7 things I learned 7 months after college
1. Eating breakfast, lunch and dinner is a THING.
I know that seems kind of a weird thing to say, but it's true! I don't think I ate this healthily in college. I really don't. All I can really remember is rushing from class to class, meeting to meeting, with no regards for my eating habits! I sure ate all my favorite foods (tacos, dumplings, snack wraps, lox spread bagels, so and so forth) howeverrrrr, it doesn't mean I had a balanced diet! I would be having 2-3 coffees a day sometimes, mixed with tea??? Now that I've got time at home, I started to actually eat 3 well balanced meals and it's made a difference on how I go about my day.
2. Family TIME is precious.
Well this is a given. Obviously. But there is a greater appreciation for family and regards for time especially now that I actually have some! Soon I'll be working 9-5 hours or more, and I'll be very tired. These past few months I got the chance to talk with my family more and share my hilarious college stories. Lots of bonding!
3. Self-care should always be #1.
MAJOR priority of course and should always be a thing. These months after college gave me some time to reevaluate how I take care of myself. Did I clean my room? Did I buy new shoes? Did I hang out with my cat? Have I taken a social media break today? Is my phone attached to my hand? Did I spend time with myself and relax?
All these questions come to mind. The time has allowed me to see what works best for my self-care routine. Examples include tea > coffee, listening to podcasts, taking a nap, cleaning my space, and organizing my paperwork. I know everyone has their own self care methods so I think it's important to continue exploring what works and what doesn't work.
4. Podcasts are AWESOME.
Sorry I yelled with the caps, but FOR REAL. Seriously life changing. I frequently listen to #PerfectlyImperfectPodcast with Christine Chen & Regina Fang. Incredible Asian American women who work in media. There's a great mixture of personal, spiritual, family, dating, and career focused content. It always gets me thinking and it's always nice to know I'm not alone. (THANK YOU CHRISTINE & REGINA)
5. Self-reflection is important.
Looks like this post is pretty connected huh? Well yeah with all the time I have, I started to realize things about myself that I never consciously noticed! What helps me focus? Who do I enjoy spending my time with? Am I being honest with myself? Am I taking care of my needs before others? Am I forgetting to self-care? Am I too critical of myself? How do I approach all these issues in my life?
Yep... DEEP BREATH. LOL
6. Life is complex.
Nothing is perfect. No one is perfect. There is no straight path in life. I learned to roll with the punches and put my best foot forward. I think I grew up imagining a specific lifestyle that I was SURE to have once I went to college, got a job, and or as they say "Got it together." However, I'm starting to realize some things are out of our control.
7. "Trusting the Process" is required.
There will be days where things don't work out and days where they will. I've heard people talking about this "Trust the process" idea for a long time now. It wasn't until I was forced to Trust the Process that I literally HAD to trust the process.