I would say one of the premier challenges of a millennial is the play between happiness/passion vs. stability/discipline . We are the Hippy 2.0 generation that is very driven by ideals of mindfulness, emotional/physical freedom, happiness, innovation, and purpose. Millennials are the power behind most social networks and premier smart phone apps. We are the attributing demographic that elected President Barack Obama. We are the generation that defined the self made tech millionaire. We are the idealists who couldn't get jobs because of a recession and created major shifts in fashion, technology and, writing (blogging) because of our innovative abilities. In general, we travel, love eating healthy, do lots of yoga, are obsessed with gym selfies, stand up for all types of philanthropy, and date via technology. On average they say we change jobs every 2-3 years. Employers recognize that we care a lot about work/life balance and thus have began changing what employee appreciation looks like.
Millennials have changed the world, literally. Even with all of our ideals that have definitely manifested revolutions, we are often criticized that our ideals stray us away from stability and discipline.
We stray away from having children. We get married later. Less likely to purchase property. Have high credit card and student loan debt. We are more likely to buy used cars. We invest more in technology, experiences, holistic health practices and "things" than in our financial well being.
How does one save when they are traveling all the time? Why do we spend so much money on entertainment and technology, when those funds can be put in savings, investments or a retirement account? Is it worth paying for top tier membership for fitness activities when you have other bills to be paid? When will you step off the career pedal to pay attention to settling down?
Whatever the balance is for you, work to attain it. If saving money is more important than having life experiences and you rarely do anything extra, commit to maybe doing 1 thing a month or every 3 months. Enjoy the fruits of your labor. If you are spending money before you get it, stop! Learn to budget and put more money to your obligations. Working out doesn't have to cost a thing. Learn to spend more time doing your favorite exercises at home, in nature, or with groups of friends with the same goals. Open your mind to treating yourself to time with your friends, family and yourself. Being a hard worker is admirable but one thing that those on their deathbed often say is that they wish they would have lived more and not worked so hard. Would it kill you to have a couple of nights a week with a full nights rest or spend quality time with your self or loved ones? You may love Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, Match.com and all their cousins, but be open to meeting people face to face. When you meet those people, go on fun outings and speak on the phone. Technology is great but it takes the genuine connections we can have some times.
The life you live is your legacy. When you live a life driven by passion, love and enjoyment, I believe you inspire people to do the same. Some may not agree, and everyone is entitled to their own truth. BE your Best and work towards the life YOU want. There's no need to lean on the understandings and beliefs other have about your life. When you learn to honor yourself, you don't have to give up the power of your own free will. Steer from illegal activity and anything that dishonors your mind, body or spirit. To allow abundance to come into your life in all forms, you must be open, loving, responsible, and aware enough for that to happen.
Written by: Tiffany W.