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Think Pink: Introduction on 1/11/2021

Think Pink: Introduction

When I was 10 years old, I envisioned that by age 23 I would be an “adult.” I’d be married and living in a colonial home that I’d raise my family in. Fast forward 16 years. At 26 years old, I am not married, I still live at home with my parents and I couldn’t imagine having kids of my own right now. It seems laughable now but how did my 10 year old vision change so drastically over the years? What does it even mean to be an “adult?”  These are questions that I still am navigating at my age.

I graduated college in 2017 with a BSA in Business Administration and a double concentration in Marketing and Management. While it was sad to graduate and leave all that I knew for the last 4 years, I was ready to start a new chapter of my life. I was actually really excited for it! At 22, I accepted my first entry level job as an HR Assistant / Marketing Coordinator at Bridgewater Credit Union. At that time, many of my friends struggled sending out resumes and applications but I was learning how to be a part of an actual work place; how to contribute to an organization’s success.

It was such a rewarding feeling, however, I still found that I lacked a lot of knowledge about that transition out of college and into adulthood. By working in banking, I especially found out that when it comes to anything financial- I was useless. A CPA still did my taxes, I had no clue what an IRA was or what a 401K was for, I never owned a credit card, and what the heck was a HELOC?

Now, don’t get me wrong, I have always been fiscally conscious and independent, I’ve just handled my finances from a conservative approach. I’ve had a job since I was 16 and stopped asking my parents for financial help once I received my first paycheck. I have a checking and savings account, I’ve handled my car payments and student loans on time and have always had a decent amount saved for emergencies. But I had and still have a lot to learn.

So this is Think Pink. A blog not only reflecting back on my transition into the “real world” but from the viewpoint of me right now- A 26 year old millennial learning how to steer through adulthood and life. Educating myself on how to conquer financial fears, gain even more responsibility and independence and become my best self.

As E.E. Cummings says, “it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

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