I have always toyed with the idea of starting a blog, but to be honest I didn’t feel like I had anything interesting to write about. The only people I personally knew that started blogging did so when they were studying abroad in college, which I never formally did. I feel I’ve finally reached a point in my life where I have something to contribute to the blogging world: figuring out how to be an adult. As a “real adult” I now have to make decisions about life on my own. The problem is, I don’t know what the heck I’m doing. This brings me to the first reason why I started blogging.
My entire life has been one giant checklist. Graduate high school? Check. Apply to college? Check. Pass my classes? Check. Obviously, I’ve had to make some big decisions along the way (i.e. which college to go to and what major to pursue), but for the most part I had it covered. I had my checklist with what was laid out before me, and I felt extremely comfortable with that fact.
Upon graduation everything changed. Suddenly my checklist wasn’t so simple anymore. There were new options that simply weren’t available before:
1. I could go to graduate school or get a job.
2. I could move in with my boyfriend or try living alone for the first time.
3. I could stay in Minnesota or go literally anywhere else.
And those were just the super general decisions. I started to feel like I was spiraling out of control with no real handhold to grab onto. Post-college, there are no boxes to check. Only ever-changing, undiscovered avenues to walk down.
As an initial step, I wanted some way to document what lies ahead and become okay with breaking the checklist cycle. Creating my own goals instead of having them put before me by someone else is a scary thing for me. Sticking to goals has always been a weakness of mine, and with this new chapter of my life I decided I needed a way to stay accountable for them.
One big goal I know I need to make is to be fit. For years now I’ve wanted to implement some healthy habits, but could never follow through. I would simply lose motivation three weeks or so into my new routine for one reason or another. Usually the reason was that I loved food. And not the “good for you” kind. I really love a juicy burger and fry combo at a bar, followed by ice cream loaded with all the best toppings. These aren’t exactly foods that are kind to your body.
I want to make better decisions for my body and I (clearly) can’t keep myself accountable. So, I would like to document it here and keep myself publicly accountable. I want to stick to my diet of no dairy or gluten, lose some weight, and get stronger. I’ll write posts about both successes AND failures. Hopefully this will result in me falling into a routine of maintaining a healthy, strong body.
On top of getting in shape, I would also like to develop some real hobbies. Upon graduation, I started realizing the “hobbies” I had developed in school consisted of studying and practicing my instruments for class. Now that I have a full-time internship, I don’t really have any work to do at home anymore. As a result, I’m left with about 6 hours every day of free time. Sounds great right?! Wrong. Apparently, I don’t really have any hobbies outside of watching Netflix on my couch.
Every week I want to try at least one new thing and write a blog post about it. What I liked, what I disliked, and if I’ll do it again. This aspect of my blog is still a little hazy for me, but I’ll figure it out as I go.
Lastly, as an unpaid intern I obviously make no money. I work part-time on the side, but all in all I really don’t make very much. Since I’m writing a blog to document my progress in different areas of my life, I’d love to try and make some cash doing it! I’m still trying to figure out exactly HOW to do this. It is definitely a work in progress. Currently, I’m trying to get AdSense set up on my site. It’s not going super well so far, but all this stuff is basically David’s major so hopefully he can help me with it.
Other than working on AdSense, I’m currently figuring out the best time of day to go to the gym. I’m also working on a list of different hobbies to try both alone at home and out and about with David or other friends. Hopefully documenting my endeavors here will keep me accountable for all this new stuff. Wish me luck!