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Millennials/ Money Matters

A Millennial’s Take on the Great Recession

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My grandmother was born in 1932, right in the middle of the Great Depression.

Her father died when she was four or five years old, leaving a young and vulnerable family with no resources. My grandmother, along with her siblings were sent to live with relatives and neighbors. The only memories my grandmother has shared regarding this particularly challenging time in her early life are a few anecdotes regarding working on the host farms in which she lived.

As our country surged through World War II and the economy began to recover, my grandmother’s life improved considerably. She became a beautician, opened her own beauty salon, traveled to NYC and Hawaii, and eventually, married a  veterinarian. All the material comforts and basics securities she missed out on as a Depression era baby, she realized through the remaining 70 years of her adult life.

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Money Matters

7 Financial Apps for Money Conscious Millennials

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I’ve been meaning to get strategic about my money management since graduating, buying a house, getting married, starting a business, moving, moving again, moving again…and the list goes on and on.

Do you feel me?

While do-it-yourself money management has been a long-term intent of mine, it’s emerged as the ultimate back-burner project. “It’ll take too much time,” I’d convince myself. “I’ve already put it off this long – what’s another year?”

This year, I (finally) called my procrastinator self’s bluff – it’s time to get serious about some serious investments. Dancing the prelude to my Dirty Thirty, I’ve decided to put some action behind my financial well-meaning, yet previously ineffective intent, and manage my own money. Like many other millennials, I’ve got asset goals, student debt, and healthcare costs that routinely meet the catastrophic cap and have concluded there’s no time like the present to execute financial savviness.  

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Veteran/Military

A Millennial’s Reflections on September 11th

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Sixteen years. That’s how long it’s been since the terrorist attacks of September 11th that set into motion the cascade of events now known as the Great Recession and Global War on Terror.

Both my husband and I woke up early. While the morning looks like just like the start of any other brilliant day, it’s far from it. We talked about how things would have been different if 9-11 hadn’t happened – our friends that would still be alive, the careers that would have manifested, the wounds of war that we wouldn’t have to live with day in and day out.

I go for a run. I run whenever the realities of life after war cloud my mind. Closed casket military funerals. Jam packed VA Hospital waiting rooms. 87 percent divorce rates for OEF/OIF combat officers. Suicide after suicide after suicide. Veteran caregiver groups filled with sobbing spouses who are literally at their wit’s end.

I run another mile. We’d have a house full of kids by now if it wasn’t for the war. He’d be coming up on a promotion if it hadn’t been for those damn IEDs. I’d never have to sit through another VA suicide prevention class. Our lives as a peacetime military family would have been almost-normal by civilian standards.

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Career Advice/ Freelancing

The Rise of the Millennial Freelancer

Guest Contributor: Jamie Roberts 

One-third of the workforce is classed as a millennial and they are bringing a whole new mentality with them. Money is no longer the main motivator in a job search. Flexibility has quickly become the front-runner with seven in 10 agreeing that it plays a major part in their job search thanks to an increased desire for a better work-life balance.

Currently one third of the US workforce (55 million) are freelancing, with the number expected to continue its increase, rising to one in two by 2020. It’s clear that the role provides a host of benefits, none more so than flexibility. The once popular 9-to-5 is quickly falling by the wayside, with a flexible rota allowing workers to fit their roles around their personal commitments.

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Millennial Spotlights

Millennial Spotlight: Rachel Ritlop

Meet Rachel of The Confused Millennial!

​Rachel Ritlop is the founder of The Confused Millennial, a lifestyle blog for confused millennials trying to figure out this whole “adulting” thing and a contributing writer to Forbes’ Under 30 section.Rachel helps millennial bloggers and coaches looking to build an engaged audience on-line and turn their side hustle into their full time income as a business coach.​She has been seen in Fast Company, Dailyworth, Levo, and Brit + Co.

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Career Advice/ Give Back

5 Resources for Millennials Interested in Serving on Nonprofit Boards

Millennials are all about giving back – we support socially conscious brands, practically invented crowdfunding, and are repeatedly reported to be one of the most financially generously generations in American history.

But what about giving back to our community?

What about giving back through our professional skill set?

What about serving on a nonprofit board?

Truth bomb: I didn’t have any interest in serving on a nonprofit board until I was invited. I assumed that was simply something retired professionals and politically-inclined individuals sitting on a cushy pension or salary used to fill their time; I had no idea it was even an option for young professionals like myself.

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Millennial Spotlights

Millennial Spotlight: Greg Rollet

Meet Greg of Ambitious.com !

Greg Rollett is an Emmy Award Winning Producer and the founder of Ambitious.com. His mission is to help people to create things that make an impact in the world.

He currently hosts Ambitious Live, a cross between Good Morning America and QVC, that teaches you how to start and grow your business so that you can live a more Ambitious Life.

His new reality show, Ambitious Adventures, which features business lessons from young entrepreneurs who are changing the world, premiers Spring 2017 on Apple TV.

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Millennials/ Money Matters

6 Biggest Financial Mistakes Millennials Make

Guest Post: Riya Sander

Many individuals who are in Generation Y are now in their 30’s or are approaching this time in their lives. For many people in this age group, the tumultuous years of early adulthood have passed, and individuals are now starting to settle down, raise a family and focus on their careers.

While many are becoming more serious about life in general by the age, others have very little understanding of important financial planning concepts necessary to secure a stable future.

If you are included in this group, you may want to learn more about this so that you can improve your financial planning efforts.

Let’s look at some of the common financial mistakes individuals in this generation make!

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Career Advice/ Millennials/ Networking/ Technology

5 LinkedIn Profile Tips for Millennials

With over 470 million users, LinkedIn has emerged as the digital hub for professionals across the globe.

Replacing the old school resume with a nifty customizable profile url, and outdating the rolodex in favor of Connections, LinkedIn is where today’s business professionals connect.

A 2014 Jobvite survey indicated that 94 percent of recruiters search for job candidates via LinkedIn, while only 36 percentof job seekers have a LinkedIn presence.

For entrepreneurs, the impact of maintaining a standout LinkedIn profile can extremely influential, as prospective clients and investors often vet companies and founders through social platforms.

LinkedIn offers the ideal platform features to showcase one’s professional expertise and network influence in ways other social apps are lacking. ​ Continue Reading…