Recently, I’ve been reading a lot about post-grad life. It may be because I am a recent graduate, but it seems like it’s everywhere. Is that the new trendy topic? Hmm… Anyways, one of the most stressed topics is staying in touch with friends and to continue play.
Since I was mainly on a strict mission to find full-time employment this summer, I felt as if I was ignoring some of these objectives. With the sobering fact that summer does and will come to an end, I set off to meet up with close friends and try a few new things to rev up my life.
Last week, I met up with three friends, two of which we celebrated birthdays for. We chatted over brunch at The Knick in Milwaukee and did a bit of shopping. I thought it was cute how we all immediately went to the home section of Anthropologie, forgoing the clothing for plates and butter dishes, oh my! Is it not amazing the energy you can stimulate off of a great day with your girlfriends? The catching up, laughs, and advice is unmatchable. How do you stay connected with friends, whether they live five blocks away or five states over?
I left feeling intoxicated off the love and fun we shared in those short few hours.
Next, I decided to cross a few things off my bucket list. Two of which in one day. First, my friends and I decided to jump off the lighthouse pier. It was such a scorcher of a day, Lake Michigan was not only bearable, it was refreshing.
Later that day, or should I say next morning, I found myself enjoying the sunrise. 22 years of living on Lake Michigan and not once have i watched the sun rise over the lake. That’s embarrassing! Gosh, it was gorgeous. Highly recommended!
Tell me: how do you add a little spice into your everyday routine? Do you sometimes feel bogged down by the day-to-day grind? What are your tips for mixing things up?
But, seriously. I know this poster is overused but I’m turning to it as of late for a bit of solace. Why? Oh, because I am doing this little thing called GRADUATING COLLEGE in 15 days. A mere 15 days and I will have my diploma. Who decided I needed to grow up?
So, with two weeks to go, I still have no job in the works. Let’s not even get into how that makes me feel… ha. I am trying this new idea. Embracing Uncertainty. It gets uppercase letters and everything because it’s that important. I ran into the Greek Life Coordinator on campus today and she told me to take this uncertainty and enjoy it because I will never have another time like this, with no responsibilities and obligations, for the rest of my life. Ah! It’s much easier said than done, but I am going to try.
Before I leave Chicago in two weeks there are a few things I’d like to do. There’s no surprise that most of them include food. (Or all of them include food, I’m not telling.) I also decided to do a bunch of other OCD-ish things with this time like clean my makeup brushes and securely fasten buttons that are on their last leg. Woooo! Sounds pretty crazy, right? I am totally living it up with no responsibilities! I’ll probably suffer from a cleaning solution hangover with all the chores I’m going to be doing!
I stumbled upon the above photo the other day and could not help but laugh and think a little deeper. It was taken my freshman year of college when I was attempting to grow a plant in my room. First, I thought it was telling how I had this plant sitting on top of my philosophy book. Immanuel Kant and I did not really get along.
The peanut butter also makes me giggle; my friend and I would gorge ourselves on apples and peanut butter for weeks thinking we were being the healthiest chicks until one of us saw the calories. (!!!!) How tiny my little dorm room was! Peanut butter, makeup, lotion, knives and forks are lived happily together on my dresser.
But second, and much more deeper, I see this little plant and how happy I was that it had three little stalks. I could relate this to my life as of late. I need to slow down and take a breath. My future can be figured out slowly and I will allow myself to celebrate all the “little” accomplishments I achieve along the way.
You’ve probably heard the hype about the new show on HBO titled, “Girls.” Lots of really talented people are involved with the show, including Judd Apatow, who is the producer. The writer and director is 26-year-old Lena Dunham, who also is cast as Hannah in the show.
I watched it in it’s entirety on YouTube (and so should you!) and deeply resonated with the characters. It’s raw and oh, so truthful. Four girls in their twenties and broke. Ah, sounds a little too much like my life.
Photo courtesy of Esquire.