4 Adultier Things I’ve Tried Since Moving Out

There is a lot of freedom that comes with living on your own– and with it, a lot of responsibility. I’ve found that both have made me feel eager to try new things and learn how to be an adultier adult. The results had.. well.. varying degrees of success…

Mainly failure.

In any case, please enjoy this list of 4 intended-to-be-adultier things I’ve tried since moving out!

#1 – Dishwasher Mayday Turned Mopping Extraordinaire

The day before I moved into my apartment, I spent a good chunk of time cleaning it up. The hardwood floors were covered in dirt and needed a good mop, the windows were nasty and the stove/fridge/dishwasher needed a good wash,too.

It was because of this that I found myself ankle-deep in suds on that fateful Friday evening.

Here’s what I learned:

  • You cannot, in fact, use regular dish soap in a dishwasher, even if it is much more cost-effective.
  • Er, unless you are trying to coat your floor in suds.
  • In which case, you should because it makes mopping a lot easier.
  • As it should since your floor will be covered in suds.
  • You could even tie towels around your shoes and slide about for an extra pizzazz-y polished look.
  • #LifeHACKed
  • Please do not blame me if you ruin your apartment floors by trying this. Calling this epic fail a win would certainly be my sardonic personality shining through.

#2 – Surviving Thriving at the Laundromat

Not very far into my new life, my washing machine broke down. While the landlord came to the rescue with a new machine two weeks later, my minimalist perspective of life had me in a bind. I was out of clothes, towels and wash cloths.

Now I was not about to be that adult who moves out, only to come home a little while later for the sole purpose of having your mom do your laundry.

So, with the situation dire, I braved the laundromat.

Here’s what I learned:

  • Laundromat owners must be stinking RICH. $3 per wash?? $3.50 per dry?????
  • All kinds of people hang out at the laundromat… I’m pretty sure not all of them are doing laundry.
  • Some people bring their laundry and leave, then come back a couple of hours later to pack it up. I still can’t decide if that’s courageously smart or really, really stupid.
  • You should always bring food with you because you will be bored and it is easily the best boredom cure. Also, everyone will stare longingly at your meal while you just smile in that “I know you wish you were me” kind of way.
  • You’ll have to ignore a creepy, pot-bellied, clothed in riding up ratty t-shirt, old guy who spends the entirety of your stay staring at you.
  • You may feel an insane desire to leave as soon as the wash cycle finishes. If this happens, just dump your sopping wet clothes on the backseat of your car and speeeeeeeeeed outta there.

#3 – Growing a Dying Garden

More recently, I was inspired by the warming season to start an indoor garden. I eat a lot of veggies so this seemed the obvious thing to do!

But, uh, be careful what you choose to grow.

Here’s what I learned:

  • Indoor plants attract bugs just like outdoor plants and indoor veggies left sitting on the counter a couple of days too long.
  • Tomato plants take FOREVER to grow so, like, plant them in 2016.
  • Don’t buy a dying tomato plant.
  • If the plant has a teensy bit of purple-blue hue on its leaves and it doesn’t normally have purple-blue leaves, don’t buy it. The thing is diseased.
  • It is actually possible to feel emotional over a dying tomato plant.
  • Green onion is so extremely incredibly easy to grow!
  • I don’t actually eat that much green onion…………….

#4 – Old Lady-ing in a Dance Cardio Class

I’ve always loved to dance- be it in worship or like a lunatic to that. sick. beat.

The point is- it’s fun and exhilarating and I could do it for hours. So, obviously I figured this would make the perfect exercise routine!

I’ve always been curious about dance cardio classes and this last week my curiosity was permanently satisfied. My sister and I signed up for a class that was within walking distance for the both of us.

Here’s what I learned:

  • I am an older lady than the old lady who was in the class.
  • That old lady had better rhythm than me (of course she already knew the moves…).
  • Apparently I don’t know that many dance moves.
  • Dance is fun, except for when it’s exercise and you don’t know the choreography.
  • My sister, who just birthed a child, can keep up with a group of fit people better than I can.
  • I should probably try a belly-dancing class next, as the slow version of it was the only part I could keep up with.
  • Even though the instructor tells you that nobody is going to laugh at you, people will laugh at you. Instructor included.
  • Custard never tasted so good as it did post-class.
  • Turns out I crave Mexican food when I dance.

What are some new things you tried when moving out on your own to be adultier?

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My 2 Cents on Beautiful Uncertainty by Mandy Hale

Let me start this review by saying that this book came at exactly the time I needed it in my life, so it’s score of 5 of 5 stars is no surprise.

Mandy (the author) is a single young woman who stepped out in faith to minister to other single ladies by sharing her life story with the world. In a beautifully compelling, tear-jerking way, she shares her heart on falling in love with Jesus.

Through short essays, we learn about the struggle of letting go of loves past and looking forward to loves future. Mandy shares her greatest heartbreak, a man who begged the question: Was I your option while you were my choice?

And this is where it struck a chord in my own story. You’ve all heard by now that I was in an on again, off again, untitled relationship that recently came to a final end after several years. I’ve been dealing with a lot of confusion over the entirety of that relationship: Was I really in love (I was)? Did he love me (in his own way, I suppose he did)? Why didn’t he fight for me? Was I right to give up (I was, I firmly believe it)? Why did I let myself become so attached to such heartache?

As Mandy shared her story of healing, I found her words nourishing healing in my own heart and soul as well. The similarities in our struggles was almost scary at first, but as I let her speak to my heart, I felt the love of Jesus washing away every last ounce of hurt.

Just as her Mr. E came into her life to teach her total and consistent reliance on Christ, I believe the same of my own love story past.

This book has left me breathless, sobbing, challenged, inspired and feeling courageous. Vulnerable is a good thing. Heartbreak is a good thing. It all leads to total and consistent reliance on the Lord. And there is no one safer to rely on.

I plan to hold onto my copy for many years to come and mark it up with thoughts over the many rereads that will surely take place, especially when undergoing the painful growth of breakups.

I unabashedly campaigned on Facebook while reading and will do so here:

If you are a single young woman or the parent of a single young woman, or even if you just know a single young woman, this book is key. Purchase a copy for yourself and/or for them. I’m serious. I plan to buy copies for several of my friends.

As Augustus Waters once said, “It’s a beautiful life…”

Even in its uncertainty.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. I am so very glad I did. I can’t wait to get my hands on Mandy’s other books as I’m sure I’ll eagerly devour them as well.

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My 2 Cents on What Keeps You Up at Night by Pete Wilson

What Keeps You Up at Night, by the established author Pete Wilson, is a book written with the intent to encourage the person whose life is riddled by fear. Wilson wants to show you that the very thing you fearfully and obsessively think about until the wee hours of the night can be the thing that will become your greatest achievement. He pushes you to strive harder and farther than you’d dreamed possible by sharing uplifting success stories and simple deeds you can do today to get moving.

But what should have been a great and breezy read was a bit flat. In fact, my favorite portions of the book were when Wilson was quoting other writers. Which doesn’t speak highly of this book at all.

I will say that I think my low rating is in large part due to my fancy for the book Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris. Once you read that book, you feel like anything is achievable and you are the person to achieve it. I believe it’s the ultimate “chase your dreams” work and everyone should read that.

Buuuuut, having said all of that, if you’re walking into this book without the phenomenal experience of Do Hard Things, you probably will enjoy it. I enjoyed the stories of success shared, the insights into some fail stories and how relaxed Wilson’s prose was.

All said and done, it wasn’t a bad read. 🙂

Purchase your copy here!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

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