PSA: Hello, friends! Sorry for being completely MIA last week. I didn’t mean to not blog at all; it just happened because I’ve been busy working 50 hours work weeks and trying to balance my personal life. Oh, not to mention that May always seems to be a super busy month for me: birthdays, Mother’s Day, and just lots of stuff going on. I plan to get back to my regularly scheduled blogging program this week.
I was thinking about what to blog about today, and thought about a post I wrote about a year ago: What Makes Me Feel Like a Real Adult… And What Doesn’t. I thought about this post because I’m going to be 29 in two weeks (!!!), which of course, is making me think about my current state of adulthood more and more. So, I thought it would be kind of fun to update all the things that make me feel like a real adult, as well as the ones that don’t, and see how far I’ve come in the last year!
What Makes Me Feel Like an Adult
- I’m much better about keeping track of my finances. My finances are still a work in progress, but I’ve definitely come a long way since this time last year: I’m paying off my debt, building my emergency fund, and I even have a 401K now.
- I have health insurance. All thanks to my husband’s job. And thanks to our insurance, I can finally afford to get my wisdom teeth taken out next month. (Eeek!)
- I’ve been thinking about having kids a lot. The fact that I’ve been thinking about this more makes me feel like I might be getting closer to being ready for that stage of my life, at least mentally/emotionally. Like I’ve mentioned before, Chris and I aren’t ready to have kids financially.
- My taste is evolving. From everything to where I buy my clothes to what brand of liquor I choose to drink, my taste is getting more and more… expensive. Gone are the days when I shop at Target and Old Navy for clothes; now I find myself prefering The Limited and Express. Why? Quality over quantity. I’d rather pay more for clothes that are going to last me a long time, rather than pay for clothes that are going to fall apart in a couple months. As for choosing more expensive alcohol, I just can’t drink the cheap stuff anymore without getting a headache before the night is over. No more well gin and tonics for me.
- I’m getting ready to live in a house and own a dog. Chris and I are making plans to rent a house when our aparement lease is up in November. Once we have more living space, we want to get a dog. Living in a house and owning a pet = lots of new reponsibilty!
What Doesn’t Make Me Feel Like an Adult
- I don’t have a full-time, salary job. Instead, I have two part-time, hourly jobs. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely working 50 hours a week and making the equivalent of a full-time salary between the two, but it’s just not the same as having one full-time job with benefits. Hopefully I can get one of those before I turn 30.
- I suck at keeping up with certain household chores. Vacuuming. Mopping. Cleaning the bathroom. These are some examples of chores I should be doing at least weekly, but sometimes fail to do on a regular basis. I know it sounds gross, but my excuse is that I’m a working woman.
- My Finances. Even though I’m doing much better with my finances these days, I still wish they were better. I wish I had more in my savings and retirement accounts. I wish I wasn’t in debt. I wish my credit score was higher. I wish my financial situation was better overall.
What makes you feel like a real adult? What doesn’t?