At the start of the year I received a message that took me by surprise. It was from a woman called Ruth, Founder & Editor of MAGNIFY Magazine. Prior to hearing from Ruth a dear friend had gifted me with the first issue of the magazine way back in 2014, and I absolutely loved it.
I had never come across a publication that addressed so perfectly, three extremely important themes in my life… Faith, Fashion and Feminism. So when Ruth reached out and asked me to feature on the MAGNIFY blog, I couldn’t have said yes any faster!
Unlike any other feature I’ve ever done, I was asked to write a letter to my younger, eighteen year old self. I was given a few core topics to discuss, and thought good and hard about what I would say. It was a therapeutic task to say the least, and I was honoured to be given the opportunity to share this with the world.
Here is what I had to say…
Honey, don’t rush adulthood! With Mum having just passed away you’re going to take on a lot of responsibility over the next seven years. You’d do anything for your sisters, but sometimes it’s OK to let your hair down. I know your grandma-tendencies will still creep in when you go off to university, but you will have amazing housemates who will force you to go out and help you create some of your best memories ever.
As for life post-university, you’ll spend a lot of time with Laolu, who in a few years’ time will become your husband. This is when you’ll really come into your own. He’ll help you embrace your weight and realise that being yourself is more attractive than trying to be someone else. You’ll start to really enjoy adulthood and experience new and exciting things in your career, marriage and personal life.
I know you’re wondering whether you’ve made the right decision to step into a relationship at such a delicate time in your life… Read the full letter HERE