It’s amazing when I look back to my college years at how much has changed. Below are some thoughts that came to mind – of which I’d love to sit down and discuss with my younger self!
I used to get a new car every 3 years. If the mileage went over 50,000 miles, in my mind it was time for a new vehicle. I learned in my later years that the minute you drive a car off the car lot, it has depreciated in value immensely. We now have two cars, both at over 100,000 miles each (my younger self would be like, “WHATTT?”) that are thankfully paid off and knock on wood are running well!
I smoked cigarettes. Why? All I had to do was breathe deeply and slowly and would’ve gotten the same calming effect minus the nicotine and other harmful chemicals. I wish I never snuck out of Melissa Litkowski’s house during that one sleepover with Lori. We went, in our pajamas I believe, to the local gas station, where we purchased a pack of cigarettes. Fast forward to when Rich and I were ready to start a family. I quit and never looked back.
I was so brand-conscious, somewhat of a self-proclaimed brand snob. A brand name doesn’t necessarily mean quality. Don’t get me wrong – I still drool over fashion. I love following the latest trends but have come to learn that sometimes the cost or brand doesn’t make the t-shirt. I wear t-shirts practically everyday (when I am working from home of course), and have been on the hunt for a quality t-shirt that lasts. If I tell you that I’ve tried $30, $40, even $60 t-shirts and the ones that have held up the best are my Hanes v-neck white tees – would you believe me!? It’s crazy but true!
Denim is another one. I used to drop in upwards of $200 on a pair of jeans. Yes, some of them did make me feel fabulous (and boost the booty), but I stumbled across a few lower-priced brands that I love MORE! First off, Old Navy’s denim (depending on the cut) has never let me down.
I wish I traveled more. I wish I spent money on experiences instead of ridiculously priced jeans. On a college salary I couldn’t have necessarily gone too far, but I could’ve possibly at least experienced some of the amazing United States. Now I realize how much more valuable travel would be over material goods.
I can’t eat cookies like I used to. The doctors were right in saying that my amazingly hyperactive metabolism would slow down once I had kids. It did. Like immediately after my oldest was born. I really hope I enjoyed eating those chocolate chip cookies and endless high caloric meals without having to exercise at ALL!
What words of advice would you tell your younger self if you had the chance? Comment below!