Stephanie with her friends, as a teenager

Stephanie as a teenager, with her friends.

Thinking about yourself as the young woman in your teenage photo, what did you think life held in store for you?

I have no idea what I want to do, maybe acting? But definitely not a teacher [note: as it turns out Stephanie did go into teaching and she is now a lecturer at university, so this wasn’t an accurate prediction!]. It will be lovely to leave school and get into the real world.

…and now

Stephanie, now, at work.

Stephanie, now, at her work.

What advice would you give your younger self now about being young and growing older?

Have a bit more self-confidence in what you can do. Things won’t always go as planned but there’s a lot more opportunities out there than you think there are. You are trying to do too much –  and I’m afraid that won’t change.


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