Millennial Ladies Love Their Ink

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As a preteen, the word “tattoo” struck anxiety into my mousy little heart. It was synonymous with the following words: “Pirate,” “Miscreant,” “Biker.” Why would anyone get inked up if they had a legitimate job to go to each day?

The day my eldest sister came home proudly displaying her tattoo of a hummingbird fluttering around a flower, I was in shock. She was an adult, but I felt scared for her … like she had done something so, so transformative that would negatively impact every facet of her life from then on out.

I was wrong, obviously.

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Tinder During Dinner – Don’t Do It

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A few weeks ago, my best friend was telling me about an argument she witnessed between two people she knows while they were all out for dinner. These two people happen to be a guy and a girl who are very casually seeing each other in that downright millennial way, if you know what I mean. He lives in another city and is in town for a couple days visiting her. All of a sudden, this guy pulls out his phone and starts swiping left and right on the mobile dating app/demon Tinder … WHILE EATING. “What are you doing?” the girl asks. “Are you on Tinder right now?” The dude replies, “Yep.” She hits him back with an, “Are you kidding me right now?” And he continues to play it nonchalant: “What’s the big deal? It’s not like I’m actually going to meet up with anyone. I don’t even live here. I’m just seeing who swipes right.” Cue freak out from our leading lady. And scene.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to 2014.

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Millennials: Home Ownership vs. Renting

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I dread the idea of owning a home. I know, I know—it’s an investment … and it’s a waste, just throwing money away on rent for a million years, especially in New York City. But I don’t care. The No. 1 reason why homeownership seems so daunting to me is because it feels so … permanent. Sure, nearly everything in life is reversible or fleeting (with the major exception of parenthood), and even though you can sell, the concept of owning a home feels so constraining. I take delight out of moving around every year or two, making new neighborhoods and places feel like home. This style of living isn’t really feasible for a homeowner unless they’re willing to put up with the headache of renting the home out.

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When Social Media Invokes Sadness

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My dear friends, I apologize for neglecting this blog for the last month or so. I’ve been traveling quite a bit. I just got back last night from visiting my BFF in Shanghai, which was a treat. She and I hadn’t seen each other in a whole year, so it was great to spend a lot of time doing what we do best when we’re together–bursting into random fits of laughter and analyzing what was, what is and what will be.

In particular, we had a really interesting conversation about what drives people our age to succeed and what brings others down. I brought up social media, as I always do.

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Generation We vs. Generation Me

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About a year ago, I was entertaining myself by swiping left and right on a popular social app when I realized something: Millennial men love taking pictures with sedated tigers (Really. This is a thing.) … Almost as much as they love sharing pictures of themselves while they are out saving the world.

Millennials often get a bad rap for being narcissistic and self-centered, which has likely been fueled by the rise of social media and selfies. Some experts have dubbed us as “Generation Me,” but that’s not necessarily accurate. Yes, some people are as self-obsessed as they come, knowingly using social media to fill others’ eyes with delusions of grandeur and envy. But, as a whole, the millennial generation is comprised of humanitarians.

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