Are you a grown up?

Are you a grown up?
Are you a grown up?

Blow out those birthday candles Peter Pan. It’s time to take life more seriously. Check yourself.  Are you guilty of a few things on this list?

  • Binge drinking and smoking. Throw away those solo cups and retire the Beer Pong trophies. Give your liver a break and toss those cancer-sticks. Nothing ages your body faster. Need proof? Check out the latest pic of your favorite childhood movie star (before the miracle of photoshop).
  • Ridiculous spending.  It’s time to repair that credit report and start managing a budget. Are you spending every dime you make eating out or supporting the local clubs? It’s time to piggy-bank your money for that new set of tires or dental bill. Depositing money into a rainy day emergency fund and 401K is called “acting like an adult.”
  • Calling your parents only when you need something.  At first, leaving the nest is scary so it’s normal for parents to get a few crisis calls. It’s important to stay connected to your family.  Part of being a grown up is calling your parents to ask how their day went or what they’ve been up to.
  • Eating junk food and making excuses not to exercise. No more fries, ice cream, or nachos for dinner. Eating a healthier diet will make you look and feel better and help prevent health challenges in the future. Neglecting the gym makes it harder to shed those unwanted pounds as we age, too. The “young” metabolism is not going to cut it anymore. It’s time to adopt some healthier habits. Sure indulge once in a while, just moderation is your best friend when it comes to splurging.
  • Flossing only when you get a popcorn kernel stuck in your teeth. When you’re young you might skip the flossing. Remember this, just floss the teeth you want to keep.
  • Posting “party-girl” stories on social media.  Teenagers look ridiculous posting their “Party Pics” but when you are posting party shots in your 30’s …that’s ridiculous 2.0. Remember employers use Google and check out your social media so keep your private life private and your business life professional.
  • Creeping on Facebook and social media. Let your childhood crush go, along with all of those ex’s and snotty b***ches who treated you so badly back in high school. Why? Because they’re still b***ches!
  • Staying up with the latest gossip. Playing petty games or being a pot-stirrer is toxic. Who needs that kind of drama? Wasn’t high school bad enough? It’s time to GROW UP and move on.
  • Seeking approval. Don’t waste time worrying about what other people think. Live the life you want. What other people think is their opinion anyway. Next.
  • Buying clothes instead of doing laundry. Time to get out of that “once-a-month” laundry trap and start handling your laundry more frequently. Stop spending money on socks, underwear, and T-shirts because you’re too lazy to wash your clothes.
  • Quitting when things get hard. You should have already figured this one out. Life is not fair. Period. Get over it. You have nobody to blame but yourself when things go wrong. There isn’t a brother or sister in the way “cramping-your-style”.  Adults keep going when things get rough. John Wayne said it best. “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” Time to grow up cowboy!

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