15 things to remember as I start my new “big girl” life after college…

My first post here will be a re-post from yesterday from my last blog. Over the past year I’ve grown quite a bit as a “blogger”, so I decided to get a new domain name. “Avoir la pêche” means “to feel great” or to be “just peachy!”…enjoy :)

“Sometimes we need to stop analyzing the past, stop planning the future, stop figuring out precisely how we feel, stop deciding exactly what we want, and just see what happens.” — Carrie Bradshaw

For whatever reason it’s been a rough month for blogging for me. Not really sure what got into me, but somehow I kind of lost my inspiration for a while there. Anyway…I’ve had a lot on my mind lately with all of the changes coming up in my near future. In just a few short months I’m gonna have to graduate college and move off to Denver all by my lonesome (insert the monkey emoji with his hands over his eyes here). Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to live near the mountains and enjoy the Colorado lifestyle. But I can’t say it doesn’t scare me.
I can’t believe I’m already almost done. I went and picked up my cap & gown the other day and all of a sudden I had a zillion memories rushing through my head. It’s funny how time seems to pass so slowly and then all of a sudden four years have flown by. All of the boyfriends and breakups, best friends, lost friends, crazy (like really though…why did we do some of those things) nights out, the all-nighters at the library, 2am Jimmy Johns orders with my roommates, interviews, stupidly annoying classes, weekend trips…I could go on and on…all of that has made me who I am today. And I couldn’t be more thankful for every single memory each of those things has given me.

Earlier this year, when I was feeling all sentimental about having to grow up after graduation and sulking in my own childish “misery” because I never want to leave Mizzou, I wrote a journal entry titled “15 things to remember as I start my new ‘big girl’ life after college…”. It’s funny because I feel like I have changed so much throughout the last four years. I’ve grown as a person and learned so many things. But when I look back on this little journal entry, it makes life seem so simple.

15 things to remember as I start my new “big girl” life after college…

  1. Be grateful for the moments you have & the people you have around you. Surround yourself with people who make you happy.
  2. Don’t worry so much. Like, really. STOP worrying.
  3. Continue to network and grow throughout your career and throughout your life.
  4. Spend quality time with your (future) kids as much as possible. And your dogs. :) Simply being in the same room isn’t always “enough”.
  5. Let friendships run their course. Accept changes as they come and don’t expect everything to always stay the same.
  6. Don’t work your life away.
  7. Ask your parents questions since you were unable to ask your grandparents so many of the questions you have. And take their advice when they give it.
  8. Volunteer. A lot. Make it something you’re passionate about.
  9. Don’t hold grudges. Especially with the people you love.
  10. Take risks (responsibly).
  11. Make physical fitness and overall health a priority.
  12. See the world.
  13. Know when to support your own dreams over other’s dreams, and when to support other’s dreams over your own.
  14. Spend as much time as possible with your loved ones. With your kids, parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, cousins, friends…everyone close to my heart.
  15. Relish your youth. Right now. In this moment. So that in ten years when you look back, you can only smile.