How’s the Year Going?

For New Year’s I made some goals for myself to work towards in 2020. If you need a refresher, they can be found here. Since I don’t have much going on, I thought it might be a good time to check in and reset if needed.

  1. Save money– still not going well. There’s always something I need to buy, or correctly, want to buy.  It’s a sickness, but I have been trying to think through purchases a bit more before I make them. Baby steps, right? Since quarantine, I’ve been worse at purchasing things that aren’t exactly necessary (like loads of books, outdoor furniture…), but I did put my tax refund and stimulus check towards my debt, so here’s to trying! I think my savings goal was a bit over adventurous, best to work on my debt before I start saving too much.
  2. Read more- I’ve read 17 books so far this year, I would say I’m doing fairly well with this one! Might go above my goal?
  3. Make friends– hah, nope. I was trying to be friendlier at work to people I don’t necessarily work with, and I tried to join a book group on MeetUp but then pandemic happened so haven’t made any progress here. Since in quarantine, I’ve been trying to facetime with those people who are my friends?
  4. Make 5 difficult recipes– I made a roast chicken! It was SUPER gross and I almost vomited like twice, but it was super rewarding in the end. And tasty! I tried a new cinnamon roll recipe but haven’t done much cooking other than instant pot and easy meals. It’s hard to be adventurous in the kitchen when only half the grocery store is stocked.
  5. Be present– I was doing fairly well with this one, but quarantine and tik tok happened and my screen report makes me cringe every Sunday morning (can we just agree Apple should stop doing that until this is over?).

Did you make goals for the year? If so, how are they going? Is quarantine impacting them, either positively or negatively? I’ve love to hear about it in the comments below!

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

 

Book Review! Adulting: How to Become A Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps

Reader, are you a twenty something who has always wished for a handbook to the world of adulthood? Or maybe you are past the twenties, still wishing you had a guidebook to flip through when going about your life?

Well, I’ve found that guidebook to being an adult, thank God that someone finally wrote it.

Guide to Life.

Adulting: How to Become A Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps is a guide to navigating the world of being an adult. Kelly Williams Brown, a true hero of our generation, articulately describes dozens of topics, including finances, relationships, and jobs, step by step in one book that you can keep on your shelf for years to check for reference. She has many wonderful ideas about these topics, some things that I knew, some that I had never even thought of.  It’s a light read and has some humor dabbled throughout making it not only helpful, but also an overall good read. She also touches on a few behavioral things, like respect and how to be just a generally nice to be around human. I liked the chapter when she made the reader self-actualize and realize they were not a ‘special snowflake.’

Great use of a flowchart, Kel.

I read it and reflected back on a few times in college when it would have been useful to have. For instance, when I was touring apartments to live in, I wish I had known to check the water pressure, or bring along my cell phone charger to check outlets. Right?!

Now, Reader, you may have known to do those things, but as a young twenty-something, the thought never even crossed my mind. I also gave the book as a present to my best friend, who is moving to another town to begin her career. She has informed me that it was the best gift ever and she felt the need to put Post-It’s on several pages to mark for later reference.

accurate. KWB for Pres.

Adulting is a book for yourself, for your friends, for your relatives, or anyone who hasn’t the slightest clue how to be an adult. I plan on giving it as a gift for the next few friend’s birthdays because I want them to have the guidance that nobody even knew was out there.

Reader, would you read Adulting? Or have you already read it and received the wonderful guidance through adulthood? Let me know in the comments!

Love, B.