#Adulting hit me hard when Aziz & I decided to get married when I was only 23 years old. I had never lived on my own, let alone with a boy! Nor had I ever, written a check, cleaned an entire house (not just my room when I was told), gone to the doctor alone, cooked every single day, I didn’t even know how much a mortgage payment or regular bills cost! I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I decided to get married, I mean I knew it would mean living with the boy I love, but I had no idea about all the other things that came with it.
I guess you can say, I learned the hard way. I’m thankful for my incredible husband, who guided me and showed me how to use liquid laundry soap, and nagged (nags) me about making important phone calls and doctors appointments.
Almost three years into marriage, and I think I’ve figured most of it out. Here are a few things that I learned I have to do if I wanna succeed at this #Adulting thing:
Not that I didn’t have a budget before I was married–I did. But I had no idea how much things like groceries, home decor, travel, clothes, and pets cost. When #adulting you have to learn how to prioritize your life. If you’re undertaking a huge renovation project (read about our upcoming kitchen reno here), I know I can’t go out and buy a designer purse.
I would go even further than that and suggest you sit down once a month with your spouse and go over your finances. Calculate your income and subtract things like household bills and savings. Then, go over your last months expenses and add up how much you spent on groceries, eating out, and shopping, see how much you can save next month. It’s so important to be aware of your spending habits.
2. Maintain your health:
Going to the doctor, dentists, and specialists is a huge part of #adulting. I’m not going to lie, the first time I had to make my own doctor/dentist appointments, I dreaded it. I was like “mom, are you sure you can’t come with me?” It just felt weird going on my own, but once I was done I left feeling confident and accomplished.
If you’re in the Atlanta area, I would recommend visiting Metro Dental Group PC, they specialize in all things teeth and have an incredible team that insure you leave smiling every single time. Metro Dental group is located in Decatur, GA and the dentist there, Gary Simms claims to be the #1 dentist in Decatur.
Going to the dentist on time and having good oral hygiene can prevent not only tooth loss and gum disease, but it can also prevent heart disease, dementia and issues of diabetes. I know making these appointments can be exhausting and seems tedious, but we only have one body, and #Adulting means taking care of it.
3. Getting enough sleep:
You don’t have to tell me twice to get enough sleep, but I know there are those out there who think they have better things to do. Not only does getting enough sleep make you a more pleasant person to be around, but you actually are more likely to get things done correctly if you’ve had enough rest, it also helps you maintain a healthy weight, keeps your health in check, makes you less hungry, makes you look better, etc.
4. Prioritize yourself:
As silly as it sounds, I don’t think there are enough people out there who actually, truly believe in this. We live in a world of “yes”.
“Do you wanna go grab a drink”, “yes of course”. “Want to go to a kids birthday party with me”, “yes”. “How about we go grab a meal after the movie”, “sure!”
What if you said “No” to a few of the above questions? Would you actually get some time for yourself to maybe watch your favorite TV show, start reading that book that’s been on your nightstand for 3 weeks, or maybe even try a new recipe you pinned a while back?
In the age of social media, and having so many people at your fingers all the time, I sometimes wonder if we spent more time alone, would we actually be the same person?
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