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10 Ways to Successfully Adult

C'mon, we've all been there.

(found on Pinterest)

Well, for starters, you must have come here for a reason. Here are a few of my tips and tricks to adult—and succeed in doing so. Where did these ideas come from? Well, Tumblr, and being a new adult and also helping my other newly adult friends successfully adult.

10. Make a budget. Your future self will thank you.

(Here's a template for making your own budget!)

Making a budget isn't as hard as you might think it is. The first thing you need to do is find an average of your monthly income, add up all of the expenses, and hope the income is larger than the expenses.

9. Meal prep for the week. Trust me it makes a HUGE difference.

(A meal prep chart for your own use)

Meal prep is ridiculously easy, you just have to set aside a day to do all your meals for the week! I started doing this and I actually get to sleep a little bit more in the mornings, plus as long as you don't use a ton of junk food, you'll actually start losing weight, while saving money!

8. Have a grocery list, people!

(honestly a template is easier than writing it by hand)

Write down everything you're going to need for the week, including snacks, and behold, it's a grocery list! No, really, that's all there is to it. A tip for when you're shopping though, whip out that phone, pull up the calculator, and punch in how much money you can spend on your groceries. Subtract the cost of each thing, and you won't go over. One more tip, go for the off-brand of everything, you'll save a small fortune.

7. Set one day a week aside just for you.

(I love these lil' things)

Here's an idea of what to do, you don't even have to go out if you don't want to. I usually just give myself a spa day at home, and I tell you, it's so nice to prepare myself for the week by relaxing.

6. Resumes are always... interesting.

(Thank you tumblr for all of this)

Just look at this masterpiece, embellishing your resume for stuff like this seems to work pretty good! I have yet to try this on my own resume, but I'm definitely going to soon.

5. Make your own bread, donuts, and biscuits.

(again, thank you tumblr. This saved me from buying a ton of bread)

Okay, so yeah, baking bread takes a little getting used to, especially if you're not used to baking much in the first place. But I did this, and made the most amazing sandwich bread, even my little sister just loved it! Next on my list to make are the donuts. Yum!

4. Remember to take care of yourself, don't take so much upon yourself.

(This quote really speaks to me)

I know, sometimes it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. I used to feel like that all the time, and let me tell you, learning to not do that changed my life. Something that's helped me to no end is by looking at things from a neutral view. For example: "There's so much I need to do!" turns in to: "If someone else was doing this, I'd have them make a list, so I'll make a list. Then I can do one of the harder things, and a few of the easier ones. Then when I'm done I can have a treat!." It's difficult at first, but it'll change your life.

3. If you need help TALK TO SOMEONE.

(I promise)

Asking for help with most things is scary, but it's so worth it. Ask yourself, do you prefer being miserable, or would you rather be happy? I think the answer should be obvious. There will always be people who want to help you. You just have to let them.

2. For All My Fellow, Lovely, Mentally Ill People

(this was a response to someone's suicide note. They survived.

Okay, y'all already know who I'm talking to, and I just want to say, you are loved, you are worth it, straighten your crown and win that war. I believe in you.

1. Be strong. But be weak as well.

At first, it doesn't make much sense, but think about it. All of your favorite characters have something in common. All the main characters on TV shows are strong, right? If you said no, I'm not sure what show you're watching, but okay. *ahem* All of these characters are strong, but they show their weaknesses as well. Showing weakness doesn't make you weak. It shows true strength. I chose this one as number one because it focuses more on yourself. As someone who has struggled with things like this for years, I want to help people not have to go through what I've gone through.

About the author

(oh look, it me)

My name is Anne Jenny, and I'm from Grants Pass, Oregon. I'm currently attending classes at the community college, while working nights. I love my family, I'm a comic artist, and a cook! Also, if you let me pet your puppies I will love you forever.

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