• Three Pieces of Advice From Successful Women

    Today I attended a presentation at work given by three very successful women with the titles of either Principal or Executive Director. Women leaders – successful in their careers, married, with young children (average age of about 9). The presentation was on each of these women’s path to success, and my main takeaway can be summarized with three things: Role Models – In advancing your career, it certainly helps to have role models. Who inspires you? Who do you feel would make a good pattern for you to follow? Who is someone a little farther in life than you, or a few steps ahead of you in his or her career?…

  • Figuring Out What I’m Good At To Make A Living

    Transitioning into working adult life is not easy, to say the least. Not until I got to this stage did the question “What am I doing with my life?” come up in me as a regular occurrence. I graduated from a prestigious university with a Math/Economics degree, took a three year Bible-school detour, and then jumped back into looking for a “real job.” Do I regret Bible school? No, I don’t, because I learned and grew a lot through that invested time. But after my three year “real world” hiatus, I find myself wondering what I practically need to do to have the financial means to support a family in…

  • Practicing Self-Employment

    Whether or not this blog ever turns into an actual business is not entirely up to me, but one thing I do know is that I have the intention of using this blog as a means for me to help develop various skills, including discipline and commitment. This involves doing things even when I don’t feel like doing them, and honestly, that’s one of the biggest things I struggle with. So I decided to treat my whole online blog world (and all that is attached to it) as my self-employed work, for no pay with the exchange of learning hopefully valuable life lessons. That is why right now, as my…

  • My Age

    It’s the number of blog posts I’ve written and it’s also my age. I remember being a teenager and thinking that anyone who is 25 must be a mature adult, and then 25 rolled around. As I look around at my fellow millennials, I wonder how many of them actually feel like “real” adults. I’ve been reading The Defining Decade by Meg Jay and I appreciate so much her smashing of common concepts that have seeped into today’s culture – that “30 is the new 20” and that in this generation we can view our twenties as a freebie decade, a buffer period during which we don’t need to live…

  • Your Twenties Matter

    How do I know? Well, there’s this really good book.. this is how excited I was when it came in the mail. Glad I have Amazon Prime. I’m 26 and I wish I read it earlier, but I’m thankful I’m still in my twenties. It’s all about perspective.

  • Climbing Out of the Hole of Ignorance

    First of all, I found this free groundhog picture online and think it’s so cute and ugly at the same time, and it also fits my title quite well, if I say so myself. According to dictionary.com, the word ignorant means “uninformed; unaware.” I can related to this definition. I’m not sure what happened, but growing up I was never the most informed U.S. citizen. Call me American, or, who knows. I personally don’t really understand the concept that Americans are ignorant, because from my observation, all my co-workers and the ones I interact with seem to always know what’s going on in the world, and it’s like second nature for…

  • Start a Business?

    Recently I’ve been subscribing to blogs of young women who seem similar to me yet have way cooler and successful blogs that have even turned into their own awesome business. There’s something about the whole “do what you love” mantra that kind of hits home for me, but there’s also something scary about it. Probably because I’ve grown up with the view that getting the highest degrees and pursuing the highest paying careers will bring much stability and therefore happiness in life. As a millennial who has struggled much to even just pay for rent, I’ve come to terms with the fact that yes, money is important, because if you…

  • The Benefits of Early Rising

    “Early rising” may be defined differently for different people. If you’re a college/university student who only has afternoon and evening classes, perhaps your regular rise time is noon. If you’re a working professional, you might normally wake up between 6 to 8am, depending on when you get into work in addition to commute time. Regardless of when you may normally wake up, here’s my working definition of early rising that can apply to just about everyone: Early rising means waking (and getting) up at a time that is earlier than what one has been accustomed to. For most of my life, I’ve been a long-term victim of the Snooze Button (and…

  • How I Have Been Getting My Adult Life Together

    There’s something in me that says that not many twentysomethings these days can assuredly say they’ve got their life figured out, that they have it all together and they’re all set for life. I’m 26 years old, turning 27 in less than 3 months (which means I’m practically 30), and based on how this past year turned out, I would say that 2017 has been a roller coaster of trial and error, of more failures than successes, of learning how to live independently (esp. financially) from my immediate family for the first time. Yes, I know, moving out at 26 seems pretty darn late in life, but personally I am…