Steps Forward

In my past posts, I’ve written a lot about perspective. Particularly, how perspective can change your entire outlook on a situation. I’ve completed some major milestones in the last couple of months, one of the most important being finally graduating from college. That’s right, ya girl finally got her degree! Well, almost…I have one class left in the fall, then I’m really done. Not only have I completed a major chapter of my life and finally wrapped up getting my degree, I also made the decision to move back home.

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about why I chose to move back home after living on my own for a while. I’ve heard it all. From being told that I’m taking a step backward by graduating then moving back, that I’m going to allow myself to get stuck at home and become comfortable, and that I should just stick out living on my own before making such a rash decision to move back home. Rather than having a negative perception about  moving back after graduating college, I choose to see it as a step forward, and have  chosen to make the most of my time at home by making sure to…

Save money 

This by far was the biggest reason I chose to move back. I loved experiencing  going from having extremely strict parents to making my own rules. But, everything comes with a price, and making my own rules came with quite a price tag. I found myself struggling to save money and make it through the months (especially after going from full-time to part-time at my job). Although I had freedom from my parents, I didn’t have  the funds to do much and save money the way I wanted to. Now that I’m back home, I’ve been able to see a difference in my finances and have more freedom to do more with my money since it isn’t all going towards rent, bills, food, and everything else that comes with living on your own.

Plan for the future 

My move back home has not only allowed me to save money. I’ve also been able to use the money I’ve been saving to plan ahead. Whether it be for planning to move out again, take a trip, or just grow my bank account, I have the means to do so now. Working less, and spending more time at home gives me more time to reflect on what I want in the future and create a path to get there. Like I said at the beginning of this post, it’s all about perspective. Rather than looking at this as a setback, I see it as a time where I can grow and map out my future.

Take risks 

I read a quote once that said “If you don’t take risks, you will always work for someone who does.”. Letting go of the many obligations I once had, has put me in a position that has allowed me to take a few risks and pursue the goals I have. I have no more excuses for why I can’t take risks in order to get where I want to be in life, and I plan to use my newfound financial freedom and time in order to take the risks necessary  to achieve what I want.

Travel 

Traveling was another major reason I decided to move back home. It has always been my dream to travel to as many countries as I can. I used to use finances and school as an excuse for why I haven’t seen the world yet, but now I have no excuse. Now, I can begin planning to save as much as I can so that I can travel and experience different cultures from around the world.

Graduating school and moving back home may seem like a setback for some, but it’s just the beginning for me. The best has yet to come.

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