The Good. The Bad. The In-Between.

Yep. That’s me.

That girl looking so carefree, just waiting for her epic post-grad life to begin and feeling like life was only going to go up from there with little to no setbacks.

I had set myself up for what I thought of as a fool-proof post-grad life. I’ve got a job (thank the lord), an apartment I can (kind of) pay for and some kickass friends and family helping me along the way. However, I was unaware of the multitude of things that can go awry in life. But, no worries, my friends and family took care of that by sharing survival stories of their first years into their post-grad lives and life lessons I should learn quick or be left sorry. They felt obligated to share every mistake they’d made: the ones that made them broke, the ones that made them sick with worry and a mixture of the two.

While absorbing all of this advice, I was grateful for their willingness to “help”, but I’d, consequently, made myself worry about things that haven’t happened yet or maybe even wouldn’t happen at all. But then it hit me all at once; life doesn’t have to be that scary and it always goes on, no matter the mistakes. Life is meant to be lived and experienced, not to be something to shy away from.

With that being said, I’ve decided to do what could possibly be the worst decision of my life, but what the hell? I’ve decided to take the cautionary tales as mere “helpful suggestions” and live life how I see best, not worrying if I make the same mistakes that I was warned against.

So, here I am *successfully* stumbling through my first seven months of post-grad life on my own. I say *successfully* because, let’s be honest, not everyone would say having to eat ham and cheese sandwiches without the ham, only to afford the new boots I just had to have, as a success, but I’ve decided I’ll chalk it up as a win. I’ve kind of enjoyed the triumph I feel when I come out the other side of the cautionary tales I’d been so afraid of, a little stronger, a little wiser and learning a number of my own life lessons in the process.

To start, you have to learn some practical things, like don’t get overzealous with paying bills just because you think you have money. Because while you may be humming along to Destiny’s Child’s “Independent Woman” and authorizing payments left and right, you may also be submitting bills dated to be paid a whole week before your paycheck comes, leaving you with $1.87 to live on.

You should look forward to the little things in life as much as the big things. “Jeans Day” Fridays? Hell yeah! Because your new work wardrobe cannot consist of leggings and sweatshirts, no matter how much we all wish it could.

In all seriousness though, this blog is meant to talk about how to make life a bit easier and also how to have fun doing it, with life lessons told by yours truly. Will I be telling cautionary tales like the ones that were told to me along the way? God, I hope not. But, if I do, it’s purely for entertainment purposes because learning to laugh through the little mistakes is what makes life interesting.

This lifestyle blog is about taking life with the good, the bad and the in-between. I can’t promise that you’ll learn anything you didn’t already know, but I can promise to do my best to give you a few chuckles along the way.

Until next time,

C. Brooks

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