Everyone knows Netflix makes excellent original series. Orange is the New Black, 13 Reasons Why, Stranger Things, Fuller House, etc have all become part of 2010s pop culture. One Netflix original you might not have seen but you totally should is Everything Sucks! If you liked the 90s and were once a teenager, you’ll love this cute dramady set in Boring, Oregon in the late 1990s. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cry, it’ll make you nostalgic for the 90s with relatable outsiders with angsty teenage problems. Check out Everything Sucks! season 1 is streaming now on Netflix.
Do you struggle with adulting? Do you find yourself failing hard at getting your sh*t together on a regular basis? It is I, a fellow failing adult, here to bring you advice for cleaning your life up, one step at a time!
Ugh, exercising sucks. I am not an athletic person, but putting in the smallest effort to build an exercise routine now will be much easier than when you’re 40 and have 2 kids. Plus, you’re much more likely to stick with the habits you build now.
Stop drinking like you did in college.
Seriously, stop. Your body can’t take that abuse forever, and neither can your wallet. (If you find you are unable to reduce your drinking, please consider speaking with an addiction counselor.)
Stop sleeping until noon
How much harder is it to get up at 6AM on Monday when you slept until noon on Sunday? I’m not saying you should get up at 6 every day, but it’s good to get your day started in the AM.
Eating McDonald’s 5 nights a week might be easy on the wallet, but your metabolism will not stay strong forever. The eating habits you form now will follow you for the rest of your life. There are tons of easy recipes that are cheaper and healthier than eating fast food or takeout all the time.
Pay your bills on time
I have this bad habit of leaving unopened mail on my coffee table. My rent, car insurance, etc are all paid automatically, so most of my mail is junk. Unfortunately, my annual car tax ended up in The Pile. My state sends it out 3 months early, I believe, and I ended up paying fees because I paid it a few weeks late. It’s not that I didn’t know about it, it’s not that I didn’t have the money, I just forgot. Don’t do this, y’all. It’s completely avoidable.
Stick to a budget
You’ll never be able to afford to travel or buy a new car or start your own business or pay for your wedding; whatever you want in life you have to save money to do it. You can’t save money if you don’t know where you’re spending it. Build and stick to a monthly budget! Figure out what your expenses are and
Drop your toxic friends
Drop ‘em. You don’t need the negativity, you don’t need the stress, you don’t need them wasting your damn time. Drop, drop, drop.
Try new things
Have new experiences; try a new hobby, travel, learn to play an instrument or sport, meet new people, or become active in your community. Does your community have a community center? Take a weekly pottery class! Are you passionate about minority rights, veterans, refugees, or human trafficking? Find activist groups in your community!
You’ll be happier and more productive if you get your house/apartment all neat and tidy. Say goodbye to messy cabinets and hello to your new, beautiful, organized life.
Meet new people, learn new things, become a more worldly person. I can’t stress enough how important it is to travel in your twenties. It will shape who you are and how you view the world. You’ll meet so many different people from so many different places who think differently than you do, who experience the world differently than you do.
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- Cyndi Lauper almost had it right
- Maya Angelou knew what was up
- Adult Wednesday Addams shutting down catcallers is so damn relatable
- We’re prepared to stab patriarchy in the heart, Buffy the Vampire Slayer style
- Everyone deserves basic human decency and respect
- Leslie Knope loved to empower young women and (spoiler alert!) young men, too. Because equality is for everyone.
- Speaking of Leslie Knope and equality…
- Because she embodied the idea that…
- Belle might not have actually said this, but she totally would’ve, right?
- Remember, you are amazing!
- Whenever someone tells you you can’t do something because you’re a girl…
- And finally, we must uplift each other, and that definitely includes our littlest feminists (girls AND boys!)
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Hermione Granger is an amazing character. She is kind, brave, smart, independent, loyal, clever, vulnerable, hard-working, and is always willing to stand up for what she believes in. The following are just a few of my favorite Hermione Granger quotes.
10. “Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn’t mean no one else has spotted I’m a girl!” Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire p.400
Hermione likes Ron, but she’s not willing to let him be a jerk. Sometimes he was downright clueless. Instead of waiting for him to figure out what he wanted, she went out and lived her life.
9. “Are you planning to follow a career in Magical Law, Miss Granger?” asked Scrimgeour (Minister of Magic).
“No, I’m not. I’m hoping to do some good in the world!” Hermione
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows p.123-124
When speaking to the most powerful wizard in Britain, Hermione shows nothing but sass. That takes some serious lady balls!
8.“Harry, you’re a great wizard, you know” Hermione
“I’m not as good as you.” Harry
“Me! Books! And cleverness! There are more important things– friendship and bravery and– oh Harry, be careful!” Hermione
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, p.287
While she is often seen as a know-it-all, Hermione is truly quite humble. Here we see how much she admires Harry, and recognizes (at 12 years old, I might point out) that the things she is good at are not the only things worth being good at.
7. “Just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix p.459
Harry and Ron spend much of the later books perplexed by the opposite sex. Hermione acts as translator for the boys, and often gets frustrated with their dense responses. This quote is mostly here because it makes me laugh.
6. “We’ll go with you wherever you’re going.” Ron
“You said to us once before that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We’ve had time, haven’t we?” Hermione
“We’re with you whatever happens.” Ron
Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince p. 651
This one is a combo Hermione/Ron quote. It made the list because it demonstrates their unwavering loyalty to Harry and the cause the Order fights for. This is the time when they agree to drop out of school and join Harry on his journey to destroy the Horcruxes. Hermione, who loves school, who values her education and the pursuit of knowledge doesn’t hesitate to agree to leave Hogwarts to travel with Harry and Ron.
5.“And just look at these books! …Harry, this is wonderful, there’s everything we need here!” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix p.390
Books=Happiness in Hermione’s mind (and mine). She sees a room full of books as the answer to all of her problems, all she has to do is read.
4. “Well, if you two are going to chicken out, fine. I don’t want to break the rules, you know. I think threatening Muggle-Borns is far worse than brewing up a difficult potion.” Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets p.165
Hermione is a rule-follower by nature. Attending Hogwarts means everything to her, but she’s willing to risk expulsion if it means solving the puzzle they’re facing and stopping the prejudiced attacks on Muggle-Born students.
3.“The way they were treating her! Mr. Diggory, calling her ‘elf’ all the time… and Mr. Crouch! He knows she didn’t do it and he’s still going to sack her! He didn’t care how frightened she’d been or how upset she was — it was like she wasn’t even human!” Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire p.139
One of Hermione’s most admirable qualities is her fearless pursuit of justice for everyone in the magical community. Perhaps influenced by being a Muggle-Born and a bit of an outsider, Hermione always stands up for the underdog, to whomever is challenging their rights. Her outrage at the treatment of House elves is brushed off by her best friends, but she relentlessly pursues her goals of freeing the enslaved race of magical creatures.
2. “I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed– or worse, expelled.” Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, p.162
Hermione always has her priorities in order. She knows what she wants and refuses to let anyone get in the way.
“I mean, you could claim that anything’s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist!” Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows p.411
If I was to pick a single quote from the whole series that sums up Hermione, it would be this one. She’s skeptical, thorough in researching whatever her latest project is, and refuses to settle for less than the absolute truth.
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The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Currently, I live in the city, and I have for most of my adult life. However, I spent my childhood in the middle of nowhere. It was fun to take a trip down memory lane and put together some things that are unique about living in the country. Enjoy!
- The nearest grocery store was 20+minutes away
- Waiting for 2-3 cars at an intersection was considered “traffic”
- You couldn’t see your house from the road
- You couldn’t see your neighbor’s house from your house
- You laugh when your friends describe their suburb as “the country”
- There was nothing in walking distance of your house
- You can recognize different types of crops
- You know the difference between cow-poop smell and horse-poop smell and pig-poop smell
- Your friends couldn’t find your house because the GPS won’t navigate to it properly
- Cable companies don’t offer services where you lived
- Hearing gunshots was not a cause for concern; you just assumed it was someone hunting
- Your neighbor’s cows or horses or goats have gotten loose and wandered into your yard
- You’ve had to stop in the road to figure out whose cows are blocking the cars
- You’ve been in a traffic jam caused by cows
- You know someone who claims that they got hit by a deer, not the other way around
- Folks near you drive pickup trucks for practical purposes like hauling horse trailers or carrying farm equipment
- You didn’t grow up with “neighborhood kids” because there was no neighborhood (and sometimes no kids)
- You could see the stars pretty much every night, so “star-gazing” wasn’t really a thing
- You could be loud and the neighbors wouldn’t complain because they couldn’t hear you
- The internet was really slow. Really, really slow.
- You enjoyed showing your friends from the city how to navigate through the woods, catch lightning bugs, and avoid poison oak, poison ivy, and briers
Did you grow up in the country? What are some other signs you grew up in the middle of nowhere? Share them with me in the comments below!
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Man, adulting is hard. Why did we want to grow up so badly?
- You only clean your apartment when guests come over
- By “clean” you mean “shove everything under the bed”
- You’ve accidentally used body wash instead of shampoo
- You’ve purposely used body wash instead of shampoo, because you ran out of shampoo
- Your kitchen sink is full of dishes, even though you haven’t cooked in days
- You’ve eaten cereal for dinner
- You’ve worn a bathing suit instead of underwear
- You tell yourself you reuse towels to save water, but it’s really to avoid doing laundry
- Leggings ARE pants
- You try to eat fruits and vegetables every day
- By “fruits and veggies” you usually mean “fruit-flavored gummies and veggie straws”
- You have “the chair” where you keep clothes that are too clean for the hamper, but too dirty for the closet
- You have a designated place for shoes, but they somehow end up in your living room floor
- You wash dishes…when you run out of clean forks
- Your pet has been to the vet more recently than you’ve been to the doctor
- You do laundry when you run out of clean underwear
- You’ve turned your underwear inside out and worn them again to avoid doing laundry
- After you finally do laundry, the clean clothes sit in a pile that you sift through for a week instead of folding and putting away
- A cascade of crumbs falls off your lap when you stand up after eating
- You also discover a collection of crumbs in your bra, which you eat
- You don’t say no to free food, even if you aren’t hungry, because it’s FREE
- You don’t say no to free alcohol BECAUSE IT’S FREE
- You realize you put your shirt on inside out–halfway through your day
- You get distracted while shaving and can’t remember if you shaved both legs or just one
- You sacrifice sleep for Netflix
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