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Sometimes, I spend a really long time writing a blog post, crafting it like a work of art.

Last week was not one of those times.

I wrote that thing in like, 45 minutes, tops.

But you people loved that sucker.

Apparently there are a lot of other fake adults out there, and so my little confessional struck a chord. Now we're like a secret online gang. We need a handshake. And leather jackets!

All kidding aside, it shouldn't have surprised me that the post resonated with others. I'm constantly on the lookout for similar content myself; adulting support and resources and understanding. Since now I know there are plenty of others in my same boat, today I thought I'd share some of my favorites.

So, if you like last week's post, you may also like...

  • Millennial, a genius podcast by Megan Tan that traces her post-grad life in live-time. So relatable and so good.
  • Adulthood Made Easy, another podcast produced by Real Simple Magazine and aimed at millennials, aka me and all my fake adult friends. I haven't listened to every episode — I pick and choose more with this one — but they just finished a side-hustle series that I adored, and the most recent episode with Dr. Meg Jay was a definite winner, too.
  • Quarter Life Poetry, an entire Instagram account of laughing-to-keep-from-crying kind of poems about trying to adult.
  • TED (and TEDx) talks are a goldmine for good ideas and inspiration, if that's more what you're looking for. (Try this one, for starters.)
  • There are so many good books out there I start to get asthmatic when I think about how I'm possibly going to read them all; but if I had to pick just one in kind of the same vein as last week's post, I think I'd go with "I Just Graduated... Now What?" by Katherine Schwarzenneger. I know, I know — it looks super cheesy, a Schwarzenneger is involved — but it's actually a solid little book, full of interviews with well-known names from pretty much every field, curated and edited by the aforementioned Arnold relative. It's good stuff.
  • Finally, if you just need some humor to keep you going, the army of women that run Pinterest got you covered. Like this. And this. And this. And this. And this.

Check em out and let me know what you think! And if you've got any favorites of your own, please, feel free to share. As the great theologian Troy Bolton once said, we're all in this together.

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