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3 Life Changing Lessons I've Learned from Living Alone

If you are living on your own, can you relate to these?

Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

When you think about living on your own, the first thing that will surely come to mind is: FREEDOM. The space is all yours, you can decorate it with the things you like, you're in control of the colors—suffice to say, you are the boss.

While choosing to have your own space has its pros, it involves great responsibility too! Imagine managing all the bills, taking note of things to repair, and making sure that each corner of the house is clean—sthe adjustment may not be easy at first. If you've recently embarked on this journey, we're sure that you've learned a few important lessons along the way. Here are some of mine that you might be able to relate to: 

Independence can lead to a sense of fulfillment

The moment you move out of your parents' house, you immediately say hello to adult life. Paying bills and managing the home are two of the biggest challenges that you need to face but once you get the hang of it, you'll realize that it's something that you can enjoy. Nothing beats the feeling of fulfillment when you pay your own bills and rent!

Needs should be chosen over wants

Once you start living on your own, you clearly define the things you need and the things you simply want. To be able to spend money wisely, you need to see which items are worth splurging on. Of course you can reward yourself from time to time but you also have to keep track of expenses. For example, ask yourself: do you really need to buy expensive coffee every morning? Check your closet: do you really need a new dress? Being midful of your spending can help you save money.

It is important to think ahead

We all dream of having a house that we can call our own. Taking note of your expenses and choosing to spend your money wisely can help you save up for a bright future. Motivate yourself by envisioning how your dream home looks like—what would be the style? What pieces would you add? Thinking ahead allows you to plan and prepare for long-term goals.

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