Hey guys! I’ve been absent for nearly a month! =O (Or maybe a more…I dunno…) But I’m here!! And I’m hoping to be “here” more often! I’m still trying to adjust to my schedule with work, school and the like….
My life has been pretty hectic lately, and I realized it was all because I have recently come to the brink of adulthood. I thought it would be cool to do a post on “adulting” with some tips from my own experience! Now, I’m new to this sort of thing….and still adapting. (I still watch Disney/cartoons and live with my parents….OK?!) But I decided, why not give it a go? Here you will find some tips and tricks on how to “adult”….
I know this sounds super easy (or maybe it doesn’t) but its really important!
I struggle with speaking out and for a long time I wouldn’t ask questions for fear I would stumble over my words and/or sound stupid!
But lately I’ve learned that its OK to ask questions, and lots of them. If you want to know about something, ask someone.
If you don’t know how to purchase groceries in the self check out lane, ask an employee, or customer beside you. If you are curious on how voting works, as your parent, or someone, for help! How are we supposed to know these things if we’re never taught?! Our parents didn’t just magically know how to do things, they had to learn. Its not a shameful thing to ask questions!
And if you mess up on your words….remember that HUNDREDS of people EVERY day struggle with speaking out. Ask what you need to know and then you can go back to not talking…..(That’s what I do….)
I think a LOT of teens today struggle in this area. Being homeschooled and home most of the time (before I started working) I was taught to be responsible. If I needed clothes washed, I washed them. If I was hungry, I’d make myself something to eat. But I still need to work on being more responsible.
To be more responsible: Start doing you laundry on your own, and doing your chores without being told to. Write lists of everything you need to get done for the day/week and mark them off as you do them.
Don’t make decisions you will later regret. Think things through, be smart, be wise. =)
Plus, being responsible feels really good =)
LEARN HOW TO COOK.
This is definitely something a lot of teens and early adults struggle with. Either their parents did all of the cooking and never required their kids to help, or maybe their family ate out a lot. Whatever the case may be, you need to know how to cook! You don’t have to be a 5 star chef, but you should at least know how to make some things.
Learning to cook doesn’t have to be hard! You can ask your Grandma, your Mom, or take a class to get some basics down. You can go online, and watch cooking videos! There are HUNDREDS of them on YouTube. Look up recipes and try them. The only way you’ll get better is with practice! =)
(Look!….Even a rat can cook!)
LEARN TO MANAGE MONEY – STAY OUT OF DEBT.
My parents have always warned me about getting credit cards. When my parents got married they were already in debt and it grew through their first several years of marriage. They’ve been married nearly 19 years and they’re still trying to get out of debt.
If you get a credit card, use it for emergencies only, and make sure to pay it off at the end of each month. Only buy what you can afford! One great free resource for managing money and staying out of debt is Credit Card Insider. Check out their Learn pageto understand everything about how credit cards work and how to build good credit.
Also: Save your money. Once you get a job, decide how much out of each check you plan on saving and DO NOT TOUCH IT. Set it aside, or put it in a savings account. Keep on saving because someday you’ll need some extra cash or maybe a new car, and it is always good to save for a “rainy day”.
Keep the mindset: “Only buy what I can afford” If you want a car, save up your money.
Don’t borrow money (unless its an emergency). You’ll be in debt! And once you’re in debt it becomes so easy to get deeper and deeper in debt. You might think “Well, I already owe so-and-so $50, whats $50 more from my sister?!” Need to take a loan out for a house? Set up a payment plan to pay off the loan in the shortest time possible.
(Or one day you might be saying….)
(When you could be like this…)
You choose…. =)
DON’T WORRY IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE
I’m 18, I graduate this year and most people would go to college the fall following their graduation. But I still don’t know what I’m going to do.
How do they expect everyone to know what they want to do with their life when they get out of school? When people find out I’m graduating they ask me “What are you going to do after school?” And to be honest I DON’T know! There are many things I think I want to do….but I can’t be sure! I want to follow my writing dreams, but I also have a passion for computers and computer programming. Or do I want to go into acting? Singing? There are so many options, its hard to choose one.
I once told someone that I thought I might take a gap year before I go to college. They acted like that was the stupidest idea ever….but I don’t feel ready to go to college right now…..
It’s OK if you don’t know what to do. Ask the LORD what he wants in your life! Follow him and don’t get overwhelmed with people asking you what you plan on doing. Tell them you don’t know….and that’s OK =)
So there are a few tips/things I came up with from my own experiences…
I hope you found something useful!
What is the hardest thing for you when it comes to “adulting”?….Let me know in the comments. I’d LOVE to hear!!