You've just started high school, congrats girl! Don't worry about not having the £20 plastic, zip up school boots the other girls have, your sensible Clarks leather shoes cost your mum a fortune and you'll look back and wish you could wear them now, trust me. From the off, you'll have a hard time at school. Some girls will be mean to you, and you won't deal with it all too well, but please, if you can, stand up to them sooner rather than later, 'cause as soon as you do embarrass them in front of the class, they won't do it anymore. The bullying will make you both strong and weak at the same time, your eyes will still water when you talk about it with family or new friends/boyfriends but it will keep you in good stead for the rest of your life, you will be stronger and you won't take that kind of shit again.
Please Megan, listen to your mum. She knows best, honestly she does. Even when you think she's wrong, your mum is ALWAYS right. Also, please don't lie to your mum. Someway, somehow they always find out, mums are weird like that.
That boy in the year above, he's a bit of a tit. That on again, off again relationship is pretty pathetic, similarly to him. You'll realise that one day but please, dump him before you get hurt!
Once you stood up against the bullies, things get a lot better. A weight is lifted and you begin to express yourself. You discover guitar music and you start to really enjoy screaming vocals, much to your dads dismay. But please Megan, despite what the girls at the screamo gigs do, don't dye one patch of your hair blonde, you know that bit by your overly swept in "sweeping fringe" it's really not a good luck, nor is the backcombing.
Speaking of that sweeping fringe, don't fret about your forehead, yes it is a bit big, and yes they will call you "Foddy", something you like to joke about when your older, but that nickname will allow you to discover a long messy fringe that will become your safety blanket against the world, your signature look that will lead you to amazing things such as featuring in a L'Oreal nationwide campaign on television, in magazines and on billboards at Piccadilly Circus and around the country, yeah really, you have a lot to thank that forehead for.
And although you've had some bad hair cuts and some questionable outfits along the way, it's helped shape the person you are and your personal style today, in 2018. Have fun with your style, experiment with layering, textures, colours and everything in between, you never know, you might make a career out of it one day. Don't follow the crowd, you've never been very good at it.
Speaking of making a career out of fashion, guess what, you did it! So please, when people tell you that studying fashion at university isn't a real degree, please give them the middle finger. Don't pay any attention to them, 'cause it's a bloody hard slog the way any other degree is, but you get there and you actually do pretty damn well from it indeed.
You'll move to London one day, and you'll intern at some of your favourite fashion brands, you'll start an online diary writing about the daily life of a fashion intern and it will somehow develop into a style diary and eventually into a website that people actually read, so do pay attention in English class, older Megan will thank you for it later.
And after uni, you'll receive a job offer for your dream job as a Personal Stylist at ASOS, it will be the making of you, so take the leap and make the move to London.
And despite moving down with your boyfriend at the time and sister in tow it will come with it's difficulties as most good things do. You'll need to listen to your head, rather than your heart when things aren't the way they used to be; life really is too short and some things aren't meant to be. But don't worry, no matter how much it hurts and no matter how much it (he) drives you mad, you'll move on, to better things I know.
You'll have lots of fun and you'll work extremely hard to juggle a full time job and your hobby, your blog. You'll become the business woman you've always wanted to be and you'll submerge yourself with all things fashion, something you've wanted since playing fashion designers with Faye when you were little girls.
Faye will be your rock throughout all of this, so keep her close, as I know you do.
You'll meet people who you think are great and you'll give those friendships your all, but unfortunately those people might let you down. There will always be bitching and bullying, even throughout adult life, this time you'll just be better equipped to deal with it. And despite people sometimes letting you down, you will learn, annoyingly only when you reach 25, who your real friends are and what true friendship is. It's not about quantity lets just put it that way.
You'll spend the majority of your teenage years and early adult years fancying the singer of your fave indie band, you'll become friends and stay in touch over Twitter and Facebook, then one day, many years down the line, when the timing is right, you'll both fall in love with one another... SERIOUSLY!
You'll have a whirlwind relationship but one that is different from the rest. You'll feel loved like you've never felt love before and you'll love more than you have ever loved before. You'll move back to Manchester together and you'll buy your first home, something I know you don't think will ever be possible right now. You'll even tick off one of your childhood dreams of getting a sausage dog... Or even two!
So with that younger Megan I ask you to be confident in your choices, whether thats your career, love, style and friendships, just trust your gut girl, it's often always right. Do everything with passion and be kind. Work hard and all your dreams will come true and then some!