You have stumbled upon my brand new, baby faced, freshly freed from the womb blog. I don't know who you are, I don't know why you are here, and I don't know how long you will be staying. I don't need to know any of that, and frankly neither do you.
Some things you do need to know: everything posted here.
That sounds a bit arrogant (the internet has a way with that), but what I mean is, the purpose of this blog is to inform, enlighten, and be all-around helpful. After graduating high school recently, I found myself thrust into a world that I thought I knew, thanks to being raised by television, movies, and some pretty fantastic parents. However, upon navigating it for the first time, I soon learned....that it wasn't that bad after all. Transitioning from child to adult is different for everyone, and as much as I had always looked forward to it and tried to prepare for it, there is nothing like the real thing. Even I had many moments where I wasn't sure I was ready, wasn't sure where the hell I even was in the world, wasn't sure what to do next. I'm one of the lucky ones I guess, because despite a few hiccups, complete 180 turnarounds, and plain shitty days, I discovered that I had the tools I needed to survive anything, right at my disposal all along.
When you first jump into the water, you have no idea whether you're going to sink or swim. It's absolutely a leap of faith. But if you know you're wearing floaties, it's much easier to relax and just focus on swimming. I had no idea I had a "life vest" on, until I opened my eyes, stopped thrashing about and realized I wasn't sinking.
I think I, and many of my peers, tend to psyche myself out, over-think things, doubt the merits of absolutely everything. A lot of the time, I'm scared shitless. Just flat out mortified, deer in the headlights. You can't be prepared for everything all the time, a fact which bothers me endlessly. I needed to always have the answer, the correct answer, but some things don't work that way. Some things don't have an answer. Some things don't need one.
But some things do! And those things will be covered right here in this blog (little by little). Because I completely acknowledge that everything I know, I learned somewhere, from someone, and I'm truly blessed for the support I've received. Wherever I've been, I've had assloads of help getting there. Not everyone has access to that. But most people have access to the internet, which is where I come in.
I'll be dishing out all of the advice that's been tucked into me throughout the years, in the hopes that perhaps somewhere a "scared squirrel" or "sad panda" like myself will be able to breathe a little, gain some confidence, go in with a master plan, and open up a big can of kickass. You will learn life hacks for everything: How to feed yourself like a grown up; Setting up your first apartment; Traveling on your own; Dealing with big issues; all of the things they never taught you before the big day when you magically became an adult with responsibilities.
Additionally, I am very enthusiastic about taking requests. My posts are inspired by my own struggles or those of my friends and family. If there is something you, random internet stranger friend, need a helping hand with, please by all means drop me a line or post a comment! Just be all "Um, hey, what's up Miranda. So like, there's a huge stain on my carpet, I just got a gnarly sunburn and I have no idea how to pay taxes, what's up with that, amirite?" Or something along those lines, you get the idea. I'll either respond personally, or if I get a bunch of the same I may make a broader post about it. The first batch of posts should be up within a few days/a week (because I have no life at the moment) but once I run out of ideas, I'll be relying on requests to keep fueling the blog.
Until next time, have a nice day, internet!