There are some mornings when I wake up and feel I have no idea what I’m doing. It’s like I’ve forgotten how to put on pants or which side is the front of my favorite shirt. Oftentimes, that’s what being an adult is all about. I have no idea where I’m going or what I’m doing, but hey – I’m moving forward. I take every day as an adventure, and sometimes I just have to figure it out as I go.

My goal with this blog is to alter that feeling. If the point of the internet today is to develop community, why not create a space where we can all feel a little less overwhelmed and uncertain on this path toward growing up? That is exactly what “The Newbie Nesters” is all about.

Below is a dump list of lessons I’ve learned over the past 10 years of my life, from my first months as a college freshman to now. As I continue to develop and shift this blog toward a communal platform, I’d love to interact with you, my readers, a little more. So we’re going to try something new this week. In the comment section at the bottom of this blog, please tell me which, of the “adulting” topics listed below, you’d like to hear more about. And hey, if any of you have experiences you’d like to share in response to my lessons, let’s talk. Maybe there’s an opportunity for a guest blog post in the making!

Here’s the list:

  • Follow your dreams, but get the bills paid.
  • Always take the time to gut-check the balance of your life. If one thing is eating away at the rest of your investments, it just might not be worth it.
  • Homemade food is the best love language, hands down.
  • You’re never too old to ask your parents for help.
  • In fact, the most successful people are never afraid to ask for help with anything.
  • Sometimes it’s good to unplug.
  • Post-its and to-do lists are good for you.
  • You’re not a failure if you pay someone to do your taxes.
  • Send snail mail to people you love.
  • Furry children can save your life.
  • Always be on the look-out for your personal favorite hole-in-the-wall. It will be worth the search.
  • Budgeting is not evil. It is necessary and relieves stress at the end of the day.
  • Self-love comes in many forms and doesn’t have to break the bank.
  • Find a hobby that can offer you small joys without consuming you.
  • Square footage is far less important than attitude when it comes to making a home.
  • It’s normal to feel tired, but we all still need to wake up at some point.
  • The language of thankfulness is crucial to a full life.
  • Travel is the best investment you can make.
  • Your bucket list doesn’t have to be impossible.
  • The moment you are too old to be a student is the moment you stop fully living.
  • Social media should be for pictures of food, cats, and babies – not for passive-aggressive ranting.
  • You are not alone. It is crucial you don’t forget that.

I’m excited to see where this goes! Let me know what you’re thinking 🙂


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