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Aug. 10, 2015

I just got my degree, I’m unemployed AND I live with my parents.

 

Not the best pick up line, but it is my reality. How embarrassing, right?

I should be setting up my city apartment, shopping to expand my working wardrobe and Instagramming every minute of it. But should I be? Or is this a phony pitch that society has been selling since day one of freshman year?

We all know the pitch whether you are conscious of it or not. It’s summed up in Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York,” watching Friends re-runs, or developing the apartment decor Pinterest board.

However, moving back home is not a new concept. In most countries, it’s customary to live with your parents until the church bells chime on your big day. So, it turns out, we’re the strange ones.

That doesn’t change the fact that moving back home feels like rewinding to high school. It might seem that any confidence or independence has been suppressed.

But there are some positives. Let’s take a step back and reflect on how to face these stigmas of moving in with “the parents.”

1. Ultimate Money Saver

I know it’s hard to think about saving money when you’ve achieved one of the biggest accomplishments of your life. However, we need to face the reality of debt. Paycheck to paycheck was college life, not real life.  It’s worth the wait to live on your own without the weight of debt. And what’s better than free rent and free laundry? Thinking long-term may seem like a big sacrifice at first, but in the end you will be freer to focus on your career, social life and hobbies.

2. 24/7 Support

Transitioning from the college world to the real world is a lot more daunting then one might think. It’s like a baby jumping in the pool for the first time. We may need to keep our floaties on until we feel comfortable swimming in the world of job interviews and nine to five days. Family is the best support to have during rocky transitions. They will always have your back, always be honest with you, and always there for mock interviews and freak out moments. Sounds like the best roommates to me! As we are growing more independent and relying on our family less and less, it’s important to cherish the quality time we can have with our family.

3. Healthy Living

I don’t know about you, but the college life took a toll on me. Staying up late, waking up early, studying all day and eating like I was running a marathon every day was not the ingredient to long-lasting energy. Take advantage of forming healthy habits at home. Sync your sleep cycle with your parents work schedule, begin a workout routine, practice setting a side time for prayer and reflection, and take advantage of learning how to cook Mama’s secret recipes. Re-charge your batteries to crush that next job interview or work week.

4. Back to the Basics

Through transitions, our foundation can become uneven. Take this time to really pause and go back to the basics to form your rhythm of life. What is it that you’ve always wanted to learn or do? What is a weakness you want to strengthen? Write it down and work towards that goal of becoming the best version of yourself.

You see, living back home isn’t a crutch; it’s a building block. If you view it as a positive situation, then something good is going to come out of it. Don’t be shy telling your friends where you’re at. Own it! The tables will be turned and you can celebrate your debt free life soon enough.

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