Things You Learn To Appreciate More When You Start 'Adulting'

15 Things You Learn To Appreciate More When You Start 'Adulting' For Real

You learn to appreciate the little things in life.

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The things most of us took for granted while we were younger, are the little things in life, now.

1. A full tank of gas

There is no greater feeling than having a full tank of gas. It isn't truly appreciated and exciting until you are an adult and have to start paying for gas on your own.

2. Cleaning

What was once thought of as a terrible chore, is now a fun activity that you actually look forward to doing. Nothing better than a clean space.

3. Plans getting canceled

We all know the feeling of saying yes to plans and just hoping they will fall through last minute. You know you are truly an adult when you are actually happy about not having to go out and socialize.

4. Food shopping

Being an adult means you are in charge of your own food shopping, I can't be the only one who looks forward to the next time I get to shop for more food.

5. Naps

Napping... what most of us look forward to doing after a long day at work, and hated when we were children. You never truly appreciate a nap as a child, but you sure do as an adult.

6. Getting money as a gift

When we were all younger getting money as a gift for our birthdays or Christmas seemed like such a waste, when all we wanted were toys. Money, an adult's best friend and the best gift you could ever receive.

7. Coffee

Drinking coffee was a trend and the "cool" thing to do when we were all younger. Now its a necessity for survival and the best part of each day.

8. Going home to your parents

Living at home was the "worst thing ever" when we were all teens, not being able to do what we wanted and having to follow our parent's rules. You know you are an adult when you look forward to going home and can't wait to have your parents home cooked meals and a free place to stay. We didn't know how great we had it.

9. Coupons

Nothing better than getting a coupon for something you were going to buy anyway. You never truly took advantage of sales and coupons until adulthood when you want to get deals anywhere and any possible way that you can.

10. Having no plans during the weekend

No one wants to have 10,000 things to do on the weekends after having a long work week full of stress. Having nothing to do during the weekend is a blessing, and if you know its coming, its what gets you through the week honestly.

11. Not having any emails to reply too

Getting bombarded with emails is a nightmare, no better feeling than waking up in the morning with no emails to respond too.

12. " Your order has shipped"

"Treat yo self" is the motto most of us live by, there is nothing better than getting that "your order has shipped" email. These emails were never truly appreciated while most of us were younger.

13. Going to bed early

Getting 8+ hours of sleep is nearly impossible these days, actually finishing everything you have to get done and at a reasonable hour is a blessing.

14. Finding new cleaning supplies

I can't be the only one who gets excited over discovering new cleaning supplies...?

15. Lighting candles

Nothing better than lighting a candle and relaxing, enough said.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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