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Laura Thomae Young is a writer, workshop leader, and international speaker with more than twenty years of experience working with teens, young adults, and women.
The idea for the “Adulting Like a Boss” website and book came after her return from living abroad for more than a decade. Upon acclimating back to life in the States, she came across more and more friends in the upcoming generation who lacked confidence in tackling adult situations, both big and small.
Her passion for teaching and connecting with young adults prompted her to seek an avenue to equip millennials for the grown-up world. Thus, Adulting Like a Boss was born to provide the life skills needed to move from college student to grown-up.
She is a mom to four millennials of her own and mother-in-law to three. When she’s not writing, training, or speaking, you’ll find her hanging out at her home in Nashville with her husband, Steve, and their giant labradoodle, Val.
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This is the second blog/podcast in our series on Office Politics and Adulting Like a Boss in the workplace. Last week’s message was about being oh so careful about your words – never gossip and never badmouth the company you work for. So – what is Office Politics anyway? I found a definition that says it’s the “activities, attitudes, or behaviors that are used to get or keep power or an advantage within a business Read more about Office Politics 2: Making It Work for You[…]
Oh be careful little mouth what you say! This childhood Sunday school song is a reminder that each of us should choose our words carefully, and only say things we are okay with being overheard or repeated. There are several situations in which our words can do damage: You say something that is overheard by someone you didn’t intend to hear it. A confidant breaks your confidence and tells someone what you said (and thereby Read more about Office Politics 1: Guarding Your Words On the Job[…]
It’s that time again! A New Year and we all start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions! Either you make ‘em & break ‘em (81% of people break their new resolution by the second week of February), decide NEVER to make ‘em, or you fall into the very small category of people who make ‘em and KEEP ‘em! Download the Adulting Like a Boss 2019 GOALS WORKSHEET! But first, read on! I’ve made resolutions through the Read more about New Year’s Resolutions: Should You Make Them?[…]
It’s December and the first thing that comes to mind is… Christmas! Already Christmas programs are in full swing – the Nashville Christmas parade was this past weekend, the lighting of the Christmas trees is happening all over the place, and the malls are crammed with shoppers. And that brings me to what I want to talk to you about today – shopping for Christmas presents. A few years ago I read the book The Read more about Christmas Doesn’t Have to Mean Going Broke[…]
If you’re unable to pay your bills every month, you’ve either got to cut expenses or increase income. I talked about this a few podcasts ago, and you can go back and listen to episodes 7 & 8. But there’s something else that will really help you with your bills – and that’s paying your debts off so you’re not paying high interest credit cards and other loans. Paying off your debts and living “cash Read more about The First Three Steps to Financial Health[…]
Have you ever been in a conversation where someone was saying something entirely inappropriate, and then realized it, but kept talking – and in trying make the situation better, they just dug themselves deeper into the hole? Okay, have you ever BEEN that person? You just want to say to them (or to yourself) – You’re in a hole! Best bet…..Stop digging!! Why on why do we find it easier to keep digging a hole Read more about Don’t Drown in Debt![…]
What is the ONE thing that will make you succeed at work? Being FAT!!! Let me explain: FAT doesn’t have anything to do with WEIGHT! FAT – Faithful, Available, Teachable The best employee is FAT! Faithful – shows up every day, on time, with a good attitude. One of the most undesirable traits in an employee is inconsistency in attendance. It’s the number one reason people lose their jobs. Show up every day with Read more about Success on the Job: Three Keys You Wouldn’t Guess[…]
Last week’s podcast and blog were all about the upcoming mid-term elections – with Tennessee’s upcoming election featured. If you haven’t already voted – you can vote early or wait and vote on November 6th. If you haven’t already read the article or listened to the podcast, be sure and go back and listen so you’ll be an informed voter! I’m not endorsing any candidates, just making sure you are ready to cast a vote! Read more about Self-Discipline is the Key (Accomplishment Pt. 2)[…]
VOTE TENNESSEE!!! NOVEMBER 6, 2018 ELECTION! [My Podcast Episode 20 corresponds to this article.] A few weeks ago I posted an article and podcast about how important it is to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections on November 6th. Mid-Term Elections are held every four years, half-way through the presidential term. The election is right around the corner, and I know some of you have some questions about what you’ll be voting for. If you don’t live in Tennessee, this won’t Read more about VOTE TENNESSEE![…]
I’m facilitating a leadership book club in my office, and we’re studying John Maxwell’s book, Developing the Leader Within You 2.0. This week’s chapter is “Self-Discipline,” and I’m pleasantly amazed how much it ties in with chapter 2 in Adulting Like a Boss: “It’s the Hard Things that Make Life Easy.” No matter what you call it, the principle of trading off doing what’s hard NOW to reap the benefits of something easier down the Read more about Self-Discipline is the Key (Accomplishment Pt. 1)[…]
You are the sum of the five people you hang out with. If it is true – and “hint hint” I think it’s mostly true that we tend to become like the people we hang out and adopt their lifestyle – then you should be very intentional about who you spend time with. In other words, the people in your life should be building you up. You should be aspiring to become a better person Read more about Who Are the 5 People Who Make You? – Friendships Pt. 2[…]
Over the weekend I spent some time with my 20-somethings friends, and one of the challenges they struggle with is maintaining friendships – knowing when to invest the precious commodity of time into a relationship when there are a million “to-do’s” screaming to be done. And knowing – when you do have people in your life – who to spend your time with! It’s hard to know who the people are that COULD be in Read more about Who Should Be In Your Life? – Friendships Pt. 1[…]
Want to change something in your life? It’s simpler than you think. Now I didn’t say EASY. I said Simple! It’s SIMPLE to change something in your life, but you know my philosophy! Do the HARD thing. You can go back and read/listen to THIS ARTICLE / PODCAST. Changing something in your life really comes down to four things: Do More of Something. Do Less of Something. Start doing something. Stop doing something. Sometimes you Read more about Want to Change Something About Your Life?[…]
I’m really excited about talking to you about voting, because this is something a lot of you have told me you have questions about. There’s nothing more powerful in the United States government’s structure than the power of the people to vote! I’m going to talk about four things: How is our government structured? (Social Studies Reminder) What are mid-terms and why is voting in the mid-terms important? How and when do you register to Read more about Voting (Politics 101) – Pt. 2[…]
Do you read or listen to the news? Are you interested at all in what’s going on around the country and the world? I’m curious to know how many of you keep up with local, national or world news. Do you read or listen to the news? Are you interested at all in what’s going on around the country and the world? I’m curious to know how many of you keep up with local, national Read more about The Supremes (Politics 101) – Pt. 1[…]
The one thing that’s true about all millennials is this. There is not one thing that is true about all millennials. I think the media has done a pretty crummy job of lumping millennials into one big pile – saying that all millennials are like THIS or like THAT. When the truth is, this generation – born between 1982 and 2000 – are as different and unique from one another as any other generation. That Read more about Six Things I Love About Millennials[…]
You know what I think are two values that millennials have that are different from past generations? Experience and Opportunity. I don’t think those two things are NOT important to previous generations, but they hold a very different place for millennials in the list of priorities when planning out your life. Let me give you an example. I see millennials living very intentionally so they can spend their money on travel – but traveling in Read more about Why Some Millennials are Quitting Their Jobs[…]
You want to use your money wisely, and if you’ve been listening to any of the episodes so far, you know that I encourage you to get on a budget, and make sure you know where your money is going, and get control of your finances. One of the worst ways to handle your money is to spend spend spend and have no idea where all your money went! Then you look up from all Read more about Saving Money on Everyday Expenses[…]
[Continuing from last week’s article “Thinking About Buying a House? – Pt. 1”] You have to live somewhere, and if you’ve tried apartment life and are beginning to think about a house, a condo, or a townhome, for example, you need to decide if you are going to be a renter, or a homeowner. I am not pushing one over the other, because in my opinion, there are huge advantages to both. But if you Read more about Thinking About Buying a House? Rent or Buy? – Pt. 2[…]
Thinking about buying a house? First think about the money. If you’re thinking about buying a house, unless you have enough money to pay cash (lucky you!), the very first thing you need to do is figure out the money part. The fun part – looking for a house online, going to open houses, working with a realtor – shouldn’t come until you know how much house you can afford. You don’t want to get Read more about Thinking About Buying a House? First Think About the Money – Pt. 1[…]
If you’re short on money, and find you’re not able to either (a) pay the bills or (b) do fun stuff that costs money, you need to do one of two things. Either you’ll have to decrease the money going out – which is what we talked about in Part 1, or you’ll have to increase the money coming in. That’s what we’re going to talk about today. To increase the money coming in, you’ll Read more about How You Can Cut Expenses & Increase Income (Pt. 2)[…]
I don’t know about you, but most people I talk to are worried about money. Either they don’t feel confident handling money, they feel like they should do a better job with their money, or most often, they feel like there is not quite enough money left at the end of their pay period. Most money problems can usually be solved by just paying attention! Make a budget and then stick to it. It doesn’t Read more about How You Can Cut Expenses & Increase Income (Pt. 1)[…]
It’s the weekend as I’m writing this, and I love weekends. I love weekends because I get to make a big “To Do” list for myself, and start early Saturday morning knocking things out on the list. But this weekend was different. For the past two weekends I had plans that precluded my own list, so I thought I needed to get even more done. But what I found was that I was tired, and I Read more about The Balance Between Rest & Work[…]
I was hanging out with a friend today who asked me, “How do you meet new people when you are an adult?” When you’re in school, you make new friends organically, just by sitting next to someone in class, or participating in the dozens of activities that are at your fingertips in school. You have opportunities galore to meet people, hang out with people, and get to know people. In high school you homeroom, sports, Read more about Finding Friends[…]
If you’re hoping to climb the corporate ladder, or at the very least, make a little more moo-lah, you may be up against some stiff competition. Don’t get left out! Here are six steps you can follow that will make you shine in your job. 1. Go to work every day, on time. This may seem intuitive, but you’d be surprised how much something like showing up on time every day can make you stand Read more about 6 Things to Make You Shine at Your Job[…]
Thinking about leaving your job for a new one? You’ve had some restlessness lately?You might want to think again! Millennials have earned the unfortunate reputation of “job hoppers,” when the reality is, people of all ages in today’s work force change jobs more than they did fifty years ago. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the median number of years workers tend to stay with one employer is 4.2 years, and that number is getting smaller each year. Read more about Four Reasons You May Want to Stay at Your Current Job […]
In today’s workforce, most people don’t expect to be at their job their entire lives as they did in the past. In fact, in a CareerBuilder article, it states that by the age of 35, 25 percent of workers have held five jobs or more. Here are the three main reasons most people start to feel restless. 1. NOT FEELING FULFILLED Ask yourself these questions: Why did you take the job in the first place? What excited you about it? What about the company Read more about Three Reasons You May Be Restless with Your Current Job […]
The hard part about Adulting is that it’s … well…HARD. Doing hard things and doing them over and over – going to work, paying the bills, cleaning your living space – in the moment you’re doing them may not always seem like the fun and free grown-up life you imagined, but doing those hard things will ultimately get you what you really want. Let me explain it this way. You have to do the hard Read more about Do the Hard Thing[…]
Does the end of the money come before the end of the month? Don’t let a zero bank balance catch you by surprise. The first step in getting your finances under control is to know where you money goes each month. It’s easy to calculate how much you’re spending on bills that come regularly each month, like rent, mortgage payment, student loans, or a car payment. It’s the ones that vary that can catch you Read more about Do you know where your money goes each month?[…]
When you’re coughing up a lung or doubled over in pain, the last thing in the world you feel like doing is meeting someone new. It’s so much better to have already established a relationship with a primary care doctor before you’re actually sick. If you have health insurance (and thanks to Uncle Sam, we’re all supposed to,) certain types of visits may be covered at 100%. The best way to find a good doctor Read more about Find a doctor before you’re sick[…]
When you received your first paycheck, you quickly learned that each time you earn a dollar, your employer will take a piece of that dollar and send it to the government on your behalf. Payroll taxes! After interviewing dozens of young men and women over the last year, asking what gaps they have in “adulting,” many have expressed the same things: They don’t understand taxes. The IRS has zillions of tax forms for every conceivable Read more about Understanding these three forms will help solve the mystery of taxes[…]
Starting new habits can be daunting, because let’s face it, we’ve all started something with much enthusiasm, only to have our resolve fizzle out after a few days/weeks/months. Jon Acuff, in his newest book, Finish, tells of how he guided a group through a 30-day challenge for starting something new. Although he had plenty of people start the challenge, and drop off along the way, but his biggest drop off? Day 2! If you’re starting Read more about Starting something new? These three principles will help you finish well.[…]
We are a stressed out generation. Studies show that 53% of Americans regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress, such as fatigue, stomach problems, or other health related problems. Top stressors (in no particular order) Finances Job stress The economy Broken or damaged relationships Death or illness of a loved one Health You can take positive action prevent some stressors – for example, getting on top of your finances or forming healthy habits, but many stressors Read more about Ten tips that will ease your stress and improve your well-being[…]
300,000!!!! Do you have 300,000 objects in your home? From paper clips to ironing boards, that’s the average American home’s quantity of “stuff.” Yikes. Where did it all come from? If you’re just starting out, you likely don’t have 300,000 objects, but it only takes packing for a move to realize how quickly we accumulate. We have stuff because we need stuff. We need a place to live, a bed to sleep in, clothes and Read more about Five tips for interacting with the stuff you own[…]
Do the hard thing. Hard is getting up early and having quiet time to prepare your mind and soul for the day when you’d rather sleep in. Hard is coming home from work and going back out again for an activity. Hard is making that difficult phone call when you’d rather not. Hard is apologizing when you’re wrong. Hard is being kind to someone who is a little unlovable. Hard is eating right and exercising, Read more about Do the Hard Thing[…]