Reflections on Turning 25
1. I'm 25 now. I've officially hit the mid-20s. This must mean I'm a "grown-up", but I still feel like a teenager. When did that happen??
2. I need to start buying toilet paper in bulk. Seriously. Every time I go to the grocery store I reach for the the smallest, cheapest package even though I know that in the long run it would be less expensive to buy in bulk. I will always need toilet paper. Just buy it in bulk instead of opting for the short term solution. (Please note that this can be applied to many oft-used household items such as paper towels, detergent, etc.)
3. Why is everyone around me buying a house? Should I buy a house? Then I'll be all fancy and have mortgage instead of rent. Wait...how does a mortgage work? What is a mortgage?
**Brief interlude while Emma googles "mortgage"***
4. ***While googling mortgage***I'll just look at this wedding website for 5 minutes. ***3 hours later*** What happened? Where am I??
movie The Jerk, "Things are going to start happening to me now!".
However, I've learned that if you want to be happy and feel fulfilled, you have
to make things happen for yourself. Things rarely "just happen" to you . If you want something, work for it, pursue it, attack it. It will make reaching your goal that much more satisfying!
was for me, but I'm sure she was filing her nails praying that I'd get off the phone as soon as possible.
7. I have become one of "those adults" that I promised myself I'd never be when I was 13 years old. The other day a young actor was giving me attitude during rehearsal and asked my why she had to do something. I looked her dead in the face and said with my sternest voice, "Because I'm the adult and I said so". Yes, it's all down hill from here.
8. Travel more. The next phase of my budgeting resolution for 2014 will be creatively saving for more travel. I manage to fit in short weekend trips here and there, but I'm starting to contract wanderlust. It's time to save up for some travel abroad. I'm thinking Ireland or Italy or Morocco!
11. Sometimes you have to balance out your creative, life-giving activities with a not-as-exciting day job. That's okay. Find a place that treats their employees well and work hard to shine in that position. Please, for goodness' sake, start a 401(K). You will thank yourself in 40 years. Your tummy will also thank you when you get to indulge in fancy cheese from the Farmer's Market without feeling guilty because you have a reliable paycheck. Reliable job. 401(K). Fancy cheese.
12. I should spend more time eating fancy cheese.
13. Pay off your credit card every month. Just do it.
15. I sometimes wonder how many bobby pins I've used, lost, stepped on, borrowed, and broken in my 25 years on this earth (20 out of those 25 years' having been spent in dance class). Surely at this point, it's in the tens of thousands. Somewhere there is a bobby pin graveyard with my name on it.
16. Why are fitted sheets so dang hard to fold. My mom folds them perfectly into a nice little sheet package of neatness. When I attempt to replicate, however, the sheet just turns into a wrinkled wad that I shove into the back of my closet. I feel like I will never truly attain "adulthood status" until I can fold a fitted sheet perfectly.
18. Everyone freaking out about being a grown-up should read Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown. It's hilarious and relevant!
19. I should drink more water. The problem is, I just don't like water until I'm dying of thirst which I know means I'm already super dehydrated. Coffee is just soooo good instead! Don't be like me kids, drink lots of water.
20. Read More. Period.
21. It's shocking to me that I just recently realized how comfy and cozy onesies are. I resolve to wear my onesie as much as possible when it gets cold again.
22. Don't be afraid to try new things. I've tried my hand at choreography for a musical this year, a new experience for me and I've fallen in love with it.
23. Have more dance parties.
24. Growing up is scary, but so rewarding when you have people you love to grow up with.
That's all I've got. Go be good to each other!