6 Things I’ve Learned From 6 Months In The Real World

December 4, 2015

As of this Monday, I have officially been a member of the full-time working world for 6 months.

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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.

1. Life does not end after college.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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XO, Bailee

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12 Comments

  • Reply Kimberly Garwood December 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I am so proud of you baby girl! I am so blessed to be your mom! Xoxo I love you bigger than the sky!

    • Reply Beets Me December 4, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      I love you too!! Thanks for being the best!

  • Reply Jodi December 4, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Seriously , you are one amazing “adult” ! So proud of you. Love you!

    • Reply Beets Me December 4, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      Thank you so much Aunt Jodi!! “Adult” in quotations for sure. I certainly don’t feel like one yet… 🙂 counting down the days until Christmas when I can visit!

  • Reply Tammy December 4, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Great blog Bailee!! K eps up the great work we are all very proud of you???

    • Reply Beets Me December 4, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you so much Aunt Tammy!! I love you so much! Already looking forward to Christmas in Pittsburgh 🙂

  • Reply Debbie December 4, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Bailee, love your insights! Seems like your doing a pretty good job “adulting” LITB, Debbie (Hayley’s mom)

    • Reply Beets Me December 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you so much Mrs. Debbie!! I can’t say I feel like a grown up yet but I’m learning… 🙂 LITB!

  • Reply Toby B December 4, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Great wisdom. Most will fade as time goes by, but #5 is HUGE for any and every facet of life!

    • Reply Beets Me December 7, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      It’s so true! After writing that I made a point to hangout with two of my friends I hadn’t seen in a while this weekend. It will never get easier, so you just have to be better about pursuing your friendships! Have a great day!!

  • Reply emjoseph94 December 8, 2015 at 1:51 am

    How am I just now finding your blog?! But I LOVE this post. As I enter that post-grad life next week it’s comforting to read all of these great things 🙂

    • Reply Beets Me December 8, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      So so glad you found it!! I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and it was one of the ones that inspired me to start mine this summer! And yes – do not worry. People are over-dramatic about it but I promise it is not the end of the world. it’s fun and it feels good to be making money and not studying all the time 😉

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