Falling Through the Sands of Time

A lone voyager's journey through life.

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18 Habits To Start In Your 20s (That Will Pay Off For The Rest Of Your Life)

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1. Start saving money. Put away $20 a week. Pay yourself with every paycheck. Keep a jar of change on your desk. Give yourself a dollar every time you work out. Ask your company about the ins and outs of 401(k)s. Whatever it takes, it’s better to get a handle on your money now rather than sing all summer, grasshopper.

2. Learn how to do your taxes. There is a land in between handing them off to your parents and being able to afford someone to do your taxes for you, and it is called self-sufficiency. Set up camp there. There’s tons of software and services that will help you. But if you can do it on your own, you’ll never find yourself stuck if you can’t get help one year.

3. As much as it’s financially and otherwise possible, invest in the things that matter. Buy a piece of…

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25 Things Every Woman Should Have By The Time She Turns 25

On my way to some of these, but could definitely use some work on others.

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1. Enough confidence to no longer feel the need to justify what she eats, who she dates or what she wears, not only to other people, but to herself. 

2. A bank account with three months’ living expenses in it.

3. Only the phone numbers, Facebook friends, weekend plans, and roommates she actually wants.

4. A best friend who is like a sister.

5. A space of her own.

6. A good idea of what she needs in a romantic relationship, not just what she wants, or what she thinks she needs, and the willingness to explore different people and other ideas to find what exactly that is.

7. A closet of what she considers to be her “staples,” and among these things, something to wear to an interview, funeral, wedding, impromptu Friday night drink at a casual bar and dream date if ever someone were to call out of the…

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Congrats, you’ve graduated! Now what…?

Among the various congratulations and well-wishes I received during my graduation, one comment stood out the most. My uncle (lovely chap that he is) told me “Congratulations on graduating. Now you’re not a student; you’re just unemployed!”

My initial reaction was somewhere along the lines of “Gee, thanks a lot…” However, it was time for me to acknowledge the truth: I had landed myself among the hoards of students without a job despite my degree. Up until now, my life had been pretty much decided: get good grades, go to college, get a – wait, that failed.

How had I landed myself in that position? First, I’m somewhat lazy (at least, according to Buzzfeed, and the fact that I looked to Buzzfeed  to tell me how lazy I am should tell you something) and not particularly ambitious. My “career goals” involve being able to pay off my student loans and to afford somewhere with air conditioning. (On a particularly ambitious day, I also include earning enough to pay for someone else to clean. I hate cleaning.) But second, and probably more importantly, I didn’t want to accept it was time for me to face the real world. My student status was my security blanket. I was so tired of school that I wanted some time to myself to not have to worry about work, whether of the school or real variety.

However, now that I am unemployed, I’m bored and antsy. And worried. Clearly security blankets are just an illusion. Wish me luck as I try to overcome myself and find a job!

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So these past 2 1/2 weeks I haven’t had internet connection at home. (I should write a book. But it would just be full of trips to Starbucks/the bookstore/cafes or restaurants with wifi, so I doubt anyone would read it. Unless they’re really bored because they also don’t have wifi.) To sum it up: I. Was. Bored. I’m grateful that I had class to keep me busy and distract me from not having internet (wow. Never thought I’d say that!) and that, despite my sister’s teasing, I ended up purchasing the Veronica Mars seasons 1 and 2 DVDs, so I at least had something to do at home. But still.

It was also kinda scary to see how dependent I am on internet. I mean, I know we’re in the digital, interconnected age and everything, but having to plan time for internet usage really showed me how much time I waste on the internet. I know that lots of people go into the wilderness to separate themselves from modern life and intentionally don’t use the internet, but having it forced on me is a lot more stressful. For one thing, I needed it to complete my homework, but also being in a city surrounded by people with internet at home isn’t fun. Now that I have internet back, I’ll probably just go back to wasting time all the time (why wasn’t I was the one to come up with iwastesomuchtime??) but it’s something I’ll think about more in the future. For at least a week.