So in December of 2014 I found myself taking my last final exam at Northeastern University in Boston, receiving a diploma in Political Science and Business and packing my car to move 1000 miles south to what is my new home of North Carolina. I feel like it’s been all of 5 minutes since that happened and absolutely can’t believe it how fast it’s gone. And I’ve heard it’ll only speed up from here. 🙂
I was on my way to work the other day and it hit me – I’ve been out of school for over a year. What?! I honestly can’t believe it. I took a little time to reflect one night and really thought about how I’ve grown and am adjusting to this whole thing called adulthood. Here are a few things that stood out…
Lessons Learned in My First Year in the Real World
1.) Be a sponge
I’ve always considered myself a life-long learner. Getting lost in new ideas, skills and shiny things has always been apart of me…or so I thought. Call me naive but I completely didn’t realize that most of that was sparked by class room research and internships in school. After taking my first job out of school, my curiosity faded and I found myself going through routines without the mental challenge. Luckily, with my second job out of school, I’m given opportunities all the time to dive into new and inspirational experiences. Each and every day I’m discovering something new, inspiring and interesting.
Most days, I don’t even know how much I’m learn….so be a sponge and take in everything! From those one-off convos with a manager in a break room to signing up for a webinar on design trend, soak it up!
2.) Listen to your body
One of the biggest changes moving from Boston to North Carolina lack of walking and movement throughout the day. In Boston, I’d walk between 4-10 miles a day – class, work, grocery stores – you named it, I walked there! Having to adjust to a driving based area really allowed me to focus on what my body needs that I didn’t even know it craved.
Make time for the things that your body and mind need for happiness. Whether it’s something active like walking or making sure you’re getting all the fruits and veggies, you’re body know what it needs!
3.) Try new hobbies
Cooking has always been hobby numero uno (and probably always will be!) but I’ve ventured out to a few new things since leaving school like building/repurposing furniture. It’s so refreshing to get my hands dirty from time to time and create something new. I’ve started upcycling furniture from time to time, reading more, and even have a few plants attempting to survive. No matter what activity it is, find something that will let you relax and breath at the end of the day.
What are some life lessons you’ve discovered lately?