Adulting (v): to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups.
This blog has been created for a lot of reasons. The number one reason being that as a newly minted 25 year old I was under the impression I was supposed to have my life figured out by now.
Mom and Dad were married, had a house, two car garage, a dog, successful jobs and I was a twinkle in their eye by this point. I, on the other hand, just finished a meal of carry out pizza while Family Guy played in the background. I’m being a little dramatic – typical millennial right? I ate that pizza in my nice apartment, with my handsome long term boyfriend (Kyle), after getting home from a job where I’m appreciated, while my puppy (Maverick) slept in the next room AND we even had toppings on the pizza (diced tomatoes if you were wondering, I don’t do that ham and pineapple nonsense). Still don’t have a two car garage though.
I did everything right. I had fantastic grades in high school and was involved in every extra-curricular I could jam in. I went to an excellent college (I-L-L-I-N-I) and had an internship upon graduation at Disney World. After that, my big-girl-job search didn’t take too long before I ended up at a great company with supportive leaders. In the traditional view, all that’s missing is a ring and the 2.5 kiddos. Truth is, I have no idea what I want and I’m not entirely sure the classic “American Dream” is for me.
When I began this blog I had felt that I’d become complacent. I’m used to accomplishing things but it’s been a struggle since leaving my internship. I had gained 40 pounds, I was bad at keeping in contact with my friends and family, my skin was going crazy, motivation had fizzled and the seasonal blues were harder to kick than before. Since then I’ve been getting back on track as an adult, figuring out what it is I want from life and what I’m meant to do here. I’ve lost 20 pounds, I’ve improved some of my relationships, cleared up my skin and I’ve found ways to beat seasonal depression. Life doesn’t always work out the way you planned. I’m reminding myself that’s ok but I don’t have to keep going the way that I am either.
My “adulting” goals are:
- Become debt free by February 2019. I currently have a decent sized student loan and a car loan so this is an ambitious goal but I have lots of plans that I’ll detail in future posts.
- Lose those 40 pounds by October 2017 and increase my physical activity. I’ve already started by trying to hit my daily goal of 8,000 steps with my FitBit. *Update – I lost a little over 20 lbs by Sept 2017, mostly by switching to a vegan diet (more on that to follow)
- Travel to at least one new place every year. For 2018 we’re looking at Costa Rica! But here are the top 5 international locations we’re looking to travel to.
- Finish upholstering and staining the kitchen chairs. Seriously, I’ve had these things for months and I still haven’t done it.
- Save $10,000 in an emergency fund by this time next year. For my plan to accomplish this click here!
You can expect posts about food, fitness, rants, my puppy, finance, travel, lists, books, DIY and whatever else I can cram onto this platform.
Adventure is out there! And I’m going to find it. I hope you stick around for the trip!
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