What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

We asked our Big Sistrs, if they had a magic time machine and could go back in time, what advice they’d give their 20-year-old selves.

“Trust your instincts, they turn out to be ok” — Olivia Knight, Founder of Patchwork Group

“Believe in myself more. I was trained as a ballet dancer so taught to permanently criticise myself in the mirror. I don’t think it’s helpful. I think having self-belief and a little bit of kindness is a much more positive approach” – Catherine Loveless, Founder Butterfly Ballet & Holly Berry Trees

“I would say don’t be afraid to change the plan. If you think that’s what you want to do then great but if that changes and your passions change then don’t be afraid to change what you’re doing.”Hannah Shergold, ex-military helicopter commander, award-winning artist, Official Invictus Games Team UK artist

“Listen to your mother, she’s always right. Not to worry about what other people think of you. I spent my 20s worrying way too much about whether people like me or not. At the end of the day who cares?”Emma Sayle, CEO and Founder of Sistr and Killing Kittens

“Make sure you attend to your needs as well as everyone else’s. I think in your 20s you’re so programmed to meet everyone else’s needs. So actually focusing on what you want as well.”Dr Vanessa Moulton, Psychologist & Founder The Mindflex Group

“To never give up. To find my why and understand I’m always on the journey towards my why”.Erika Brodnock, Founder Karisma Kids/ Sky News Parenting Expert

What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?