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    The Quarter Life Crisis: The Millennial Call to Action

    1. Kate @ Cashville Skyline

      October 26th, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Great perspective on the quarter life crisis, Stefanie! And I totally agree. It’s time to take control and create the lives we want for ourselves.

    2. Stefanie

      October 26th, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      It is! I think that sometimes overwhelms some people with possibility and choice, but I think personal finance is something you can focus on anyway, even if you’re still in the midst of trying to sort through the rest.

    3. Natalie @ Financegirl

      October 26th, 2015 at 9:42 am

      This is an empowering message, and I think that’s the point. Turn your frustrations into opportunity.

    4. Stefanie

      October 26th, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Exactly 🙂

    5. Reelika @Financially Wise On Heels

      October 26th, 2015 at 10:04 am

      Great points and very inspiring message to all millennials out there! It can be hard sometimes, but unemployment, debt, etc are not forever and the key is to find the right ways how to turn those into new opportunities. Never give up!

    6. Stefanie

      October 26th, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Challenges always seem to have a way of being breeding grounds for some of the best opportunities.

    7. DC @ Young Adult Money

      October 26th, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Great message Stefanie. I think this is a huge issue as more and more millennials struggle to reconcile their expectations/dreams with reality. There’s a lot of pressure on millennials to live glamorous lives where money comes easily and everyone is able to achieve their dreams. I think there needs to be more focus on small, practical steps that people can take towards making their dreams a reality.

    8. Stefanie

      October 26th, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Reasons fifty zillion I love personal finance, it’s a practical way of making dreams happen for EVERYONE 🙂

    9. Jim Wang

      October 26th, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      I think a quarter life crisis is healthy. It’s important think about where you’re going, whether you want to actually go there, and not just be focused on one foot in front of the other. And you’re right, it is YOUR life. You are responsible for it, make sure you’re working towards something you want.

    10. Stefanie

      October 26th, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      It’s definitely helpful to be introspective and think about what you really want, I just don’t want people to get stuck there. Eventually you have to buck up and DO something and finance is a way to get started even if you’re not sure what else is next.

    11. Tonya@Budget and the Beach

      October 26th, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      I agree that financial issues tend to be a slow creep. It’s like putting a frog in lukewarm water and turning up the heat. They don’t notice getting burned until it’s too late.

    12. Stefanie

      October 26th, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      Exactly, have to create that sense of urgency for yourself – it’s hard without an immediate, pressing goal or need.

    13. Shannon @ Financially Blonde

      October 26th, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      I think quarter life crises can and do happen to anyone no matter what generation you were born in. I personally experienced mine around 30 when I realized I had a great job, child and husband pretty much everything I was told that I should work towards and have by the time I was 30 only to realize it wasn’t what I really wanted. It took me another 4 years after that realization to truly find my passion and purpose in life and it was nothing like what I accomplished in my 20s.

    14. Stefanie

      October 26th, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      Agreed, though I think the frequency is more common among late gen X and millennials because of how much career expectations and trajectories have shifted in the past decade.

    15. Abigail @ipickuppennies

      October 26th, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      I remember a friend freaking out a little on her 25th birthday. She pointed out that we were a quarter of 100 years old. Such a strange way to put it that it stuck with me.

      I think it’s perfectly acceptable and understandable to freak out a bit at the 25-year mark. Most people assume they’ll have found their groove in life by then. Maybe even be thinking about marriage and a family.

      Most people’s — not just millennials’ — reality is very different at that point. So yeah, freak out and then make a game plan that allows a bit more reality into your future. Then you won’t freak out as much when you turn 30.

    16. Mrs C

      October 26th, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      Crises- they happen at quarter life, third life, mid life, and I’m sure there’s a septuagenarian crisis too (gonna ask my mom about that one)…these are milestones that we all will, hopefully, cross. Everyone responds differently, but we all face crises throughout life. Love that you flip the “crisis” into motivation!

    17. Mel

      October 27th, 2015 at 8:47 am

      This is such a controlled and rational approach to a quarter life crisis. Personally, I jumped out of an airplane, because I thought – if the chute doesn’t open, at least I don’t have to figure out what on earth is up my with life, so now’s probably the best time to do it.

      …your approach is much healthier. ;o)

    18. Will @ Phroogal

      October 27th, 2015 at 11:46 am

      I wish I couldn’t relate!

    19. Stefanie

      October 27th, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      I went hang gliding before I figured any of this out, haha

    20. Will @ Phroogal

      October 28th, 2015 at 11:48 am

      I tried to once on vacation but we got in a car crash on the way there. Proof that hang gliding is safer than driving ha.

    21. Kristin

      October 27th, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Oh I definitely had a quarter life crisis that lasted almost two years. It was around the time the recessions hit and it was rough. Turning 30 a few years ago was surprisingly a breeze, but for the past year it’s been a tick-tock noise in the back of my head haha 🙂 It’s amazing how life crisis’s hit people at different ages and how people react. I think they’re almost necessary to help people figure out what they want out of life, how to change and become a better person and figure out what you want out of life.

    22. Kristin

      October 27th, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Oh I definitely had a quarter life crisis that lasted almost two years. It was around the time the recessions hit and it was rough. Turning 30 a few years ago was surprisingly a breeze, but for the past year it’s been a tick-tock noise in the back of my head haha 🙂 It’s amazing how life crisis’s hit people at different ages and how people react. I think they’re almost necessary to help people figure out what they want out of life, how to change and become a better person.

    23. Kalen Bruce

      October 29th, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Great article! The quarter life crisis is very real. I know from experience!

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    26. Kayla @ Shoeaholicnomore

      October 31st, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      I had a bit of a quarter life crisis going one (although kind of early in my early 20’s) where I suddenly felt directionless and lost in my life. I had stopped dreaming and having goals. Then I started my freelancing business and now I have direction, a passion for what I do, goals and dreams. I feel so much better now. 🙂

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    28. TJ

      November 3rd, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      I had a quarter life crisis at around 23 and then another one around 30. Hopefully the 2nd one will be the last! 😀

    29. Stefanie

      November 3rd, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      I’m pretty sure I had one every year of my early 20s. Thankfully, 30 has been good to me 🙂

    30. Maya M

      June 23rd, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      My quarter life crisis hit me a little over a year ago when I was almost 26. I went from being depressed and working at a soul-sucking corporation, to coping with my grandfather’s sudden passing because of a rare and brutal form of cancer, to moving almost 2000 miles away from home in search of freedom – financially and mentally. And in spite the fact that I couldn’t find a job locally, I found blogging. And now, after blogging for a while, I can honestly say that I am one step closer to freedom, every day. Everyone going through quarter life crisis should see it as an opportunity, not a damnation.

    31. Stefanie

      June 23rd, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      Congrats Maya and thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story 🙂

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