Leslie Hawkins - Lifestyle

Turning 24: Time to Adult?

Leslie Hawkins - LifestyleNow I’ll be honest…When I first realized that I was about to turn 24 I was terrified. I was a skip and a hop away from 25, which was a skip and a hop away from 30, a house, a family, a career, and so on. I didn’t know what I wanted to do as far as careers go, or anything else for that matter.

At 23 I was nowhere near where I thought I’d be and nowhere near where I needed to be… in my head at least. But there was one thing that I was missing.  I had no idea where I wanted to be! AND, my last fully thought out analysis of where I should be by now was my 8 year old self saying that I should be a world famous princess with two castles, a family, and a sea of horses by this age. I hadn’t actually taken the time to self reflect and really think about setting some milestone goals, and even just short-term life goals.

When I talk about goals, I don’t mean getting that project/assignment done, or cleaning out the attic before spring. I tackle that in my blog post about Motivation and Reaching Goals. But today, here and now, I mean big goals… Buying a condo/house, moving out of my parent’s house, getting my degree, starting a business, and other things like that.

Leslie Hawkins - Lifestyle/Eat PrettyAt that age, you have friends getting married and having kids, friends moving and getting
real jobs. Well, me? I was just fine where I was at 23. Not married, living at home, no kids, no set career, and no clear road to where I was going. Now I can see how that sounds bad, like I lacked direction, but the direction I chose for that year was wherever the wind blew me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not just some good for nothing chick looking to mooch off of her parents for the rest of her life. In that year I finished up my undergrad, started a blog, pursued a career in marketing, traveled, created life experiences, and dabbled in just about anything I could get my hands on.

Why I was afraid of being 24

  1. It’s so close to 25, which not too long ago seemed so far away.
  2. RENT was just around the corner
  3. I’m not a child but don’t know how to “adult.” Adulting is hard!
  4. I thought I should have my whole life planned and together

It’s a hard age to accept and navigate through but it’s also a truly exciting time.

Here’s what I realized about why I shouldn’t be down about being 24

  1. I have cushion to fall back on. Family and friends. (I am very fortunate in this area)
  2. Youth is on my side! People want to hear what I have to say.
  3. The world is my oyster
  4. There are so many opportunities and time to recover from mistakes

So I decided to kick 2017 off on the right foot. I set some major goals for myself, personal and professional, and promised myself that I would start making things happen!

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