Talk of being a grown-up came up at my little brother’s eight-year-old birthday party the other day. Mumbles and grumbles were going around amongst the adults, but I had to state my honest thoughts on the subject—I love it and I’ve always loved it. I was told I was crazy. Probably. But since I became a grown up, at least according to law, at eighteen….I’ve always been smitten with this adulthood stuff. I’ve loved making my own decisions, both good and bad; The rewards that come from the good ones and the lessons learned from the bad. Being able to travel frequently and partake in thousands of adventures has left me feeling like this world is my playground. I’ve adored going book-browsing and eating donuts on my own time. And I’d be fibbing if I said that spending all but one of my adult years with my best friend and husband of four years has nothing to do with my love for this grown-up stuff. Now, more than ever, I feel like a bonafide grown-up. And I’m still loving every second of it. Here’s just a few of the reasons why:
(I want my baby bump already!)
1. As most of you know by now, my husband and I are expecting. (a baby!) I’m a little more than 4 months along now and we found out the gender last week. (We’re having a gender reveal party so I’ll have to wait a few more weeks to share that news.) We even have a name picked out. When Baby Boudreaux is born, I’ll be 25 and husband will be 31. It’s a little crazy to me how perfect this now seems and how excited I am. I didn’t expect to be ready quite yet. But at 24, I feel really lucky to have had the chance to live really well, crazy and big. And now I’ll get to live so much more, but just with this little miniature-me-and-hubby by my side. What a couple of years ago would have seemed so restricting to me now seems like a brand new adventure. I’m already dreaming of taking this little one on our travels and to pick out library books and Christmas trees. But having been a nanny to babies for years, a seventeen-year old mommy’s helper when my baby brother was born and once upon a time, a daughter to a teenaged mother, I know it won’t always be easy. I’ve never been one of those girls who has fairytale expectations of a perfect family; If anything, I’ve been too cynical. But having an idea of how hard it will be comes hand-in-hand with knowing how truly beautiful and amazing this making-a-life stuff is too. (It definitely doesn’t hurt knowing I have this amazingly sweet and patient father-to-be by my side, every step of the way.) And that gives me butterflies of anticipation, knowing I have so much joy coming along with many a sleepless night.
I bought a car! It’s a 2012 Chevy Cruze and I am head-over-heels in love. Considering I was driving around in a car (RIP, Slugger) in which I had to roll down my front window just to open my front door, this was definitely quite an upgrade. And as much as I loved that ‘ole car, putting a down-payment on this beauty was definitely a wonderfully fun grown-up thing to do. I mean, who knew you could look forward to driving a vehicle everyday?! I feel fancy just cruising around in this thing. Making money and no longer being a broke college student is nice, y’all. Which brings me to….
I graduated with a Communication major in August and was fortunate enough to be hired on as the Social Media Representative for all five locations of Leif Johnson Ford just one month later. I still can’t really believe that I found a job that directly relates to my major in college….I didn’t think that ever really happened. I’ve been with Leif for about two months now and absolutely love it. My boss lives in Fort Worth and gives me a lot freedom, both within my schedule and creatively. I’m getting paid to do most everything I love, from writing blogs to taking lots of pictures to constantly chatting with random strangers. This also ensures that I’m never staying completely within my comfort zone and that I never have to sit still for long, which I also love. Originally, my plan was to work at Dell, as my dad is a long time manager and could help get me hired. Right before my graduation, I talked with him about this and he surprised me by saying that, while he was still glad to help, he thought I was too talented to work in a corporate environment. While I definitely don’t think I’m too talented for corporate (My dad tends to get a little carried away with that whole ‘pride and joy’ thing when it comes to me), now I do get the gist of what he meant. Where some flourish in this setting, my talents would be wasted and possibly even crushed in a corporate environment. I don’t do well sitting still for long periods of time or with having a strict schedule and lists of rules. It just took finding a job that gives me the flexibility and an outlet to do what I love to see how unhappy I would be working a typical office job. (As a side note, I do feel slightly guilty cruising around in a Chevy Cruze whilst working at a Ford dealership. Let me clarify that I think Fords are wonderful, dependable vehicles….but gosh, guys, my Cruze is so pretty.)
These are just a few of the list of things that has me loving this adult stuff. To sum it all up, my life and heart feel very full. Sometimes, just sometimes, being a grown-up really can be all it’s cracked up to be.