Things I Wish I Knew When I Was A Teenage Girl

Last week I spoke to a group of high school girls on the topic of living your passion as a career. It got me thinking about if I was a high school girl and had it to do it over again what advice do I wish I had been given. So I reached out to my wise network of women on facebook and posed the question. Here is a compilation of everything that they had to say.

  • That being a teenage girl is the hardest time of your life.
  • Be curious.
  • Ask questions.
  • Vote with your feet (meaning if you support something show up for it).
  • Be part of the conversation.
  • It is OK to speak up.
  • The boy who insults you or the girl who is mean is living a secret life of pain that nobody knows about, so be kind.
  • Be the change you wish to see in the world (Gandhi).
  • No adult knows what they want to be when they grow up, we are all still trying to figure it out.
  • There are many people that create their own job. If you have a passion and others need it, it is a job.
  • When you feel strong, hold onto the feeling and figure out what it is all about, follow it, trust it.
  • Know how important it is to just be yourself.
  • Don’t let the expectations of others define your life, as you will then never truly be happy
  • Give yourself time to figure out what your passion is, as a teenager you probably don’t know what it is and that is OK.
  • Power the mind and you can do anything you choose….go get it!
  • Every entrepreneurial venture should be equal parts passion and profession.
  • To follow your heart and your passion ALWAYS!
  • When your work is joyful, everything else falls into place.
  • Listen to your heart over your parents, peers, boyfriend, when it comes to a career.
  • Expose yourself to new cultures and new environments.
  • Continue to learn.
  • What other people think of you is none of your business.
  • Love your body you are in right now as when you look back on pictures of yourself years from now, you are going to think you are HOT!

Do any of these resonate with you? Do you have a teenage girl in your life that needs to read this? Print it, email it, highlight it, share it, mail it….you just never know whose life you can change by starting the conversation!

I am raising three boys. They need to read this as well to help them better understand the girls in their lives. My future daughter-in-laws will thank me some day!


To Joyful, Simplified Living,

MS. Simplicity


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