20 of the most important pieces of advice you should accept in your twenties

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A few nights ago, my best friend from school sent me a quote: “Nothing will ruin your 20’s more than thinking you should have your life together already.” Now if I were to ever get a tattoo, it might just be this quote (obviously in a much prettier language).

This piece of advice really resonated with me, and with my Instagram followers. (After posting, it quickly become one of my most liked posts of 2014). Us twenty-something females love hearing a good piece of advice, whether that be through a friend, parent, celebrity we love or through a Pinterest quote. And we love sharing them with each other even more.

So over the last few days I’ve collected a number of thoughts that I’ve actually been collecting for the last four years since turning 20, the most important advice I’ve heard and actually said to myself in perhaps the most turbulent, ever-changing and emotional decade we all live through, our twenties.

1. Keep your friendship circle tight.

2. Stop dieting. Accept and love who and what you are and never ever give up chocolate.

3. When worrying about the slightest thing just think: Will it matter in a year? If not, stop worrying. It’s a waste of time.

4. Learn, love and accept your bodyshape, and dress accordingly. Not everyone looks good in a body-con.

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My night at Red Magazine’s Book Club

Over a year ago I was invited to an ‘Author Master-Class’ hosted by Cosmopolitan Magazine. Authors including Lindsey Kelk and Victoria Fox were on hand to answer questions from a keen audience made up of aspiring authors, avid Cosmo readers and wannabe bloggers. Being all three I found the event highly enjoyable and inspirational but throughout it I was also terrified. I spent the event cowering in the corner, avoiding the free champagne and canapés and feeling completely out of my depth. I didn’t feel like I belonged in a room of such incredible women.

At the time I had a roughish idea for a first novel, I was temping in the city, tirelessly trying to find a job I actually enjoyed and living with my in-laws. During the Q&A I somehow plucked up the courage to ask an author a question. I can’t quite remember how I phrased it, or the answer (I was too nervous to really take it all in) but overall I found the evening a bit daunting.

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