Marie Claire turns 21 this year and we want to celebrate it with you by sharing quotes from our lovely ladies remembering when they were 21.
Remember the time when we were 21 and we thought to ourselves, “Gosh! This is the life right here. I can rule the world! I can do anything I want to. I’m an adult!” Being 21 is the epitome of our life. Our characters shine brighter than the sun and our dreams and expectations for ourselves are at point, believing we can achieve what we want. We still can achieve those dreams for ourselves just like these women. Here are quotes from these beautiful women when they were 21.
KinkyBlueFairy owner, Joyce Wong started her blog in 2004 but before that, she was in media for 5 years! Now, she does what she loves and she’s inspiring us all through her passion for fashion and writing. She is very fortunate to travel with her team and you can view them on kinkybluefairy.net or www.kinkybluefairy.com where you can shop till you drop.
“When I was 21, I worked hard to spend my money on fashion, partying and travelling. I still wouldn’t change how I lived my life then. Life is meant to be FUN and free at 21! My advice to new 21-year-olds? Spend your time doing whatever makes YOU happy, getting to know yourself better, and live without fear. You’ll need all that to further escalate yourself through life later on. On a more serious note – start working out, save some money for future investments, and sit down to ponder where you want to head in life.”
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Venice Min is a blogger, model, actress, student, and ballerina. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication in Public Relation, danced her way up since she was 4 years-old and became a ballet teacher for 4 years. Her modelling career began after graduating from high school and she’s been featured on various magazines ever since. You can visit her website at venice-min.com
“Be humble, confident and never give up on your dreams easily! Enjoy your youth but never forget where you came from! Remember your roots! That’s the key to success!”
A woman who inspires us to be who we are and shares her passion in the entertainment industry. Fatimah Abu Bakar quotes herself when she was 21:
“I remember getting the golden key from my father (a sweet golden pendant which most 21-year-olds then would get), and thinking this is it. I’m legit. I’m free. Yes! I can do what I want, officially, without asking for permission from my parents. I’m responsible for my actions. The world was mine to take… Watch out everyone!
Then almost immediately I got cold feet and wanted to give dad back the key. I wasn’t sure whether I’d be ok without their safety net. Just imagining my freedom flight had given me acrophobia! But alhamdulilah I found other safety nets as I went along…”
Amber Chia is a Malaysian model, TV host, actress, and a brand ambassador. She was born in Teluk Intan but spent most of her life growing up in Tawau, Sabah. Her modelling career began when she was seventeen and here’s what she has to say when she was age 21.
“I started my career at 21 and tried everything to achieve my dreams. Today, I believe all the successes and failures I faced have made me who I am. If you want to achieve your dreams, try it while you are still young!”
Patricia Knudsen is Danish/Malaysian who grew up in Denmark but lived previously in countries such as Hong Kong and Japan. She decided to move to Malaysia in 2008 to experience her roots and what she found instead was a career in modelling and soon after that, as TV and radio hosts.
“When I was 21… I made a lot of mistakes, I was extremely stubborn and I would waste my time on things that I now laugh at. I cared what everyone thought of me which made me insecure and my imagination my worst enemy. But even then, I was determined to become a better person, learn from my mistakes and make sure I would stride to reach a point where I would be comfortable with who I am and find happiness in a life that might seem like a dark hole at times, but can only get better depending on my own choices and focus. Have fun, don’t take yourself so seriously, work hard, and always remember your family and friends. Life isn’t fair, but it’s amazing.”
Chinese Malaysian actress and television personality, Sarah Lian is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She was born in Taiping, Perak Malaysia but mainly grew up in Vancouver, Canada. Sarah shares with us a note to her younger self as she takes us 10 years back.
My dear, sweet, not-so innocent Sarah.
10 years ago, meaning January 2005, you’re just finishing your second year at Ryerson, falling madly in love with a guy that you think you’ll marry. You think most of your life will be spent in Canada but you have no idea that things will change so quickly in a couple of years. Most of your time is spent on reading fashion magazines or you’re out partying every weekend at your all-Asian Friday nights and calculating popularity points on Friendster. Life is pretty awesome right?
10 years later and it looks like nothing has changed that much. Future Sarah’s still reading fashion magazines but this time she’s in them and has fallen madly in and out of love so many times she’s lost count. She’s definitely living her unfathomable dream of a career in entertainment and by the way, she lives in Malaysia.
Here’s what future-Sarah can share with past-Sarah:
- Do your homework, document what you love.
Whatever you love, keep at it and do it 100%. Don’t do work just because you have to, do work because you want to. Those who go above and beyond stand apart from the rest. If you realize you spend most of your time reading about fashion, start putting things together and take initative. If you love makeup, start reviewing it and make your own notes about it.
The closer you are to finding your passion, the closer you are to being happy. Don’t let others define what makes you happy. Engulf, immerse and embroil yourself. Find your mentor, seek advice, never stop learning. Do this and you’ll be miles ahead of everyone else around you.
- Make genuine friendships, make time for them.
Sarah, while the girls you meet in the clubs may seem fun, they’ll only stay while the fun lasts. They are part of a facade you create to make people think you’re something that you’re not (and stay away from the unnecessary alcohol calories too).
Instead, meet up with the friends that will always be honest when you need them to be, and the ones that send you a private message on Friendster who want to check up on you. Or the ones who know you’re so broke they invite you over to their house and cook for you. Those are your ride-or-die real friends.
Investing in good friendships can help you build the person you are, after all, you are the company you keep!
- Keep your standards high for yourself.
It’s easy to make mistakes and deal with them later on. But its not easy to forget them, especially when they are damaging to those around you including yourself. Know your worth.
Don’t ever let a man tell you that you are nothing.
Don’t ever let a boss make you feel like you are nothing.
Don’t ever treat yourself like you are not worth of greatness.
When I say keep your standards high, I don’t mean treat people like shit. Always have integrity, always have foresight to your decisions. Be respectful because people will remember you for it. (They will also remember you being rude, so try to keep that at a minimum)
Don’t be half-assed with your decisions. Be bold because your youth will allow you do things future Sarah would dare not.
Besides these points, you should live life! If you want to move somewhere else, you’ll find a way to make that happen. If you want to pursue your Masters, you can do it. Don’t be half-assed with your decisions. Be bold because your youth will allow you do things future Sarah would dare not.
Do it while you’re still young! (Yes, young is relative)
The future is yours for the taking,