BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Nicole

BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Nicole

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Nicole
My Uninspired Blog
Age • 22

“and we insist on drinking so much in 3 hours on Friday night that we don’t enjoy any of Saturday. We do all this assuming that we’re just killing time, waiting for our real lives to begin.”

I recently watched a Ted Talk about people saying that 30 is the new 20 because kids are “starting their lives” later in recent years.

Initially, it seems true.

Twenty-somethings embrace this concept because it gives us more time. More time to save money for that dream house, find that perfect person, create the perfect career. However, here’s the problem. I have this theory:

Which project would you work on more urgently- one that was due in 10 years or one that was due tomorrow?

We all know which one it is.

It makes perfect sense to put off a project that isn’t important for another decade. That’s not what the problem is- the problem lies in us thinking that we have ten 10 before we start the project of our lives.

When we say that 30 is the new 20, we are essentially saying that our 20’s have no meaning.

We date those emotionally unavailable guys who get around via longboard, we eat food made entirely of chemicals as long as we can prepare it in under three minutes, and we insist on drinking so much in 3 hours on Friday night that we don’t enjoy any of Saturday.

We do all this assuming that we’re just killing time, waiting for our real lives to begin.

I believe that BEING Young & Twenty is the perfect time to start living intentionally. If we live like the project is due tomorrow, by the time tomorrow comes, we won’t be scrambling to find what we need at the last minute.

What could your life be like if you started it today, while you’re young and twenty?

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BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Ann

BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Ann

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Ann Liao
Day Dreams In Dresses
Age • 23

“A wise woman once told me never to change myself for anyone, and that really stuck with me.”

BEING Young & Twenty is all about being yourself and finding your passions.

Granted, it took me awhile to get here. People peak at different ages and I certainly peaked in my 20’s. It takes time.

BEING Young & Twenty means it’s okay to make mistakes. If we didn’t make them, we wouldn’t be able to learn. I’m grateful for all the times I’ve made mistakes.

Learn to be gracious to others.

BEING Young & Twenty means it’s okay not to know what you want to do.

I’m in my senior year of college (woohoo finally!), and I’m figuring out what I want to do with my life. Things can change, and you may find your passions later than others. Better late than never ,right?

A wise woman once told me never to change myself for anyone, and that really stuck with me. As you grow up, try to remember that.

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BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Samantha

BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Samantha

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Samantha Allison-Marie
Involuntary College Dropout
Age • 24

“These difficult years have shaped me into the independent woman I am proud to be today.”


Turning 24 hit me like a ton of bricks – falling from a 20-story-building-covered in barbed wire. A little dramatic, I know.

Going from 4.0 honor roll student, Yearbook Editor-in-Chief, Youth Group founder to an involuntary college dropout takes quite a toll on your mental stability. But these difficult years have shaped me into the independent woman I am proud to be today.

BEING Young & Twenty is all about making mistakes and learning to love yourself.

Your 20’s are your selfish years, become your own biggest fan!

Loving yourself is the hardest but the most rewarding thing you can do in your life. It is incredibly difficult in this day and age, especially with all the social media flashing around you. But once you can accept who you are and be proud of the amazing person you have become, life will shine a little brighter.

Just remember:
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You”
– Dr. Seuss
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BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Tommy

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Tommy Morgan
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Age • 21

“While I realize that I seem to have my life together at the moment, I know that my life is going to continue to change and I am going to continue to grow.”

I’m 21, about to graduate with my bachelor’s, and already engaged.

I have so much going for me.

I’m thankful for that! While I realize I have my life together at the moment, I know my life is going to continue to change as I continue to grow.

I’m also thankful for that. When you’re in your 20’s, you’re making decisions that will impact the rest of your life.

Decisions about your education, your personal life, and your finances. All while making decisions about who you are as a person.

BEING Young & Twenty means growing up.

It means finding your voice and setting yourself up for respect.

Sadly, the real world isn’t nice, but with hard work and help from those who care about you, it can be a great place! Above all, enjoy yourself.

Make mistakes and make a lot of friends.

You’ll never have as many opportunities as you do when you’re Young & Twenty.

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RealTalk Poetry • A Life Beyond Sad

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They say my smile’s bigger
since you last made me frown.

They say I sound better
since you last let me down.

I gave you my all,
from my mind to my heart.

I gave you it all,
and you tore it apart.

For the years that I wasted,
I won’t waste a day more.

And my tears,
– they will freeze –
on your cold hardwood floor.

There are no words to be said,
or goodbye’s to be had.

I have to believe there’s a life beyond sad.


This image was illustrated in collaboration with Lemon Chicken Por Favor

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