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Tips on Being an Adult: Remember the Little Things

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Once upon a time, I found an amazing blog called Adulting, which is proof that:

1) Everything can be verbed.

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2) Clearly, I am not the only 20-something that has come to the realization that I am just making things up as I go along.

Honestly, I think that at my graduation ceremony, I would have benefited more from a user's manual on life instead of a piece of paper to be stashed in my closet.

Today, I made a big batch of fried rice using my brand new rice cooker. After living with my boyfriend of almost a year, I finally remembered that I kind of really needed to buy one.

Neither of us can cook rice. Well, we can, but it usually turns out pretty gross.

When I moved out, I insisted that a rice cooker was going to be one of my first purchases. We used the one at home almost every night and I was used to having it on a regular basis. Rice/quinoa is great; it's filling, it's easy and it goes with almost every dish. Unfortunately, I got caught up with all the other essential (and many nonessential) things I needed to buy that I kept putting it off for next time. I know it sounds silly, but you have no idea how important some little things are. For me, it was about expanding the repertoire of healthy meals I could cook instead of being lazy and dining out or throwing food in the microwave all the time.

Being lazy is easy, but appreciating small pleasures is more satisfying than instant gratification. And this isn't just about the rice cooker. There are always going to be little things that need to be done, bought, fixed or changed. It's about taking the time to remember to do the things that you need to do, even if they are small and seemingly insignificant.

So now, I'm working on combating the lazy and trying to accomplish more. It feels good at the end of the day when you can look back and say, "Wow, today was pretty productive," even if that means you just took care of chores or ran errands. Anything is better than sitting around on the couch (or computer).

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