Moving Out and Moving On: How to Cope with Post-Grad Life

After college, I started over. I didn’t plan it that way…it just sort of happened that way. Sometimes life throws curve balls at you and you have to be able to adjust. You can sit there and think life isn’t fair…or you can look at it as an opportunity.

I chose to start capitalizing on my opportunities. All of them. I started a new job, in a new city, moved to a new town and got a new apartment, made some new friends and tried some new things that I’ll absolutely be blogging about in the future (ex: I met and worked with a personal shopper today, so that will definitely be a blog post soon). But with all of this newness around me, it’s easy to get lost. I’m alone, on my own, trying to figure out how to be a functioning adult.

I moved into my apartment last Sunday and started my job that next Monday. It probably wasn’t my smartest move but I’m still new at this. Here are just a few things I picked up from from first week of being a full-on adult and how I handled it:

1. Invest in a GPS (whether it’s a phone app, in a car or a Garmin). I bought a new car and refused to get one without a GPS in it. I’m actually good with directions once I do the route a couple times but since I know nothing around where I moved, I thought it was probably a wise decision. I also use my phone’s GPS (google maps) to cross reference routes or if I have to walk somewhere that I’m not familiar with in the city.

2. Give yourself ample time. This applies to everything. Whether it’s getting ready, commuting, relaxing, or anything else. Make sure you always assume something will last longer than it actually does. That way, you’ll never be late or if something doesn’t last as long as expected, it’s a nice little surprise for you.

3. Get into routine. This helps save time and you’ll definitely be less stressed out.

4. Talk it out. I make a point to call at least one person every day on my commute home from work. Nine out of 10 times, I’ll call my mom. But when it’s not my mom, its one of my really close friends from home. It’s a nice break from reality for a little bit and I promise, they’ll be happy to hear from you.

5. Work Out. Working out will make you feel better, whether you think so or not. If you’re new to an area, go for a run around the neighborhoods. It’ll help you get acclimated to your surroundings. “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” -Elle Woods, Legally Blonde.

6. Find things that make you happy and practice them daily. A short list of my favorite things: food, working out, shopping and puppies. On saturday, we got a little visit from a pit bull puppy. Can you say best day ever?!

7. Know when it’s okay to say yes and when it’s okay to say no. I’m good at saying no. I’m very content going straight home from the gym after work and making dinner and going to bed. But on Thursday, I said yes and went out after work and I had the best time ever. But I said no to going home to visit my family this weekend because it would be too much for me to handle after my first week. Really pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you’re tired, then you’re tired. Don’t burn yourself out.

8. Prioritize. This goes for everything. It could be from what you need to eat in your fridge to what assignments you have on your desk. It also goes for people. Make an effort to see your friends, they’ll appreciate it.

9. Just keep swimming. Things are going to get tough and they’re not going to be easy. Just keep going. You’re not going to give up and you might fail but you’re going to keep going. Because that’s what we do: we go.

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