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The struggle is real. Even if you hate it, you need to #adult every day. Harlan and Miranda are uncertified experts, and they'll guide you as you stumble through your jobs, relationships, finances, and life choices.

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The struggle is real. Even if you hate it, you need to #adult every day. Harlan and Miranda are uncertified experts, and they'll guide you as you stumble through your jobs, relationships, finances, and life choices.

    [Adulting A105] Kill It at Work: Set and Reach Your Career Goals This Year

    [Adulting A105] Kill It at Work: Set and Reach Your Career Goals This Year

    Do you feel stuck in a rut with your career? You’re not alone. Plenty of people feel stuck. What you need is to clarify your career goals for the new year. Whether you hope to start your own business, get a promotion, or find a better job, it’s time to put together a strategy that works.

    In this episode, we talk about how you can come up with realistic career goals this year, and the steps you can take to achieve them.

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    * How to figure out what you really want out of your career this year.

    * Understanding the why behind your desire for a change at work.

    * What types of career goals and strategies make sense for you?

    * How to set realistic goals.

    * How to integrate your career goals into your overall life objectives.

    * Tips for setting goals that might take more than a year to achieve.

    * Who to talk to if you need guidance.

    * The importance of knowing what you need to accomplish your goals.

    * How to find free and paid resources to help you proceed.

    * Tips for turning your goals into a strategy that works.



    Our DO NOWs are all about getting started ASAP. We talk about figuring out the kind of work you want to do and researching what you need to make it happen. Then we encourage you to take that first step toward your career goals.

    What happens when you’re happy with your job and your parents want to push you to be “more”? It can be tough to deal with this type of situation. We talk about what it means to be content, and why it’s ok if you don’t want to always be chasing more money.





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    • 42 min
    [Adulting B047] When Your First Job After Graduation Sucks, ft. Lindsay VanSomeren, Notorious D.E.B.T.

    [Adulting B047] When Your First Job After Graduation Sucks, ft. Lindsay VanSomeren, Notorious D.E.B.T.

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    Show Notes

    Ugh. Does your first job out of college suck?

    Join the club.

    One of the first harsh lessons of adulting is that sometimes you don’t get your dream job when you finish your degree. But just because the job sucks, doesn’t mean you can’t learn something.

    Lindsay VanSomeren from Notorious D.E.B.T. joins us to talk about her terrible first job after college — and what she did to get out of the rut. It’s your first job, not your permanent job. Learn, survive, and move on to something better.

    Find Lindsay on Twitter and Facebook.

    Watch the video above or listen to the audio podcast below.



    Hosted byHarlan L. Landes and Miranda Marquit

    Produced byadulting.tv

    Edited and mixed bySteve Stewart

    Music bybensound.com

    • 31 min
    [Adulting A104] Listen, Really Listen: Grow Your Emotional Intelligence to Make Better Decisions

    [Adulting A104] Listen, Really Listen: Grow Your Emotional Intelligence to Make Better Decisions

    We hear about IQ all the time — even if it’s controversial. However, book smarts and the ability to pass a test might not help you a lot in your interactions with other people. What you need to develop is emotional intelligence.

    The ability connect with others is an important part of life. When you develop emotional intelligence, your relationships with others, from your friends to your coworkers to your kids to your parents to your life partner, improve immensely.

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    * What it means to be emotionally intelligent.

    * How your emotional intelligence helps you interact with others.

    * Tips for using emotional control to problem-solve.

    * The importance of being able to understand others.

    * How to develop an emotionally intelligent approach to life.

    * Tips for boost your level of emotional intelligence.

    * Learning to recognize your emotions and others.

    * How to practice different activities to make you more emotionally intelligent.



    Use this week’s DO NOWs to get started with developing your emotional intelligence. Begin recording your feelings in a journal, and practice active listening. You can also begin looking for others’ good qualities and get input from others about your own personality and how you come across.

    Having trouble identifying social cues? Our question this week looks at what happens when you struggle in social situations. We talk about developing emotional intelligence and how to improve your skills if needed.





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    • 29 min
    [Adulting B046] Choose a Health Plan That Won’t Make You Sick with Jennifer Jackson, ADLT 101

    [Adulting B046] Choose a Health Plan That Won’t Make You Sick with Jennifer Jackson, ADLT 101

    Once in a while, we present Adulting.tv LIVE! Subscribe on YouTube to hear about future events, and share your questions about or suggestions for our next discussions!

    Show Notes

    Are you trying to figure out a health plan? During open enrollment, it can be difficult to decide what to pick. After all, there can be a lot of choices. You want to make sure you get the right one for you.

    Today we’re joined by Jennifer Jackson from ADLT 101. She talks about the first time she tried to find a health plan. We’ll talk about how to make the most of your company options, and what to watch for the next time the government exchanges are open.

    Health insurance is one of those things you need as an adult, whether you think you’ll get sick or not.

    Find Jennifer on Twitter and Facebook.

    You can always ask us questions in the #Adulting community on Facebook as well.

    Watch the video above or listen to the audio podcast below.



    Hosted byHarlan L. Landes and Miranda Marquit

    Produced byadulting.tv

    Edited and mixed bySteve Stewart

    Music bybensound.com

    • 38 min
    [Adulting A103] When Your Friends Won’t Visit: Make and Keep Your Home Presentable

    [Adulting A103] When Your Friends Won’t Visit: Make and Keep Your Home Presentable

    Do you wish your friends and family would see you more? Maybe the issue is your living space. Is it comfortable? Is it clean?

    If it’s not, that could be the issue. When your place is cluttered and/or dirty, it’s uncomfortable and it’s difficult for people to feel at home, they won’t want to come over. So, what can you do?

    We’re going to talk about how you can make your living space into a place others want to be.

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    * Why it’s important to clear clutter and clean up.

    * Overcoming the difficulties of organizing and cleaning when it’s been a long time.

    * The benefits of a clean and organized living space.

    * Main issues: disorganization and cleanliness.

    * Tips for organizing your living space.

    * Ideas for cleaning your space — and keeping it clean.

    * Why you should consider reducing what you have.

    * Tricks for organization when you live in a small space.

    * How to maintain your organized and clean space once you have it.



    For this week’s DO NOWs, we start by looking at the living space and figuring out where to start. Choose one area and tackle that. Then move forward.

    Do you wish friends and family would just accept your messiness? They might like YOU, but they might not be comfortable in your home. We talk about reconciling that reality in response to this week’s listener question.





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    • 47 min
    [Adulting A102] 10/10 Would Hire: Get the Professional References You Deserve

    [Adulting A102] 10/10 Would Hire: Get the Professional References You Deserve

    Do you want a better job? You need professional references to help you reach the next level.

    As always, who you know matters. You don’t necessarily need to know someone on the inside, but you do need to have references who matter. As you apply for jobs, make sure you have the right references to make a difference in your career search.

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    * Reasons your professional references matter so much.

    * How the right references can build your credibility.

    * Tips for choosing the right people to serve as your references.

    * The difference between personal references and professional references.

    * How to approach potential references.

    * Things you need to let your references know if you want to make the most of the situation.

    * Why you need to be prepared to write your own letter of recommendation.

    * What to do after your reference has agreed to help you out.

    * Tips for leveraging your network down the road.



    For this week’s DO NOWs, we take a look at how you can identify professional references and practice how to approach them. Then we ask you to take action and make contact with one reference this week.

    What happens if you don’t have anyone who can give you a good reference? This week’s reader question tackles the thorny issue of winning over a reluctant reference.





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    • 28 min

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B012 Delayed Parenthood

This was a wonderful discussion, and it doesn't matter what generation you're in or from. As a boomer, I had tremendous pressure from family to have children (I married at 22 yrs old). But my husband and I were in NO position to have a child - financially, maturity [although nothing matures you faster than children] and otherwise. My husband was still in school, then I was still in school for a couple of years as well. I DID end up having our first child two years after I graduated and did keep working (for a while) afterward. I was 30 years old. I was lucky enough to live upstate NY at that time and the cost of living was low and easy and my part-time work along with my husband's full-time job helped. And I found out that no matter what, you just don't know WHAT to fully expect -- but as long as you have SOME plans in place, you adjust, adjust. Lifestyles adjust [fairly easily], finances adjust [not as easy, but they do]. I also worked from home at that time, I also realized that I needed to fully devote myself to the work at that time, and it worked, a balancing act, and it worked. My kids' Dad was very helpful -- he always worked full time, but when he was home he was amazingly helpful. Anyway absolutely no regrets and I feel that it worked out the way it should have when my kids were young. It became more difficult as they and their parents got older, but that's another story, with other learning opportunities. In the end, honestly, it is so worth it. And by the way, I try to avoid putting any pressure on my kids for grandkids (well, after asking a few times early on, of course). I was under A LOT of pressure to have children and it's amazing that I resisted it until I really was ready.

JosephHogue ,

An episode for everyone

I soooo needed A016. Some excellent topics here and great perspectives. Listen to one and you'll end up binging four or five.

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