About Me

Hey guys! Welcome to my blog! I’m Kayla Buell, and I’m super stoked that you’re checking out Gen Y Girl!

Kayla Buell

Here’s a little bit about me:

I’m a wife, soon to be momma of a baby girl, and overall just trying to juggle this thing called adulthood.

I’m super passionate aboutย helping young peopleย kick butt in their twenties, because I think us millennials have a lot of potential.

I also wrote a book!

I’m the published author of Corporate Survival Guide For Your Twenties, a book intended to help young people survive their first few years in the workplace. Kinda cool, huh?

corporate survival guide for your twenties

So what do I blog about?

I’ve been blogging for 5 years now, and I love writing about things like:

  • careers
  • beauty
  • fashion
  • adulting
  • saving money
  • blogging
  • traveling
  • (and now with the new baby on the way – parenting)

Want to know a little bit about my day job? Here ya go!

Now shoot me an e-mail at lostgenygirl@gmail.com and let’s be friends!

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160 Comments

  1. whatkellythinks

    March 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I like your blog’s articles so far. I truely believe that we need to change the way we (as Gen X business professionals) look at the Gen Y entrants into the workforce and find better ways to manage and motivate them. It has been on my mind for the last year and I finally started putting thoughts into words and finally into type on a blog I started last week.

    Keep up the good fight!

    Kelly from whatkellythinks.wordpress.com

    1. Kayla Cruz

      March 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Kelly,

      Thanks so much for the support! I’m truly glad you feel that way. Embracing this change is a win-win situation for both Gen Y entrants and their employers. Both parties need to work together to ensure that their needs as well as the overall goals of the organizations they belong to are being met. But the only way to do that is to understand that some conventional HR practices may need to be revisited. Let’s think outside the box a little bit. And I’m sure that if more leaders do this, they’ll find that Gen Y workers bring with them so many talents that are invaluable to their organizations.

      Looking forward to sharing ideas with you!

      Kayla

  2. ariannasrandomthoughts

    March 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Thanks for the follow! Excited to read more of your blog – love what I have read so far. It would be great to connect with you.

    Arianna

  3. Light My Heart

    March 13, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Hi Kayla Thanks for following me, and great blog you have here! Looking forward to hear more about generation Y ๐Ÿ™‚ I also like your layout, is it a theme? I’m having a hard time with my theme, I would like to have something to the right like you.
    Li

  4. Stark Jobs

    March 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Kayla –

    Great to see your passion! I’m leading a virtual conference tomorrow on HR.com addressing Gen Y (Net Geners) and how companies can attract and retain them. It’s FAR different than what was worked with previous generations. Hope you can check it out. You can register at http://www.hr.com/stories/1330546740578.

    Liked the video you posted last night!

    Doug

    1. Kayla Cruz

      March 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      Doug, I’m so glad you liked it! I saw it and I instantly knew I had to share it. As for your conference, I checked it out yesterday but I couldn’t attend because I was at this oh so wonderful thing called my day job. But it looked fascinating! Hope I’ll have the chance to check one out soon. Have a great day!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Stark Jobs

        March 21, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        I can send you my notes if you’d like, but after next week (I’m doing the same presentation live to several hundred here in Austin), I will post it to my blog. Just don’t want to post it until after I’ve done the live presentation of it. Had a great group listen in virtually today though!

        We might need to team up on some things in the future – I’m that Gen X guy and we could look at topics from two different perspectives and brainstorm some things out.

      2. Stark Jobs

        April 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm

        The transcript from that presentation is now posted if you get 20-30 minutes to read through it. Interested to hear your take.

  5. Nina Shadi

    March 21, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Right off the bat, the “read it, or die” hooked me! I get your humor and I love it. On another note, you are right; our generation had NO idea what the real world was all about coming out of college. Thank you for writing, sharing your thoguhts and experiences and working to empower young professionals!!

    ~Nina

    1. Kayla Cruz

      March 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Hahaha glad you get the humor. Sometimes people get offended…jeeeeez…tough crowd…. :/ But anyway, thanks for taking the time to read! Have a great day ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Eric

    March 21, 2012 at 2:52 am

    What a nice and interesting blog. As someone who is kind of starting college, this kind of insights and proposals are what we need so we can better ourselves and the like. And you have humor too and I like that :). So good luck and keep on working!

    1. Kayla Cruz

      March 21, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks so much, Eric! You rock!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. alundeberg

    March 21, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Hi Kayla,

    Thanks for the follow. You’ve got a great site, and I wish more younger (I don’t want to say “young” b/c I’m still young) people had as much drive and passion as you.

    Amy

    1. Kayla Cruz

      March 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks so much Amy! A life without drive and passion would be…well…PRETTY LAME! Have a great day and I hope you’ll keep reading ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. stephenedwards425

    March 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my blog http://www.liferevelation.wordpress.com. I appreciate it.

    I took much longer than I initially intended to read some of your posts. This is insanely great stuff! Keep your voice pure…we need you.

    Be encouraged!

    1. Kayla Cruz

      March 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Thank you so much! No problem, I don’t plan on shutting up anytime soon! Have a wonderful week! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. chaity87

    March 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Honestly, reading your blog just for the past 15 minutes has made me feel more inspired than I have in while. Your writing is engaging, witty and I have no trouble believing you will be one of the leaders you describe one day.

    Truly impressed!!

    Kate

    1. Kayla Cruz

      March 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      Kate, this is so sweet! Thank you! That’s the goal! Enjoy life and be inspired. It’s kind of a cool place. Hope you’ll keep reading ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. 23rddimention

    March 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I don’t understand why such a lifeless blog like mine attracted such a lively person
    like yourself. welcome to my world. and thankyou.

    1. Kayla Cruz

      March 21, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      First of all, it’s not lifeless. I find words to be beautiful and the mere fact that you can express yourself through words is such a gift. Keep writing and learning! It’s what this world is about.

      1. 23rddimention

        March 21, 2012 at 8:53 pm

        Its hidden within you that you reveal the beauty in the words. Thankyou.

  11. Dr. Tony Bolden

    March 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Kayla – thanks for stopping by and liking my blog. I’d be really interested in getting your perspective on my writings about leadership development and personal brand awareness/building – especially as my content relates to GenY. Please weigh in at-will…and consider contributing an article for me to post there as well!

    1. Kayla Cruz

      March 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Absolutely! I’ll definitely provide my feedback and yes, I would love to contribute something so I’ll get to work on that. I have so many ideas! Have a great week ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. marshallheppner

    March 22, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Thanks for the follow and checking out my blog. Although yours is a little too pink for my man challenge I’m currently doing I look forward to checking yours out.
    Blessings.
    M

  13. sorealtonight

    March 22, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Thank you so much for the follow! Thanks for finding me! ๐Ÿ™‚ You have some great ideas!

  14. onegreatwoman

    March 22, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Kayla,

    What a wonderful young woman you are! Brave and thoughtful enough to share yourself with the world. I have a challenge for you. As you begin your life in the working world, why not look at each position from an entrepreneurial viewpoint. How would you run the department or company if it was yours? Not only will you have amazing ideas, but you will begin to see that you can create your own job or company… which is something I strongly suggest for you in the future. Keep going, you are doing great!

    Angie

  15. The Blissful Adventurer

    March 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Hey, thanks for the follow and Cheers from a GenX’er ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. WayneMorgan

    March 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Hey there, thanks for following my blog (http://nonparallellines.wordpress.com). You have some very interesting and thought-provoking articles here, good work! Hope to see you around! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Lawson Hembree

    March 22, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Kayla,

    Thanks for following my blog. Seeing that you enjoy writing about Gen Y/Millennials, I suggest you apply to be a writer for a site called The Next Great Generation (http://www.thenextgreatgeneration.com/). It’s a site about Millennials run by Millennials. I’ve written several posts over there too.

    It’d be a great way to share your passion and broaden your audience!

  18. Voice4Society

    March 23, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Love yoour blog!
    Looks woderful ๐Ÿ™‚
    && I’m also pursuing my Masters in Public Admin – i’m concentrating on Non profit Management
    Good luck with everything ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. wildhorsefeatherz

    March 23, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Kayla,

    I love your blog! It’s inspiring, funny and you bring up some really good points about Gen Y. I enjoy reading your posts so far and can’t wait to see more. Thanks for following me on here too!

    ~J

  20. Keys to Performance

    March 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Hi Kayla, thanks for following me! My blog is more about the foundational issues that affect all workers (training or lack thereof, broken processes). But I am really interested in the perspective you offer on generational issues. Sharon

  21. radicalcareermakeover

    March 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Do you know the difference between milennial YGens and the rest of us?

    You have the guts to speak the truth as you see it!

    That’s why you are ‘difficult, thorny, self absorbed, mutlitasking, overly-confident upstarts’ – and your bosses are scared to death of you!

    As one of the early ‘prototypes’ of the YGen model (sandwiched and hidden at the end of the Baby Boomers and before the XGen) I empathise completely and helped grow my child into a great example of the YGen who is taking on the world on his terms.

    Keep going!

    Life is messy and change can hurt but vision gets us through.

    Great blog even if a little more radically written than my own! (LOL)

  22. bill morton

    March 24, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Thanks for liking my blog. I appreciate it.
    You may like one of my most recent blogs with ironic humour called “The Planning Committee.

  23. shetraces

    March 24, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Amen. Amen. Amen. I was def. lost as hell when I graduated in the thick of the recession in May of 2010. I am still inspired by hearing how many people use their skills to work for themselves, how they are not slaves to any corporation but I don’t think everyone is meant to be an entrepreneur. You’ve definitely had some major accomplishments, can’t wait to read some inspiring info!

  24. Bob Choat

    March 24, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Kayla, we can all learn from each other. As a Baby Boomer and heading into my latter years (though no plan on ever retiring), I think we can all work together to help make this world a better place… I’m glad to see that you’re focused on not only improving the world, you also continue to want to learn. That’s important. Heck, I got my Ph.D. later in life and continue to challenge myself to grow.

    I wish you success throughout your life and bring on your wonderful viewpoint and freshness into the workplace and beyond. Old paradigms need to be challenged. That’s what my generation did 40+ years ago and now pass the torch to yours. Now, do it!

    Bob

  25. realityinprogress

    March 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Kayla, your blog is great!
    Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award ๐Ÿ™‚

    [..because sheโ€™s here and sheโ€™s the future and sheโ€™s got some thoughts that should be heard..]

    http://realityinprogress.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/really/

    1. Kayla Cruz

      March 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you so much!! This is awesome! Definitely got lots to say so I hope you’ll keep reading ๐Ÿ˜€

  26. vighneshacharya

    March 25, 2012 at 3:17 am

    i just looked over your blogs. interesting topics you chose to write. i’ll make sure i find time to read it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Kayla Cruz

      March 25, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      Thank you! Hope you do ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. underdogcomedy

    March 25, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    It’s gonna be great following you as you learn about the world of corporate America! I’m already hooked to your blog!

    1. Kayla Cruz

      March 26, 2012 at 4:07 am

      Hah! I’m learning little by little. But glad I get to share the experience with all of you ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for reading!

  28. Robert

    March 27, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Thanks for the follow, so I’ll do the same and follow you! Don’t know if I know a whole lot about Gen Y or even working in an office anymore, so maybe I’ll keep an eye on your blog to keep my finger on the pulse. Good luck!

  29. winchesterz

    March 27, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Hey! Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and following ๐Ÿ™‚ appreciate it!

    Really liking your blog so far, specifically enjoyed the “Gen Y is Hungry, Please Feed Them” and the “Innovation not Rebellion” posts ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care

  30. Tanzz

    March 27, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Heya..Thanx for stopping by and following my blog!!Means a lot. Besides I loved your dress , your humor and your writing style!!Keep writing and smiling.Good luck for your work.
    Regards and love!!:-*

  31. Trevor Nagle, ABD

    March 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Kayla, you’ve already built an impressive set of experiences (including this blog). As a fellow MPA’er and HR/OD professional, it’s exciting to see such talented and enthusiastically positive young leaders entering the field!

  32. slavesincorporated

    March 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Hi GYG
    Always great to hear from an awakened Slave

    ๐Ÿ˜€

  33. Socrates

    March 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Kayla, thanks for the follow! Your blogs looks interesting. I particular like your post “Enjoy Life a Bit, Donโ€™t Die at Work”. I’ll probably check out your blog more. Have a nice day.

  34. movieandamexican

    March 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Hey girl,

    Thanks for following! As a fellow blogger, PR Major and Gen-Yer, I will definitely be keeping up with your posts.

    –Nicole

  35. Nancy Loderick

    March 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Hi Kayla,

    Thanks so much for the blog follow – I will reciprocate :). I am particularly interested in your perspective on work since I’m at the other end of the spectrum, GenX/Baby Boomer.

    Happy blogging!

    Nancy

  36. hullcareersjack

    March 30, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Hi Kayla,

    Thank you for the follow. Unfortunately you have found us as we are taking our first toddler steps into the blogging world.

    Your blog has given me food for thought though! As it turns out, I have been hired for the very reason that I’m a generation Y-er amongst generation X-ers and baby boomers in the department. We’re a Careers Service for the University of Hull in England and my blog is a product of that mindset – appealing to fellow generation Y students.

    Keep it up!

    Jack.

  37. Rhonda

    March 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Kayla,
    Having just posted a response on my blog relating to generations…I was so happy to see your email that you have become a follower. Thank you for that. I am fascinated with the dynamics of each new generation that emerges and interested in the struggles therein. I am technically a Baby Boomer, but I cannot truly say I identify with them. I tend to think myself more a Gen Xer, with children in the Gen Y sector. I know first hand (well, perhaps second hand) of which you speak for I see parallels between your experiences and my children’s. I look forward to following your blog, welcome comments on my own (you must keep us Gen Xers on our toes) and wish you all the best.
    Rhonda

  38. Rhonda

    March 30, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Kayla,
    Rhonda again…here is a link that I think you might enjoy. I enjoyed reading this article written by a confessed Baby Boomer who references a bona fide Gen Xers! Enjoy.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/editors-blog/2012/0213/Millennial-generation-What-s-love-got-to-do-with-it

  39. Kevin Siguenza

    March 31, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Hi,

    Thanks for Following my Blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve followed you already. ๐Ÿ˜€ I LOVE Your Blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ About Life, Realizations etc… ๐Ÿ˜€

    -Keblog.

  40. Mildly Entertained

    March 31, 2012 at 1:40 am

    I agree with the Gen X thing. I graduated about 5 years ago and have a career. But I STILL feel lost and “searching”. I don’t feel like what I’m doing is me but after all that schooling – and money (really it’s the money) – I don’t have much room for big change now. I know people will say “Yes you can!” – but that’s not realistic. No, you can’t always, sometimes you have to such it up and pay the bills…

    ๐Ÿ˜‰

  41. mattissimo

    March 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I just found your blog and I am glad I did! I’ve been trying for years to get managers and leaders to see things from the Gen Y perspective, not just their own. I think a lot of “old school” managers rally against your outlook because it’s outside of their norm and they can’t see that things CAN be different. Things will only stay the same if we let them… and it doesn’t seem like you will let them! Thanks for that!

  42. Manage Better Now

    March 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    I wrote about you and your blog today. Hopefully it drove a little traffic your way. Please stop by and see the post. I would welcome your input.

    MBN

  43. nincymathew

    April 3, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Hey Kayla, Thanks for following my blog on WordPress! I appreciate it. Unfortunately, I don’t update it on that site. Instead, feel free to follow me on Blogspot: http://www.nincym.blogspot.com

    Thanks!

  44. musingandmotion

    April 5, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Hi Kayla,
    I saw that you started following my blog today – very cool. I was just curious: how did you find it? what did you find interesting about it such that you wanted to follow it?

    I like what you are trying to do in helping your peers adapt to the demands of the workplace. I’m a ‘Gen-Xer’ who teaches “Gen-Yers’ and I often feel concerned about a perceived lack of preparedness for ‘the real world.’ I hope your writings are helpful to many!

    Jeremy

  45. tadams4u

    April 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Love your blog, so I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger / Liebster Awards.. More people need to know about you!

    http://tadams4u.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/yahoo-someone-thinks-im-funny/

  46. Guerrilla Graduate

    April 10, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Hey Kayla, Thanks for the Follow. LOVE your article about Hunger Games, definitely going to repost.

  47. livepassionatelytonight

    April 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Hi! I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog. I have nominated you for a โ€œLiebster awardโ€. I hope you enjoy receiving it as much as I did! You can check out my blog for more info. http://livepassionatelytonight.wordpress.com/

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  51. Jimmel Calapati

    April 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    hey, kayla, really likin the blog. good to know that there are others out there who understand what it’s like being so young and are already apart of the workforce. it get draaaining, but we pull through it, i guess. haha. once again, great blog and here’s to more success to you and your blog.

    -jimmel

  52. wendymc12

    April 19, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Great Blog. I’m really enjoying the articles. Your latest post on working with older workers was slightly – ouch seeing as I’m a bit older. I had to laugh though because what you said about how to work with older people is true (especially making them feel like they are smart or are teaching you something). ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. sensiblesusan

    April 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Hi Kayla,
    I like your site quite a bit. The workplace is challenging for all generations – trust me! But sharing thoughts and opinions is a great idea – good luck!

  54. Christa

    April 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Thanks so much for connecting! Wonderful blog with such an important purpose. Looking forward to the conversation.

  55. fromshoppingtosaving

    April 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your blog. I agree 100% wholeheartedly to every single post you have written. It is extremely challenging to enter the workforce and build up the same experience our older counterparts were able to secure easily and quickly. Interest rates are not the same, regulations are stricter, companies are not hiring, and we are all yearning to learn more and gain more experience.

    I’d love to interview you for my blog or have you write a guest post about our beloved generation. Would you be interested?

    Thanks!
    Erika
    shopping2saving@gmail.com

  56. findingmysisu

    April 26, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Kayla, I have really enjoyed the posts I have read so far. Glad to find another person in a similar situation to myself. I’m sure as I enter the workforce (next week) my posts will become similar to yours. Also, I’ll definitely be recommending that anyone who reads my blog checks out yours! I look forward to more of your posts!

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    April 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Just wanted to let you know my post today referenced one of your archives from March. Love reading about you. I was 20-something 20 years ago and can definitely appreciate where you’re coming from. https://kateschannel.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/a-head-full-of-posts/

  59. Tanzz

    April 27, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Hey I have nominated you for the Versatile blog award. check the following post when You get enough time http://tanvishah23.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/a-beautiful-transformation/. Loads of hugs and regards.:D

  60. rachelmeeks

    May 5, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Hey! I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog and I linked it here: http://doilooksick.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/rising-stars-on-rachels-radar/

    Thanks for being awesome!

  61. aldiet

    May 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and following it. ๐Ÿ˜€

  62. jreal23

    May 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Wow your blog is amazing.. Love it and like you I just graduated with bachelors degree although not at 20 but 21 and it could get a little crazy out there in the real world

  63. Ishmam

    May 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Your blog is fantastic and I love it. Will definitely stay tuned. That is all.

  64. Patrice

    May 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Looking forward to checking out your blog! Really interested in what you have to say. Thanks for following mine. Hope you enjoy it!

  65. Lisa Duncan | Alternative Workstyle Enthusiast

    May 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Your blog makes me smile – love to hear your perspectives and love your writing style. Thanks for the follow.

    1. Kayla Cruz

      May 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! That’s sweet! And no problem, anytime. Hope you have a great day ๐Ÿ˜€

  66. Inspire U

    May 30, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I love the name Kayla!

  67. AJ

    June 1, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Thank for popping to my sparkly new blog Kayla. Looks like your having the time of your life helping and inspiring others ๐Ÿ™‚ long may it continue x AJ

  68. peeledonion

    June 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Hello Kayla,
    Many thanks for the follow. Your blog is a nice hug to the world and I send you my best wishes to succeed in your lovely ambition!
    Happy Day, Sahar

  69. goodoldgirl

    June 5, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Sending you the Reader Appreciation Award … love your strong opinions and insight into what just may become the greatest generation of them all!

  70. Adrian Pantonial

    June 11, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Hi Kayla! Thank you for following Seekers Portal.

    You have a pretty interesting blog here and a nice layout too. Keep it up! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Not only can we become better leaders of tomorrow, we can also be it NOW. Here’s how:
    http://seekersportal.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/everybody-is-a-leader/

  71. applejaxe

    June 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Hi Kayla,
    Thank you so much for finding and following lollipops and razorblades. I hope you enjoy it. I can appreciate your personal struggles within mainstream society all to well. Keep writing ๐Ÿ™‚

    Warmly,
    Applejaxe

  72. Jessica

    June 17, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Kayla, I’ve nominated you for an award… welcome to the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers! http://definingwonderland.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/did-i-really-earn-this-or-did-i-just-wear-you-all-down/

  73. alundeberg

    July 3, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Hi there, I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award! You can view your nomination at http://readncook.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/if-you-want-something-done-give-it-to-a-busy-person/. Congrats and keep writing!

  74. patrice345

    July 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Great blog & even greater about me! Thanks for following my blog Whimsically Yours, http://patricecaldwell.wordpress.com/

  75. Sarah Stackhouse

    August 25, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Kayla- Thanks so much for following! I’m super intrigued by your blog and can’t wait to read more posts! As a fellow Gen-Yer i can relate to a lot of what you are saying. I published an article on The Huffington Post about our generation recently. Curious what you think about it! Look forward to connecting!
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-stackhouse/generation-y_b_1725787.html

  76. newsofthetimes

    August 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I love your blog and have nominated you for several awards! Please don’t feel obligated to participate – just know that you are appreciated. Here’s the post: http://newsofthetimes.org/2012/08/28/tuesday-tunes-ramble-on-and-awards-galore/ Keep up the great work!

  77. nishanil

    September 8, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    The right leader is one who has the just normal sense we call common sense; a human of a tough feeling for evidences, who makes up his choice on what she/he has seen. She/he is meticulously in no doubt of the facts of mathematics. There is always a cause, in the human, for their good or bad fortune in creating money. They talk as if there were some supernatural about this. They know that all goes on the old road, pound for pound, cent for cent — for every effect a perfect cause — and that good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.

  78. amandastrav

    September 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks for the follow! I’m looking forward to perusing some of your articles.

    God bless!

  79. s1ngal

    September 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    ok you’re one of my latest addictions. So please accept this award from someone [s1ngal, namely] who’s addicted to your blog. http://s1ngal.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/addiction-awarded/

  80. Dave Jaffe

    October 7, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Kayla,
    Thanks for the follow and I really enjoy your blog, too although Iโ€™m not a Gen Y. Heck, Iโ€™m not even a Gen X unless you add an L in front of the X. Keep up the great work building bridges between the Gens.
    dj

  81. Anas Shafqat

    October 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Stumbled across your blog through FreshlyPressed and I’m glad I did! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your words are so inspiring! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Would surely check in here as much as I can ^_^

  82. largerthanlifeblog

    October 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    You have an interesting blog which is also very smart,contemporary and full of bright ideas. Happy to drop by and I ‘ll keep coming. Congrats on FP!

    ๐Ÿ™‚
    Sayori

  83. swimwithnic

    October 11, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Woot! Love this para:
    “Because weโ€™re awesome. And we bring a lot to the table. And if employers can learn to embrace the changes and ideas that we bring into the workforce, the world will be a happier place.”

  84. jackie.eat.world

    December 28, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Hello!

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! I am an appreciative writer and reader of the WordPress world; and I am more than happy to spread the cheer. Please see my post here!

    http://jackieeatworld.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/versatile-blogger-award/

    Blogging always,
    jackie.eat.world

  85. Jane Aire

    January 22, 2013 at 4:18 am

    Thanks for following my blog and I like what you’re doing here ๐Ÿ™‚

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  87. aviralkulshreshtha

    January 30, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Your blog is as beautiful as you are. Its beautifully themed and nicely written. Thanks for these incredible articles. I am following you.

  88. Nutrition Dream

    February 5, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Hi Kayla,
    thanks for stopping by my blog. I really do believe that your going to do great things in the future and even NOW as this can be seen in each of the posts that you publish. There inspiring, motivating and helps us to think outside the box. there is greatness waiting to be unleashed inside of everyone and you are helping others to see that. It was great reading your blog and I look forward to more of your upcoming posts. YES!!!!!!!!!!

  89. ravendelana

    February 6, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Hi Kayla! I love what you’re doing here. We have a similar passion, except where you focus on the first few years on the job, I like to catch them just after that. (25-35 year olds) Anywho, thanks for stopping by my place, I’d love to have you do a guest post sometime.

    Toodles!

  90. Katie Robinson

    February 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I love that we have such a similar view! I created my blog for the same reasons. You seem like you’ve been writing for awhile and have a lot of great dedicated followers! Congrats! I hope I get to that lever some day as well.

  91. tiffers4

    February 12, 2013 at 3:54 am

    Yay, we definitely need more awesome young women thriving to make a difference, so glad you are out there being a leader in the charge!

  92. talentrange

    February 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Hello,thank you for visiting my site.With your experience in the executive office,l see you heading one of such offices soon. Thank you once more.

  93. Keith Wayne Brown

    March 5, 2013 at 4:09 am

    You are doing a superb job here! Iโ€™ve really been enjoying your blog, so I decided to add your name to the nominee list for this award:

    http://keithwaynebrown.com/2013/03/04/inspiring-blogger-award

    Itโ€™s a pretty interesting means of networking although you are way better at that already than I am!

    Namaste

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  95. Losa

    March 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Hi Kayla! Thanks so much for following me as I begin my blog! I love your blog and it’s extremely positive and helpful for someone like me, who will eventually head into the work force! (I’m a college freshman.) Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  96. travelwhileyoureyoung

    March 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Kayla, I’ve really been enjoying your blog and hearing everything that you’ve been up to with your young, professional life! I’ve nominated you for The Liebster Award. Check out the details here: http://travelwhileyoureyoung.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/im-nominated-for-the-liebster-award-blushing/

  97. Katie Robinson

    March 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I hope you saw that I nominated you for the Liebester Award. You were one of the first blogs I started to follow and I really enjoy your postings. I think you provide a lot of great insight and you’re a great example for any young professional to go to looking for advice.If you didn’t get a notification I provide the link for you here:
    http://asktheyoungprofessional.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/liebester-award/

    1. Kayla Cruz

      March 27, 2013 at 2:49 am

      Katie,

      Thanks so much! That’s really sweet…you made my day. I’m glad that I can somehow- through all my craziness- provide some kind of guidance for young professionals. It’s not easy these days being fresh out of college. We can definitely use some help. Love what you’re doing with your site and if you ever need anything, feel free to reach out to me at any time.

      Thanks!

      Kayla

  98. Love and Anthropology

    March 30, 2013 at 1:37 am

    I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award! Check out my blog post nominating you. Congratulations!!
    http://reflectionsofasinglegirl.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/who-me-well-thank-you/

  99. Sean Breslin

    April 25, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Just found your blog and looking forward to following along!

    1. Kayla Cruz

      April 26, 2013 at 1:18 am

      Thanks, Sean! Hope you do!

  100. eyessayitall

    April 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    hey Kayla! This is such an interesting blog you have put up here. I got sucked right in.It is one of those rare blogs that i’ve followed out of genuine interest rather than to gain a new followers. Keep up the good work.

    1. Kayla Cruz

      April 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks so much! You made my day! Glad you find it interesting. Feel free to reach out to me whenever you’d like. Happy Friday ๐Ÿ™‚

  101. chocolatesasquatch

    May 2, 2013 at 3:19 am

    I selected you for the Liebster Award! Here’s the post: http://chocolatesasquatch.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/liebster-award/

    Thanks for being awesome. Enjoy!

  102. awovik

    May 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Interesting blog! I’m trying to motivate the GenY but in the legal field! It would be fun to share your point of views with law students. What about a future collaboration?

    1. Kayla Cruz

      May 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Thank you!! Absolutely! Shoot me an e-mail ๐Ÿ™‚ kcruz012@gmail.com

  103. Tim

    May 15, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Do you find Millennials walk around calling themselves that? I don’t recall Gen X’ers going into work discussing all the articles about themselves…but now that there seems to be so much about Gen Y’s in the workplace I’ve begun to pay attention. Although I still just think of them as young workers vs. some moniker, I noticed
    1. They have no attention to detail…none
    2. They produce work that’s “good enough”
    3. They don’t take constructive criticism from any age well

    But I am only sterotyping…or is that what monikers such as Gen Y are for?

    Tim

  104. bonbon387

    May 15, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Hello fellow blogger!
    I have nominated you for the โ€œSuper Sweet Blogging Awardโ€.
    Feel free to click on the below link if you wish to accept the award and all you need to do is follow the quick and simple rules.
    Well done and congrats for being one of my nominees
    http://bonbon387.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/super-sweet-award/

    bonbon
    -Teenage Views xoxo

  105. kelleylevis

    May 31, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Hey! You! Youโ€™re awesome! I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger award! ๐Ÿ™‚ for rules and other such nonsense, visit here: http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-rules/

  106. wanthro

    June 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your articles! Such a lovely breath of fresh airโ€”keep blogging, girl!

  107. carlyesexpressions

    July 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Kayla,

    I think its great you are giving voice to your thoughts, as you empower Gen Y.

    Being referred to as a Baby-Boomer, and a mother of a Gen Y adult, I can write stories of first hand experiences where many of my generational peers have expressed,and exhibited in the work environment out of fear of being replaced, some ruthless tactics toward many Gen Y’s that have taken a job in their workplace.

    It has been to the extend they wield their positional power, using the work-at-will law to fire a person, often younger. They’ve gone as far as commenting with an attitude of “they’re young they have no responsibilities.” It’s a flipping shame to hear of so many Gen Y’s graduated with their degree and in debt, to have so many doors closed in their face.

    I’ve found it’s never been what you know, but who you know, and even more so now. The Industrial age has flown the coup, with many parents without advice or an understanding of what or how to advise, to find themselves at a lost, to only refer to saying…. “well in my day….”

    The BS is exactly that! For some of my generational peers, they are finding it incomprehensible to imagine themselves having to be accountable to a “younger mind, new ideas and knowledge of technology.” They resist the idea to even venture into ANY thought of taking advice from a Gen Y ‘s perspective. I have a tremendous respect for those of the Gen Y that conquer through such retaliation of any kind from older coworkers. Am I saying it’s acceptable. No!

    To others, the Gen Y appears to look like they are lost. Like any other generation before whether remembered as bad or good, Gen Y, is evolving also at their pace in each experience, as they find value and direction in life. Does the sabotaging attitudes towards them of the previous generations help. Nope.

    Thank you for the follow, as I follow, sharing and learning with so many minds in this blogosphere. I am happy to be a part of this evolving Generation Y, as I see more come to choose to explore their creativity in innovations that have enhanced their life experiences and others.

    Be Awesome.

    โ€œEveryone has Oceanโ€™s to fly, if they have the Heart to do it. Is it reckless, maybe.
    But what do dreams know of boundaries?โ€
    ~ Amelia Earhart, was a noted American aviation pioneer and author.

  108. madisonmckay

    July 24, 2013 at 4:48 am

    I LOVE your view on gen Y! So refreshing and exciting to read. Your writing is lovely and I can’t wait to read more from you! xoxo

    1. Kayla Cruz

      July 24, 2013 at 7:35 am

      Thanks so much, Madison! Means a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

  109. Charlotte Hayes

    August 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    SOOO HAPPY I FOUND YOUR BLOG! Really looking forward to reading more! ๐Ÿ™‚

    <3, Charlotte

  110. Andrew Blumetti

    August 20, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Hi Kayla, excellent blog! I most definitely enjoyed reading and look forward to following. Keep up the great work!

    -Andrew

  111. Brandi

    August 26, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Love your blog! Can’t wait to read more. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Brandi
    http://injohndeeregreen.wordpress.com

  112. imageoftheheart

    September 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Very interesting blog. As a 24 year old in the work place I definitely understand some of your issues and the whole Gen Y in the workforce thing. I like to work work work but I am at a point in my life where I am in process of getting to where I want to be. Now that is the hard part….waiting and working and thinking your life is going by without you doing what you are to do. But then I realize hey we have all sorts of time!

  113. The Passion Hunt

    October 22, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Love it! Look forward to connecting more!

  114. girlychristina

    November 20, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Kayla!

    I’m so happy to find your blog as I believe we have so much in common! I remember feeling so lost after I graduated, I had this idea of how my life would be when I finally graduated and then nothing happened. =( It was hard.

    I decided to take time off and reevaluate myself and my life, and what I wanted from it. I decided that I was going to be happy and in order for me to remain happy, I needed to have a career with work/life/balance so I applied to grad school for mental health counseling and I got in. =)

    That was over a year ago, and I even though I enjoy school, I still feel clueless as to where do I go next. Hmm. So, I started my blog to hopefully find it. =) Thank you for finding me and introducing me to your beautifully written blog. I’m sure I’ll gain a lot of knowledge from it!

    <3
    Christina

  115. bille3consulting

    November 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Kayla,

    I enjoy your writingโ€”good job. With 40 years between us, I marvel at the similarity of our thoughts. I have read articles expounding the idea that the boomer and Gen Y’s have more in common than Gen y’s and their parents. I know I, and many of my baby-boomer friends, believe, in most cases, a job is only a means to an end; you have to take time for yourself, family and friends; and there is an obligation to give backโ€”sound familiar?

    My wife and I facilitate a group of Gen Y’s involved in family businesses. In their round table discussions, we are struck at how they echo the sentiments we were expressing at the same time in life.

    Keep it up. I believe yours are good and correct beliefs; and you express them well.

    Bill

  116. amandainadress

    November 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Kayla,

    I really admire your blog. You’ve got such passion and spunk…what an inspiration to a fellow gen-y girl. ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to reading your posts. Thanks for the follow!

    xo,

    Amanda

  117. inkspeare

    November 27, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Hello Kayla. Thank you for visiting my blog. I love your refreshing and upbeat style. Best wishes for success and many blessings ๐Ÿ™‚

  118. Feet from Shore

    December 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Hi Kayla!
    Thank you so much for following my blog, I’m so glad you introduced me to yours! You seem a very interesting person, and I can’t wait to continue reading your posts. Be in touch ๐Ÿ™‚ Yael

    http://feetfromshore.wordpress.com/

  119. secondstreetassistant

    January 20, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for the follow – love what I’ve read on your blog so far! Looking forward to reading more. All the best! From a Gen Xer who’s impressed by the Gen Ys I’ve met thus far ๐Ÿ™‚

  120. Samantha Brown

    January 20, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Kayla, I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog this week! I am just about to start making my way through your archives ๐Ÿ™‚
    Sam xx
    http://www.smart-twenties.com – how to make the most of your twenties

  121. summerrain247

    January 21, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks for the follow, Kayla. I love your ideas and your energy. Although my age rounds up to 30 (all too soon really) I sense that I can learn a lot from you. Cheers!

  122. presspauseff

    January 27, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Hi Kayla! Thanks for the follow. Happy to read another 20something’s thoughts besides my own. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  123. Nomibug

    March 31, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks for the follow Kayla. I’m only JUST a Gen Y, depending on what year you define the change from X to Y. I love your philosophies and attitude, very much looking forward to hearing more from you ๐Ÿ™‚

  124. Am I Thirty?

    May 1, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Hello. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for the follow!

  125. midwesternwanderer

    May 15, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you very much for writing about your life as an ambitious, intelligent Millennial. As a fellow ambitious Millennial, I’ve been struggling to navigate life and it’s good for us all to talk about our collective experiences as a generation. I look forward to reading more and thank you in advance for any revelation or support from your blog.

  126. keeppicturing

    July 8, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Hi Kayla, it was first visit to your blog. it is really wonderful . Looking forward to read your life stories. Nice to meet you. Have a good day…:)

  127. thisismarrina

    August 14, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Hi! I was recently awarded a Leibster Award. It is now my opportunity to pay it forward, so I have nominated your blog for the award. If you accept, please click on to view my submission to use as a guide. Thanks! http://thisismarrina.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/liebster-award/

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  129. Alyssa

    May 14, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Hi Kayla!

    I was recently nominated for the Inspirational Blogger Award. Part of this acceptance is nominating fellow bloggers I find inspiring, and I thought of you. Donโ€™t feel as if you need to pass the nomination on, but I Just wanted you to know I love following Gen Y Girl, and all the content you provide!

    http://wp.me/p5fakW-7y

  130. Ja'Mei & The G.U.M Team

    July 26, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Hi Kayla,
    My name is Ja’Mei. I run a website known as G.U.M on WordPress. The focus of the site is to serve as a platform to connect millennials. Please let us know if being featured is something you’d be interested in.

    Thank you!

  131. Ann

    October 11, 2015 at 9:36 am

    stumbled upon your blog just 3 days ago and i still can’t stop reading your posts. Thank you so much Kayla! I just love your posts. It is so practical yet still realistic. You prove that being money-wise doesn’t mean being ugly or crappy. That you can still look pretty and really amazing at the same time. Sometimes I feel guilty buying make up because I thought of ruining my journey to be a money wise. Right now, I realize feeling good for yourself & taking a break is totally okay. After all, we’re here to enjoy life and really feel good. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just graduated this year and like you, in a medical related degree. I just got my licensed but before I could apply for work, I still have doubts with the college major I got. I still need to figure out my life. hehe. Thanks again because you prove again that you dont need every pic of yours to start a blog post and my perspective to blogging turned 180 degrees. Totally inspired now. God bless. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  132. Juhi

    April 12, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Hi Kayla,
    I am in my twenties too and it’s amazing what you do..
    You have beautifully scripted your thoughts..
    I loved your blog..
    Look forward to read more of some interesting topics..

  133. Kaitlyn Blancas

    April 16, 2017 at 3:11 am

    Nice reading. Great site!

  134. Rochelle Hughes

    June 28, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Hi,
    I just wanted to say how much I love your blog, it is exactly what I am aspiring to do. Eventually write a book too.
    Rochelle xx

    1. Kayla Cruz

      July 19, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      I know I’m a little late here, but thanks so much, Rochelle! Best of luck with everything that you do, and if you ever need some help, feel free to shoot me an email! xoxox, Kayla

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