As of this Monday, I have officially been a member of the full-time working world for 6 months.
This was such a crazy realization for me. I feel like I have grown so much in the last 6 months – I started my full time job, I started this blog, and I’ve started to learn a thing or two about “adult-ing”. At the same time, my eyes have been opened to all the things I have yet to learn, and my hunger for this knowledge cannot be satisfied.
You how there are some days when you’re perpetually starving and for the life of you just can’t seem to eat enough? That’s how I feel all the time. But about work and life things, not food.
Ok, sometimes food too – but you get my drift. 😉
On Wednesday evening when I was driving home from work, I spent some time reflecting on my life for the last six months and the idea for this blog post popped into my head. Today I want to share a few things I have learned throughout the last six months.
Six things, to be exact. And some graduation pictures because I have no shame.
Surprise! In fact, post grad life is actually quite fun. While in college, you hear so many exaggerated “OMG life #sucks after you graduate, stay as long as you can.” Don’t let this get you down because quite honestly, it’s not true.
I won’t lie – there are some days I get nostalgic and wish I could be back in my college apartment watching episodes of Sex and the City with my three roommates on our big red couches, but I don’t let it get in the way of enjoying my time in the now. I will always harbor my memories from college close to my heart, but I would not go back. This whole real-life thing is a new adventure, and I’m enjoying figuring it out.
2. Few things are as satisfying as getting a paycheck and knowing you worked your butt off for it.
Seriously, you guys. You get a glimpse of this when you get paid for an internship, but there is nothing quite like working full time and seeing that paycheck drop in your bank account, knowing that you earned every penny. Cha-ching!
3. Being financially responsible for yourself is pretty cool.
This is something that has been completely new for me, and oh so rewarding. Throughout high school and college, I was incredibly fortunate to have parents who supported me financially. My job was to make good grades and be a good kid/young adult, and I will forever be thankful for that. Because of this, I now take so much pride in knowing that I am finically responsible for myself. I pay my own rent, bills, groceries, insurance, etc., and it feels amazing.
4. Time doesn’t stop flying.
I thought that college flew by, but honestly, I think the real world is flying faster. Maybe its an age thing, but the days, weeks, and months slip away right before your eyes.
5. It takes intention to keep your relationships strong.
This is the thing I have struggled with the most. Gone are the days of being with all of your best friends 24/7. You have to make an effort to keep in touch, hangout, and continue growing and fostering your friendships. It can be hard when you have so much going on and everyone’s schedules seem to conflict, but you have to make the effort. I really need to be better at practicing this.
On the other hand, the time you spend with your friends in the real world is so much sweeter. It can be easy to take friendships for granted, but when you’re separated for weeks or months at a time, it makes you realize why you cherished their friendship to begin with.
6. Give yourself a break.
You aren’t expected to know everything right away. About your work responsibilities, adult-ing, and even about yourself. When you’re at a loss or don’t know what to do, give yourself the benefit of the doubt. That’s what moms and bosses and time are for.
Ask your boss and coworkers a million questions. Call your mom frantically at 7:00 am when your car won’t start and you don’t know what to do. Give yourself a break when you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing. It’s all a part of the journey.