so what was i up to for the past month?

the short answer is running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off. I think i didn’t (or couldn’t) write because i was having trouble processing the crazy amount of stuff that was happening.

as you may remember, i graduated in may and was quickly (thank god) offered a full time position at the library i was already working for. i was hired as a library technology specialist, which means that i (along with my coworkers) teach basic computer classes for adults run a drop in job help lab. i absolutely love my job. my coworkers are fantastic and the actual work, while challenging, is very fulfilling. it’s a supportive, creative and flexible environment, and i’m so lucky to have this opportunity as a first job. i’ve discovered a passion for the workforce development aspect of my job, and teaching ain’t bad either πŸ™‚

i love that i can leave work most days knowing i actually helped someone in a concrete way. whether by teaching about internet search tools or helping format a resume. i’ve definitely realized that nothing turns a bad day around like helping someone else.

so the next chapter has begun…i’m a fully fledged adult and i need to start acting like one. i have to admit that i’ve always been pretty terrible with money. never having a set income made budgeting difficult and there was never an end game to save. well now that i’m getting started with my career, financial independence and security are two of my biggest priorities. i’m lucky enough to have great benefits (yay for city employees!), but i want to feel like i’m covered for disaster in all aspects of my life, including my bank account. living paycheck to paycheck just isn’t cute.

so here’s the plan.

1. move into my own apartment. for the past two years, i’ve shared the top floor of a duplex with two other librarians who are also some of my best friends, but it’s time we all went our seperate ways. one moved out on her own a few months ago and the other just got offered a job in LA (!!!!!!!!), so august 1st, i’ll be moving into my own little studio. i lived alone after college for one year, and while i loved it, at the time i was working 2 jobs and partying pretty hard so i was pretty much never at home. i’m excited to do living alone grown up style, and actually be able to decorate and have a place of my own. it’s also two blocks down the street from my current place…#creatureofhabit

2. buy a car. i work in one of the worst parts of milwaukee, so taking the bus is not only inconvenient and annoying, it’s really not safe for me. my original plan was to save up and buy something cheap but now i think i’ll be going the loan route so i can be in something before winter hits. i’ll most likely end up with a loan from my credit union because they have really good rates and i’ve been banking there since i was 17, and i’m hoping my parents will be able to make a trip up to help me make the purchase.

3. pay off debts. hi, remember how i was a graduate student? the government paid for that so now i need to start paying them back. i also have some credit card debt as well as some “bank of dad” loans. my family is very supportive and i’m very lucky to have them, so paying them back is important to me. i plan to set up recurring monthly transfers from my bank because mailing a check is like a three day process for me.

4. get a dog. the last 4 guys i’ve dated have had one thing in common…a bulldog. i’m serious. apparently i can smell out guys with bulldogs like no one else. i grew up with cats, and still love them, but am just really obsessed with dogs. i plan to get a french bulldog rescue (my building only allows for dogs up to 40 pounds), although if i had it completely my way, i’d be getting an american bulldog. hopefully i’ll share my life with some felines someday, but after growing up with outdoor cats, i would feel guilty having to keep them in all the time in the city.

5. get more involved with my community. the past three years of my life have consisted of school, work and social lifing, but now the i’m a “professional” (i can’t take word seriously), i want to pursue activities that will help me grow, as well as connect me to my city. rotary club anyone?


note: this post has no pictures because i wrote it on my work computer… my laptop charger died and i don’t feel like spending the $$ on a new one