Fast-Tracking Adulthood: Top 3 Realizations Upon Moving Abroad

adultTo all my sheltered friends who are currently in limbo and deciding whether to take that leap of faith or not (DO IT!), here are a few things I’ve come to realize in my journey towards 100% independence. You’re welcome.

  1. Household chores are a real thing.

Growing up with help was something I took for granted. Not to sound snooty or anything, but that’s something pretty common in the Philippines — having live-in house helpers to do the cleaning, laundry, cooking, etc. So, imagine the shock it was to my system when I had to do all those things by myself. Yup, #thestruggleisreal. But throughout time, I’ve learned that certain household chores are very therapeutic for me. What are they? Mopping and washing dishes. I dunno, maybe it has something to do with the fact that it has water involved, what with me being an Aquarian (LOL just kidding), but it’s definitely something I enjoy. Forget sweeping and cooking (ugh, cooking!) though… Those two things bring more stress than anything else. #IJustCant Bottom-line is, household chores DO exist (for all my sheltered friends out there (you know who you are)) but they’re not all that bad.


  1. Paying rent and bills suck.

Yup, gone are the days when I could just freely spend money on random shopping sprees. Now, it’s all about adult responsibilities — rent and electricity bills. While this may suck big time, I’ve gathered that you do learn several things – living within your means, downsizing, and saving mother earth (no more leaving the aircon on for 24hrs).


  1. It gets lonely.

Lastly, something a little more serious. Living alone gets lonely at times. When you’re in a foreign country with no family or childhood friends to surround yourself with, it can get tough… especially in certain situations. Going through a heartache but don’t have your best girlfriends around so you can ugly cry and drink your sorrow away? Waiting 12 hours because your cousin is on the other side of the world and sleeping when you’re just bursting to tell her everything (and I mean E-VE-RY-THING) but can’t? Yeah, it’s hard. But that’s when you come out of your shell and make new friends. Good friends.


To sum it all up, living alone and being independent isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. Challenges and reality will slowly creep in, but you know what? It ‘s because of these that you’ll learn, grow and most importantly, truly get to know yourself and your limitations. So get out into the real world and start living! It’ll be the best thing you’ll ever do for yourself.


Peace, Love and Lipgloss



About morenabeachbum

i love the beach--sand--sun--waves--tan lines--the sound of the waves--the feeling of sand slipping through my toes--i love the OCEAN!--i am an island girl through and through--i LOVE the PHILIPPINES--i am a FILIPINA--i love the smell of fresh cut grass--i love being outdoors--sitting or lying down on the grass is fun--soaking up the sun is even better--i love FOOTBALL--best sport in the world!--i like to think about the good times and smile about them--i wonder a lot about the could have beens in my life but i DONT REGRET--im secure with myself--i say what i wanna say--i'm liberated--i hate people who are "fake"--i'm very straight forward--i am vain--i love taking pictures of myself #selfie--im MORENA (Spanish for tanned/dark (dark hair, eyes, skin)) & i love my skin color! #notowhhiteningproducts #blech--i love love LOVE to shop--i'm actually an impulsive buyer *cringe*--i love learning about other people's cultures--i love traveling--wanderlust--i love learning new languages--im thirsty for adventure--i also love gummy bears, almond snickers and gushers--cheerios is the best breakfast cereal ever--i love green apples dipped in peanut butter or cookie butter from Trader Joe's--i also love peanut butter sandwiches with slices of banana in them--random... very random I am--i love looking for the best bargain places--i never hold back when it comes to love--i love with both my heart & my soul (take it, just take it all! LOL)--im a hopeless romantic--i can be pretty moody at times so i suggest you steer clear of me when i'm at that point (just sayin... you have been warned)--i miss playing football (aka soccer) regularly--i miss my college football team and my teammates (hey guys!)--i am enjoying my life--i'm crazy--hyper--im short--im talkative--i'm real--i'm a bit of a neat freak--bossy, too at times (oh well, just keepin' it real)--i am ME-- xoxo, morenabeachbum
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