Winners

Forbes, TIME, Toronto Life, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Newsweekly and many other publications around the world have all reported sentiments about Generation Y at one point or another. We’ve been called the stuck generation, the lost generation, and the me-me-me generation, shall I go on? Although I totally respect the opinions of others, I really wish people would stop trying to define us, furthermore, stop telling the rest of the world that millennials are going through what the media recognizes as an ‘identity crisis.’

I get it, we’re not kids anymore, but the pressure is stifling. What I have a problem with is feeling like we’re expected to, without question, have our lives planned out down to the very last detail. Some people don’t have their ish figured out but instead of providing a helping hand, they are often looked down upon. My belief is that this is a time where life is meant to be lived. We should be able to take risks, feel passionate about a career of our own choice, discover love and run wild n’ free. It’s a time of evolution. Whether we figure things out in our 20s or that uncertainty rolls into our 30s, it shouldn’t take away the fact that everyone is born with a purpose and people will turn this key at different points in their lives. Last time I checked, life didn’t come with a manual, so if you’re a 20-something year old woman reading this post and you’re in a space where you just want to pick up and go backpacking through Europe, or learn a new language, or quit your 9-5 to pursue your dream job, or start a blog, or switch majors, or at the very least redefine what womanhood means to you, then DO IT!

When was the last time you considered making your needs a priority? Try this. Ask yourself, right now, this very moment – what do I want the most? Listen, a lifetime isn’t a very long time, so whatever you still need to do, start doing it today and on your way to finding peace, purpose and cultivating your life and career plan, have fun! The key is to identify what’s important to you and eliminate everything else because working on a better you is time well spent.

I recently celebrated my 26th birthday. As I inch closer and closer to age 30, I have to admit, I am holding onto my 20s a little tighter. So far it’s been a wild ride jam-packed with the best and the worst of times, but needless to say I wouldn’t change anything for the world because I’ve always stayed true to myself and have allowed passion to be my guide. I’d love to share some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over the course of almost three decades.

  • ONE MISTAKE DOES NOT HAVE TO RULE YOUR LIFE, AND IT CAN’T UNLESS YOU LET IT.
  • WHEN YOU BECOME YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND, LIFE GETS EASIER.
  • FIND YOUR PASSION, WHATEVER IT IS. BECOME IT, LET IT BECOME YOU.
  • PROBLEMS ARE NOT STOP SIGNS, THEY ARE GUIDELINES.
  • SPEND TIME WITH PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE YOU. STUDY THEIR HABITS. STUDY THEIR QUALITIES.
  • SLOW MOTION IS BETTER THAN NO MOTION.
  • COMPARING YOURSELF TO SOMEONE ELSE IS POISONOUS. BEING YOU IS WORTH IT.
  • NEVER ABANDON YOUR DREAMS OR YOUR VALUES.
  • WHEN YOU’RE FEELING DOWN, DRESS UP.
  • REMEMBER, WOMEN ARE BUILT FOR CHALLENGE.

Peace & Love,
PRxo