1. Live with your best friends
Once you or your best friend get married, you will never again have a chance to be roommates. And it’s SO MUCH FUN.
2. Take financial management classes
Singleness is a great time to sort out your finances, save money, and maybe make investments and start businesses. But they don’t usually teach that stuff in high school, unfortunately. You’ll have to take the leap and find your own online training or Dave Ramsey course.
3. Get your Associate’s Degree
I keep running into people who realized, post-marriage and kids, that they needed a college degree. The struggle of trying to be a spouse, student, and parent was real.
You may feel daunted by the expense of college, and the need to decide what you want to major in. But community college really isn’t that expensive, and is often free depending on where you live and when you start. If you don’t know what you want to be, you can just get a generic transfer degree. And if you find yourself married and in need of a degree in order to embark on the career you want, well, you’ll already be halfway there.
4. Forgive your parents
Your single years are a great time to forge a new sort of relationship with your parents, and work through the hurts of the past. Especially if you find yourself living at home. Don’t waste the opportunity.
5. Write a novel in a month
I borrowed an e-book from my library titled No Plot? No Problem! because I thought it was going to teach me how to write plots.
It didn’t. It was about writing a novel in a month. So I stopped reading.
Then, while in Florida, I’d run out of books to read and there was no wifi and I discovered that my kindle had never returned the e-book due to the wifi-free situation. So I read it. And then I decided to write a novel in a month. Which is why February blog posts might be a bit scarce.
Anyway. Wild artistic endeavors of this sort are easier when you’re single, so go for it!
6. Travel as a tourist, not as a missionary
Singleness is a great time to travel, but be wary of short-term mission trips. (If you’re unfamiliar with the potential pitfalls of short term missions, this article is a great refresher.)
It may sound less spiritual, but there’s no shame in just being a tourist.
7. Cry on Valentine’s Day.
I know this doesn’t fit with the rest of the list, but I really wanted a list of 7 things, so why not? Besides, it is Valentine’s Day. Cry it out.
Although I’d recommend waiting until tomorrow, when you can drown your sorrows in half-priced chocolate.
1. I thought it said 17 things, so I’m a bit disappointed. 2. Every time I read something you or your mom wrote, I think you must be a sister/niece I didn’t know I had. 3. You are eerily similar to my 23yo daughter. 4. I can’t believe you haven’t ever done NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writer’s Month). My daughter has done it every year since she was 13 or 14. But she won’t let me read ANY of them. She says she hasn’t edited them yet. Really, how long can that take?? Currently, she is pursuing TEFL training. 4. She has strong feelings about Valentine’s Day, but crying has nothing to do with it. 🙂
LikeLiked by 1 person
Very true and very funny. 🙂 Thank you.