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And so adulthood beginsPosted Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at 4:23 PM
As a 22-, almost 23-year-old college graduate I'm finding that life on my own is much different than anticipated. There's a lot more to being an adult than I thought.
I am a bit embarrassed to say, but I haven't been financially responsible for myself until recently. My parents are both very generous and have always wanted the best for me. During college they told me to worry about my grades more than finding a job, and the job I did have my senior year awarded my bank account with roughly $200 a month. It was enough for spending money and groceries usually, but I wasn't able to pay for utilities, my car or a slew of other things.
I was hired in October to The MDN, and it's my first full time job. At the beginning of this month, I moved into the first house that I am paying for on my own.
Zip, my 11-year-old blue heeler, and I moved into our 2-bedroom rental house the first weekend of December and are still adjusting to what it means for us to be on our own.
Clearly, I make more than $200 a month now. Paying rent isn't difficult, but I'm worried about paying for other things, like utilities and gas. I haven't even bothered with internet or cable because I don't want to commit to something I can't afford.
To top off the budgeting of those necessities, food is another area I need to work on.
I've always known that eating at home is so much cheaper than eating out, but when you're in a hurry, sometimes time is more valuable than money.
Cooking is a problem area. I can cook, I just have usually chose not to. For instance, I didn't own a 9x13 pan or measuring spoons until today because I rarely cooked unless I was at home where mom has anything I could need.
After the ridiculous amount of kitchen accessories I received for Christmas it is high time I started toning up my skills.
Pinterest, an online site that allows users to "pin" links to a variety of boards organized in their choosing, is surprisingly helpful.
I have found multiple easy, healthy recipes on the site that I plan to put to good use. Tonight's features are sweet potato fries (baked), skinny chicken strips (hand breaded with corn flakes), apple snack and yogurt covered blueberries as snacks for the rest of the week.
Another difficulty I've had is finding time to workout. After graduation, I typically only worked part time and was able to workout whenever I wanted. I wish I had taken advantage of that because now when I want to work out the most it seems I never have the time or energy to get to the Y.
This blog will be the tale of my journey to adulthood. Don't tell my family. I'm notorious for telling them all I refuse to grow up and shall remain a child forever, much like Peter Pan.
My plan is to attempt to master time management, budgeting and cooking. Now, as I read that list it seems like it might be more difficult than I had originally planned.
Wish me luck.
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I am a 23-year-old college graduate going through the ups and downs of learning to live on my own and be financially responsible for myself. I suspect it is going to be an interesting ride.