About Me

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

Kayla Buell

Here’s a little bit about me. Read it or die. Juuuust kidding.

I graduated college at the age of 20 with a degree in Health Services Administration and I then went on to earn my Master’s Degree in Public Administration specializing in Human Resources.

Today, I’m a Social Media Manager/Digital Content Strategist at Blackdog Advertising – an amazing full-service advertising agency in Miami.

Up until recently, I spent six years of my life working in the corporate world where I was constantly exposed to  a lot of corporate BS. Today, I find myself most passionate about helping young professionals navigate through their first few years as twenty-somethings in the work force because I want young people everywhere to find meaningful work that they love.

Because of that, I wrote a book!

I’m now 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.

corporate survival guide for your twenties

Being a Millennial in today’s work force is NOT easy. Recent grads today are far more lost than other generations have been in the past. But I think there’s so much we bring to the table, and if employers can learn to embrace the changes and ideas we have, the world might be a happier place.

So that’s what Gen Y Girl is about. Sharing. Learning. Improving. Ensuring that us young people are best equipped to be the leaders of tomorrow.

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157 thoughts on “About Me

  1. whatkellythinks says:

    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

    • Kayla Cruz says:


      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!


  2. Light My Heart says:

    Hi Kayla Thanks for following me, and great blog you have here! Looking forward to hear more about generation Y 🙂 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.

  3. Stark Jobs says:

    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!


    • Kayla Cruz says:

      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!! 🙂

      • Stark Jobs says:

        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.

      • Stark Jobs says:

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

  4. Nina Shadi says:

    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!!


    • Kayla Cruz says:

      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 😀

  5. Eric says:

    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!

  6. alundeberg says:

    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.


  7. chaity87 says:

    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!!


  8. Dr. Tony Bolden says:

    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!

    • Kayla Cruz says:

      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 😀

  9. marshallheppner says:

    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.

  10. onegreatwoman says:


    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!


  11. Lawson Hembree says:


    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!

  12. wildhorsefeatherz says:


    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!


  13. Keys to Performance says:

    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

  14. radicalcareermakeover says:

    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)

  15. shetraces says:

    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!

  16. Bob Choat says:

    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!


  17. underdogcomedy says:

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

  18. Robert says:

    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!

  19. winchesterz says:

    Hey! Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and following 🙂 appreciate it!

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

    Take care

  20. Tanzz says:

    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!!:-*

  21. Trevor Nagle, ABD says:

    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!

  22. Socrates says:

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

  23. Nancy Loderick says:

    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!


  24. hullcareersjack says:

    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!


  25. Rhonda says:

    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.

  26. Kevin Siguenza says:


    Thanks for Following my Blog. 🙂 I’ve followed you already. 😀 I LOVE Your Blog. 🙂 About Life, Realizations etc… 😀


  27. Mildly Entertained says:

    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…


  28. mattissimo says:

    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!

  29. musingandmotion says:

    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!


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  32. Jimmel Calapati says:

    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.


  33. wendymc12 says:

    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). 🙂

  34. Christa says:

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

  35. fromshoppingtosaving says:

    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?


  36. findingmysisu says:

    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!

  37. jreal23 says:

    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

  38. AJ says:

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

  39. peeledonion says:

    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

  40. applejaxe says:

    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 🙂


  41. nishanil says:

    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.

  42. Dave Jaffe says:

    Thanks for the follow and I really enjoy your blog, too although I’m not a Gen Y. Heck, I’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.

  43. Anas Shafqat says:

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

  44. swimwithnic says:

    Woot! Love this para:
    “Because we’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.”

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  46. Nutrition Dream says:

    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!!!!!!!!!!

  47. ravendelana says:

    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.


  48. Katie Robinson says:

    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.

  49. Losa says:

    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 🙂

    • Kayla Cruz says:


      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.



  50. eyessayitall says:

    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.

  51. awovik says:

    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?

  52. Tim says:

    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?


  53. carlyesexpressions says:

    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.

    “Everyone has Ocean’s to fly, if they have the Heart to do it. Is it reckless, maybe.
    But what do dreams know of boundaries?”
    ~ Amelia Earhart, was a noted American aviation pioneer and author.

  54. madisonmckay says:

    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

  55. imageoftheheart says:

    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!

  56. girlychristina says:

    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!


  57. bille3consulting says:


    I enjoy your writing—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 back—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.


  58. amandainadress says:


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



  59. inkspeare says:

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

  60. Nomibug says:

    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 🙂

  61. midwesternwanderer says:

    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.

  62. Alyssa says:

    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. Don’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!


  63. Ja'Mei & The G.U.M Team says:

    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!

  64. Ann says:

    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. 🙂 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. 😉

  65. Juhi says:

    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..

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