Having It Together: The Early 20s To-Do List

being in 20s vs 30s
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When I was 10 I thought I’d feel older and cooler when I was 13.

When I was 13 I was convinced 16 would be it because when my big sister was 16 I thought she was literally the coolest thing since sliced bread.

When I was 16 I thought at I’d start feeling more grown up at 18.

And when I was 18, 21 became my new benchmark for adulthood.

Well guess what? I’m 22, have graduated NYU with honors and a minor in business, directed three film festivals, found one of the best mentors ever (shout out to you Dixie Laite!), have worked for the BBC in London, interned at Nickelodeon in NYC, currently run my own web design business,  and still wake up thinking “I’m just putting one foot in front of the other and figuring it out!”

Notice a pattern here? I’ve come to the conclusion that we’ll never actually feel “grown up” or at least not “grown up” in the sense that we know all the ins and outs of the world and what it’s about. Becoming an adult is a lifelong process.

That said, I have been getting excited to do some more adult-y things lately! Like opening my first credit card to build credit history (I’ll tell you the the whole need-to-have-a-credit-card-to-build-credit-history-but-need-to-have-credit-history-to-get-a-credit-card cycle is very frustrating). Or like calling my grandma and distant family members more often just to catch up. Or trying to learn to cook something other than cookies and Kraft mac n’ cheese.

So you can imagine at this time in my life that I’m happy to receive as much help as I can get! Which is exactly what I was when I stumbled upon this awesome article by lifestyle site Refinery 29: 10 Things Every 20-Something Should Do To Be A Grown-Up. And the whole point of doing these things is actually so we have MORE freedom! 

So in conclusion I’m taking these tips all under consideration. I’ll always be a goof ball. Just a goof ball who knows how to make a mean pot roast and come in under budget.



Lucy Ross | Editor-in-Chief

I went to NYU for Film & TV and had the entrepreneur’s spirit since being a tot when I contracted chores out to my older sister for a profit (ha!). I run Hello Lucy Design (a web management and design biz) full time as well as Editorial Direction for LikeABossGirls.com. As a full-of-energy go-getter, my motto is “Why the heck not?”. I'm a mid-western girl who has worked for the BBC in London, Nickelodeon in NYC, and Jazz Aspen Snowmass in Colorado. One of my proudest accomplishments was serving as Co-Director for three consecutive years for the Fusion Film Festival of NYU, celebrating women in film, TV, and new media.

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