How To Be A Grown Up with Daisy Buchanan

Daisy Buchanan, author of How To Be a Grown Up, teaches important life skills like how to be confident, how to manage money and how to wash your hair. And host Keith McArthur speaks with fitness contributor Kathleen Trotter about how exercise makes you smarter.

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Episode 16 Show Notes

[00:00] Welcome and Intro

[1:00] Featured interview with Daisy Buchanan

Daisy Buchanan is the author of How To Be a Grown Up: You’re Doing Fine and Let Me Tell You Why. Daisy is a freelance journalist living in England.

In this conversation, Keith and Daisy discuss:

  • How reviewing her own search history led Daisy to write this book [1:42]
  • How social media created an existential crisis for Daisy and other millennials [4:30]
  • Why Daisy chose to live in public with a more honest version of herself [7:52]
  • Why do millennials fetishize “adulting” [13:51]
  • How to wash your hair [19:10]
  • Why you’re probably doing fine at adulting [22:24]
  • How to be confident [23:41]
  • How to make and manage money [25:37]

[28:46] Daisy’s Instruction Manual

1. What are the habits you maintain every day to stay happy and healthy? [29:08]

  • To make sure she gets outside into nature every day

 2. What personal development book do you recommend? [30:26]

3. Favorite personal mantra / inspirational quote [32:33] 

  • “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” — John Watson (aka Ian McLaren)

4. What’s your one guilty pleasure? [33:43]

  • “I was brought up Catholic so all of my pleasures are guilty.”
  • Domino’s Stuffed Crust BBQ Pizza and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream
  • Re-reading books

5. When your time comes, how do you want to be remembered? [34:56]

  • “If my name were to come up in conversation after I have passed, I’d like people to say: ‘she was kind and she was funny.'”

[35:13] Where to find Daisy Buchanan

[36:25] Fitness contributor Kathleen Trotter on how exercise makes you smarter

Kathleen Trotter is author of Finding Your Fit: A Compassionate Trainer’s Guide to Making Fitness a Lifelong Habit

In this conversation, Keith and Kathleen discuss:

[44:30] Closing words

Feedback & Connect


  1. I’m currently TOTALLY into podcasts. I listen to 15 episodes of a new podcast each week. I’m using castbox right now. Is your podcast on there? I’d love to listen to it!

    • Hi Makala! Yes, you can find it My Instruction Manual on Castbox. After you listen, I would love to hear any feedback!

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