Adulting How to become a grown up in 468 easyish steps

Adulting How to become a grown up in 468 easyish steps


Adulting How to become a grown up in 468 easyish steps [PDF / Epub] ☁ Adulting How to become a grown up in 468 easyish steps By Kelly Williams Brown – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk If you graduated from college but still feel like a student if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store if you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or cle If to become a grown eBook µ you graduated from college but still to become eBook ´ feel like a student if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store if Adulting How PDF/EPUB ² you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or clean it's OK But it doesn't have to be this wayJust because you don't feel like How to become PDF/EPUB ê an adult doesn't mean you can't act like one And it all begins with this funny wise and useful book Based on Kelly Williams Brown's popular blog ADULTING How to become a grown PDF or makes the scary confusing real world approachable manageable and even conuerable This guide will help you to navigate the stormy Sea of Adulthood so that you may find safe harbor in Not Running Out of Toilet Paper Bay and along the way you will learnWhat to check for when renting a new apartment Not just the nearby bars but the faucets and stove among other thingsWhen a busy person can find time to learn about the world It involves the intersection of NPR and hair straighteningHow to avoid hooking up with anyone in your office Imagine your coworkers having plastic featureless doll crotches It helpsThe secret to finding a mechanic you love Or realistically one that will not rob you blindFrom breaking up with frenemies to fixing your toilet this way fun comprehensive handbook is the answer for aspiring grown ups of all agesNew York Times Bestseller.

  • Paperback
  • 273 pages
  • Adulting How to become a grown up in 468 easyish steps
  • Kelly Williams Brown
  • English
  • 06 July 2016
  • 9781455516902

10 thoughts on “Adulting How to become a grown up in 468 easyish steps

  1. Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️ Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️ says:

    I picked this up as the free book in a BN Buy Two Get Third Free shamwow as it was the only thing left that looked even remotely interesting And I thought I would read it for entertainment value only Because we ALL know I got this whole adulting thing so fucking down it isn't even funny But I actually really ended up liking this thingFor realz though How can you not love advice like this?I love that part about jealously People say this so much Oh it's okay Little Susie they don't like you because they are just jealous Ignore them Betty Lou she's just jealous of youI'm sure there are people who don't like me and not because they are jealous of my mad wordsmithing skills and ability to go on tangents like a dog seeing a suirrel but because they think I'm obnoxious and offensive And guess what? THAT'S OKAY Because I AM obnoxious and offensive And strangely not everyone is down with that We are who we areAnd as long as you aren't a fucking serial killer or hoarding a collection of legit child porn I say we should all just be ourselves no?So stop teaching poor Little Susie and Betty Lou that it's not okay to be disliked or that something is wrong with one or both parties if two people don't get along This drives me crazy Speaking of crazy this brings me to another awesome stepDO NOT ENGAGE WITH CRAZY This was awesome Cause you know who attracts the crazy like flies to shit?Yup that's right THIS girlBecause sometimes you don't always know that someone's got the crazy until it's too late Thus step 123 Do not engage with crazyHere I am not talking about the mentally ill but rather people whose perception of the world is so skewed that it is difficult for them to interact with the rest of us Think people who scream at waitresses Those types of people Engaging with them will never ever provide the desired effect for you You can't make crazy people not crazy with your reasonable thoughts and words There is one direction sanity will flow and it is away from you as the madness spreads and soon your thoughts and words won't be even slightly reasonableThe next time you find yourself interacting with someone who is just completely out there don't tell them they are being unreasonable because that won't do anythingRemind yourself that you do not engage with crazy silently of course; saying this aloud wll probably make things mush worse Treat them kindly and gingerly and then get away The onlycaveat to this above nugget of brilliance? Drunk counts as crazy here in both the short term 'Oh she's drunk' and the long term 'Oh he's a drunk' Yeah so we will just ignore that part I also skipped the entire section about cooking But keep in mind the first time I ever tried baking on my ownthe fire department had to be called And I'm DEAD serious here But what can I say?

  2. Dawn Albright Dawn Albright says:

    I have a twenty something daughter but I bought the book for myself I am fifty but I feel like I'm barely civilized Seriously it doesn't matter what the memo was I am always feeling like I didn't get the memo For example I recently learned that you are supposed to take your car to the mechanic every 30K miles before it breaks down Wow what a life changer I kept stopping people and saying Did you know you can fix your car before it breaks? and they all answered Er yes I did I recently binged on a bunch of what you should have learned books and this is by far the best one It has a great cross section of emotional financial and housekeeping advice A lot of these books has this women's magazine you will never be good enough tone to them and this book completely avoids that There is a lot of humor and the understanding that live doesn't always work out so well Sometimes your refrigerator will be gross I actually had figured out most of the stuff in this book by now but still appreciated the thorough treatment of so many topics Now that I have finished it I will be passing it on to my daughter

  3. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    I thought this was going to be a tongue in cheek sort of book It was not It's terrifying to think people like there's a very good chance I'm raising two of them might need the kind of sage advice presented here Things like jobs are good and so is toilet paper Holy shit Where's the Tylenol?

  4. Whitney Atkinson Whitney Atkinson says:

    This book was super entertaining I really have few complaints about it but the issue with the matter is that I read this book too soon I assumed adulthood began at age 18 so this book would benefit me but this is geared toward college graduates and people trying to figure out their lives away from home Therefore I felt like half of the advice in this book went in one ear and out the other because I didn't have to think about stuff like that yet A lot of the advice in this book was a little bit long winded Some of the steps were things I didn't know but the pace of this book was dragged down by a weighty explanation after almost every step even when the step itself was self explanatory Some topics cough taxes still went way over my head because she would say Oh you need to do this but she wouldn't explain what this is how to do it or why it's important I guess until then i'll be googling what a 401K is I'll definitely be keeping this around until my early twenties and then maybe when I reread it then i'll dog ear the pages on the most useful tips

  5. Sophie Sophie says:

    I have mixed feelings on this book I wanted to love it but mostly I just kept wishing it was written by Captain Awkward Sidenote WHY HASN'T CAPTAIN AWKWARD WRITTEN A BOOK YET I've learned about being an adult from that blog than from anything in this bookI was actually enjoying this book a lot until I got to Step 276 Keep an eye on weight gain insert scratching record noise Wait what? I thought I was reading a chill book and now it's going to fat shame me? Especially after I LOVED Step 103 Curb your instinct to comment on other people's bodies aloud How about you curb YOUR instinct to tell me what to do with my body book News flash There are fat adults There are fat adults who are very good at being adults Being fat is not a character flaw Tell me to eat real food tell me to exercise if you must but don't tell me not to be fatAlso since when are prenatal vitamins critically necessary for women even if you're not going to get pregnant anytime soon? I don't consider shiny hair and strong nails to be critically necessary but they're the only justifications provided for that particular bit of adviceThat said this book did contain some actual useful advice especially in the practical arenas of cooking cleaning moving house etc It's when the book gets into personal arenas that I start to disagree with it A lot of that stuff is much subjective and the advice in those areas isn't going to work for everyone yet the author acts like it will Still maybe it's helpful for those ten years younger than I am who are just beginning to figure this stuff out and I'm just coming at it from my own perspective about what works and doesn't work for my personal adult lifeI did like a lot of the humor in this book Choice uote Dryers are like the American presidency Clothing goes in looking youthful and vigorous and emerges slumped and gray hairedAlso she's right about the Scorpios

  6. C.E. G C.E. G says:

    At 26 I already have some good years of adulting under my belt but there were still a few things I learned about from this book eg pet insurance house cleaning tips emergency numbers you should have programmed into your phone And I like the idea of adulting as a verb and most of the interpersonal advice was solidHowever it was written for a fairly particular audience college educated middle class gender conforming white etc Even though I fit a lot of those descriptors I still found a lot of the advice annoyingly unaware of the diversity of 20 sthgs

  7. Yen-Tzu Yen-Tzu says:

    First progress update after almost 1 yearBecoming a grown up is going terribly I have killed my houseplant Susan In my defense she did seem very determined to die I used a makeup brush to carefully remove dust from her leaves I made sure she was never in direct sunlight I sprayed water onto her leaves as directed by the plant book that I bought to find out how to take good care of her and I perhaps watered her a bit too often out of loving her too much Also I have stopped reading this book because the author started talking about how to paint walls but I currently rent and would prefer to get my security deposit back like a responsible adult Reading about how to paint walls is not very exciting Maybe one day when I'm allowed to paint walls I shall pick this book up again or I could just exercise my free will as an adult and skip to the next chapter I guess Original statement of intentFrom time to time I have occasionally been struck by doubt over whether I'm any good at being an adult My furniture doesn't match understanding my limitations I decided that as long as the colour matches I should be okay so now my entire apartment is varying shades of brown and I don't own a throw On the plus side I recently got a house plant which is an encouraging sign I'm ready to take on responsibility in my lifeBut how does one establish whether one is any good at being an adult and how do you improve if you discover you're rather incompetent? It eventually struck me that I could just read a book about it Reading has allowed me to develop an impressively in depth knowledge of the Tudors which no one is interested in hearing about nor has it ever helped in an emergency Surely reading about being an adult should prove pragmatic Hence my recent purchase of this book which is actually a revised edition with 67 steps to being an adult than the first edition One can only conclude that adulting has become difficult in the intervening 5 yearsTo ensure I cover all the areas of being a competent adult I have also purchased Broke Millenial Stop Scraping by and Get Your Financial Life Together Ask a Manager and Full Catastrophe Living This should hopefully better prepare me for life than reading non fiction on the Tudors which only teaches you that marrying a king is not all it's cut out to be especially if you don't enjoy being beheaded and that marrying a man could cost you your power kingdom and the respect of your subjects As I make my way through this book I shall be jotting down my thoughts here as I journey towards adulting properly and maybe buying a throw

  8. Jillian Jillian says:

    This book was literally written for the most absolutely lost young adults on the planet Alternate title guide to being a person Helpful if you 1 Were raised by people who did not teach you anythingraised by wolves 2 Don't know how to interact with other humans 3 Are so incompetent that you need to know how to make sandwich or sweep a floor 4 Did nothing but drink all through college and are now in a complete stupor and need help living This could have been cute if it wasn't so ridiculously simplistic Anyway at 27 this book is not for me

  9. Alicia Alicia says:

    Right now I honestly don't think I will bother finishing this book I expected Adulting to be charming witty and full of good advice In actuality it is pretentious annoying and sometimes has uestionable advice I read to page 113 but I did skip the cooking chapter for the most part I already like to cook so the majority of this advice was rudimentary in my case What I dislike the most about this book is that her advice is sometimes too specific in a way that it doesn't seem like she is giving advice on how to adult it seems like she is giving advice on how to be like her I don't think I like her and I definitely don't think I would like to emulate her Maybe she is a lovely person in real life but solely from this book the impression that I have is that she is petty passive aggressive fake lacking in compassion and she advises everyone else should be just like this tooOne piece of advice that particularly irked me was Step 130 Deal with line cutters and their ilk as though they are sweet but dim people who need some gentle correction 83 The title of this step already sounds beyond rude and I think no one should do as she advises on this one Assume your friendliest most open expression that lets them know you are all on the same team Your voice will express sympathy that they didn't get it right the first time but optimism tat with your guidance they will manage Actually Pause the line starts back that way Then put a bright happy smile on your face one with just the slightest hint of steel Ninety percent of this smile will say 'Glad we're cleared this up' Ten percent of this smile will say 'Seriously fucker get to the end of the line' The level of passive aggressiveness is off the charts I have heard people pull this while waiting in lines before and I usually dislike them than the line cutters themselves If I were cutting in line and someone wanted to call me out on it I would prefer them to simply tell me straight out that I should go to the end Hell I would prefer a reaction of outright agitation or even anger to this blatant saccharine fakeryThe other advice in this book also has similar issues for me the instances of which are too many to bother listing If you are in your 20s and interested in self improvement I would instead recommend The Defining Decade Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay Side note I'm 24 so I think I am supposed to be the target audience of this book

  10. Amanda Amanda says:

    This book got 3 stars because there was some helpful information in it and it was uite funny However this book champions one way of adulting that is very middle class North American white collar professional Not everyone wants or can aspire for this life Upholding it as the correct way to adult though there is a disclaimer at the beginning to pick and choose what steps to follow is naive and excluding of many different sorts of people and lifestyles I was hoping for this book to provide comfort and encouragement in my transition out of unemployment but it overall made me feel very inadeuate and anxious Take this title with handful of salt

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10 thoughts on “Adulting How to become a grown up in 468 easyish steps

  1. Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️ Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️ says:

    I picked this up as the free book in a BN Buy Two Get Third Free shamwow as it was the only thing left that looked even remotely interesting And I thought I would read it for entertainment value only Because we ALL know I got this whole adulting thing so fucking down it isn't even funny But I actually really ended up liking this thingFor realz though How can you not love advice like this?I love that part about jealously People say this so much Oh it's okay Little Susie they don't like you because they are just jealous Ignore them Betty Lou she's just jealous of youI'm sure there are people who don't like me and not because they are jealous of my mad wordsmithing skills and ability to go on tangents like a dog seeing a suirrel but because they think I'm obnoxious and offensive And guess what? THAT'S OKAY Because I AM obnoxious and offensive And strangely not everyone is down with that We are who we areAnd as long as you aren't a fucking serial killer or hoarding a collection of legit child porn I say we should all just be ourselves no?So stop teaching poor Little Susie and Betty Lou that it's not okay to be disliked or that something is wrong with one or both parties if two people don't get along This drives me crazy Speaking of crazy this brings me to another awesome stepDO NOT ENGAGE WITH CRAZY This was awesome Cause you know who attracts the crazy like flies to shit?Yup that's right THIS girlBecause sometimes you don't always know that someone's got the crazy until it's too late Thus step 123 Do not engage with crazyHere I am not talking about the mentally ill but rather people whose perception of the world is so skewed that it is difficult for them to interact with the rest of us Think people who scream at waitresses Those types of people Engaging with them will never ever provide the desired effect for you You can't make crazy people not crazy with your reasonable thoughts and words There is one direction sanity will flow and it is away from you as the madness spreads and soon your thoughts and words won't be even slightly reasonableThe next time you find yourself interacting with someone who is just completely out there don't tell them they are being unreasonable because that won't do anythingRemind yourself that you do not engage with crazy silently of course; saying this aloud wll probably make things mush worse Treat them kindly and gingerly and then get away The onlycaveat to this above nugget of brilliance? Drunk counts as crazy here in both the short term 'Oh she's drunk' and the long term 'Oh he's a drunk' Yeah so we will just ignore that part I also skipped the entire section about cooking But keep in mind the first time I ever tried baking on my ownthe fire department had to be called And I'm DEAD serious here But what can I say?

  2. Dawn Albright Dawn Albright says:

    I have a twenty something daughter but I bought the book for myself I am fifty but I feel like I'm barely civilized Seriously it doesn't matter what the memo was I am always feeling like I didn't get the memo For example I recently learned that you are supposed to take your car to the mechanic every 30K miles before it breaks down Wow what a life changer I kept stopping people and saying Did you know you can fix your car before it breaks? and they all answered Er yes I did I recently binged on a bunch of what you should have learned books and this is by far the best one It has a great cross section of emotional financial and housekeeping advice A lot of these books has this women's magazine you will never be good enough tone to them and this book completely avoids that There is a lot of humor and the understanding that live doesn't always work out so well Sometimes your refrigerator will be gross I actually had figured out most of the stuff in this book by now but still appreciated the thorough treatment of so many topics Now that I have finished it I will be passing it on to my daughter

  3. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    I thought this was going to be a tongue in cheek sort of book It was not It's terrifying to think people like there's a very good chance I'm raising two of them might need the kind of sage advice presented here Things like jobs are good and so is toilet paper Holy shit Where's the Tylenol?

  4. Whitney Atkinson Whitney Atkinson says:

    This book was super entertaining I really have few complaints about it but the issue with the matter is that I read this book too soon I assumed adulthood began at age 18 so this book would benefit me but this is geared toward college graduates and people trying to figure out their lives away from home Therefore I felt like half of the advice in this book went in one ear and out the other because I didn't have to think about stuff like that yet A lot of the advice in this book was a little bit long winded Some of the steps were things I didn't know but the pace of this book was dragged down by a weighty explanation after almost every step even when the step itself was self explanatory Some topics cough taxes still went way over my head because she would say Oh you need to do this but she wouldn't explain what this is how to do it or why it's important I guess until then i'll be googling what a 401K is I'll definitely be keeping this around until my early twenties and then maybe when I reread it then i'll dog ear the pages on the most useful tips

  5. Sophie Sophie says:

    I have mixed feelings on this book I wanted to love it but mostly I just kept wishing it was written by Captain Awkward Sidenote WHY HASN'T CAPTAIN AWKWARD WRITTEN A BOOK YET I've learned about being an adult from that blog than from anything in this bookI was actually enjoying this book a lot until I got to Step 276 Keep an eye on weight gain insert scratching record noise Wait what? I thought I was reading a chill book and now it's going to fat shame me? Especially after I LOVED Step 103 Curb your instinct to comment on other people's bodies aloud How about you curb YOUR instinct to tell me what to do with my body book News flash There are fat adults There are fat adults who are very good at being adults Being fat is not a character flaw Tell me to eat real food tell me to exercise if you must but don't tell me not to be fatAlso since when are prenatal vitamins critically necessary for women even if you're not going to get pregnant anytime soon? I don't consider shiny hair and strong nails to be critically necessary but they're the only justifications provided for that particular bit of adviceThat said this book did contain some actual useful advice especially in the practical arenas of cooking cleaning moving house etc It's when the book gets into personal arenas that I start to disagree with it A lot of that stuff is much subjective and the advice in those areas isn't going to work for everyone yet the author acts like it will Still maybe it's helpful for those ten years younger than I am who are just beginning to figure this stuff out and I'm just coming at it from my own perspective about what works and doesn't work for my personal adult lifeI did like a lot of the humor in this book Choice uote Dryers are like the American presidency Clothing goes in looking youthful and vigorous and emerges slumped and gray hairedAlso she's right about the Scorpios

  6. C.E. G C.E. G says:

    At 26 I already have some good years of adulting under my belt but there were still a few things I learned about from this book eg pet insurance house cleaning tips emergency numbers you should have programmed into your phone And I like the idea of adulting as a verb and most of the interpersonal advice was solidHowever it was written for a fairly particular audience college educated middle class gender conforming white etc Even though I fit a lot of those descriptors I still found a lot of the advice annoyingly unaware of the diversity of 20 sthgs

  7. Yen-Tzu Yen-Tzu says:

    First progress update after almost 1 yearBecoming a grown up is going terribly I have killed my houseplant Susan In my defense she did seem very determined to die I used a makeup brush to carefully remove dust from her leaves I made sure she was never in direct sunlight I sprayed water onto her leaves as directed by the plant book that I bought to find out how to take good care of her and I perhaps watered her a bit too often out of loving her too much Also I have stopped reading this book because the author started talking about how to paint walls but I currently rent and would prefer to get my security deposit back like a responsible adult Reading about how to paint walls is not very exciting Maybe one day when I'm allowed to paint walls I shall pick this book up again or I could just exercise my free will as an adult and skip to the next chapter I guess Original statement of intentFrom time to time I have occasionally been struck by doubt over whether I'm any good at being an adult My furniture doesn't match understanding my limitations I decided that as long as the colour matches I should be okay so now my entire apartment is varying shades of brown and I don't own a throw On the plus side I recently got a house plant which is an encouraging sign I'm ready to take on responsibility in my lifeBut how does one establish whether one is any good at being an adult and how do you improve if you discover you're rather incompetent? It eventually struck me that I could just read a book about it Reading has allowed me to develop an impressively in depth knowledge of the Tudors which no one is interested in hearing about nor has it ever helped in an emergency Surely reading about being an adult should prove pragmatic Hence my recent purchase of this book which is actually a revised edition with 67 steps to being an adult than the first edition One can only conclude that adulting has become difficult in the intervening 5 yearsTo ensure I cover all the areas of being a competent adult I have also purchased Broke Millenial Stop Scraping by and Get Your Financial Life Together Ask a Manager and Full Catastrophe Living This should hopefully better prepare me for life than reading non fiction on the Tudors which only teaches you that marrying a king is not all it's cut out to be especially if you don't enjoy being beheaded and that marrying a man could cost you your power kingdom and the respect of your subjects As I make my way through this book I shall be jotting down my thoughts here as I journey towards adulting properly and maybe buying a throw

  8. Jillian Jillian says:

    This book was literally written for the most absolutely lost young adults on the planet Alternate title guide to being a person Helpful if you 1 Were raised by people who did not teach you anythingraised by wolves 2 Don't know how to interact with other humans 3 Are so incompetent that you need to know how to make sandwich or sweep a floor 4 Did nothing but drink all through college and are now in a complete stupor and need help living This could have been cute if it wasn't so ridiculously simplistic Anyway at 27 this book is not for me

  9. Alicia Alicia says:

    Right now I honestly don't think I will bother finishing this book I expected Adulting to be charming witty and full of good advice In actuality it is pretentious annoying and sometimes has uestionable advice I read to page 113 but I did skip the cooking chapter for the most part I already like to cook so the majority of this advice was rudimentary in my case What I dislike the most about this book is that her advice is sometimes too specific in a way that it doesn't seem like she is giving advice on how to adult it seems like she is giving advice on how to be like her I don't think I like her and I definitely don't think I would like to emulate her Maybe she is a lovely person in real life but solely from this book the impression that I have is that she is petty passive aggressive fake lacking in compassion and she advises everyone else should be just like this tooOne piece of advice that particularly irked me was Step 130 Deal with line cutters and their ilk as though they are sweet but dim people who need some gentle correction 83 The title of this step already sounds beyond rude and I think no one should do as she advises on this one Assume your friendliest most open expression that lets them know you are all on the same team Your voice will express sympathy that they didn't get it right the first time but optimism tat with your guidance they will manage Actually Pause the line starts back that way Then put a bright happy smile on your face one with just the slightest hint of steel Ninety percent of this smile will say 'Glad we're cleared this up' Ten percent of this smile will say 'Seriously fucker get to the end of the line' The level of passive aggressiveness is off the charts I have heard people pull this while waiting in lines before and I usually dislike them than the line cutters themselves If I were cutting in line and someone wanted to call me out on it I would prefer them to simply tell me straight out that I should go to the end Hell I would prefer a reaction of outright agitation or even anger to this blatant saccharine fakeryThe other advice in this book also has similar issues for me the instances of which are too many to bother listing If you are in your 20s and interested in self improvement I would instead recommend The Defining Decade Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay Side note I'm 24 so I think I am supposed to be the target audience of this book

  10. Amanda Amanda says:

    This book got 3 stars because there was some helpful information in it and it was uite funny However this book champions one way of adulting that is very middle class North American white collar professional Not everyone wants or can aspire for this life Upholding it as the correct way to adult though there is a disclaimer at the beginning to pick and choose what steps to follow is naive and excluding of many different sorts of people and lifestyles I was hoping for this book to provide comfort and encouragement in my transition out of unemployment but it overall made me feel very inadeuate and anxious Take this title with handful of salt

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