re desperate for it to slow down. Right now, is the prime of teenage life so make as many memories as possible. Friends will come and go, but those memories will last forever. You’ll finally invest in that camera you were desperate for, and start up your first blog: Mannequin Mode. Oh, and you’ll discover Tumblr – that’s loads of fun.

dear teenage me, anika may, winter style, winter coat, blogger style, winter fashion, ootd, floral dress, winter florals

Hurray, sixteen! Bebo is long gone, and Facebook is pretty dead to you too. Now a couple of things are legal for you, but it doesn’t mean you have to do them all. I’m begging you, stop flirting with your science partner and focus on your GCSE’s. You know what you want to do, fall in love with it. And try blogging again, I really think you’ll like it.


So seventeen has rolled around and you feel no different. Although that whole adult thing is starting to set in. Don’t be scared! Remember when I said negative feelings have no room in your heart? That still applies. Sixth form is in full swing and it’s truly your time to shine. You may only have a few friends, but don’t lose that confidence. Don’t let anxiety win.


Congratulations, you reached eighteen. I guess you ignored my previous advice because it seems anxiety is ruling your life. But not to worry, you’ll start taking the steps to fight it, you just have to accept it. Everyone’s pushing you to go to university but you hate school and know you don’t want to go. Don’t bother with UCAS and don’t let anyone bully you into it. Now that you’re legally an adult, you can buy alcohol – not that you weren’t drinking it like orange juice before. Chill out with that. You know that blog, Anika May? Keep going with that.


Nineteen! Last year of being a teen and the time you want to mature and become more independent. You’ll get your first job during this year and hate it. But that’s normal. There’s people there that will trigger your anxiety and those down days. But focus on the good, and it’ll be over soon. That doctor’s appointment you booked? Go. Forget the opinions of others and you’ll soon start to see that confidence shine. Be happy with your body, your face and your mind. Once you believe it, you’ll see it. I promise.

JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    In love with the whole outfit! It really suits you!
    Mónica Sors

  • Great look, love the floral print dress. Have a nice day!

    Gemma x

  • Natalia Uliasz
  • Rosanna Briguglio

    Haha, ‘Boys are trash’! What a great honest letter and such a fun read! Beautiful pictures too!!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x

    • Thanks so much for reading, Rosanna! xo

  • I really loved this post so much! Was so light hearted and lovely to read. You’ve really inspired me to write something similiar xx

    Lauren |

    • Please do! And please send me a link, would love to have a read! xo

  • Courtney Hardy

    This post was really inspirational. I’m 15, and this is cool to see your outlook from when you were a teenager. We both still have a lot ahead of us, and we have to be ready for it.

    • I’m glad you liked it! Enjoy your teenage years hun! xo

  • Zinny

    This post is quite interesting. I think I should write a post to my younger self lol. Sometimes, I wish I never had to grow older lol. Have a great day!

    • Totally do it, it’s great looking back and seeing how far you’ve come 🙂 xo

  • I love these posts!!! It is so great to see where people come from and the advice they would give themselves! I loved reading 🙂

    • Thanks so much for reading, Joti! xo

  • This is so cute! I love this post 🙂


  • ”Boys are trash” – loving that line; being a teenager really is so difficult, I don’t miss those years at all, haha. Sometimes, I really do feel as though life gets better and easier for us all as each year moves forwards 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Haha they can be sometimes 😉 I can’t say I miss those days either, totally agree! xo

  • Oh I love this, definitely going to try this out myself, such a fab post idea. The converse bit made me laugh, I 100% had a piczo page dedicated to my love of converse…

    The Makeup Directory

    • Totally do it! The Converse obsession was real in 2008 haha! xo

  • Love this kind of blog post! 🙂

    Ellen x | thatsellen

  • I loved this! It’s so well written, and there’s definitely things I would go back and do differently too xx

    Velvet Blush

  • From Luxe With Love
  • Awww… and I’ll turn 29 this year!! So a couple of years apart. That reminds me, a few months back i was thinking how on earth i could reach that calm state of my grandparents maybe earlier on in life. Do we need to go through all these lessons or is there somehow a way to really hand knowledge down? Still don’t know the answers, but I hope there will be a way one day, that we will be wiser at a younger age.
    x finja ~

    • Hopefully, I’m only 21 so I have so much more to learn, but it’s so lovely to look back and see how much I’ve changed since the crazy teenage years xo

  • This is such a nostalgic read, and very sweet. The things we wish we’d known… x

  • This is such a cute post idea, I need to do this one on my blog, seems so fun and personal!

    Have a lovely day!

    xx Kris

  • This is so lovely! I would love to give a post one my blog, too. <3

    Novreica |