Now is the time to change your life!

As recent college graduates, we are bombarded with all sorts of different information about how we ought to live our lives.  Some say we ought to use this time as our selfish years – a time all about ourselves to do what we want before we have to figure out how to be adults.  Others say that we need to have everything figured out from the second we are handed our college diplomas.

I never felt comfortable with either of these decisions.  Can I really be totally selfish and do whatever I want when I have to pay rent and make my own food and things like that?   Alternatively, college prepared me for a lot, but I don’t know a lot about being an adult, so how could I start being the perfect adult straight out of college?

Then, a few weeks ago, I was watching a sermon online and this quote jumped out at me, “The decisions you make from ages 14-25 will absolutely affect what kind of life you will have from ages to 25-95. . . so decide right now in broad daylight to avoid the things that would damage your character and handicap your future.”

"The decisions you make from ages 14-25 absolutely affect the life you will have from ages 25-95"

“The decisions you make from ages 14-25 absolutely affect the life you will have from ages 25-95”

I don’t have to have it all figured out right now, it’s true.  However, I sure do need to make wise decisions that will benefit me the rest of my life.  Creating my future the way God wants me to live is a constant decision-making process. Will I make mistakes? No doubt about it.  But instead of living for me and making short term choices, I choose every day to make decisions that will create a better life for me in the future.

My early twenties especially are for growing, learning, exploring, and preparing for the rest of this wonderful life God has given me.

Sermon Series: ( http://eaglebrookchurch.com/media-resources/weekend-messages/series/stronger/ )
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Back to school – for Financial Peace

When we got married in August 2014, we were both fresh out of college, had never really lived on our own (aside from the two months I lived with two of my best friends the the summer before the wedding), and we had mounds of student debt.  Honestly, the amount of debt we have is horrifying.

Photo Credit: TaxRebate.org.uk

Photo Credit: TaxRebate.org.uk

If you’ve never been in debt, it is not a good feeling.   We both have quite a bit of Federal Loan debt and I have a mountain of private loan debt.  The interest we gain each month on the private loans pretty much evens out with the payments we make each month.  Even from the first month of making payments it felt like we would never keep up. We are blessed to have my parents helping us out paying a little bit towards our student loans each month, which we are beyond thankful for, but it still felt like we weren’t making any progress on our loans.

We knew we needed a strategy. Continue reading

Love is . . . .

I work as a teacher’s aide in PreK.  For our Valentine’s party, we asked kids what they thought love is.  We got answers like hugging, kissing, holding hands, and sharing.    We also got adorably amusing answers like this –

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Love is jumping on the trampoline

The answer that was most touching to me was “Love is Missing Someone”.  That answer is completely sweet and adorable on its own, but what really got to me is when the little girl told me she was drawing a picture of a grandparent that had recently passed away.  Her answer went from cute to very mature and all too relatable. Continue reading

New York City, here we come!

Hey all!

Finding inexpensive yet awesome ways to have fun is tough when our favorite fun activity is traveling.  I love traveling but I always feel like it is too expensive, then my awesome husband proves me wrong.  

One of my best friends lives in New York Coty right now.  Cody and I have always wanted to go.  Today he surpised me by finding flights there.  How much are we spending?

$122

Total. For round trip flights for two.   

If you are willing to pack lightly and look for great deals, traveling can be much more inexpensive! 

Obviously, we will be looking for great deals on while we’re there as well, which I will post about when I can, but for now, I’ll dream of a fun spring break in NYC with my best friend!



Where’s my real-world orientation?

Life used to be so easy. Friends and activities handed to you.

Middle school: Orientation to try opening your locker and meet your teachers.
High school: Orientation, counselors helping mold your class schedule, flyers everywhere  giving you groups to join
College: A week long party meeting friends, exploring campus, and joining groups

You guys. This was a month before high school and I already had friends to hang out with and a group to be in.  Why isn't adult life this easy?  (also, I kept the awkward Middle School look until at least 10th grade...)

You guys. This was a month before high school and I already had friends to hang out with and a group to be in. Why isn’t adult life this easy? (also, I kept the awkward Middle School look until at least 10th grade…)

Jump ahead to the real world.  When I arrived, there were no city-wide bonding activities.  I don’t have a list of all the fun activities I can join.  There is no one there to help me make a four year plan.   Continue reading