Adulting: Getting Your Life Together is Weird

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This past Sunday I officially graduated college - which is totally insane but also crazy exciting. At some point a week or two ago I realized that my impending graduation meant that for the first time in my life I'd be out of school and well, a fully-fledged adult. Yes, I am almost 24 years old, but it's hard to feel like an adult when you're still taking multiple choice tests and going on field trips. So while I've mastered a lot of life skills since I turned 18, there are still some things I'm looking to tackle. As far as I'm concerned, building the life I want for myself is going to take hard work. Like Tiana says in the criminally underrated The Princess and the Frog, "The only way to get what you want in this world is through hard work." 

The probably most important thing I want to work on is organization. I was always a good student, but also always scatterbrained, forgetful, and messy. So with the help of a brand new massive Kate Spade planner, I'm hoping that writing everything down all of the time will make life a little bit more efficient. 

At a close #2 is getting a handle on personal finance. I honestly think every high school kid should have to take a personal finance class because learning when you're in the middle of trying to save money, get your own place, and tackle student loans is ROUGH. For easy, mindless saving, I'm relying on the Acorns app, which rounds up your purchases to the next dollar and invests the change. To keep my budget on track and make sure I'm making progress towards my goals, the Mint website is a total lifesaver. And, last but not least, I picked up a copy of Jen Sincero's You are a Badass at Making Money to read and hopefully learn some steps to success. I may be only almost-24 but I want to retire one day y'all!

I love learning new things and that is probably what I'll miss most about being in school, but graduating doesn't mean I have to stop learning. Which is exactly why I'm using the Duolingo app to brush up on my French (I took 8 years of it in school and you cannot tell at all, I'm so bad) and start learning Italian. I have always wanted to be fluent in multiple languages and, well, no time like the present. I'll also be actively trying to read more non-fiction, even though I have at least 10 adventure stories on my bookshelf waiting to be read. Gotta keep your brain active!

Last, but certainly not least, I really want to both look and feel like I have my life together. I want to be able to hold my own in any kind of company, to not just know my own potential but put it to use and display it. I want to cultivate effortlessness by putting in the effort to keep myself at a solid, sturdy, and sane foundation. Does that make sense? I'm talking things like keeping my living space tidy, outfit planning ahead of time, and developing routines. I'm starting by reading The Lazy Girl's Guide to Life by Jennifer Byrne. It's filled with quick fixes for just about every problem!

Are you into self-improvement? Got any tips to share? Leave them in the comments below!

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