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Confessions of a Semi-Adult

It sucks becoming an adult, right? It’s all like, work and bills. Taxes and pantsuits. Spilling ramen on your thesis. Taking long showers because it’s the only thing you literally have to do besides work. (Think: you could eat while you work. You could push off sleep. But you have to shower or people will make funny faces when you walk by.)

Where are the fun parts of growing up you looked so forward to when you were a kid? Yeah, like, obviously you ate ice cream for dinner at least once this week, but that just doesn’t have the same appeal as it used to.

Why does it seem like all your friends are having the time of their lives and/or conquering the world while you sit at home reading another freakin’ blog?

And by the damn way, how many years away is the age where you can finally stop stealing napkins and sauce packets from Chik-fil-A??

Guys– there are answers to these questions. And my blog and I are here to answer them for you.

The Revelation

Since you’re at Uninspired, I’m gonna guess that you’re a twenty-something who wants to become a better adult. More specifically, you want to become a good grownup, but you hate the idea of sacrificing fun and passion in favor of it. Good news, y’all! You don’t have to. That’s what I’m here for.

My name is Nicole, and I run this site! Uninspired was born while I was on winter break after my first semester of grad school. It was only about two weeks long, and somehow, I was going absolutely stir-crazy! I couldn’t think of anything to do with myself. What did I do before I had all this graduate work?!

Well,  I did undergraduate work. A lot of it. I was a straight-A student. A tour guide. The president of the Psychology Club. A research assistant. An intern. A tutor. Don’t get me wrong; I loved every second of my college career. It’s just, I defined myself by my academics, and my academics only. Without work, I was lost! So, I started a blog.

The Revolution

I was so Uninspired without school work, that I felt like I didn’t know who I was, and that scared me. I am a graduate student in marriage and family therapy, but I am also a daughter, sister, friend, and (semi-bitter) single person. I’m a crafter, a baker, and an avid reader and a writer. I love these parts of myself, but the #adulting process seemed to take them away from me. My life became work, work, work, and I like what I do, but it can’t sustain me alone. So, I forced myself to start celebrating passion. I started baking things, making things, and writing about them here. Soon, it became a habit, and before long I felt more like myself. I want this for you, too.

Let’s all take back our adulthood. Let’s remember to create the life we want by striking a balance between work and fun.

Finally– let’s stop letting ourselves live Uninspired. 


Who is This Girl?

Oh, ugh, nobody likes to talk about themselves. C’mon guys.

Well, here are the basics. I’m Nicole, I’m from New Jersey (but I went to school in Pennsylvania and plan to move back!) and I’m twenty-three. I have a bachelors in Psychology, minor in creative writing from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. They had the audacity to hand me a degree and tell me I couldn’t pretend to be a college student indefinitely. So they may or may not have had to drag me out kicking and screaming. I’m kidding. Hah. We’re laughing.

Currently, I’m doing a master’s program in marriage and family therapy, and living at home with my parents while I do it. It’s both hell on earth and the most intensely introspective, eye-opening experience of my life. No, really. I’ve been ripped to shreds and pieced back together. Most of the piecing-back-together has been done. Some of it. Hah. We’re laughing again.

Some other facts about me: I love flowers. Floral patterns, floral scents, floral…foliage. My favorites are hydrangeas and peonies, and anything blue because they’re so rare. When I was four, a chihuahua bit my face because I interrupted his fight with a crab. You read it right. You can still see the scar. Well, if you squint and tilt your head and have a couple drinks. But it’s there. Oh! I got another good one. When I was seven, I tried to sell a mystery novel I’d written lemonade-stand style at the end of my best friend’s (dead end) driveway. I have an entrepreneurial spirit; it’s undeniable.

If you’d like to get to know me more, I’m super approachable! Ask away on Twitter.

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  1. I genuinely love your blog! As a 20-something I’m always looking for tips to make “adulting” easier so keep up the good work! P.S. we have the same favorite flowers 🙂

    • I’m so glad you like it!! We’re so similar, we should hang out or something lol. We’re in the same niche, we like the same flowers, etc. 😛

  2. I didn’t know I needed your blog in my life until I landed face first in your about me. Literally as soon as I read the “spilling ramen on your thesis” I was like YEP this is the one 😂 and as if I already didn’t think it was meant to be I’m an English major and my focus is creative writing! I guess in a senses there’s a possibility that I could’ve gone down the “I am my grades and my grades are me and that’s it” path too and this was my wake up call. Thanks!

    • I’m so glad!! It’s literally like, the entire goal of this blog for me to relate to people and help them through the hard parts of growing up. Also, maybe we could exchange emails and send any writing to each other for feedback! Creative writing people need to stick together 🙂 So glad you stopped by, and so glad you think Uninspired can help you!

  3. I love your opening paragraphs – so good! I am all about taking back your life and creating one you love. I had a similar revelation myself last year while working full time. I have been creating my own side hustle every since. I am excited to follow along in your journey!

    • Looks like we’re on very similar paths! I’d love to keep up with your blog too, if that’s your side hustle!

  4. This is one of the most genuine “About” sections I have come across. I especially love the last line “let’s stop letting ourselves live Uninspired”. I agree it totally sucks being an adult, and we have to find what inspires us to get through it!

    • I’m so glad!! I always want to come across as genuine as possible. I’m happy it comes through!

  5. This is one of the best about pages I’ve ever read! I feel like I know (and like) you already! 🙂

    We’ve all been there with the ramen spillage!

    Anyway, nice to meet you. If I can find the right button, you just gained a follower. 🙂

    • So nice to meet you too! I hope you found the button, I can point you to several if necessary 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. I was the SAME way in college—my life was absorbed in my work! So glad you’ve started celebrating your passions and things you love!

    • Right?! It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the academic life, but I hope you’re celebrating your passions as well! Glad you stopped by

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