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Social media can be a great tool that connects people all over the world, but we also know it can be a deep pit that takes our time and sanity. Learning to set healthy boundaries on social media is a huge part of adulting. This week, Shawna and John are joined by Lem Fillyaw, “Hype Man” from Life Promotions, to talk about what you can do to set healthy boundaries while on social media.
You can never be totally ready for every emergency, but part of adulting is doing what you can to be ready for some. This Week, Shawna and John talk with Fire Officer Ben Holle to discuss what you can do today to prepare for whatever may happen tomorrow.
It's becoming more common for people to turn their dreams of starting their own business into a reality. But for many of us, getting started can seem like an impossible task. This week, Shawna and John are joined by Anna and Spencer, founders of Honeyland Juice, to talk about what it looked like for them to start their own business, and what you need to know before you open your own business.
Every one of us has opportunities to lead, but for some of us, this can be a new and scary role. This week, Shawna and John talk with Guest Aaron Johnson, General Manager and Owner of Oshkosh Plating, about what it looks like to lead others, especially if those others are older than you. They discuss what really makes a good leader and what you can start doing today to lead well, no matter where you are.
Finding friends when you’re an adult can be difficult but finding a whole community to get plugged into can feel almost impossible, but you got this. Shawna, John, and special guest Ryan Groshek talk about their struggles to get plugged into a community, what they did to overcome these challenges, and how you can find a community that you can thrive in.
It doesn’t matter where you work, or what you do, talking with your co-workers about your faith is tough. This week, Shawna and John are joined by Chris Wise, chairman of the C-12 group in Northeastern Wisconsin. Chris shares his experiences with sharing your faith with his co-workers, as well as tips on how you can be more confident talking to your co-workers about what you believe.
We all get a lot of advice throughout our lives. Not all of it is particularly helpful, but some of it sticks out and can help you if it’s applied right. This week, Shawna and John look back at the best advice they’ve ever received and share what has made it so meaningful to them.
Saying I do is a big step in adulting, but before you say your vows, you have to spend a lot of time prepping and planning for the big day. This week, Shawna and John are joined by Alex Vechart as they discuss the ins and outs of wedding planning. Alex shares his own experiences as he what he has been learning as he and his fiancé prepare for their wedding this fall.
Landing a job interview is a huge win, but what do you do next? What do you wear to the interview? How do you act? And what do you say if you don’t know how to answer a question. This week, Shawna and John are joined by Sonia Barham, CEO of the Family Radio Network, as they talk about the dos and don'ts of a job interview. Sonia offers insight into what employers are looking for, and what you can do to stand out during the interview process.
The great American road trip can be a fun and relaxing getaway, but if you aren’t careful it can also turn into a stress-filled, budget-breaking nightmare. This week, Shawna and John talk about some of their favorite road trip memories, as well as tips on how to save money and stay entertained.
A good day of adulting starts with a healthy breakfast. This week, Caleb, Shawna, and John talk about the most important meal. They discuss their struggles with finding time for food in the busy mornings and offer advice on how you can have a healthy breakfast ready as you’re rushing out the door.
It’s easy to ignore the smells in your home, until you have guests. This week, Caleb, Shawna, and John talk about their struggles to get rid of the weird odors in their houses and they offer tips on how to not just cover smells, but how to keep things smelling nice.
In the past, Caleb, Shawna, and John have shared their confusion about retirement. This week, Chris Hogan from Ramsey Solutions joins the Welcome to Adulting crew to offer his expert wisdom on saving for retirement, budgeting, and what you can do now to start becoming an everyday millionaire.
Starting a good habit can be a huge win but keeping them going is a challenge. This week, Caleb, Shawna, and John share some of the habits they've struggled to keep long term and some tips on how you can continue to maintain your healthy habits for more than one week.
Figuring our what to do with your life after school is always stressful, but especially now. This week, Caleb, Shawna, and John share their experiences after graduation and discuss the different ways you can adult, even if it has nothing to do with what you studied in school.
Summer is finally here and it’s more important than ever to make the most of your out door space. This week, Caleb, Shawna, and John share their summer yard plans, failed projects of the past and tips for how to get the most of the short summer season.
Do you ever have the suspicion that you might be doing your laundry wrong? If so, you’re not alone. Caleb, Shawna, and John also struggle with the weekly battle against the dirty cloths pile. This week they talk about the struggle to keep up with laundry, what the setting on your washer actually do, and they share tips that can help you approach your cloths with confidence.
Eating out or getting delivery is fun, until the bill comes, and you have to decide how much to tip. This week Caleb, Shawna, and John share their confusion and frustration with figuring out who to tip and how much. They also talk about people you might forget to tip like contractors, hotel staff, and bathroom attendants.
It’s tough to think about retirement when you are just starting out, but if you don’t plan now, you will be in for a shock at 65. This week, Caleb, Shawna, and John discuss their struggles with investing into their retirement and what they did do start to conversation of how to start saving.
Staying at home helps to have an impact on the spread of COVID-19, but it also has an impact on your mental health. This week, Caleb, Shawna, and John share what they have been doing to help cope with the new normal and ways that you can maintain positive mental health practices while staying at home. They also reflect on some adulting wins like making ice cream out of bananas.
Over the past month, pet adoptions have increased tremendously, but with new animals comes new responsibilities. This week, Caleb, Shawna, and John talk about the ups and downs of taking care of another living creature. They also share adulting wins like avoiding unnecessary online shopping and using their stimulus money wisely.
As social distancing continues, adulting continues to get more difficult, especially when you are working from home. This week, Caleb, Shawna, and John share their tips for working from home, and practices that you can implement in your life even after the quarantine is over. They also share wins like clean out their junk drawer and spending more time reading.
With about 3 weeks of quarantine under their belts Caleb, Shawna, and John spend some time checking in and catching up. They share what they and others have been doing to stay sane while staying at home, how to remain social while social distancing, and even give tips on the best stay at home hairstyles.
During the transition into adulthood a lot of surprising things change, like your relationship with your parents. This week, Caleb, Shawna, and John talk with John’s parents about what that transition looks like, and how to grow and strengthen that relationship even after you become a full-fledged adult. They also share adulting wins, like picking up after your dog after a long winter and calling friends and family in the middle of a pandemic.
Adulting is scary and stressful enough as it is, but with the outbreak of COVID-19 things seem like things have been cranked up to eleven. This week, Caleb, Shawna, and John discuss what they’re doing to continue adulting as we all try to stop the spread of the virus. They share what they are doing to get used to the new normal and how you can hold onto hope in the middle of this crisis
We all have different motivations to clean up. Maybe your girlfriend is coming over for the first time, or you’ve been hibernating the last 5 months and your friends want to see how you’re doing. Either way, you’ve got this. This week Shawna, Caleb, and John discuss the ever so popular trend of Spring Cleaning. Plus, they discuss other wins and how long it is acceptable to avoid cleaning your car during the winter.
Episode 26 - W-2, Work Fridges, and a Wonderful Announcement - Feat. Bob Hofacker, CPA from Baker Tilly- 3/9/20
The only thing you can count on is death and taxes, and sometimes they can be equally terrifying. This week, Caleb, Shawna, and John are joined by Bob Hofacker, a CPA and Senior Accountant at Baker Tilly. They discuss ways to conquer your taxes, get the best possible deductible, and what to do if you aren’t ready by April 15th. They also share their Adulting Wins like cleaning out the fridge and getting a girlfriend!!!
It’s easy to overlook others when you are working hard to adult. This week Caleb, Shawna and John discuss the importance of serving others in your community and what they've learned from their experiences volunteering. They also celebrate wins like not waiting till the last minute to renew car insurance and fixing a computer to prevent it from catching on fire.
Laundry is a constant, unending stress that can easily overwhelm you, but you got this. This week, Caleb, Shawna, and John share their stories and struggles with keeping their dirty laundry at bay as well as adulting wins like fixing a snow blower and keeping all ten fingers.
Part of Adulting is learning how to navigate relationships, and that can be extremely difficult when it comes to the people you work with. This week, Caleb, Shawna, and John share their stories of navigating workplace friendships as well as celebrating wins like starting a new workout routine and going vegan.
The joy and romance of Valentine’s Day can easily turn into a confusing nightmare when you don’t have a plan. This week Caleb, Shawna, and John share their stories of past Valentines Days, the stress of trying to find the perfect gift and what to do if you are single on a day made for couples. They also share their wins like paying off a car loan and learning to sew a button.
Saying that conflict is tough is an obvious statement but learning how to approach conflict confidently and productively is one of the best adulting skills you can learn. This week, Caleb, Shawna, and John share their experiences having those awkward and tough conversations, and what they learned from them. They also share wins like recycling more and celebrating Christmas with family a few weeks late.
Cars are expensive and confusing, but with a little bit of knowledge and some maintenance, you can save a lot of money & adult confidently. This week Caleb, Shawna, and John share how you can avoid the frustrations and failures with your car.
The most common New Year’s Resolutions involve healthy living. Almost everyone wants to improve their diet or exercise more and this week Caleb, Shawna and John discuss their struggles with and strategies for living a healthy lifestyle. They also share their Adulting wins like eating leftovers before they go bad or finally scheduling a dentist’s appointment.
No one likes going to the dentist, and good oral hygiene habits are tough to maintain. This week, Caleb, Shawna, and John share their fears and horror stories of going to the dentist and how you can make good changes that will keep those pearly whites shining. They also share wins like bring your dirty dishes home from work and getting a haircut.
On paper, going on vacation sounds like a ton of fun, but the time money and planning it takes can quickly turn them into a stress filled nightmare. This week; Caleb, Shawna, and John share how they’ve learned to make the most of time away and do it under budget.
Taking care of your mind is just as important as taking care of your body. This week Caleb, Shawna, and John share their stories of understanding the importance of mental health and what they have done to find help. They discuss ways they’ve learned to maintain their mental health and ways you can help others who may be struggling.
Stepping out to ask someone out is tough, and actually going on a first date can be an extremely awkward time. This week, Caleb Shawna and John share their dating stories and tips on how you can have fun on a first date. They also discuss their wins like finishing almost 12 loads of laundry and getting a week’s worth of groceries in less than 20 minutes.
The Holiday season kicks off this week and Caleb, Shawna and John are here to help you survive it. This week they share how to avoid family drama and enjoy the festivities, even if you tend to be a scrooge. They share their wins like hosting a game night with friends and making plans to spend time with the in-laws.
Few things are as frustrating as a wasted weekend, but it’s so easy to get stuck doing nothing. This week on Welcome to Adulting; Caleb Shawna and John share their tips for making the most of your days off in order to come back to work on Monday ready to go. They also celebrate wins like changing insurance and paying off student loans.
The last thing anyone wants to think about after a long day of adulting is what they are making for dinner. This week Caleb, Shawna and John talk about their favorite ways to make cooking less intimidating and a lot more fun. They also talk share the struggles of finishing school, understanding insurance and making sure your car has working breaks.
How much should you be spending on groceries? What do you do if your kids are having a melt down in the cereal isle? How do you deal with the emotional devastation of your milk going bad? Groceries are confusing and shopping for them can be hard, but you’ve got this. This week Caleb, Shawna and John are here to share what they’ve learned about concurring the produce isle, staying away from the sweets and checking out under budget and faster than ever.
Who wouldn’t like a do-over? We’ve all missed a great job opportunity, ruined a promising relationship, or even just said something dumb that has stuck with us for years. You might not be able to go back, but you can move forward. This week, Caleb, Shawna, and John share some of their regrets and how they’ve learned to deal with them.
Episode 5 - Painting, Parenting, and Professional Networking - 10/14/19
What even is networking? How do you make a good first impression? What do you do after you give someone your business card? Caleb, Shawna and John aren’t expert networkers, but this week they’ll share how they’ve taken some of the stress out of making professional connections.
It can be embarrassing to admit that you need help, but there’s no reason to be afraid to ask for it. Caleb, Shawna, and John talk about why they struggle to ask for help and share stories of times they learned they couldn’t do it alone. They also discuss apartment living, how to meet your neighbors and weather or not you need to wash your pillow.
Where does all the money go? How do you save enough money to be able to eat more than ramen at the end of the month? Budgeting is hard but you got this. Caleb, Shawna and John are here to offer a helping hand and a few strategies that will help you stretch your money a little further.
Everyone loves a wedding... until you have to plan one yourself. Caleb, Shawna, and John share their tips and tricks on how to plan a wedding and how to have a good time, weather you are getting married, or just attending. Learn everything from how to give the perfect toast to how much you should be spending on a wedding gift.
I’m in my mid 20’s and constantly feel like I’m a 4-year-old pretending to be a grown-up. I am a single guy, but I try hard to make my apartment somewhat clean. When I’m not busy being Ryan Gosling's body double, I try to read deep philosophical texts, I enjoy the arts, rescuing and raising endangered rhinos and cooking gourmet meals. I may not have any money saved for my retirement, but at least I get my oil changed somewhat regularly. Now, that's an adulting win!
I am married to my high school sweetheart, mom to 3 amazing kiddos navigating through this up and down whirlwind called life as an ADULT! Join me in this journey of adulthood where every single day God humbles me as I try to figure out how to successfully "Adult" in-between tantrums, homework, housework, marriage, and motherhood all while trying to enjoy my coffee HOT! I may not always know what I am doing, but I am excited to share what I have learned!
Every week we will share someone's adulting wins. If we use your adulting win on the show, we'll send you one of our Welcome to Adulting buttons. You can do this! We can't wait to hear all of your wins! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We're here for you. Welcome to Adulting is a podcast dedicated to those who are entering and surviving the "real world." The hosts will share their experiences (good and bad) to remind you that you are not alone. The goal of Welcome to Adulting is to create an online support group where people will find hope, strength & encouragement.