Hello, People of the Internet!

As I’m rounding the final base into the home stretch of turning 26, I’ve decided to start a new project, maybe even a side hustle if enough people like it!

The further and further away I get from graduation from college, the more apparent it is becoming to me that I…am boring. My former hobbies all focused around college-y things, like extracurricular activities, planning events, crafting with sorority sisters, etc.

But now…I just go to work, come home, and piddle around. I watch too much TV, eat too much junk, and get waaaayyyyy too passionate about Jeopardy. I read books and do the laundry and go to bed.

That’s it.

Well, maybe that’s not all it. I spend time sitting and thinking about why I’m so boring and what the hell I’m doing with my life. One night, I was doing just that, sitting on my couch, and I thought to myself:

“Is this really what it’s like to be an adult?”

Growing up, being a “grown-up” meant being boring, enforcing rules, and sucking the fun out of everything as you laughed maniacally. It also meant going to work each day and having your shit together, and having all the answers to life’s questions.

But at some point, grown-ups were kids themselves. They had lots of fun being goofy and doing stupid things, like having shopping cart races in the parking lot of the local grocery store and snorting Kool-Aid for a $20 bet. (Mom, I promise, that’s just an example, not an actual personal experience.)

So what happened to them? When did they become…

(dramatic pause, *shudder*)


I decided right then and there that I was going to redefine my perception of what it means to be an adult. I don’t want to be this tedious individual that sucks up to The Man and works their 9-to-5 and is just content to sit like a slug on a log for the rest of their life.

I want to be an adult that does awesome things, like use their hard earned money to go on cruises and go zip lining in the Amazon rainforest and buy nerf guns to have nerf wars with their significant other. I want to be that adult that everyone says “Man, they do some really cool shit with their life.”

So, in an effort to do just that, to do cool shit with my life…here we find a project in the form of a blog. To document said cool shit and hopefully provide some advice and inspiration to everyone else wondering what the hell they’re doing with their lives.

Welcome, valiant readers, to Adulting By Design!

– Rachel

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”     – Einstein

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