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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.

Now, in this penultimate edition of the ‘Note to Self’ series, you’ll meet Clare, Evie and Gemma, who’ve all taken the time to share their learnings with you.

Clare’s ‘Note to Self’…

You don’t fit in and that’s okay, there’s a beauty in being fully unapologetically authentic. You will learn this in time.

Portrait at 18 years old

Stop trying to please everyone, especially at a cost to yourself. Some people will never be happy and that’s not your fault.

Look at the picture of the older you. That self-conscious, shy girl is still in there and she will appear every now and then. That’s okay, but don’t let her take over.

Note to Self Series by Johanna Elizabeth Photography

Other people don’t take nearly as much notice of you as you think, hold your head high and stop worrying about it.

You’re beautiful, strong, and more than enough!”

Evie’s ‘Note to Self…

Always live in the moment and never take anything for granted!

Take every opportunity that comes your way!

Evie's Note to Self

Don’t underestimate the power of kindness, even a small act or simple words can make someone’s day a little brighter.

Meet Evie, our boudoir hair and makeup stylist

Always believe in yourself and try not to compare yourself to others.

Resist the urge to focus on your flaws and instead focus on all your redeeming qualities.

Be confident and love yourself!

Gemma’s ‘Note to Self’…

My darling, I know it may seem hard to believe right now, but you won’t always feel this way.

You won’t have to question people’s motivations towards you, and you won’t have to hide who you are to be accepted.

Those people who make you feel bad for who you are, who have used and abused you, are simply afraid of the power you hold within you.

Note to Self Series

You compare yourself to them, physically and mentally, without realising that they are doing the same.

What you dislike about yourself, will be what attracts your tribe and makes people want to be around you, for who you are.

You are beautiful, you are kind, you are generous, and you are worthy. And one day, you will see it.

Note to Self Series portrait with angel wings

You will see it reflected in the eyes of your true love, you will see it in the incredible photoshoots you get to do (trust me, you will have so much fun!), and you will see it in the mirror.

Believe in yourself, you are capable of amazing things!

Related reading: How to reframe limiting beliefs to boost your confidence and wellbeing

Thank you all, ladies!

You’re all superstars! We are incredibly grateful to you for sharing your wise words with us.

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

~x~

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