Through the years, I have learned there are four major life changes we go through that require a lifestyle overhaul:
First Quarter: Moving out of your parents home into college life or real life. You will now need to shop for groceries, learn to cook meals for at home and away, and do your own laundry. Simple things that occurs every day and every week, but learning to shop, taking a page out of your parents’ book on timing, selection, and prep are everything.
Second Quarter: Out of college into your first job, apartment, or new city. Budgeting is everything. You have a taste of the basics, now it’s time to get serious about what to eat, when to eat it, how to stay mobile, and plan financially to achieve the goals you want in life. Very important to use every resource you have available in family, friends, co-workers, mentors, etc. as they won’t all be around forever.
Third Quarter: Family Planning. Change comes when that little nugget comes into the world. More change occurs when you are tired, need diapers, need laundry, etc. Bills back up, meals get unpredictable, sleep never happens. When you are more regimented and communicate better with The Village, it will all be easier to handle. Plan, Plan, Plan. Calendars are everything and timing is everything. We are grown versions of babies, so when we get their clocks right, we can better see where your needs come from and can be met head on to relieve extra stress.
Fourth Quarter (but there is always room for overtime): Empty Nesters. Your world changes back to the beginning when you are alone again and need to find your center. Take the time, explore, recreate home-made meals for one or two and enjoy the time you are given. There is always the strong chance, those buggers will move back home again. Enjoy!