Why Millennials Should Find a Way To Move Out of Their Parents..

Thousands of Millennials are returning home with their degrees in hand only to move back into the same room they spent their childhood growing up in. Millennials are moving back to mom’s house at an alarming rate. According to the U.S. Census 30% of Millennials aged 18–34 (nearly 22 million) are currently living with their parents. Some are doing it out of necessity, and some because it is the easiest alternative.

After graduating from college and living on my own, I was broke and entirely incapable of affording even the cheapest Los Angeles rent, so I moved back in with my parents. I didn’t feel weird at first, because I knew I wasn’t the only one who was doing it.

But one day it hit me like a train…

My mom called me FAT

I freaked out and started to assess what had allowed for me to get this tubby. Since moving back in with my parents I had let myself go and stopped exercising as frequently as I should have. But the biggest factor in my weight was what I was eating. My mom loved giving my brother and I snacks. And growing up I loved the sugary, carb-filled treats that were available in the pantry.

However, I was the heaviest I had ever been and I started to realize that the eating habits of my family were not conducive to my health and fitness goals. I had to change my environment in order for me to achieve the success I knew I was capable of.

I realized that if I was going to achieve the fulfillment, success, and happiness that I desired then I was going to have to find a way to move out.

Here’s why I think it’s so important to move out

1. Limiting Beliefs- It is natural for a person to adopt the beliefs of the people around them. Especially the people that provide for them. However, most of our parents were born in a different time that required a different way of thinking that no longer serves the Millennial generation. Although my parents had the best intentions for me, they always suggested the safe and conservative route that would most likely have led to me broke, overweight, and still living at home.

In order to truly discover who we are, we must be able to venture off on our own in order to challenge our previously held beliefs and realize OUR (not our parents) true potential.

2. Self-Exploration- Living on your own provides a freedom of choice that is simply not possible when living with a family who’s momentum has been going on for years. When I moved out, I was finally able to get on my own nutrition regimen that allowed for me to lose 15 lbs and caused my mom to say I was getting “too skinny.”

My family is my highest priority and my biggest motivator. But I know that in order to realize my full potential, I must allow myself to venture out, discover, experiment, and often times fail so that I can learn how to succeed.

3. Habits- Break free of the shackles! As I look back on my childhood I start to notice some of that habits that were enabled by my family. Habits like eating unhealthy snack food and not saving money from my paychecks were habits left over from a time when I was fat and broke. I had to remove myself from the environment that perpetuated the challenges I experienced throughout my life.

Momentum is a real thing and our habits live and die with momentum. Take time to assess your life and the habits you have. Where do they come from? Were they intentionally put there by you? Do they serve your purpose and help your toward your goals? Or are they just there because we haven’t thought enough about changing the momentum?

Do you think it’s important to move out?