BrookeClay

Hi.

This blog and I have been through a lot together: graduate school, first jobs, second jobs, cross-country moves, third jobs, fourth jobs, funerals, an engagement, a marriage ... and a divorce. 

We've learned a lot, grown even more and we're still adventuring. 

Let's adventure together.

They Should Teach This in HS. (1 of 3)

I think before anyone graduates from high school there should be mandatory classes covering: personal budgets, how to make friends, and how to be a {good} parent. For obvious reasons, if everyone took a Dave Ramsey-esque course instead of the history of music (not that music isn't important. It's highly possible I actually learned something while listening to the greats in the long history of music.).

Sorry, I digress. If everyone took a budget course it's possible there would less people facing financial burdens in this world. (read as: America.)

Today is the first section in a three part series.

Let's get down to the nitty gritty. Making friends.

Sounds, odd - doesn't it? Think about ... really think about it. All of the friends you've had the opportunity to have in your life have been given to you because of common interests. By interests - I mean, school.

It's plausible your first friend sat beside you in kindergarten, followed by the friend who sat beside you on the bench in sports, followed by that freshman girl who lived down the hall who escorted you to your first college party.

You never worked for it.

Fast forward to the real world. You have to work to make friends.

At your first job, you're going to work with people who have children, and who like to talk about their children. There probably won't be anyone your age or who aren't worried about children, so it's going to be your obligation to branch out and make friends. (note: this is relevant if you move to a new city and don't know anyone.)

Your options: 1. Go to the bar, alone, and hope you make some friends.

My thoughts: weird. How creepy could you possibly look? Sit at a bar alone while you edit your profile on match.com? pass.

2.  Join a club.

Club is a weird word. By club, I mean join an organization, something that is relevant to your business career.

3. Volunteer

Why? It's the right thing to do. Help people. Stop being selfish. Believe in karma? Get some.

4. Step outside of your comfort zone.

You're a grown up now. Time to put your big girl panties on.

 

I'm not sure where this post came from. It truly encompasses the abstract randomness that is me. Hmm. Well, Happy Thursday!

 

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