Things I’d tell other 20-somethings

On skincare. Your skin is your biggest organ. Know your skin type, so that you can know what type of products to buy. In saying that, you should pay more attention to what you put inside your body instead of what you apply on it. Drink lots of water. Eat healthy. I like Glossier’s tagline: “Skincare first, makeup second, smile always”. Find a good, non-sticky sunscreen and always apply it before going outdoors. Even if it’s cloudy.

On health. You’re old enough now to pay for a gym membership. Or a set of dumbbells and a yoga mat if gym is not your thing. Go for long walks. Eat healthy. Even if it’s just 85% of the time. Snack healthy, too. Avoid caffeine. Yes, I’m really saying this. If you read the ingredient list and you have no clue what it says. Ditch it. Your body will thank you for it.

On fashion. Own your style. Okay, I have no idea how to give advice on fashion. Oops.

On career. What makes you come alive? What do you love to do? What are you good at? You will work five days a week, so you might as well take the time to figure out what you love. Now is the time to go back to school, move to a different country or work for something that stirs something on the inside of you.

On relationships. Always find time to catch up with your friends. Keep the communication lines open – even if the other one is a few thousand miles away. Cherish them and cheer them on. First dates are judgement day. But that’s okay. Over time you will grow comfortable with each other. There won’t always be butterflies, but there will be peace and a sense of belonging. At least, I hope anyway.

On travel. Be brave. Learn a bit about the culture. Learn the language. Even if it’s just basic sentences like, “Hello”, “Thank you”, “Can I buy this?”, “I need to get here” or “Can you please take an Instagram-worthy shot of me?” Set aside one or two days in your itinerary that is completely blank. Explore. Get lost. Fall in love with the city. Be a tourist in your country (especially New Zealand) because it is absolutely beautiful! There is always something new to discover.

On God. He is real, He is alive, and He loves you – more than you know and more than my words could ever say. His name is Jesus and He is calling you home. If you haven’t had an encounter with Him, then can I challenge you to challenge Him to make Himself known to you?

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