You’re gorgeous. Stop stressing about it.
Live a little – no-one’s going to love you any less if you loosen the reins a bit. There’s plenty of time to be responsible, but for now try to have bit more fun. Experiment. Take some chances. And find yourself a drink that you can tolerate for God’s sake. Ordering lemonade at a bar is just embarassing.
You might actually get asked out more often if you came off as slightly less of an ice queen – try to be a bit more approachable and stop saying “no”! They’re asking you for a date, not your hand in marriage.
Trust your instincts, they’re actually pretty good.
If you run out of things to say on a first date, chances are you don’t have enough in common to sustain an eight year relationship. And eventually you’ll find out that he’s “talking” to someone else, anyway.
Perms are bad okay? Ask your Mum.
Stick up for yourself. You’ll kick yourself later if you act like a doormat, and you’re setting a bad example for your little sister.
p.s. That thing that’s worrying you? It’s not a problem. You can, actually.
p.p.s. If at some point you’re introduced to a guy with glasses who’s seriously unkeen on spiders, pay attention. There’s more to him than you might suspect.