WASHINGTON–– It’s hard out there for an adult, especially if you don’t really feel like one. The expression “to adult” and “adulting” has become a popular term to describe navigating day-to-day task one imagines a competent adult would engage in without fanfare–– but for you, it feels like a genuine accomplishment.
The Edlavitch DCJCC’s young professionals group, EntryPoint DC, hosted an event January 15 entitled “Adulting: An afternoon of Life Hack Workshops” geared toward people in their 20s and 30s looking to rise to the occasion with regularity. In a series of sessions, speakers discussed topics including career planning, modern dating, managing finances, and the 2016 presidential election.
Writer and social media strategist Jon Savitt led “Getting out of your Bubble: A Post-Election Dialogue.”
“As an adult I think it’s hard to find the time to actually sit down and talk about such issues in a meaningful way,” Savitt said. “In such tense political times, I wanted this to be an open space for respectful discussion–– to share personal experiences, to vent, and ultimately leave with tangible actions of what we can do if we want to leave our ‘bubbles.’”
“As President Obama put it, ‘If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try talking with one of them in real life,’” said Savitt.
Of course, there was also plenty of opportunity to nosh and schmooze between the sessions, giving participants an opportunity to connect and reflect on the discussions.
Event participant Mary Wexler said she found the session “Financially Fit: Managing Money, Homebuying, and Estate Planning” useful. “I liked how we spoke about real estate, since I’m a potential buyer,” she said. “The workshop was a very useful tool since I want to learn more about the DC market.”
Many participants also enjoyed Erika Ettin’s workshop “Real Talk About Modern Dating.” Ettin is the author of Love at First Site and founder of A Little Nudge, where she helps people navigate the world of online dating.
James Brock and Nachum Silverstein said it was refreshing to have discussions about what goes into dating as opposed to just trying to meet people online.
“As someone who craves learning,” said Savitt, “the workshops provided the opportunity to expand knowledge on unfamiliar subject matter–– an act that sometimes gets lost after school.”
“But honestly, what may have been most important was the fact that the event allowed you to meet strangers in an environment that’s not a bar,” he said.