I am now 22. I have finished miraculously finished college (honestly its shocking…I keep having nightmares where they withhold my diploma and I wake up sweating – Don’t make me go back!).
In two days I am moving out of my college town and to the big city (I don’t know if I am allowed to call Saint Louis ‘the big city,’ but I’m going to so I can sound more like a Sex in the City heroine and less like someone moving back in with her her parents).
Through an effort to become more self actualized and grown up, I am making a list of bad habits I wish to leave behind:
1. Accumulating crap. Seriously, guys- I’ve been cleaning out my room/packing for the move the past couple days. Here are some things I have found: 4 pairs of tweezers (since when would I ever need so many tweezers? That is a question I cannot answer.), Empty journals (I think I need to embrace the fact that I, Katie Stipanovich, will never religiously journal. So, dear self, STOP BUYING MOLESKINES.), 10 post-it note pads in all different shapes and sizes (why? I rarely even use post-its.), about 12 mason jars (I love mason jars way too much but I never really use them besides to drink ice water out of), and a bunch of hotel shampoo, lotion, conditioner (am I the only one who thinks grabbing handfuls of these every time I’m at a hotel makes me thrifty and smart?), ect.
2. Not making my bed. Whenever she comes over, my bestie Emily Lewis always makes my bed. She’s freakishly OCD about it. Most of the time I’m like, “who cares?” but I’m mature now which means I have to actually use my sheet (It usually gets kicked off my bed and it stays there for days) and make it every morning.
3. Living in squalor in being fine with it. I won’t spare you with the details, but my mother would cringe if she saw how much dust lingers along the baseboard of my room. I must deep clean more.
4. Never replacing my makeup. I’ve been told you are supposed to replace your mascara once a month. Every time I hear this I cringe because I can rarely remember the last time I did this.
5. Never paying parking tickets. I have this mentality that they will ‘just go away.’ Deep down I know they won’t, but up until now I’ve preferred to live in denial. THIS HAS GOT TO STOP.
Hopefully by eliminating these habits I will simply be better and make a graceful entrance into adulthood. Although knowing me, It will be less graceful and more of a stumbling-in late sort of entrance.