Even though I turned 18 almost six and a half years ago, I haven’t considered myself an “adult” until recently.

My journey to adulthood has been a slow and gradual one. When I turned 16 I got my license and a car, when I was 18 I moved away to college, on my 21st birthday I had my first drink (;)), after college I moved away to Chicago, and then recently I finished a masters degree and started to apply for a more permanent job (there is more school in the works for me…eventually). With each step came an increasing amount of responsibility. First there was buying gas for my car and then I had to remember to pay my rent on time. Next, I had to get a job (undergrad) and budget money and then I had to learn how to navigate a new city. All of these things were difficult at first but over time became second nature.

However, when I graduated with my MPH I knew things were about to really change. Finding a job was no longer only about “getting experience”, I had to consider salary and benefits. Also, bills that my parents paid when I was in school started to fall on my shoulders (I was so lucky to have some help while in school). I had to make a decision about which health insurance plan and transit card I wanted to have, knowing that their costs would be taken out of my paycheck each month. Along with all of this, work became more demanding (as it should with more experience), student loans started staring me down, and my general responsibilities grew and grew.

Now, I’m not complaining at all! I’m actually very thankful that I have a full-time job that offers me benefits and that I have parents who have helped me along the way– I am eternally grateful. But, I’m not going to lie and say that I’m not a little crazed right now. Every week I start out with a to-do list and work my way through it during the week. Lunch breaks are spent making calls or running errands so that my free time at night can be spent relaxing. I never thought that being an adult was going to be easy but the transition from graduate student (who worked half-time) to full-time employee has not been simple.

Maybe I’m just in an adjustment period? Maybe things are my life is just busy right now and will calm down soon? Who knows, but for now I’m just going to keep spending time with friends, running, eating (duh!), and picking away at the seemingly never ending to-do list.

My runs have been good too. Yesterday I ran a recovery 4 miles at a slower pace. My legs were definitely feeling a little sore after my last few runs and it felt nice to stretch them out. I must say that I love my long/hard run days but I also look forward to my shorter ones. It’s nice to have a quick workout sometimes!

Besides that life is good. I have a busy but exciting weekend ahead of me including book club and a Lady Foot Locker sponsored event. Exciting!

What keeps you sane?