Life as a pseudo-grown up has had its unpredictable and stressful moments. My bank account is alarmingly low, I have to plan my meals, and I still haven’t mustered up the courage to go running in my neighborhood alone yet. There’s also a pair of (possibly rabid) coyotes roaming the forest behind my house and they aren’t afraid of sunlight or people. Eeek. Not good news for our newest roommate, Dustin.
But even with all that, I feel lucky almost all day every day, because I am. I’ve finally gotten my room how I like it and I can burn my candles all day long. Or at least until the wick burns out. For those who have never lived in a sorority house, just know this is a luxury I haven’t known for a whole year.
On top of the freedom and privacy I’ve been savoring for the last two weeks, I’m also lucky enough to have landed a job where I can work from home. Wow! Setting my own hours and working a job I love is just fantastic. I finally have a chance to explore all of the blogs I’ve been putting on hold, and I’ve got to say, I’ve become inspired by all these young, stylish, hard-working women I’ve found online.
Here are some of the blogs I’ve begun to stalk on a regular basis:
- The College Prep – well, always.
- Tomboy Style
- Le Project D’Amour
- Modern Parents Messy Kids - just for organization and craft ideas, I promise!
- Design Darling - I found her through College Prep. I guess they’re friends in real life?
- The Tao of Dana
I admire all these women so much because they are so driven and hardworking. Also, they have fantastic taste.
I’m especially enjoying having a desk and a comfy chair to work from. Well you can’t see from the picture, but my comfy chair is definitely there, and it’s definitely comfy.
Is it possible that I actually learned a lesson putting my room together?
It was actually a pretty common theme throughout the last two weeks, but it was most obvious when I was shopping for furniture. I am short-sidedly cheap. Does that make sense? I think I get it from my mom. Basically, I decide something isn’t worth spending money on (even when it might totally be), and so I skimp on it only to realize much later that I most definitely should have just taken the time and money and done it right the first time. I can’t name the number of times this has happened. I always come to regret it, but when the time comes to NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE AGAIN, I always make it. Putting my room together, I’ve learned how important it is to look ahead at where I will be. When I think about it, it’s kind of surprising that I’m only learning this now, when I seem to have such a wild obsession with the future. But that obsession is mostly planning, and a lot less everyday implementation of said plans.
Speaking of plans (especially long-term planning), I think I’m finally coming to a more conclusive plan for my academic future, and I am also in the process of making countless to-do lists — for the summer, for the next calendar year, and for the rest of my college career. I will post them later when they’re finished.
And now I must keep working, because I have a whole $60 in my bank account.