I launched Optimistic Millennial in December of 2015. This blog was designed to be a space where young adults can find resources that help them overcome financial and career related obstacles to adulthood, while also providing the tools, resources, and knowledge that other generations need to work with this unique generation.
The idea for Optimistic Millennial came from questions that I frequently received, as well as my own experience with student loan debt, balancing personal finance, and optimizing my income to find financial freedom.
When I graduated from college in 2011, jobs weren’t as available as I expected. Adding to the ensuing panic was the looming student loan payments that started quickly after graduating. Between me and my husband, our minimum payment was $900 per month. We left school with $71,000 principle balance in combined student loan debt.
Thankfully we did land solid jobs out of college. This was a start, but what to do about those student loans?
We started working, spending, and paying down debt like it was going out of style.
Even though we bought a house, made a major ($9,000) repair on said house, moved twice (once cross country) and gave or saved more than 15% of our income along the way, we made our last student loan payment in November of 2015. I wanted the same for every other person I knew struggling with debt.
Not to mention, in the process of entering my career, I noticed how differently young adults behaved in the workplace and beyond. I saw the gap between the desires of many millennials to positively impact the world and the tools, resources, and outlets to do so.
Most importantly, I saw all the negative stereotypes associated with the millennial generation, but couldn’t reconcile them with the majority of the hard working, resourceful, creative and driven millennials I knew. I decided to bring their stories to the world and tell the truth about who millennials really are.
In May of 2016, I became an Under 30 contributor for Forbes, advising on topics such as workplace issues, trends, and habits of millennials. You can find all of my Forbes articles here.
I’ve spent the last few years working to understand common trends among generations in the workplace and solutions that can help bridge the divide between different aged employees. I analyze trends and reports that give us insights into what’s wrong with young employees (and older ones too), then offer realistic and practical solutions to workplace challenges.
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