Graduated and open for business

Hello again! It's been a crazy few weeks leading up till today, but I'm really happy to have made time to get behind my screen and write another blog post.

It's. about. time.

To give you a little update on what the last few weeks have been like, I thought I'd start off by saying that I finally graduated college! You are now looking at (or rather, reading the post of) a bachelor degree holder in Sociology/Anthropology! It looks like four years of liberal arts navigation and endless coffee purchases have paid off, and now, I'm in full-on adulting mode.

That means I've moved out of my college house and signed my first lease! I'm dealing with all the essentials - rent, utilities, and while I'd already been cooking a lot, I no longer have the safety net of a cafeteria to run to. In a way, I'm happy about that. While college can be a lot more comfortable than real life, I also noticed how cushioned I was, in rarely having to do dishes, for example - all I had to do was put my tray away and never worry about it again. I have many other examples, but I'll definitely save that for another blog post. That being said, I'm learning to merge with the traffic that is real life, and hope to be sharing what I've learnt so far (i.e. budgeting tips, home decor ideas) really soon.

Speaking of - I'm thankful to have finally passed my driver's test over a month ago! It took lots of lessons and a total of three tries, so to my friends still trying to get your licenses, know that you'll be fine! The driving test in Minnesota, among all U.S. tests, is one of the easiest in the world. Just don't let your nerves get to you. If you know the road, you know the road. But if your nerves do get to you, don't let failure get to you. You will pass your test!

Now that I'm a licensed driver, the practice hasn't stopped! Since I don't start work for a few more weeks, I've been taking advantage of the extra time on my hands to make short commutes everyday and get comfortable on the road. "The car has to become your second nature," as my dad told me last week, so I've been doing everything I can to increase my self esteem behind the wheel. There's also a lot of maintenance I'm learning goes into owning a car. In addition to budgeting for gas, insurance, and mechanics, I've fallen in love with the cheap car washes and vacuum services at my local gas station. That's one thing I notice car owners haven't talked about as much in advising me about mine. For me, my car is my second home. I want to feel mentally healthy in it, and that includes checking all doors and compartments for any trash I could take out. It's the least I could do for the next buyer!

For now, I don't have too many other major updates! I'm excited to have a little more time on my hands now that I'm done with school, so look out for more blog posts coming your way soon. Until then, I hope you all have a lovely week!