The TEA

TEA= Transitioning early adults. The adulting blog that doesn’t pretend to know the answers, but is trying to find them.

My Open Letter to 2020 Grads

Yesterday, I spent an embarrassing amount of time on my phone. Which, frankly, has been the case most days during quarantine. What prompted my rampant scrolling and reminiscing yesterday was my alma mater’s. University of San Diego, graduation day. My feeds were flooded with pictures of people posing in front of campuses’ most known buildingsContinue reading “My Open Letter to 2020 Grads”

Practicing Gratitude

It’s no big secret that I am a nerd. To solidify my nerd status,  I enrolled in an enrichment class last fall called “The Nature of Happiness”. We discussed different philosophers, how they proposed reaching happiness, along with some psychologists theories as well. As part of the class, we took a test to find outContinue reading “Practicing Gratitude”

How to Run 101

Happy Monday everybody! As I have mentioned before, one of the more productive things I have done during this quarantine time is to start running again. Back in college, I ran 3-4 times a week, and even did two half marathons (I know, I can’t really believe it either).  Moving back to Colorado from SanContinue reading “How to Run 101”

Drinking From Home

Drinking from home has become just as essential as working from home these last few months. One of my favorite things to do, quarantine or real life, is to explore different alcoholic beverages. From craft beer to cocktails, I love to mix it up when in the kitchen with different drinks. For anyone looking forContinue reading “Drinking From Home”

Boundary Setting

Happy Monday (or whenever you are reading this)! These past couple of weeks, I have been quarantining with my parents; and with that, comes a lot of change for me.  Waking up to hearing a dog barking, sharing a TV with two other people, and coordinating schedules are all new things to me. For thoseContinue reading “Boundary Setting”

What I made this week- Week of March 30th – AKA week 3 of Coronavirus quarantine

  This week I decided to get a bit fancy with my meals. My boyfriends and I went to the grocery store when all this coronavirus craziness began and there was NOTHING, not even bread. So for the first two weeks of quarantines we were living off of frozen pizza and mac and cheese. ButContinue reading “What I made this week- Week of March 30th – AKA week 3 of Coronavirus quarantine”

Selfish or Self Care?

This past week, I’ve really been struggling with what it means to be “selfish”. Working from home, I am loving distance from my coworkers, the hustle and bustle of the courthouse, and, quite frankly, the clients. Guilt begins to set in when I think about how I am enjoying my time at home while othersContinue reading “Selfish or Self Care?”

Mother Knows Best

On the heels of Bachelor Peter’s announcement that he WILL NOT be pursuing a relationship with Madison I would like to continue my rant on The Bachelor’s two night season finale. Let’s talk about Barb: the overbearing, emotional mother America hates right now. Barb spent a good portion of Tuesday night’s episode roasting Peter (herContinue reading “Mother Knows Best”

Plans vs. Goals

When I was in high school, I had a plan for my future. When people would ask me what I wanted to do for my career or study in college, I would give an almost robotic answer, that would go something like this:  I will study psychology, preferably at a school that has a sportsContinue reading “Plans vs. Goals”

Speak Your Needs

Talking is easy; communication is hard.  Shockingly, at one point in my life, I was shy. Meeting new people as a small child, I would cower behind my mother’s legs, speak in a quavering voice if someone asked me a simple question, such as: “What is your name?”.  Overcoming my shyness was a long andContinue reading “Speak Your Needs”

Parenting your parents

Do your parents call your grandparents by their first names? My dad has called his dad “Ray” for my whole life. When did that start? And will I ever call my parents Jeff and Berny? That possibility always seemed unlikely, up until about 10 months ago. 10 months ago my parents went through a prettyContinue reading “Parenting your parents”

All the single shaming, all the single shaming (now put your hands up!)

“Got any plans tonight?” coworkers asked on Friday (which, in case you were not aware, was Valentine’s Day), with raised eyebrows. I shyly responded no, that I would be heading up to the mountains with my parents, and had to face their looks of apparent disappointment.  “Single shaming” is a real phenomenon for those ofContinue reading “All the single shaming, all the single shaming (now put your hands up!)”

The Balancing Act

A couple of weeks ago, while innocently playing basketball on a cold day, something unprecedented happened; I pulled a muscle in my back. Being the hypochondriac I am, I immediately assumed the worst: lung problems, kidney failure… you know the drill. After lying down for a couple of hours and taking Tylenol, I was confrontedContinue reading “The Balancing Act”

About the Authors

About Monica: I’m 23 years old, living in the delightful Denver area, where I grew up. I’m already working my second post graduation job (millenials, am I right?) and still feel as though I am seeking my purpose. While I won’t pretend to actually know any of the answers, I will enjoy the process of trying to figure it out and share that with you all. 

About Meghan: Hi! I’m Meghan, Monica’s best friend (or at least I have self-proclaimed myself as such) I have lived in Denver, CO my whole life, Literally. I went to the University of Colorado Boulder SKO BUFFS and since graduating from there have been trying to figure out life as an adult. In my 1.5 years of living in the adult world, I haven’t learned much, but I have learned how to grow in times for hardship and I hope to share some of that advice with you!  


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