Today marks my 1 year anniversary at my work… AKA I’ve been a college graduate for over a year now. I’m pretty sure that officially makes me an adult (scary), and looking back on this year I realize I’ve had it pretty good. I have plenty of bumps in the road but overall I have a great job, adorable studio and a pretty good sense of who I am. Overall, I’d say after everything that happened in 2015, today is definitely a day for celebration… and to that point, I thought I’d share 15 things I learned this past year… so here it goes.
Things I’ve Learned During My First Year as an “Adult”
- Being happy matters.
- Beware of apartments that are like a faux Prada bag.
- Keep doing you.
- Take care of yourself.
- Be reliable to your team, friends and family.
- Go grocery shopping at least once a week.
- Don’t worry about finding “the one”
- Learn how to make a cocktail (with the good alcohol)
- Have a savings account
- Invest in your 401k
- Find a doctor/dentist in your city and schedule your own doctor/dentist appointments
- Remember that Uber is the silent budget killer
- Take yourself out for a good meal every once in awhile
- Know how to use excel properly
- You don’t have to have a plan, just an idea
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – Allen Saunders
While all of these lessons are valuable, number 15 is probably the biggest lesson I had to learn this year. I’ve always had a plan. I planned out every single class, time abroad and internship my freshman year of college. Everything I planned out happened, and I accomplished everything I had hoped to in college. However, I now know you don’t have to have a plan.
I do know I want to work abroad in a year or two, and maybe eventually start my own business. However, unlike the past I have no deadline. To celebrate my 1 year anniversary, I’m going to cheers to not having a plan anymore. As I’ve said many times in this blog post, life’s too short and I’m 22. It’s time to just roll with it and keep doing what I’m doing, then see where it takes me.