Welcome to Adulthood

Wordless Wednesday: Adulthood is Innovative

(photo of the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain via Hisgett on Flickr.)

Wordless Wednesday: Adulthood is Exhausting

(image via Dawin Bell on Flickr)

The Wisdom (Teeth) of Adulthood

I had just had ‘one of those weeks’ at work. There was nothing really bad about the work week (luckily it wasn’t one of THOSE weeks), but I was on the heels of large event that our agency was organizing and that resulted in many late nights in the office. Some nights I tiptoed into my house at midnight, using the light of my iPhone (so as not to wake my sleeping beau) to help me find pajamas in my dark bedroom. Yep, it was one of those weeks.

It was also a week that I had a toothache. It started as a dull ache, near the back of my bottom left jaw. It was that kind of nagging ache, rooted deep in my tooth, which could be minimized by throwing back a few Advil. My busy days in the office didn’t have time for the ache, and I didn’t think much of it after the Advil took hold. My ‘work adrenaline’ was on high, and my bandwith already too full to worry about a tooth ache.

The event came and went successfully, but as I drove home from the event that Friday night, I realized I had taken 12 Advil that day to manage this pain in my tooth, which had grown from an ache to a persistent and acute throbbing.

When I went to bed that night, the pain was so intense that I could not fall asleep. I took two Aleve this time, half of a valium that I had left over from my recent international trip, and willed myself into a numbed sleep.

When I woke up on Saturday my face was swollen. In fact, my left cheek was so swollen that I couldn’t open my mouth very wide. But what was extremely troubling on this day was my left neck gland was so swollen that I couldn’t turn my head. Slowly, I began to panic as a startling realization swept over me: I did not have insurance….
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Coming Up: Adulthood and the Uninsured

Hi everyone,

Sorry I have been MIA for a while. After my dog bite, I had another traumatic medical incident. In the haze of the subsiding pain and antibiotic cloudiness, I had an idea for an interesting entry that I think may add another nuance to our ongoing conversation of adulthood.

Stay tuned.

[photo via  http://www.flickr.com/photos/angel_ina/]

Notes on Adulthood: October 04

Everyday we learn something. That is how we grow! Here is what I learned this week.

1. Freelancing = hustling.

2. When friendships feel like work, you’re not doing it right.

3. The best part of being a food writer is getting free dessert(s)!!!

What about you? What did you learn this week?

-Morgan

Wordless Wednesday: Adulthood is Humorous

[Image via Stephan Spencer.]

Notes on Adulthood: September 27


Dog Bite Face – Day 1


Dog Bite Face – Day 4. Still not healed.

Adulthood is about learning lessons and growing from each experience. Lessons learned this week:

1) Never EVER trust your face near a dog. Even if you know the dog pretty well, never EVER put your face close enough where they can bite it. (Case and point: my face, pictured above.)
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Welcome to Adulthood – Our New Site is HERE!

After months of planning, the new Welcome to Adulthood site has finally launched!
(Having problems viewing all our cool features? We run best in Internet Explorer 8.0, Mozilla, Chrome, or Safari. Our excellent designer Mike is also working on fixing all the bugs for the old versions of your browsers. Stay tuned!)

If Adulthood is about milestones, this has to be the biggest milestone our little-blog-that-could has achieved in its nearly two years of existence.

When I first conceived the blog, I had a vision of a blog that was a repository of collective wisdom about the themes and issues and complexities and celebrations of being an adult. I wanted it to be a place where people could come and learn from one another. A place where people could engage in the dialogues and discussions about what was relevant to them as an adult – whether they engaged as silent reader who visited the site, as a frequent commenter who gets the discussions going, or as a guest blogger.

In its new and improved layout, Welcome to Adulthood can finally grow into the dynamic space that it was always conceived of being.

But making the new look wasn’t a process that happened in a vacuum. We took all of YOUR feedback very seriously. You wanted Adulthood updates in your email – check! You wanted a more logical way to explore ideas and themes – check! You wanted more themes—check! You wanted to be able to submit for publication on the blog–check!

Morgan and I worked hard to hear all of your great words of encouragement and feedback and put it into one master layout (on a budget of course.) We couldn’t have done any of it without the work of our wonderful and talented designer, Mike Smith of Made by Guerrilla. Honestly, I can’t say enough great things about Mike. He was absolutely amazing to work with, and was so patient with Morgan and I’s many requests. He was also a knowledgeable sounding board for us on things we weren’t sure about, and gave us honest, thoughtful advice. He worked within our budget and he was extremely trustworthy. Not to mention, though we have never met him (he is out of Knoxville and we are in San Diego), he is a really nice person and someone I now consider a friend. It goes without saying that Mike is extremely talented, and we love the art direction he took our blog.

So, everyone, take a look around and let us know what you think of our new digs! Also, check out our “Submit” tab for more information on our first Call for Submissions.

Watching a project you have worked so hard on hit such a milestone is an awesome feeling. Friends, today adulthood feels really inspiring and I want to thank you all so much for all the love and support you have given us in this special little Welcome to Adulthood community that we have all helped to create.

Cheers!

Mara

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