So if you’re someone my age and reading the title of this blog post, the words “material girl” might conjure up images of Madonna dripping with diamonds while prancing around in a bubblegum pink gown with a giant bow.
But, if you’re a millennial…well, frankly, I’m not quite sure what you would think.
Would you think that I’m a fashion blogger who loves to connect with other fashion bloggers? Or, that I have a problem with navigating how to buy clothes online?
Again, not sure…but I’ve become increasingly more curious as to what you would think.
I’ve found myself around A LOT of millennials lately and I find them fascinating.
At times, I can get a little frustrated with their multitasking-instant-gratification-seeking-social-media-loving personalities, but at the same time I feel like I can learn so much from them.
You see, I’ve recently re-embarked on my journey of eating breakfast across America. If you check out the last blog post from my breakfast trip to Rhode Island, you’d see that it was a LIFETIME ago in blogging terms.
Knowing that getting back into the blogging world would mean seriously upping my game, I knew I would need to channel my inner millennial. Why? Because, in my opinion, they slay at EVERYTHING in the online universe.
And, after doing some research and observation, online and with my millennial friends, I’ve discovered that they know a heck of a lot more about how to BE social…despite my thinking that I just want them to look up from their phones to have a conversation.
In my research, I was quickly introduced to the podcasts of several different social media influencers who have forever changed my opinion of millennials. For example, both Jenna Kutcher’s Goal Digger podcast and Rachel Hollis’ Rise podcast are just two that have helped me re-calibrate my view of millennials and to embrace everything they have to offer.
Now, instead of viewing this generation as entitled, lazy and narcissistic (and I hate to even say that now!) I see them as go-getters, game-changers, leaders and dream makers…the list could go on really.
In looking back on why I thought about them the way I did, if I’m honest here, I can say that I was jealous…jealous of their ability to think outside the box, to challenge societal norms, to push back on old ideas and to re-invent themselves as often as they need to…and THAT is AWESOME.
These millennials have certainly taught this Gen Xing material girl way more than I ever thought I’d learn from them…and I can’t wait to learn more.
So this post is really more of a “thank you.” Thank you, Millennials, for your wisdom and for sparking that fire inside of me to do something that scares me.
I look forward to being on this breakfast blogging journey with you.