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Hi! I'm Shabana. I live in Bahrain. I'm a businesswoman by day and a fitness instructor by night. I believe that dressing up is the easiest way of loving yourself, and this blog is where I journal my outfits and my life. If you'd like to know more, click on the About Me tab on top. I hope you enjoy my blog!

16 things I wish I knew when I was twenty

I turned 28 this year. In 2 years I'll leave my 20s behind. I'm looking forward to it. Life has been beautiful and I can't wait for what's to come. But if I could go back and talk to my 20 year-old self, I would tell her a lot of things. Like to not go on a date just because someone asked you out. To get a better sense of style. To not be so sensitive. So I made a list of things I'd advise 20 year-old me, and any 20 year old today.
  1. Stop being so hard on yourself. I know you're confused and trying to get somewhere, but self-criticism makes you go backward, not forward. 
  2. Stop worrying so much. Worriers don't make good warriors and trust me, you have a lot of battles to be strong for. 
  3. You don't have to like someone just because they like you.
  4. You don't have anything to prove to anyone else. It doesn't matter if you didn't do an MBA or don't have a bank job like all your friends. It matters that you're happy, whatever you do.
  5. Enjoy your college years. Party, hang out with friends, or don't party, be nerdy, but do whatever you want to. Trust me, those days won't return.
  6. Travel as much as you can. It opens your mind.
  7. Make friends from different nationalities, cultures and mindsets. Have different groups of friends and spend time with all.
  8. Have at least one friend who is over 45. Their wisdom and guidance will help you.
  9. Read, read, read, read. It's the best {and maybe the only} cure for ignorance. Read all kinds of books, from fairy tales to murder mysteries to philosophy to sappy romances to self-help to classics. Once you start working and take on more responsibilities your time for reading will reduce. You'll be grateful to your younger self for reading when you had the time. 
  10. You will change. Your thoughts, ideas and perceptions will evolve. You will have epiphanies and paradigm shifts as you grow older. So don't hold on too tightly to your thoughts and beliefs. 
  11. Learn to meditate. Life's going to get crazy-hectic and meditation helps.
  12. It gets better. Even if you don't see it now, every single bit of your hard work and struggle will lead to something brilliant in the near future.
  13. It's ok to be lost. It's ok to not be ok. Eventually you'll find yourself. Eventually you'll be more than ok.
  14. Steer clear of negative people. You don't need anyone who brings you down or belittles you or your aspirations.
  15. Don't wear too much make-up otherwise when you're in your late 20s you'll look like you're in your late 40s. {Thankfully I wore very less make-up due to my strict mom and now people ask me if I'm in college.}
  16. Learn to be assertive. You're not a doormat. Don't let anyone walk all over you. 
And lastly, follow your heart. Do what makes you happy, not what makes your family or peers happy. And most of all, love yourself. A lot. 
Shabana Feroze
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