Welcome to Adulting 101!

Welcome class to Adulting 101!

My name is Chelsea and I will be your instructor for the remainder of this blog. Now you may ask “Chelsea, what makes you qualified to teach this course?” Excellent question.

Let me tell you, I moved out of my parents house when I was 18 and moved clear across the country by myself for college. Here’s the thing, before I moved I had never had a job, never paid a single bill in my life, never managed money or finances or a budget in any sense, never learned how to do laundry, never learned how to cook, didn’t understand a thing about proper nutrition, didn’t have a car, I never even had chores or an allowance, my mom wouldn’t even let me take the bus or anything so I didn’t even know how that worked. I guess you can say I was more than a little sheltered as a child.

I made probably more than my fair share of mistakes in the beginning, dying all my white clothes pink, shrinking a lot of things in the dryer, making the grand assumption that I actually could live off ramen noodles alone because supposedly that is how all college students do it. And I’ve had my fair share of crappy jobs just to pay the bills because at the time I wasn’t qualified for anything else. First tip, get a job in high school, not only is the spending money nice but it will help to build that work experience for the future, being 19 and never having a job does NOT look good to any possible employer.

I should add that now-a-days I have been titled the queen of adulting by my fiance, though admittedly he is probably biased. I am extremely good at budgeting and managing my finances, I haven’t shrunk or accidentally dyed any clothing in years, my cooking skills are exceptional, and I’m pretty good at, pardon my language, getting my shit together. It takes a lot of mistakes and hard work to be that person who looks like they’ve got everything handled, even more to actually be that person but I’m going to show you all the tips, tricks, and hacks that I’ve learned over the years.

In conclusion, lets end this like a real fictional essay, I’ve made many silly, stupid, hilarious mistakes and lucky for you guys because I’m sharing all of them right here for your entertainment, and also to hopefully help anyone out if they are anything like I was and not really sure how to do anything that young adults are magically supposed to know once they leave home even though no one actually taught it to us.

I hope you stick around. Thanks for reading.  -C

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Exploring My Home State

Hello!

Look at me posting 3 blogs in 2 days, I’m on a roll! So, as some of you may know, I’m homeless right now for almost a month and decided to use that as an excuse to do some of the traveling that I’ve been wanting to do all summer. Me and my boyfriend just got back from Colorado and I was looking for a new adventure. Because I’m a broke college student and I do not have thousands of dollars at my disposal to plan some grand trip I decided to go the cheap route and see what kind of cool, undiscovered (to me at least) things I can find in my own state. With some help from google me and my old roommate decided to plan a trip to go see this lavender farm about an hour away from us. The lavender farm was a bust but landed us right next to Silver Lake Sand Dunes. We decided to spend the rest of the day there.

In case you're wondering, I’m from Michigan. Although I’ve spent most of my life here, I’ve hardly done any of the cool touristy stuff or beautiful sightseeing that this state has to offer. Now if you’re not from Michigan, let me tell you I’ve lived all over this state and some parts of the state are not that great but for the most part it’s a really cool mix of city life with some natural beauty usually pretty close by. For instance, I live probably 15 minutes away from a cool city in one direction and 30 mins from lake Michigan in the other direction. So, here is my take on exploring Silver Lake for the first time.

If you’re not from Michigan then let me explain a concept to you, in michigan when we are looking for a vacation or just to get away for the weekend we go “up north”. This “up north” is less of a general direction or destination and more of a concept, it’s not a specific distance away and can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 9 hours of driving, not always headed north either. To us, going “up north” is just a phrase for the concept of getting out of the city and heading to the more woodsy areas of the state which tend to be more towards the north of the state.

Now that I’ve explained that, let me tell you, Silver Lake is like the embodiment of what “Up North” means to me. It’s a total Michigan beach town complete with a giant fresh water lake aka Silver Lake, camp grounds everywhere nestled in the woods, giant sand dunes which people drive their trucks, dirt bikes, and dune buggies all over, and gift shops selling sweatshirts for when it inevitably gets cold at night even in the middle of the summer. A sweatshirt over a bikini with a pair of shorts is like the standard uniform of all Michiganders on summer nights by the lake, this uniform also includes the official Michigan perfume (in my opinion) lots and lots of bug spray.

All in all it was a really cool town. We had to park in the state park parking lot (state parks are another Michigan staple with 101 of them located all over the state), which wasn't a big deal since i get a recreational passport every time I renew my license giving me free access to all state parks. The dunes were so much fun. If you ever get a chance to go, I highly recommend climbing to the top and watching the vehicles drive all over the dunes for a bit, its definitely worth it and fun to watch. But if that's not your thing you can head over to the lake, it's a bit of a hike through the dunes and a little tiring walking in all the sand but the lake is really pretty and a good place to hang out, swim, picnic, or whatever else you’d want to do at the beach. I liked to sit at the top of the dunes and take in the full 360 degree picture of the dunes and lake, it's breathtaking.

My Trip to Colorado

Now with pictures!!

Hey Guys! So, If you read my last post you know that I just got back from Colorado yesterday and let me tell you, I almost didn’t come home! I love Colorado. To be fair, this was far from my first trip out there. In fact, one of the first things I did when I was 18, two weeks after graduating high school, I had my bags pack and moved across the country by myself to live in Colorado. I loved living there but had to move back for family reasons. Needless to say I couldn’t wait for this trip, I wanted to do all the touristy things that I didn’t do when I was living there.

First, here’s a little back story. As you may know from my last post me and my boyfriend just got an apartment but unfortunately we can’t move into it until 3 weeks after our previous leases ended. So, we’re homeless right now. Instead of freaking out over trying to find a place to stay for almost a whole month, we decided to take a vacation for some of it and headed out to Colorado. That’s the reason for the impromptu trip, way to turn a negative into a positive, right? Anyway, back to the good stuff.

First off, I love Colorado, it is definitely my favorite state and I would love to move out there again, though there seems to be a rush of people moving there lately unfortunately so it’s become more industrialized than I remember. Anyway, I had a whole list of stuff that I wanted to do and luckily we got to do almost all of it. Here’s some highlights of my trip, not in any particular order:

 

1) Rocky Mountain National Park! / Estes, CO.

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I love rocky mountain national park, If you ever get a chance to go you should definitely check out some of the trails. We went up to Bear Lake and hiked around the lake, an easy trail with very scenic views, and took a hike from Bear Lake to Bierstadt Lake. I would rate it as a medium/easy hike and the view at the end is definitely worth it! We saw snow caps at the end of July! After hiking, it’s definitely worth it to check the town of Estes,Co where there’s some cool shopping opportunities, DipNDots! (haven’t seen those in forever), and some of the best ice cream and toffee that I’ve ever had. Also, there’s a cute little hidden coffee shop by a little park behind some outdoorsy store with amazing coffee and the nicest baristas, also they provide paper and pens for people to just sit there and draw/write while enjoying the incredible view of being surrounded by mountains.

 

2) Red Rocks Amphitheater! / Morrison, CO.

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We didn’t see a show here unfortunately but we did get to explore it during the day which was still pretty cool. During the day the amphitheater becomes a natural gym for some very dedicated fitness enthusiasts. It must have been 90 degrees the day we went and there were still so many people in the amphitheater running up and down the stairs and working out. I got my own workout in in the form of hopping the guard rail and climbing the rocks around the amphitheater because sometimes I like to pretend that I’m a badass and break the rules. Like I said, this is an honest account. I stopped before I got in too much trouble though. Also, I just wanted to add a little note in here saying that I didn’t break into any dangerous climbing zones or attempted any climb that I wasn’t sure I could do, safety first kiddos, don’t be stupid.

 

3) Coors Brewery! / Golden, CO.

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Golden is definitely my favorite city in Colorado but you’ll find out why in the next section. The Coors brewery is really cool. My boyfriend is a brewer so we couldn’t go to Colorado and not make a stop at Coors. We went on the tour which was really interesting and fun. My boyfriend enjoyed seeing all of the processes at the brewery and how they were different or similar to what he used in his brewery. I enjoyed the free beer tastings during the tour and at the end. The tour is free and I highly recommend it to anyone over 21, but if you’re not 21 don’t worry, you can still enjoy the tour. The tour covers some of the history of Coors, the processes involved in making their beer, and you even get some cool pictures (for a fee) and can shop at their gift shop at the end.

 

4) Chavez Trail!/Beaver Brook Trail! / Golden, CO.

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Not going to lie, I had us going on a mountain hike nearly every day while we were in Colorado. That being said this trail in particular was my absolute favorite! It was also the most challenging that we did during this trip so I would not recommend it to any inexperienced solo hikers. However if you’re an experienced hiker or going with a friend I would recommend this trail more than any other for a good hike that is more on the difficult side. We went for the waterfall at the end but there is so much to see and experience on this trail. There are wild elk all around, moose, bears, bison, which are all very cool to witness but keep your distance because they are dangerous. There is a bison lookout at the trial head that’s really cool. The trail follows a brook through the mountains, you start off near the highway but soon are completely immersed in the mountains, there are so many cool views from the trail, I took more pictures here than anywhere else. Also, there is a ledge about a quarter of the way in that juts out over this ravine, a 400 ft drop off, of course I had to hike out to the very edge take a picture. Let me tell you, when you feel like you’re standing on the edge of the world, completely immersed in nature, give a shout out to the mountains as loud as you can and hear it echo back, it’s the most freeing experience I’ve ever felt. That being said, the trail starts downhill and you have to return by hiking back up, the path is very narrow with drop offs for most of it and becomes unclear sometimes, we almost got lost by taking the wrong fork in the path coming back up. There is no phone signal in the mountains so always let someone know what trail you’re taking and how long you expect to take just in case anything happens like getting lost or hurt. Though this path was more dangerous it was also the most rewarding and beautiful hike I’ve ever taken.

 

5) Downtown Denver, CO.

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Fun fact, I never actually went into Denver when I was living in Colorado, let alone taking a whole day to explore downtown so that is exactly what we did one of the days we were there. We took the light-rail which was new for my boyfriend and a cool way to see a lot of Colorado quickly. We spent most of our time enjoying 16th street mall. I was surprised by just how much there was to do there besides shopping. There is only one vehicle allowed to drive down 16th street mall and that the free bus that takes people to different stops along the street so the bulk of the street is filled with cool artsy stuff for people to explore, there are these cool things that you can sit in and tilt/spins in circles, pianos are set up for anyone to just walk up to and start playing, street performers are everywhere, there’s a botanical garden in the middle of the street that you can walk through, cool places to sit and just people watch from the middle of the street, and a little area where people set up booths full of little oddities that I really enjoyed, and of course amazing food and shopping. I even got 4 free Starbucks drinks that day because people are just that awesome. We explored like true tourists and even went to the capitol. And of course because it’s Colorado we had to stop at a dispensary. After that we went to see Atomic Blonde in a theater that serves actual dinner meals and has cushy reclining leather seats. We finished the night with dinner at the Cheesecake Factory because it’s my favorite. At the end of the night we got a ride back to the light-rail from this amazing guy who was riding a bike with a rickshaw attached to the back. He was rose with us through downtown while serenading us with ‘a whole new world’ and ‘careless whispers’ blasting through some speakers on his bike. It was definitely my favorite part of the night, my only regret is that i didn’t get it on video.

 

So, that is some of the highlight from Colorado. I’ll include pictures as soon as they get uploaded to my computer. I took so many pictures that I filled up all the space on both my phone and my boyfriends phone.

 

Well if you made it this far then you are a beautiful person and thanks for reading. Like this post and comment below, What is your favorite memory from a vacation or favorite thing that you’ve done in a new city, mine is the rickshaw thing. Or comment whatever you want 🙂

If you’re new then I’d like to know what your favorite color is and why, comment below. 🙂

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Bonus pics for the delay:

 

My Trip to Colorado

Now with pictures!!

Hey Guys! So, If you read my last post you know that I just got back from Colorado yesterday and let me tell you, I almost didn’t come home! I love Colorado. To be fair, this was far from my first trip out there. In fact, one of the first things I did when I was 18, two weeks after graduating high school, I had my bags pack and moved across the country by myself to live in Colorado. I loved living there but had to move back for family reasons. Needless to say I couldn’t wait for this trip, I wanted to do all the touristy things that I didn’t do when I was living there.

First, here’s a little back story. As you may know from my last post me and my boyfriend just got an apartment but unfortunately we can’t move into it until 3 weeks after our previous leases ended. So, we’re homeless right now. Instead of freaking out over trying to find a place to stay for almost a whole month, we decided to take a vacation for some of it and headed out to Colorado. That’s the reason for the impromptu trip, way to turn a negative into a positive, right? Anyway, back to the good stuff.

First off, I love Colorado, it is definitely my favorite state and I would love to move out there again, though there seems to be a rush of people moving there lately unfortunately so it’s become more industrialized than I remember. Anyway, I had a whole list of stuff that I wanted to do and luckily we got to do almost all of it. Here’s some highlights of my trip, not in any particular order:

 

1) Rocky Mountain National Park! / Estes, CO.

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I love rocky mountain national park, If you ever get a chance to go you should definitely check out some of the trails. We went up to Bear Lake and hiked around the lake, an easy trail with very scenic views, and took a hike from Bear Lake to Bierstadt Lake. I would rate it as a medium/easy hike and the view at the end is definitely worth it! We saw snow caps at the end of July! After hiking, it’s definitely worth it to check the town of Estes,Co where there’s some cool shopping opportunities, DipNDots! (haven’t seen those in forever), and some of the best ice cream and toffee that I’ve ever had. Also, there’s a cute little hidden coffee shop by a little park behind some outdoorsy store with amazing coffee and the nicest baristas, also they provide paper and pens for people to just sit there and draw/write while enjoying the incredible view of being surrounded by mountains.

 

2) Red Rocks Amphitheater! / Morrison, CO.

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We didn’t see a show here unfortunately but we did get to explore it during the day which was still pretty cool. During the day the amphitheater becomes a natural gym for some very dedicated fitness enthusiasts. It must have been 90 degrees the day we went and there were still so many people in the amphitheater running up and down the stairs and working out. I got my own workout in in the form of hopping the guard rail and climbing the rocks around the amphitheater because sometimes I like to pretend that I’m a badass and break the rules. Like I said, this is an honest account. I stopped before I got in too much trouble though. Also, I just wanted to add a little note in here saying that I didn’t break into any dangerous climbing zones or attempted any climb that I wasn’t sure I could do, safety first kiddos, don’t be stupid.

 

3) Coors Brewery! / Golden, CO.

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Golden is definitely my favorite city in Colorado but you’ll find out why in the next section. The Coors brewery is really cool. My boyfriend is a brewer so we couldn’t go to Colorado and not make a stop at Coors. We went on the tour which was really interesting and fun. My boyfriend enjoyed seeing all of the processes at the brewery and how they were different or similar to what he used in his brewery. I enjoyed the free beer tastings during the tour and at the end. The tour is free and I highly recommend it to anyone over 21, but if you’re not 21 don’t worry, you can still enjoy the tour. The tour covers some of the history of Coors, the processes involved in making their beer, and you even get some cool pictures (for a fee) and can shop at their gift shop at the end.

 

4) Chavez Trail!/Beaver Brook Trail! / Golden, CO.

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Not going to lie, I had us going on a mountain hike nearly every day while we were in Colorado. That being said this trail in particular was my absolute favorite! It was also the most challenging that we did during this trip so I would not recommend it to any inexperienced solo hikers. However if you’re an experienced hiker or going with a friend I would recommend this trail more than any other for a good hike that is more on the difficult side. We went for the waterfall at the end but there is so much to see and experience on this trail. There are wild elk all around, moose, bears, bison, which are all very cool to witness but keep your distance because they are dangerous. There is a bison lookout at the trial head that’s really cool. The trail follows a brook through the mountains, you start off near the highway but soon are completely immersed in the mountains, there are so many cool views from the trail, I took more pictures here than anywhere else. Also, there is a ledge about a quarter of the way in that juts out over this ravine, a 400 ft drop off, of course I had to hike out to the very edge take a picture. Let me tell you, when you feel like you’re standing on the edge of the world, completely immersed in nature, give a shout out to the mountains as loud as you can and hear it echo back, it’s the most freeing experience I’ve ever felt. That being said, the trail starts downhill and you have to return by hiking back up, the path is very narrow with drop offs for most of it and becomes unclear sometimes, we almost got lost by taking the wrong fork in the path coming back up. There is no phone signal in the mountains so always let someone know what trail you’re taking and how long you expect to take just in case anything happens like getting lost or hurt. Though this path was more dangerous it was also the most rewarding and beautiful hike I’ve ever taken.

 

5) Downtown Denver, CO.

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Fun fact, I never actually went into Denver when I was living in Colorado, let alone taking a whole day to explore downtown so that is exactly what we did one of the days we were there. We took the light-rail which was new for my boyfriend and a cool way to see a lot of Colorado quickly. We spent most of our time enjoying 16th street mall. I was surprised by just how much there was to do there besides shopping. There is only one vehicle allowed to drive down 16th street mall and that the free bus that takes people to different stops along the street so the bulk of the street is filled with cool artsy stuff for people to explore, there are these cool things that you can sit in and tilt/spins in circles, pianos are set up for anyone to just walk up to and start playing, street performers are everywhere, there’s a botanical garden in the middle of the street that you can walk through, cool places to sit and just people watch from the middle of the street, and a little area where people set up booths full of little oddities that I really enjoyed, and of course amazing food and shopping. I even got 4 free Starbucks drinks that day because people are just that awesome. We explored like true tourists and even went to the capitol. And of course because it’s Colorado we had to stop at a dispensary. After that we went to see Atomic Blonde in a theater that serves actual dinner meals and has cushy reclining leather seats. We finished the night with dinner at the Cheesecake Factory because it’s my favorite. At the end of the night we got a ride back to the light-rail from this amazing guy who was riding a bike with a rickshaw attached to the back. He was rose with us through downtown while serenading us with ‘a whole new world’ and ‘careless whispers’ blasting through some speakers on his bike. It was definitely my favorite part of the night, my only regret is that i didn’t get it on video.

 

So, that is some of the highlight from Colorado. I’ll include pictures as soon as they get uploaded to my computer. I took so many pictures that I filled up all the space on both my phone and my boyfriends phone.

 

Well if you made it this far then you are a beautiful person and thanks for reading. Like this post and comment below, What is your favorite memory from a vacation or favorite thing that you’ve done in a new city, mine is the rickshaw thing. Or comment whatever you want 🙂

If you’re new then I’d like to know what your favorite color is and why, comment below. 🙂

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Bonus pics for the delay:

 

A New Direction

Originally, I was going to title this post “New Direction”, but that sounded way too much like One Direction and I just was not okay with that. No offense to anyone who like them, they’re just not my thing. Anyway, on to the post!

Well guys, shit hit the fan since my last 2 posts. My apartment complex lost their internet so I couldn’t work at home, I moved everything I own into a storage unit for 3 weeks while I couch surf because I’m homeless right now, and I’m currently writing this from a Starbucks because the place i’m staying at doesn’t have WIFI either… The good news is that I’ve had time to do some thinking about where I want to take this blog and how I want to go about writing it. Part of me  wants to delete my last two posts, and I still might, but for now I think I’ll just write here that trying to live this grand ideal “perfect” life was a poor idea for a post or a challenge. I’m not perfect, my life is not perfect, and trying to be perfect like all the other bloggers that I look up to is absolutely exhausting. So, long story put short, I stopped the ideal life challenge because I felt like it was total crap. This isn’t me trying to be negative or anything, I like my life, I just didn’t want to take the blog in that direction, I want it to be real and be me. Hell, I might not even post this, I might just delete the challenge posts and move on, but that doesn’t feel real either so I’ll probably keep them and just add this rambling explanation as to why I’m not continuing with that series.

 

Okay so enough of the negative news, heres some of the cool stuff:

 

1) I just got back from Colorado so expect some posts  and pics about that.

2) I’m moving in with my boyfriend soon so I’m hoping to put up some good movie/decorating/college apartment stuff.

3) I would really like to interact with anyone who is reading my posts. I’m curious is anyone has any questions about college/ wants any advice. When I moved out at 18, I didn’t even know how to do laundry by myself, I want to use this blog to help anyone like my younger self who could use some college/adulting advice.

4) I’m starting my back-to-school posts soon! I have so many ideas and can’t wait to share them all on here.

 

Okay, so that’s my little life update. if you’re still reading then thanks a bunch, you’re a beautiful person. Please like this post and comment below what you thought or anything you would like me to write about. Also…

 

Comment Question: What is your favorite color? Why?

 

I met a guy who asks that question to everyone when he first meets them and I think it’s a really cool way to get to know people a little bit. It’s not a serious question but some people have some really creative answers.

 

Okay, I’ve rambled enough here, thanks for reading! 🙂

Day 2: Discovering a Useful Tool


       Hey Guys! I found a new tool that is going to make this Challenge so much easier to accomplish. First off, I am terrible at scheduling things, also, I hate sitting in front of a planner for an hour trying to plan out my week only to change it all later as other plans change. It just ends up being a multi-color mess of scribbles. All that being said, I feel like this Challenge needs to be planned to some extent or it will be near impossible to keep track of everything that I want to do and make sure it’s all done. 
So, here is where my useful tool comes in. I just started using Google Calendar on my phone. I was messing around with the settings this morning and found that you can plan an event, reminder, or goal. I took a look at the goals tab and it’s amazing! Everything that I want to accomplish in my 90 Day Challenge can be planned out on the goals tab of google calendar. The best part is that all you have to do is specify your type of goal, how often you want to accomplish the goal, and what general time of day you want to accomplish that goal. For example, one of my goals is to workout 3 days a week, for an hour, in the morning. Here is the best part, this app plans my workout for me around whatever else I have scheduled for the day. The settings also allow for so much customization as to when you want the calendar to plan the time for you to meet your goals. The only drawback that I’ve found is that you can’t plan a goal to be accomplished on specific days of the week but really that’s not much of a drawback for me. I use it to plan out my workouts, runs, meditation, time to hit up friends that I haven’t talked to in awhile, time to set aside every week to talk to my parents, time for me to clean my house every week, even 30 mins every morning for me to look over my day and make sure I like how it’s planned out or move things around for my convenience. It’s great. 

       My biggest problem is that I always feel like there is never enough time in the day, this app completely eliminates that concern because it sets the time aside for me in my calendar to do these things and has it all planned around the things I already have set such as class and appointments. 

Ps: This post is not sponsored by Google or anything, I just really like the calendar app.

90 Day Challenge


Day 1: The Plan

Have you ever heard the saying “It takes 30 days to make a habit, 90 Days to create a lifestyle”? I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. 

I’m the kind of person who always has a million things that they want to do but hardly ever actually gets these things done. I want to change that. So, I wrote a list, a list of all the things that I would do daily, weekly, and monthly in an ideal world. Somethings were mundane like eat healthier and actually floss twice a day, others were to feed my more adventurous spirit like take a small trip once a month to someplace new and every few months plan a bigger trip, preferably out of state. 

The challenge is that for 90 days I’m going to try to live according to my list. Living my “ideal life” for 90 days to try and make it a new lifestyle. I suspect that along the way I’ll find that some of my ideal habits really aren’t that ideal and some of the things that aren’t on my list are actually more important. 

I’m documenting my progress in the challenge here and I encourage you guys to do this challenge with me if you want. Make you own lists of what’s important to you, what you would ideally do given the time and resources. My biggest problem is that I never thought I could afford to travel and I’m still not in a place to afford all the trips I want to take but someone once told me to take a trip anyway, the money will sort itself out along the way. I also learned that traveling isn’t just planning grand trips to another continent. Traveling and adventure can be as simple as driving an hour in a new direction and discovering a cool new town in your own state.