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What No One Tells You About... This Being A Grown-Up Thing

Another day, another new series on Toasty. I've really been enjoying writing lifestyle posts recently, and I actually jotted this one down on a whim. I was planning to schedule it for next month but it was finished and I feel like it's quite relevant since today is the day student loans come in for lots of us (plus I just get excited when a post comes together so quickly!)

So, what am I talking about? Adulthood. That big, bad thing called 'being a grown up', a stage which, if you were anything like me as a teenager, you often wished you could reach as soon as possible. Except adulthood is full of responsibilities, and expenses, and a whole host of unexpected 'treats'. Don't get me wrong, I love the independence that has come with moving out and moving away, but there are definitely things that no warned me about, as you'll see below. Enjoy!

Does everyone remember the classic British TV moment in the bottom picture? My favourite thing about it was the look of sheer terror on Nicole Scherzinger's face.

1. Acne is not just for teenagers. 
And, if you're anything like me, life will give you the acne you managed to avoid in your teens. Joy.

2. Your metabolism goes down. 

I used to be able to eat like a horse and not gain any weight. I wouldn't say that my diet was ever full of junk food, but I never really gave much thought to the nutritional value of what I was eating, and if I did have a bit of a binge I just worked it off in my ballet lessons.

But since I stopped dancing I can no longer hit the chocolate aisle the way I used to. While I am all for indulging when I go out for a meal, I try and stick to a healthy diet most of the time now. That means plenty of fruit and veg, protein like chicken and eggs, wholemeal carbs, and good fats like avacado and salmon. I'm still partial to the odd nachos fix, but it's much rarer these days, and since I started paying more attention to what I eat I've noticed that I have more energy and fewer junk food cravings. Win.

3. You need to budget. 

Why does no one ever teach us this at school? Not once have I needed to use Pythagoras' theorem, except in my GCSE maths paper many moons ago. I have, however, had to learn how to live off a certain amount of money each week/month/year in order to pay my rent/bills and still have a life. It's an important skill, and I think it's very much overlooked  not once did anyone sit me down and explain how to budget, how to set up a direct debit, how an overdraft works. My parents certainly taught me the value of money, but everything I know about budgeting I figured out myself (or from other bloggers. I love you guys).

4. The homeware department suddenly becomes the best thing ever. 

I could spend a fortune on cushions, candle holders, doorstops and throws given half the chance (but I don't  see previous point). Whenever I go to Primark my first stop is always the homeware section, and the temptation to redecorate each season is becoming greater by the day. I won't lie, one of the most appealing things about the idea of owning my own house or flat (the impossible dream!) is the thought of being able to decorate it to my tastes. 

5. You don't ever feel grown up. 

I always thought I'd reach a certain point (around the age of 21, hahahaha!) where I'd feel like I'd got my shit together, but the fact is that life changes: you change, you learn, and (hopefully) you grow. It's good to have a plan, and I am the queen of the to-do list, but things don't always work out the way you expect them to, and that's okay. Everyone else is just winging it too.

I'm sure there are more, these are just the things that are the most relevant to me at the moment. Hopefully there'll be many more What No One Tells You posts to come  let me know if there are any topics you'd like to see. I'll have to do another post on the adulthood theme once I graduate and discover the joys of paying for things like council tax. 

What did no one tell you about growing up? Have you experienced any of these? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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