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With age, we mature and grow into wonderful women, but even though we are older, wiser and more empowered than ever, it can still be easy to forget our true value.

When life takes a difficult turn, our confidence can be knocked, and our sense of self-worth may take a nosedive.

This is why we recently asked some of our wonderful clients to think about what they would say to their 18-year-old selves, to boost their confidence, if they had the chance.

The new ‘Note to Self’ Series

We’ve collated these words of wisdom into a ‘Note to Self’ e-book and, in this new blog series, we’ll be sharing the stories in the hope that they inspire you.

Since their teens, these ladies have lived, loved and learnt so much. We felt that we could all benefit from their experiences and advice.

In this edition, you’ll meet Deborah.

Andrea’s ‘Note to Self’…

Dear Andrea,

You have your whole life ahead of you, it’s going to fly by just like that. Whatever you do, don’t waste a moment.

Don’t regret anything that happens it’s all a learning experience.

People will take advantage of you, that’s just the way some people are. The thing is to just be you.

Andrea at 18 years old
Andrea at 18 years old

Don’t ever change for anyone, you are perfect just as you are.

Believe in what you believe in; the magic of Christmas, the security of family and that you do have a voice that deserves to be heard.

Whatever happens in your life happens for a reason, you can accept it and get on with it and let you define you or you can change things.

You have all the power in your life, use it wisely.

Andrea's empowering boudoir photography experience

Understand that despite how you carry on with your life, you can change it. You don’t have to stay doing the same thing if it makes you unhappy, but just make sure you consider all the options and don’t do anything rash or that might hurt anyone-intentionally or unintentionally.

If you take nothing else from this letter, although you know I’m right, remember you are both beautiful inside and out and don’t let anyone take that away from you, because it shines right through you.

Love you always, like you need to love yourself,


Thank you, Andrea!

Andrea, we so appreciate you sharing this with us. Brilliant tips, thank you!

You’re absolutely right – you are a shining star! We’re thrilled that you have discovered your beauty and power.

Access the free Johanna Elizabeth ‘Note to Self’ book

Note to Self is a beautifully designed e-book with many more stories like this, and it’s completely free. We created it especially for you, so don’t miss out! Access it here

You can also view others in the series here on the blog. Don’t miss these!

Love Johanna, Ange & Evie


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