Chiefs' Chat: Letters to our Younger Selves

ello and welcome to another Chiefs’ Chat!


Hello and welcome to another Chiefs’ Chat. We hope you’re all doing well and are staying safe. It has been great to see the positivity continue as we all adjust to what seems to be the new normal. In this month’s Chiefs’ Chat, we’re giving some kind words of advice to our younger selves.

Dear Young Julie

When you are getting on a bit, you will learn a valuable lesson from watching a film! Yes, I know you don’t do that very often. In forty years, you will remember when you went to see Saturday Night Fever at the cinema with your friends and you danced all the way down the bus afterwards! Anyway, the film I am talking about here will be called Yes Man with Jim Carrey; it is billed as a comedy, but actually has some really good messages. Basically, Jim is in a big rut and has very sad life, until he receives the message that he should say ‘Yes’ to everything. This leads to some dangerous moments and some funny stuff, but the overall message to say ‘Yes’ to more opportunities is a very good one. Always consider the pros and cons, most definitely, but don’t be afraid to take a few risks, as those are what make life very interesting and make some epic stories!

You will still be in Girlguiding and you will know that Girlguiding has formed the major part of your life all this time – 50 years now since you started Brownies, you will take a chance by putting yourself forward as County Commissioner for Cumbria North and then applying for the incredible role of Region Chief Commissioner, which will bring with it so many fabulous opportunities, for yourself and for the 52,000+ members in North West England, but it will make you think about the opportunities you could have had yourself as a younger member – so open your eyes and look around for all of the options available from Girlguiding and take a chance. Go out and explore and never be afraid to say ‘Yes’ to an opportunity – provided you have done a little bit of homework first!

Oh, and believe it or not, Donny Osmond is still going strong and is better looking than ever!


Dear Young Kathryn,

Be brave; say ‘Yes’ more than ‘No’ and keep trying. Remember, time you spend reading a book is never wasted and, no matter how hard you try, you will never have curly hair. Love yourself – all 5’ 2” - you are not going to get any taller - and try to remember all of the happy times.

You will get to travel and live overseas – enjoy and embrace each experience you will have; learning from the people, places and cultures along the way. Do try and learn a new language; it’s a very valuable skill to have. Unfortunately, learning ‘My toothbrush has been struck by lightning’ in any language is not going to get you very far.

Please continue on to Guides after Brownies – but be proud of the moment you do return as an adult, as you will love giving girls and young women some fantastic, positive experiences.



Dear Younger Emma,

Have confidence in yourself and in who you are, and don’t worry yourself too much about what other people think. Trust that being yourself is absolutely good enough, and that you needn’t succumb to the pressures to fit a certain mould.

Don’t worry too much about choosing the ‘perfect’ photo to post on Instagram or following the current trends – all to fit in with a group you desperately want to be friends with. A lot of people will do this more subconsciously, but make the conscious attempt to showcase your best, true self – especially in an age where social media is going to be the in thing. 

Post what you want to post, wear what you want to wear, and be friends with people who genuinely make you happy. Be unashamedly yourself – you’ll be so much happier for it!


We hope you enjoyed our letters to our younger selves. This journaling activity can be a fun and rewarding way to acknowledge things from your past and to make positive changes for the future. Why not have a go at writing your very own letter to your younger self? We'd love to see and share it; pop it in an email to

As always, you can find us on Twitter where you can ping us if you have any questions or to simply share all the incredible work that you are doing. 

JulieKathryn, and Emma.