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So you want to adult
Welcome to 2021! It’s a new year, a new beginning, even if we are dealing with the same old pandemic. Life is plodding along though, even if the pandemic isn’t. People are graduating, moving out on their own, starting their “real” adult lives. So here’s a list of completely random things I wish someone had told me, or someone did tell me, that has made me a (relatively) successful adult.
Creating A Capsule Wardrobe
Everything is so hectic these days. We’re pushed to be our most productive selves all the time, to HUSTLE. We’re pushed to make so many decisions in our work life, our home life, and our social life. We’re just trying to balance it all! It’s so easy to get burned out though, and even having to make small creative decisions can take away from the energy we have to complete larger, more creative projects. That’s where the capsule wardrobe comes in. It’s a simple concept. You create a wardrobe of carefully curated items that not only “spark joy” as Marie Kondo would say, but are easily put together to create simple, yet stylish outfits in no time.
Kindness for Kicks
I was ten when my life changed forever. I don’t remember much of the day itself, but the stark lights of the hospital stand out as well as the faint memory of my older brother who never had a kind word to say, reaching out to give me a hug. Fifteen years later and I’m still working through life with type one diabetes every day. The disease has never been easy to deal with, never been easy to come to terms with, especially the lifelong part.
Katie, I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with New Year’s. I love the idea of starting fresh, a blank slate. The way everything bad from the year past seems to just melt away if only for one night, is basically magic. Then you have to hit the ground running. If you’re not getting into the gym, revamping your whole meal plan, reevaluating your finances, you’re doing something wrong. You’re not really embracing the spirit of the new year, of the fresh start. You’re just dragging last year’s problems into the new year, but with a little leftover confetti clinging. This year was especially weird and difficult, and I think we were all ready for the new year as if the flipping of the calendar from December to January would once again be magic, solving all the problems of the year past. But 2020 wasn’t all bad. And you don’t need a calendar to change for new beginnings.
In March, when North Carolina was put under a stay at home order, it seemed like a blessing in disguise. As a new teacher, I felt like moving to online school was going to give me a chance to breathe, a time to play catch up on my own mental and physical health. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Type One Diabetes Is a Major Challenge
On April 19, I will celebrate my 14-year diaversary. Not many people know what a diaversary is—it’s a “diabetic anniversary”—since only about nine percent of Americans have diabetes. I am one of those people.
3 Reasons Teachers Are Leaving the Profession
3 Reasons Teachers in the US are leaving the profession Teaching is an incredibly rewarding profession. Every day you get to help further a student's knowledge of the world, introduce new ideas to broaden their minds, and learn new things yourself. Some students come back to express their gratitude for that one random thing you said on that one random Tuesday that changed their lives. They become like your children. You cry tears of joy over their accomplishments, dole out hugs like candy, scream the loudest at their graduation. It’s one of the most rewarding professions out there. So why are people in the United States leaving this profession in droves? The reasons might surprise you.
Summer is a magical time. The weather is warm, the sun is shining, the afternoon thunderstorms give you the perfect excuse to take a nap. When you think of summer, you think of beach vacations, drinks with little umbrellas, sunshine, and sunscreen. But sometimes those epic vacations complete with tiny umbrellas and long walks on the beach just aren’t in the cards. Whether you’re trying to save money, lack transportation, or just can’t take time off of work, here are some “staycation” and summer activity ideas that are just as good as that fancy vacation.