20 somethings guide to finally being on your own

Listening now…

 

I’m writing this post because as humans, we have to laugh at ourselves.

I lived with my mom until this year, at 27, when we just bought our house.

Don’t get me wrong- while I lived at home all this time, I helped my mom out with chores, rent, etc. I was always taught and raised in such a way that if you were to live at home- you were also to help out, always be working and/ or in school, and to earn your keep.

But there are still learning curves even after seeing your mom do things around the house for your whole life.

 

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#LOL

 

 

This is a list of actual things I did that I had to laugh about after.

I’m hoping someone can learn from my funny moments.

 

Pasta

 

1.) When making pasta with pre-made sauce, simply putting the cold sauce in after the pasta is cooked is not enough to make a warm dinner. Also, simply mincing (yes I actually know what that means!) up garlic and throwing it into said pasta won’t be enough to spruce it up and may result in chewing on garlic.

 

Clothesline

 

2.) When bringing in clothes from the clothesline, don’t walk down the clothesline, instead of bringing it to you….like the clothesline is intended to do.

 

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Curtains are the devil

 

3.) Shopping for curtains will be the most stressful thing. Ever. Be prepared for that. More stressful than dishing out thousands of dollars for a down payment, than saying goodbye to your family and dogs, and the normal stressors of buying a house or being on your own.

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For me, this meant 3 trips to the store, after repeatedly buying the wrong sizing. Once I finally bought the proper size/length, I didn’t buy enough of them, which resulted in having to order more off of Amazon, and then when they arrive….. the top of them are not the same as the others, which have holes on the top… sigh.

Also… changing out the curtain rod in our bedroom today we managed to drop the biggest one right. onto. our. plant. He was literally decapitated… he is now soaking in a vase of water and I’m hoping he survives the curtain mayhem.

 

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Plants

 

4.) Speaking of plants….why is one of my majesty palms dying, while the other chooses to live?

 

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I re-potted one of them in with soil meant for cactus and palms and since then, he has been declining.

Side note- buying a plant you love in the store before doing any research on it at all is probably not the best idea. This article tells me I may not be the only one having trouble!

 

Compromise?

 

5.) Going to the flea market with your boyfriend will not prevent him from bringing home horse paintings. Be prepared for that.

When living together, compromise is vital. Also, thank God we have a garage where this horsey will live.

 

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Your new hobbies

 

6.) The things you used to make fun of your mom for back in the day….you will now do and love. Embrace your new home hobbies.

My mom used to have this CD in her car that played bird sounds and then after they played the sound, the woman’s very calming voice would say something like, “that is the sound of a morning dove.” I used to think it was so funny that my mom listened to bird sounds in her car instead of music.

Now… one of the first things I did when we moved in was find a bird feeder hanging on the tree near our house and fill it up. I love watching the birds in the morning and snapping shots of them, as well as seeing new birds and hearing their sounds.

 

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Do you have any funny stories about being on your own for the first time?

Share with me! 

 

 

 

 

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July thoughts…

Listening now…

 

[Amazing song, definitely worth the listen!]

 

Well all, I am so excited to get back into the blogging swing of things.

I have a bit of a deep post for you all, life talk, in the Life Talk blog section, appropriately. The blog has been a huge outlet of mine and I hope to maybe help someone going through the same things.

I mentioned in some of my last posts that I was going back to school full time for Vet Tech. I was taking an intense 7 week Medical Terminology class as my 2nd class of the major. It required studying every day, which I was prepared for.

I am doing well in the class and all is well.

I was prepared for giving up a lot of my free time and transitioning to school mode, which I did.

However, after a lot of second guessing, thinking of practicality, and my future, I have decided to put the Vet Tech on hold.

 

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I got into Vet Tech originally because I was looking to work in Animal welfare but was having trouble getting into it. I figured the animal experience would be great, knowing it would be difficult. I have been applying to a local animal sanctuary for years, with 1 interview right after college that was not the right job fit and 2 interviews recently, of which I did not get in the end- but I believe everything happens for a reason. The position was 16 hours and if I got it I would have had to give up my full time position with benefits.

This whole experience has made me realize that I love working for nonprofits[my current job], the flexibility is amazing, and very conducive to having a life outside of work and a family, which is a huge goal of mine. I aspire to get into the Animal welfare nonprofit field and I have plans for that too.

What I realized after this class, as time ticked closer and closer to going part time in my full time job with pretty good pay, great benefits, and amazing flexibility, was that I have it good. Not only that, but I love the aspects of nonprofits putting revenue back into their mission and that is and has been a passion of mine. I truly hope to combine the 2 passions into one some day.

 

 

The point of this post was to say- it is okay to be confused.  It’s fine to take it day by day.  I think the majority of society is handling life this way, I just did not realize until now.  It’s even better if you know in what direction you are going, and are going in that direction, and not exactly sure where it will lead you. That’s even more fun, right?

Not only that, but I have trouble living in the present. My mind gets stuck too far in the future, the anxieties of it, and i make rash decisions.

Why do we always feel like we need to figure ourselves out, asap?!

Let’s all breathe a little more, shall we?

 

To be continued…

 

A 20 something’s guide to housework

Listening now…


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  1. Start with wine. 

I know, this one’s obvious. But with wine, everything appears cleaner and seems….better. Suddenly, you realize there is not as much work as you originally thought and you’ll be off the hook soon to be free and sit with your bottle, while binge watching whatever it is you’d like.  After all, you earned it!

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2.  Just don’t attempt to fold a fitted sheet. Trust me.

Step 1: Crumple into a ball.

Step 2: Once ball is formed, continue with wine, then get up, brush it off, and find something more meaningful to do with your life than trying to fold a sheet perfectly.

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3.  Do laundry and put into dryer to leave in there for a minimum of 3 days, or whenever you feel like actually folding it and putting it away. 

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Not bad, Spongebob!

4. Only do what is absolutely “necessary.” Febreze is your friend- cover that up for as long as possible. That garbage can still has room in there. Your friends are equally as messy, they don’t care, do you actually care, either?

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Take a nap, watch TV, do something more fulfilling than the housework you’ve been avoiding for weeks! Just be careful not to watch HGTV… it may trigger some feelings on inadequacy. : (

5. Don’t fret. It’ll get done at the absolute last minute when it needs to be done!

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