Understanding Gen X and Boomlets: The Millennial Challenge

Last night I was thinking about my favorite topics to ponder and write about.  You may have guess it if you’ve been following my blog for some time – MILLENNIALS are my favorite topic.

Why’s that? As a Millennial, my thought process really differs from people I work for and can sometimes cause misunderstandings or even clashes.  And I know I’m not the only.

In the times when I disagree with people I may work for or with, it helps to get an idea of the bigger picture.  Do we disagree on transparency because of personal ideas or is it because our generations have different values and viewpoints?

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On Writing: The Other Love of My Life

This month, I was listening to Shonda Rhimes’ audio book called Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person. It’s really good – it has all sorts of well-told stories you’d expect from a professional writer, and then some. She also shares great insight about her weaknesses and how she turned things around after becoming successful.

I connect with Shonda’s story on so many levels. She started out with a funny disclaimer that she’s a liar. That she comes up with stories for everything. And while she used to get in trouble for it as a kid, now this is how she makes her living.

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Indecision Kills: Being A Decisive Captain of Your Own Ship

Ever notice how indecisive people are rarely satisfied?

They spend their time going over the possibilities that would occur if they went one way, and all the other possibilities that would be there if they went the other way. But when I say possibilities, what I really mean is that indecisive people often focus on all the things that could go wrong, or what they could miss out on if they went one way, and not the other way.

What they fail to acknowledge is that life is a series of choices, and that it’s impossible to have it all.

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The Millennial Rehash: Lemons Out of Lemonade

Remember when I used to blog? You may have noticed that one of my favorite topics to ponder and write about was… Millennials. I’ve written about them here, here, here and here.

Well, Christmas came in August as a new study called the Millennial Report was published by XYZ University and it’s fascinating. If you’re poor like me, you can read this article by XYZ University CEO Sarah Sladek on LinkedIn.

Did You Know About the Millennial Turnover Trend?

What I’ve always been fascinated by – partly because I’ve experienced it myself – is the idea that Millennials hop around from job to job.

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Ask and Ye Shall Receive

What’s the saying? Ask and ye shall receive.

So I’ve been searching for a meaningful volunteering activity ever since I moved back West. And one just fell into my lap… Or pretty close.

So before I tell you about the more formal volunteering I’d like to do, I did get to help out an undergraduate and law school student this month. I formally mentor a first year law student and I also informally took under my wing a smart undergrad former Navy lady!

It’s been super fun hearing where these “kids” want to end up and the thoughts going through their minds as they search for who they’re meant to become. I know I had a similar path and really needed a helping hand and kind ear to listen to my aspirations. So far, I’ve really enjoyed connecting these bright ladies with people that can help them even more, and just sharing my own story on the path to finding where I’m meant to be!

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What Is More Fulfilling Than Helping Others?

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Happy 2016, everyone! We’re two months in, and it feels like this year is already moving right along.

I know I haven’t shared in a very long time, and I have been realizing more and more that I really miss this outlet to share and introspect about what is going on in my life (and the greater world).

Let me just say that life is wonderful! I moved out of a fairly horrible living situation, with an amazing living opportunity thrown into my lap completely unexpectedly. I’ve reconnected with good friends in the area, traveled to big cities for all of my holidays, and just had a wonderful time growing up and being content with who am I am and what I’ve become.

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Learning to See the Positive: Roommate Chronicles Part 2

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As I am nearing the corner of turning 30 in a few years, I’ve noticed that I am significantly more at peace. I’m more confident in my body, even though I was much skinnier in my most insecure years. I’m calmer, even though my responsibilities have grown. I’m happier, even though I’ve seen true cruelty, encountered monsters, and had my share of debt.

Note: This post is a continuation of Monday’s post about roommates!

The Perfect Roommate

In terms of roommates, I’ve lived with the elusive PERFECT roommate (alas, I got the dream job, and had to move away from the city we shared, and had to live with complete strangers, who indeed are not perfect).

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Learning to See the Positive: Roommate Chronicles Part 1

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Ever since I’ve moved out from my parents’ house to go to college at the ripe age of sixteen, I’ve lived with roommates.

As an introvert who needs space from people, a mini-OCD freak who likes to live in an orderly fashion, a wannabe chef who cleans as she goes and never leaves dirty dishes in the sink, and early bird who goes to bed early, I’ve always made sure that I lived with people to learn to adapt, work on compromising and generally not turn into a nutcase who talks to herself because she’s alone all the time.

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The Many Books of Summer

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Anyways, what books are you reading this summer? I’m reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  If you haven’t read it yet, I really encourage you to! It’s very well-written, funny without trying and very insightful.

As an immigrant, I’ve never really been able to put into words some of the confusing things I’ve noticed about the Americans, let alone my own culture. Or maybe I just never sat down to think about these things because I was too busy adapting and trying to hide my roots while being a good little American girl, just as I was busy hiding my “American” accent while talking to my fellow kinsmen and pretending I hadn’t Americanized the pronunciation of my last name.

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An Ode to Summer

Isn’t there something absolutely optimistic about summer? Today I lounged in a patio chair with a good book and a glass of white wine, and wondered why I’ve been so hard on myself.

Isn’t it important to get fresh air? And to read good fiction? And sip on that Trader Joe’s wine like the day-drinker I’ll never be?

I’ve decided that while I am going to do my best to stay on top of blogging and writing this summer, that I am also not going to miss out on opportunities just to meet my weekly quota.

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