An Intro to Adulting

Welcome, women! Thanks for tuning in for the first “Extraordinary Young Women” post. EYW is a blog created to help you sort out what it means to be a young woman “adulting” in the real world. (Young meaning lively and filled with an adventurous spirit, not necessarily young by age.)

If adulting is a new term for you, then you have missed out on a HUGE trend. Adulting was Grammar Girl’s 2014 Word of the Year, and it has been used throughout social media since its first (known) sighting by Daniel Kroft in 2010.

Now, there is no perfect definition for adulting, but I think it’s best summed up in these posts.

When in doubt, first go to the dictionary. As far as I know, Merriam-Webster is the only dictionary (besides the Urban Dictionary) that has this term defined. It says adulting is “to behave like an adult, to do the things that adults regularly have to do.” Super complicated, right? It also lists a few adulting tasks, like living independently, visiting the dentist, etc.

In 2014, Grammar Girl defined its Word of the Year as “acting like an adult or engaging in activities usually associated with adulthood—often responsible or boring tasks.”

Not that I will usually turn to Comsopolitan for a definition, but they also phrase it pretty well. To Cosmo, adulting means “to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups.”

So, things to remember about adulting: 1) behave like an adult, 2) not all tasks will be something you want to or can do, and 3) responsibilities accumulate as you grow up.

Now that you know what adulting is, you may think it looks like this:

But my goal is to show you that adulting can be a fun, new adventure – something that you can do. It doesn’t have to be some freaky monster chasing you or lurking around every corner. For me, I want to motivate myself to feel like this (even if it’s hard):

As an introduction to adulting and squashing some of those impending fears, check out this Huffington Post article, 10 Myths about Adulting. And for a few laughs to know you’re not alone while adulting, check out LifeBuzz’s 20 Hilarious Tweets that Nail the Struggles of Adulting.


6 thoughts on “An Intro to Adulting

  1. Will says:

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  2. doyouevenadultblog says:

    Love your blog! I really enjoy the humorous approach you have taken towards such an issue, it makes it much more easier for young adults to relate to. Many people don’t actually know what ‘adulting’ is and even if they do look up the definition, it’s meaning has widened in today’s society so it is hard to nail down exactly how we tackle it but I do agree with what you said about it not being a monster lurking around the corner, it should not be feared but embraced with confidence. This confidence is lacked by most young students going off into the real world and this is thanks to a lack of education around adult/real life skills in schools. My campaign Do You Even Adult raises awareness around this issue exactly and provides tips and information on how to adult. This sounds like something you may be interested so please check out my blog, and let me know your thoughts. Thanks so much! Georgina.

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    • Rebecca says:

      Thanks so much, Georgina. It’s fun reaching out to other young adults and be sassy and real about our struggles; I’m sure you can relate. Great point about “adulting.” I can’t believe how broad the definition has gotten – from mistakes to successes, I look forward to sharing my experiences and advice with readers.


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