Lessons Learned From First Year Out of College

It has almost been a year since graduating college. The first year after college proved to be a huge adjustment. Becoming an adult has turned out to be rather overrated.

But I have learned some important lessons.

1. Exercise is a must

I’m very lazy when it comes to exercising. Getting my butt up is such a hassle. But I have realized that I have to move my body or else I will get fat.

To avoid sitting all day, I take a walk outside. This allows me to breathe in fresh air and appreciate Mother Nature.

2. Care about what you’re putting in your body

Eating junk food was my favorite activity growing up. In college, I stuffed my face due to the stress.

After graduating, I began to feel rather sleepy and sick when I ate too much greasy food. Now, I only eat fast food to twice a week. I drink tea daily too.

3. Make time for others

In school, people are right there to hang out. Once you hit the real world, you classmates are not physically there. They become busy with their own jobs and lives.

That is why you have to put in the effort to reconnect with others or else your friendships will slowly fall apart.

4. Keep learning

It’s easy to let your brain rot after college. That is why you have to keep your learning up. However, learning doesn’t have to be in a classroom. You can take online courses for free or take part in a community based class. Traveling is another great option too.

5. Focus on your goals

You’ll probably face plenty of rejection. I’ve received so many no or things didn’t work out. Yet, you can’t quit. People who succeed are the ones who keep going.

 

Getting Some Legit Mexican Food and Sweets!

Over the weekend, I was texting my friend that I was craving Mexican food. The legit kind.

She responded that she knew a few authentic Mexican places. We planned at that moment to get Mexican food for lunch.

Today, my friend took me to a restaurant called Real de Minas. Never heard of it before. But my friend ensured me that it was very good.

Walking in, the place gave a cozy feel by the Mexican decoration on the walls.

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When I was browsing the menu, my friend suggested for me to get the combo in order to try different dishes. She showed me food items I didn’t know about before.

She explained that tostada is basically like a taco, except it is served on a flat tortilla. Then, she talked about what a chile relleno was (seen it before on the Food Network). She advised me to get shredded beef as my meat.

I ended up ordering the tostada and chimichanga! Figured that I should try something new instead of getting the typical burrito or tacos.

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While we waited for the food, we were served with chips, salsa, and an avocado sauce. The avocado sauce was so refreshing. I spread the avocado sauce over my entree.

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My friend shared her chile relleno with me and it was so good! I wished I got it! Oh well.

The tostada was my favorite. It was easier to eat than a typical taco. Not messy at all.

Following our lunch, my friend mentioned a Mexican bakery she knew. She asked if I wanted and I just said yeah.

The bakery was so cute with Mexican fiesta decorations. Forgot to take pics.

The bakery reminded me of the bakeries in Beijing because of the trays and tongs. I loved going into the bakeries in Beijing because they were full of sweets and stuffed bread.

My friend quickly selected the sweet for me. She kept saying, “Oh, you have to try this. You have try this.” She kept on grabbing different sweets.

 

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I was surprised that the sweets were so cheap. Great deal!

Very grateful for taking me out for legit Mexican food and sweet today!

 

Lunch on Tennyson!

Confession: I have been anti-social lately. I have been a hermit at home. For New Year’s Eve, a friend was sweet enough to invite me out.

My effort in hanging out with people has been lacking.

However, I have been changing my social behavior slowly.

On Monday, my college pal Britt texted me late at night. We chatted for an hour. Then, she suggested that we get together for lunch!

We both agreed to have lunch at Parisi, best Italian restaurant in Denver! If you haven’t eaten there yet, go now!

When I was driving to Parisi, I exited the highway. Right as I exited, there was heavy construction on Lowell! I did not know why.

Traffic was not moving for a few minutes and I decided to find another way to Parisi.

Luckily, I arrived at Parisi 15 minutes early; I was paranoid about being late.

While waiting for Britt, I looked at the menu. Very indecisive on what to get, “Antipasta section? Nah to that. I want pasta since I’m at an Italian place!”

For a second, I put the menu down and Britt entered!

“Wearing the same outfit you wore in college.” I giggled. Britt was wearing an orange shirt, sweater, and sweats.

“Yeah.” Britt laughed. “The exact same outfit.”

She and I ordered. I decided to get the mushroom risotto! Been craving risotto for months.

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Originally, the worker instructed us to sit a certain booth. Britt and I walked to the booth, but two old men were occupying it.

We decided to sit at another booth. A waiter smiled and said, “Wise decision.”

After we sat down, the waiter was very sweet to get us water.

Britt and I began talking about what we had been doing since graduation. I revealed, “Britt, I am glad that I still talk with you. I barely talk to anyone from Regis.” Britt admitted that she felt the same.

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Then, I said, “I don’t care to go to our college reunion.”

“Wait?” Britt asked. “We have a college reunion. I thought that was only for high school?”

“Yeah,” I responded. “They do a reunion for college too. I don’t care to go to ours. I don’t want to deal with people coming up to me and talking to me. I don’t care to pretend.”

“Pretend to be fake,” Britt joked.

“I don’t care to pretend,” I explained. “I don’t want to deal with people asking me, ‘Are you married? Do you have kids?’ See, people have not asked for my number or bothered Facebooking me.”

Britt was laughing. She said, “Same!”

“If we actually ever go, I will stick with you!” I screamed.

“I would have you speaking for me, since we talk everyday,” Britt joked.

Our lunch was lovely! The risotto was creamy and fulling. Being healthy was the last thing on my mind at that moment.

After lunch, we walked around Tennyson. The Book Bar had a sick mural of Harry Potter with Cat in the Hat! My childhood in one image!

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We checked out the Book Bar for a bit and the children section was adorable.

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My afternoon with Britt was lovely and it reminded me to make time for friends. Being alone too much is not healthy for the soul.

 

Jelly!

  
This morning, I woke up and was making some green tea. Just chilling. Out of nowhere, my pal called me if I was interested in getting breakfast with her. I whispered, “Yeah, let’s go.”

My friend drove us to a restaurant called Jelly near the University of Denver (DU). The bright orange wall caught my eyes when I entered Jelly. My eyes quickly noticed that there were classic cereal boxes on the wall, including a Star Trek one of Spock! Sadly, I could not get a good picture of that box from where I was sitting.

The first thing we received was our water. My friend was disappointed that it came in plastic cups because it is not usually how they serve it. However, when our waiter came, he notified us that they had brought out more of their special glass, which are mason jars! He then replaced our plastic cups with clear mason jars filled with refreshing water. It gave such a quaint feel as if we were in the country side instead of busy Denver.

  
When our waiter asked us what we wanted to drink, I asked him what was their specialty. He happily responded, “The latte is very good, especially with coconut and toffee nut!” I screamed, “I want that!”

There were so many delicious choices on the menu and I could not decide what to get. My friend advised me to get the haco chili Benedict, which had chorizo in it. I could not wait to get it!

While waiting for our food, my friend and I were talking about job searching situation. I expressed the amount of rejections I was receiving. She then talked about her own struggles too. I was relieved that I was not the only one figuring out a career move.

Our food arrived! The English muffins were covered with the haco chili! So beautiful! I immediately took a bite and was in heaven! The rustic potatoes were crunchy, but had a simple taste to them. 

  
Jelly was a great restaurant for brunch! The food was so fresh and light. I will for sure come back.