It’s been almost five months since I moved away from home and had to live on my own in a new city. There have already been so many lessons that I’ve learned and I wanted to share some of the biggest ones I’ve learned so far. Enjoy, and I hope you can take at least one thing away from this post!
1. Things won’t always go according to your plan, but that’s okay.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many plans I had set forth only for my life to turn in an unexpected direction. Learning that this is okay has really helped me grow as an individual. Everything always works itself out in the end. I’m also a big believer that failures/rough times assist in an individual’s growth more than anything else can.
2. Lean on friends and family.
The people that are almost always a guarantee to be a constant support in our lives are our families. Learn to ask for help if needed as well as understand they will be there for you in all circumstances. Friends come and go, but learn to hold on to the ones that have your back. Above all else, treat everyone the way you want to be treated. (It’s always funny to me how the “golden rule” we learned when we were young always comes back)
Proverbs 27:17 – “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
3. Don’t let fear of the unknown stop you from trying something new.
Fear of the unknown used to hinder my ability to initiate any type of action I wanted to take regarding my future. I’ve learned that praying (a lot of it) builds the bridge between God and I to help make the best decisions that align with His plan. I also believe fear and anxiety are characteristics that have no place in God’s purpose for us. Learn to take that leap of faith. God always has your back.
Philippians 4:6 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
4. Set goals and follow them.
Coming out of undergrad, I can honestly say I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life or career. Yes, I was an Accounting major, accepted into one of the best Masters of Accounting programs, and had job offers lined up, but whenever someone asked me, “Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?” I never had a genuine answer for them. Take the time to really think about what YOU want, set goals for your dreams, and go after them!
5. Nothing is ever the “end of the world”.
Life isn’t meant for anyone to believe that anything is the end of the world. That is one of the biggest lies that I know we all have dealt with at multiple points in our lives. Life always gets better, even if it doesn’t seem like it in the moment.
Deuteronomy 31:8 – “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
6. Keep coming back to your faith.
Above all else, hold God and Jesus Christ to the highest standard in any walk of life you’re in. Through everything, God has promised to stay by our side as long as we’re obedient to Him. Praise Him for all your blessings as well as your hardships. Everything is a part of His good plan for us.
Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
I truly feel humbled and blessed with the opportunities I’ve received post-grad: Moving to an awesome and new city, receiving multiple great job offers, and building relationships with new people. Obviously, there are so many other lessons I’ve learned so far in my short time as a post-grad that would take too much time to write about. I can’t wait to take on the rest of it, continue to grow as an adult, and live Imago Dei.