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How to Survive Your Twenties As A Millennial Woman

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Mar. 13 2013, Published 3:15 a.m. ET

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We have a problem. It’s a good problem, but still, a problem. As millennial women, we are so eager to change the world that we end up stressing ourselves out. We’re so concerned with how we’re going to change the world one day, that we drive ourselves close to insane.

Certain questions tend to circle in our brain constantly:

  • How long will it take me to get to my dream job?
  • Is this the right path?
  • Am I doing the right thing, right now?
  • Is this the right entry level job?
  • Am I living in the right city?
  • Am I really on my way?
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So the questions remains: How do we get through our twenties, one of the greatest times of our lives, and come out winning?

The anxiety can be overwhelming. Although we lead rewarding lives, it’s time to cut out the unnecessary stress. As millennials, we must use our own advice. Identify the problem, create a plan and execute. That’s exactly what I did with this little devil on my shoulder.

I had an “aha” moment when I decided to Google “advice for your twenties.” Judge me if you will, but let’s not disqualify Google for helping to find sound advice from some of today’s most powerful leaders!

I came across a Huffington Post piece by Oprah. She takes a look back at her first “big story” to share what she wishes she would have known in her twenties. No matter your goals or career aspirations, I think any millennial can relate to what Oprah has to say:

“If I knew then what I know now, I would never have wasted
even a single minute doubting my path. It may be human nature
to question and doubt, but the older I get, the less I worry about
anything. I can see life unfolding in divine order. And even in times
of the greatest turmoil, I can stop, get still, and see with utter clarity:
this, too, shall pass.”

‘I can see life unfolding in divine order’ —we have all had moments of reassurance moments like this. Guess what? They won’t stop. We just have to make sure we’re paying attention.

There is a lot of pressure and elements to take into account when you want to do more than just survive your twenties.  You want to conquer them. From working towards a sound financial goal, to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, to keeping your social and love life at bay, we have to remember-our efforts now keep us on a path for where we envision life beyond our twenties.

Tell us: What lessons or pieces of advice help you as you navigate your twenties?

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