About

Hey guys!

Here’s a little bit about me. Read it, or die. JK :D

I graduated college at the age of 20 with a degree in Health Services Administration and worked at a large hospital as a secretary in the Executive Office.

I’m currently working as a Regulatory Coordinator in Clinical Research and am pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration specializing in Human Resources.

Working in an Executive Office, I was constantly exposed to important HR concepts such as leadership development, talent management, and employee engagement. I was also exposed to a lot of Corporate BS. Today, I find myself most passionate about helping young professionals navigate through their first few years as GenYers in the workforce.

So that’s my goal.

Being a Millennial in today’s work force is NOT easy. Anyone who thinks so is clearly unaware of the challenges we face on a daily basis. It’s  my opinion that recent grads today are in fact more lost than other generations have been in the past.  But I also believe that it’s our responsibility to empower other young professionals.

Why? Because we’re awesome. And we bring a lot to the table. And if employers can learn to embrace the changes and ideas that we bring into the workforce, the world will be a happier place.

So that’s what Gen Y Girl is about. Sharing. Learning. Improving. Ensuring that we are best equipped to be the leaders of tomorrow.

149 Responses to “About”

  1. whatkellythinks March 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    I like your blog’s articles so far. I truely believe that we need to change the way we (as Gen X business professionals) look at the Gen Y entrants into the workforce and find better ways to manage and motivate them. It has been on my mind for the last year and I finally started putting thoughts into words and finally into type on a blog I started last week.

    Keep up the good fight!

    Kelly from whatkellythinks.wordpress.com

    • Kayla Cruz March 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

      Kelly,

      Thanks so much for the support! I’m truly glad you feel that way. Embracing this change is a win-win situation for both Gen Y entrants and their employers. Both parties need to work together to ensure that their needs as well as the overall goals of the organizations they belong to are being met. But the only way to do that is to understand that some conventional HR practices may need to be revisited. Let’s think outside the box a little bit. And I’m sure that if more leaders do this, they’ll find that Gen Y workers bring with them so many talents that are invaluable to their organizations.

      Looking forward to sharing ideas with you!

      Kayla

  2. ariannasrandomthoughts March 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Thanks for the follow! Excited to read more of your blog – love what I have read so far. It would be great to connect with you.

    Arianna

  3. Light My Heart March 13, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    Hi Kayla Thanks for following me, and great blog you have here! Looking forward to hear more about generation Y :) I also like your layout, is it a theme? I’m having a hard time with my theme, I would like to have something to the right like you.
    Li

  4. Stark Jobs March 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Kayla –

    Great to see your passion! I’m leading a virtual conference tomorrow on HR.com addressing Gen Y (Net Geners) and how companies can attract and retain them. It’s FAR different than what was worked with previous generations. Hope you can check it out. You can register at http://www.hr.com/stories/1330546740578.

    Liked the video you posted last night!

    Doug

    • Kayla Cruz March 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

      Doug, I’m so glad you liked it! I saw it and I instantly knew I had to share it. As for your conference, I checked it out yesterday but I couldn’t attend because I was at this oh so wonderful thing called my day job. But it looked fascinating! Hope I’ll have the chance to check one out soon. Have a great day!! :)

      • Stark Jobs March 21, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

        I can send you my notes if you’d like, but after next week (I’m doing the same presentation live to several hundred here in Austin), I will post it to my blog. Just don’t want to post it until after I’ve done the live presentation of it. Had a great group listen in virtually today though!

        We might need to team up on some things in the future – I’m that Gen X guy and we could look at topics from two different perspectives and brainstorm some things out.

      • Stark Jobs April 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

        The transcript from that presentation is now posted if you get 20-30 minutes to read through it. Interested to hear your take.

  5. Nina Shadi March 21, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    Right off the bat, the “read it, or die” hooked me! I get your humor and I love it. On another note, you are right; our generation had NO idea what the real world was all about coming out of college. Thank you for writing, sharing your thoguhts and experiences and working to empower young professionals!!

    ~Nina

    • Kayla Cruz March 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

      Hahaha glad you get the humor. Sometimes people get offended…jeeeeez…tough crowd…. :/ But anyway, thanks for taking the time to read! Have a great day :D

  6. Eric March 21, 2012 at 2:52 am #

    What a nice and interesting blog. As someone who is kind of starting college, this kind of insights and proposals are what we need so we can better ourselves and the like. And you have humor too and I like that :). So good luck and keep on working!

    • Kayla Cruz March 21, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

      Thanks so much, Eric! You rock!! :)

  7. alundeberg March 21, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    Hi Kayla,

    Thanks for the follow. You’ve got a great site, and I wish more younger (I don’t want to say “young” b/c I’m still young) people had as much drive and passion as you.

    Amy

    • Kayla Cruz March 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

      Thanks so much Amy! A life without drive and passion would be…well…PRETTY LAME! Have a great day and I hope you’ll keep reading :D

  8. stephenedwards425 March 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my blog http://www.liferevelation.wordpress.com. I appreciate it.

    I took much longer than I initially intended to read some of your posts. This is insanely great stuff! Keep your voice pure…we need you.

    Be encouraged!

    • Kayla Cruz March 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

      Thank you so much! No problem, I don’t plan on shutting up anytime soon! Have a wonderful week! :D

  9. chaity87 March 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    Honestly, reading your blog just for the past 15 minutes has made me feel more inspired than I have in while. Your writing is engaging, witty and I have no trouble believing you will be one of the leaders you describe one day.

    Truly impressed!!

    Kate

    • Kayla Cruz March 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

      Kate, this is so sweet! Thank you! That’s the goal! Enjoy life and be inspired. It’s kind of a cool place. Hope you’ll keep reading :D

  10. 23rddimention March 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    I don’t understand why such a lifeless blog like mine attracted such a lively person
    like yourself. welcome to my world. and thankyou.

    • Kayla Cruz March 21, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

      First of all, it’s not lifeless. I find words to be beautiful and the mere fact that you can express yourself through words is such a gift. Keep writing and learning! It’s what this world is about.

      • 23rddimention March 21, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

        Its hidden within you that you reveal the beauty in the words. Thankyou.

  11. Dr. Tony Bolden March 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Kayla – thanks for stopping by and liking my blog. I’d be really interested in getting your perspective on my writings about leadership development and personal brand awareness/building – especially as my content relates to GenY. Please weigh in at-will…and consider contributing an article for me to post there as well!

    • Kayla Cruz March 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

      Absolutely! I’ll definitely provide my feedback and yes, I would love to contribute something so I’ll get to work on that. I have so many ideas! Have a great week :D

  12. sorealtonight March 22, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    Thank you so much for the follow! Thanks for finding me! :) You have some great ideas!

  13. marshallheppner March 22, 2012 at 2:40 am #

    Thanks for the follow and checking out my blog. Although yours is a little too pink for my man challenge I’m currently doing I look forward to checking yours out.
    Blessings.
    M

  14. onegreatwoman March 22, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Kayla,

    What a wonderful young woman you are! Brave and thoughtful enough to share yourself with the world. I have a challenge for you. As you begin your life in the working world, why not look at each position from an entrepreneurial viewpoint. How would you run the department or company if it was yours? Not only will you have amazing ideas, but you will begin to see that you can create your own job or company… which is something I strongly suggest for you in the future. Keep going, you are doing great!

    Angie

  15. The Blissful Adventurer March 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Hey, thanks for the follow and Cheers from a GenX’er :-)

  16. WayneMorgan March 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    Hey there, thanks for following my blog (http://nonparallellines.wordpress.com). You have some very interesting and thought-provoking articles here, good work! Hope to see you around! :)

  17. Lawson Hembree March 22, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Kayla,

    Thanks for following my blog. Seeing that you enjoy writing about Gen Y/Millennials, I suggest you apply to be a writer for a site called The Next Great Generation (http://www.thenextgreatgeneration.com/). It’s a site about Millennials run by Millennials. I’ve written several posts over there too.

    It’d be a great way to share your passion and broaden your audience!

  18. Voice4Society March 23, 2012 at 1:52 am #

    Love yoour blog!
    Looks woderful :)
    && I’m also pursuing my Masters in Public Admin – i’m concentrating on Non profit Management
    Good luck with everything :)

  19. wildhorsefeatherz March 23, 2012 at 2:12 am #

    Kayla,

    I love your blog! It’s inspiring, funny and you bring up some really good points about Gen Y. I enjoy reading your posts so far and can’t wait to see more. Thanks for following me on here too!

    ~J

  20. Keys to Performance March 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Hi Kayla, thanks for following me! My blog is more about the foundational issues that affect all workers (training or lack thereof, broken processes). But I am really interested in the perspective you offer on generational issues. Sharon

  21. radicalcareermakeover March 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    Do you know the difference between milennial YGens and the rest of us?

    You have the guts to speak the truth as you see it!

    That’s why you are ‘difficult, thorny, self absorbed, mutlitasking, overly-confident upstarts’ – and your bosses are scared to death of you!

    As one of the early ‘prototypes’ of the YGen model (sandwiched and hidden at the end of the Baby Boomers and before the XGen) I empathise completely and helped grow my child into a great example of the YGen who is taking on the world on his terms.

    Keep going!

    Life is messy and change can hurt but vision gets us through.

    Great blog even if a little more radically written than my own! (LOL)

  22. bill morton March 24, 2012 at 2:56 am #

    Thanks for liking my blog. I appreciate it.
    You may like one of my most recent blogs with ironic humour called “The Planning Committee.

  23. shetraces March 24, 2012 at 3:50 am #

    Amen. Amen. Amen. I was def. lost as hell when I graduated in the thick of the recession in May of 2010. I am still inspired by hearing how many people use their skills to work for themselves, how they are not slaves to any corporation but I don’t think everyone is meant to be an entrepreneur. You’ve definitely had some major accomplishments, can’t wait to read some inspiring info!

  24. Bob Choat March 24, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    Kayla, we can all learn from each other. As a Baby Boomer and heading into my latter years (though no plan on ever retiring), I think we can all work together to help make this world a better place… I’m glad to see that you’re focused on not only improving the world, you also continue to want to learn. That’s important. Heck, I got my Ph.D. later in life and continue to challenge myself to grow.

    I wish you success throughout your life and bring on your wonderful viewpoint and freshness into the workplace and beyond. Old paradigms need to be challenged. That’s what my generation did 40+ years ago and now pass the torch to yours. Now, do it!

    Bob

  25. realityinprogress March 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Kayla, your blog is great!
    Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award :)

    [..because she’s here and she’s the future and she’s got some thoughts that should be heard..]

    http://realityinprogress.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/really/

    • Kayla Cruz March 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

      Thank you so much!! This is awesome! Definitely got lots to say so I hope you’ll keep reading :D

  26. vighneshacharya March 25, 2012 at 3:17 am #

    i just looked over your blogs. interesting topics you chose to write. i’ll make sure i find time to read it. :)

  27. underdogcomedy March 25, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    It’s gonna be great following you as you learn about the world of corporate America! I’m already hooked to your blog!

    • Kayla Cruz March 26, 2012 at 4:07 am #

      Hah! I’m learning little by little. But glad I get to share the experience with all of you :) Thanks for reading!

  28. Robert March 27, 2012 at 1:08 am #

    Thanks for the follow, so I’ll do the same and follow you! Don’t know if I know a whole lot about Gen Y or even working in an office anymore, so maybe I’ll keep an eye on your blog to keep my finger on the pulse. Good luck!

  29. winchesterz March 27, 2012 at 3:07 am #

    Hey! Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and following :) appreciate it!

    Really liking your blog so far, specifically enjoyed the “Gen Y is Hungry, Please Feed Them” and the “Innovation not Rebellion” posts :)

    Take care

  30. Tanzz March 27, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    Heya..Thanx for stopping by and following my blog!!Means a lot. Besides I loved your dress , your humor and your writing style!!Keep writing and smiling.Good luck for your work.
    Regards and love!!:-*

  31. Trevor Nagle, ABD March 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Kayla, you’ve already built an impressive set of experiences (including this blog). As a fellow MPA’er and HR/OD professional, it’s exciting to see such talented and enthusiastically positive young leaders entering the field!

  32. Socrates March 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Hi Kayla, thanks for the follow! Your blogs looks interesting. I particular like your post “Enjoy Life a Bit, Don’t Die at Work”. I’ll probably check out your blog more. Have a nice day.

  33. slavesincorporated March 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    Hi GYG
    Always great to hear from an awakened Slave
    :D

  34. movieandamexican March 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    Hey girl,

    Thanks for following! As a fellow blogger, PR Major and Gen-Yer, I will definitely be keeping up with your posts.

    –Nicole

  35. Nancy Loderick March 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Hi Kayla,

    Thanks so much for the blog follow – I will reciprocate :). I am particularly interested in your perspective on work since I’m at the other end of the spectrum, GenX/Baby Boomer.

    Happy blogging!

    Nancy

  36. hullcareersjack March 30, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Hi Kayla,

    Thank you for the follow. Unfortunately you have found us as we are taking our first toddler steps into the blogging world.

    Your blog has given me food for thought though! As it turns out, I have been hired for the very reason that I’m a generation Y-er amongst generation X-ers and baby boomers in the department. We’re a Careers Service for the University of Hull in England and my blog is a product of that mindset – appealing to fellow generation Y students.

    Keep it up!

    Jack.

  37. Rhonda March 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    Kayla,
    Having just posted a response on my blog relating to generations…I was so happy to see your email that you have become a follower. Thank you for that. I am fascinated with the dynamics of each new generation that emerges and interested in the struggles therein. I am technically a Baby Boomer, but I cannot truly say I identify with them. I tend to think myself more a Gen Xer, with children in the Gen Y sector. I know first hand (well, perhaps second hand) of which you speak for I see parallels between your experiences and my children’s. I look forward to following your blog, welcome comments on my own (you must keep us Gen Xers on our toes) and wish you all the best.
    Rhonda

  38. Rhonda March 30, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    Kayla,
    Rhonda again…here is a link that I think you might enjoy. I enjoyed reading this article written by a confessed Baby Boomer who references a bona fide Gen Xers! Enjoy.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/editors-blog/2012/0213/Millennial-generation-What-s-love-got-to-do-with-it

  39. Kevin Siguenza March 31, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    Hi,

    Thanks for Following my Blog. :) I’ve followed you already. :D I LOVE Your Blog. :) About Life, Realizations etc… :D

    -Keblog.

  40. Mildly Entertained March 31, 2012 at 1:40 am #

    I agree with the Gen X thing. I graduated about 5 years ago and have a career. But I STILL feel lost and “searching”. I don’t feel like what I’m doing is me but after all that schooling – and money (really it’s the money) – I don’t have much room for big change now. I know people will say “Yes you can!” – but that’s not realistic. No, you can’t always, sometimes you have to such it up and pay the bills…
    ;)

  41. mattissimo March 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    I just found your blog and I am glad I did! I’ve been trying for years to get managers and leaders to see things from the Gen Y perspective, not just their own. I think a lot of “old school” managers rally against your outlook because it’s outside of their norm and they can’t see that things CAN be different. Things will only stay the same if we let them… and it doesn’t seem like you will let them! Thanks for that!

  42. Manage Better Now March 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    I wrote about you and your blog today. Hopefully it drove a little traffic your way. Please stop by and see the post. I would welcome your input.

    MBN

  43. nincymathew April 3, 2012 at 2:35 am #

    Hey Kayla, Thanks for following my blog on WordPress! I appreciate it. Unfortunately, I don’t update it on that site. Instead, feel free to follow me on Blogspot: http://www.nincym.blogspot.com

    Thanks!

  44. musingandmotion April 5, 2012 at 4:02 am #

    Hi Kayla,
    I saw that you started following my blog today – very cool. I was just curious: how did you find it? what did you find interesting about it such that you wanted to follow it?

    I like what you are trying to do in helping your peers adapt to the demands of the workplace. I’m a ‘Gen-Xer’ who teaches “Gen-Yers’ and I often feel concerned about a perceived lack of preparedness for ‘the real world.’ I hope your writings are helpful to many!

    Jeremy

  45. tadams4u April 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Love your blog, so I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger / Liebster Awards.. More people need to know about you!

    http://tadams4u.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/yahoo-someone-thinks-im-funny/

  46. Guerrilla Graduate April 10, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    Hey Kayla, Thanks for the Follow. LOVE your article about Hunger Games, definitely going to repost.

  47. livepassionatelytonight April 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    Hi! I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog. I have nominated you for a “Liebster award”. I hope you enjoy receiving it as much as I did! You can check out my blog for more info. http://livepassionatelytonight.wordpress.com/

  48. Jimmel Calapati April 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    hey, kayla, really likin the blog. good to know that there are others out there who understand what it’s like being so young and are already apart of the workforce. it get draaaining, but we pull through it, i guess. haha. once again, great blog and here’s to more success to you and your blog.

    -jimmel

  49. wendymc12 April 19, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    Great Blog. I’m really enjoying the articles. Your latest post on working with older workers was slightly – ouch seeing as I’m a bit older. I had to laugh though because what you said about how to work with older people is true (especially making them feel like they are smart or are teaching you something). :)

  50. sensiblesusan April 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    Hi Kayla,
    I like your site quite a bit. The workplace is challenging for all generations – trust me! But sharing thoughts and opinions is a great idea – good luck!

  51. Christa April 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    Thanks so much for connecting! Wonderful blog with such an important purpose. Looking forward to the conversation.

  52. fromshoppingtosaving April 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE your blog. I agree 100% wholeheartedly to every single post you have written. It is extremely challenging to enter the workforce and build up the same experience our older counterparts were able to secure easily and quickly. Interest rates are not the same, regulations are stricter, companies are not hiring, and we are all yearning to learn more and gain more experience.

    I’d love to interview you for my blog or have you write a guest post about our beloved generation. Would you be interested?

    Thanks!
    Erika
    shopping2saving@gmail.com

  53. findingmysisu April 26, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    Kayla, I have really enjoyed the posts I have read so far. Glad to find another person in a similar situation to myself. I’m sure as I enter the workforce (next week) my posts will become similar to yours. Also, I’ll definitely be recommending that anyone who reads my blog checks out yours! I look forward to more of your posts!

  54. Kate April 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Just wanted to let you know my post today referenced one of your archives from March. Love reading about you. I was 20-something 20 years ago and can definitely appreciate where you’re coming from. https://kateschannel.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/a-head-full-of-posts/

  55. Tanzz April 27, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    Hey I have nominated you for the Versatile blog award. check the following post when You get enough time http://tanvishah23.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/a-beautiful-transformation/. Loads of hugs and regards.:D

  56. rachelmeeks May 5, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    Hey! I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog and I linked it here: http://doilooksick.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/rising-stars-on-rachels-radar/

    Thanks for being awesome!

  57. aldiet May 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and following it. :D

  58. jreal23 May 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    Wow your blog is amazing.. Love it and like you I just graduated with bachelors degree although not at 20 but 21 and it could get a little crazy out there in the real world

  59. Ishmam May 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    Your blog is fantastic and I love it. Will definitely stay tuned. That is all.

  60. Patrice May 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Looking forward to checking out your blog! Really interested in what you have to say. Thanks for following mine. Hope you enjoy it!

  61. Your blog makes me smile – love to hear your perspectives and love your writing style. Thanks for the follow.

    • Kayla Cruz May 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

      Thanks, Lisa! That’s sweet! And no problem, anytime. Hope you have a great day :D

  62. Inspire U May 30, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    I love the name Kayla!

  63. AJ June 1, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    Thank for popping to my sparkly new blog Kayla. Looks like your having the time of your life helping and inspiring others :-) long may it continue x AJ

  64. peeledonion June 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    Hello Kayla,
    Many thanks for the follow. Your blog is a nice hug to the world and I send you my best wishes to succeed in your lovely ambition!
    Happy Day, Sahar

  65. goodoldgirl June 5, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    Sending you the Reader Appreciation Award … love your strong opinions and insight into what just may become the greatest generation of them all!

  66. Adrian Pantonial June 11, 2012 at 4:52 am #

    Hi Kayla! Thank you for following Seekers Portal.

    You have a pretty interesting blog here and a nice layout too. Keep it up! :)

    Not only can we become better leaders of tomorrow, we can also be it NOW. Here’s how:
    http://seekersportal.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/everybody-is-a-leader/

  67. applejaxe June 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Hi Kayla,
    Thank you so much for finding and following lollipops and razorblades. I hope you enjoy it. I can appreciate your personal struggles within mainstream society all to well. Keep writing :)

    Warmly,
    Applejaxe

  68. Jessica June 17, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    Kayla, I’ve nominated you for an award… welcome to the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers! http://definingwonderland.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/did-i-really-earn-this-or-did-i-just-wear-you-all-down/

  69. alundeberg July 3, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    Hi there, I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award! You can view your nomination at http://readncook.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/if-you-want-something-done-give-it-to-a-busy-person/. Congrats and keep writing!

  70. patrice345 July 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Great blog & even greater about me! Thanks for following my blog Whimsically Yours, http://patricecaldwell.wordpress.com/

  71. Sarah Stackhouse August 25, 2012 at 1:48 am #

    Kayla- Thanks so much for following! I’m super intrigued by your blog and can’t wait to read more posts! As a fellow Gen-Yer i can relate to a lot of what you are saying. I published an article on The Huffington Post about our generation recently. Curious what you think about it! Look forward to connecting!
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-stackhouse/generation-y_b_1725787.html

  72. newsofthetimes August 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    I love your blog and have nominated you for several awards! Please don’t feel obligated to participate – just know that you are appreciated. Here’s the post: http://newsofthetimes.org/2012/08/28/tuesday-tunes-ramble-on-and-awards-galore/ Keep up the great work!

  73. nishanil September 8, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    The right leader is one who has the just normal sense we call common sense; a human of a tough feeling for evidences, who makes up his choice on what she/he has seen. She/he is meticulously in no doubt of the facts of mathematics. There is always a cause, in the human, for their good or bad fortune in creating money. They talk as if there were some supernatural about this. They know that all goes on the old road, pound for pound, cent for cent — for every effect a perfect cause — and that good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.

  74. amandastrav September 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    Thanks for the follow! I’m looking forward to perusing some of your articles.

    God bless!

  75. s1ngal September 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    ok you’re one of my latest addictions. So please accept this award from someone [s1ngal, namely] who’s addicted to your blog. http://s1ngal.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/addiction-awarded/

  76. Dave Jaffe October 7, 2012 at 4:32 am #

    Kayla,
    Thanks for the follow and I really enjoy your blog, too although I’m not a Gen Y. Heck, I’m not even a Gen X unless you add an L in front of the X. Keep up the great work building bridges between the Gens.
    dj

  77. Anas Shafqat October 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Stumbled across your blog through FreshlyPressed and I’m glad I did! :) Your words are so inspiring! :)
    Would surely check in here as much as I can ^_^

  78. largerthanlifeblog October 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    You have an interesting blog which is also very smart,contemporary and full of bright ideas. Happy to drop by and I ‘ll keep coming. Congrats on FP!
    :)
    Sayori

  79. swimwithnic October 11, 2012 at 5:24 am #

    Woot! Love this para:
    “Because we’re awesome. And we bring a lot to the table. And if employers can learn to embrace the changes and ideas that we bring into the workforce, the world will be a happier place.”

  80. jackie.eat.world December 28, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    Hello!

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! I am an appreciative writer and reader of the WordPress world; and I am more than happy to spread the cheer. Please see my post here!

    http://jackieeatworld.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/versatile-blogger-award/

    Blogging always,
    jackie.eat.world

  81. Jane Aire January 22, 2013 at 4:18 am #

    Thanks for following my blog and I like what you’re doing here :)

  82. aviralkulshreshtha January 30, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Your blog is as beautiful as you are. Its beautifully themed and nicely written. Thanks for these incredible articles. I am following you.

  83. Nutrition Dream February 5, 2013 at 12:47 am #

    Hi Kayla,
    thanks for stopping by my blog. I really do believe that your going to do great things in the future and even NOW as this can be seen in each of the posts that you publish. There inspiring, motivating and helps us to think outside the box. there is greatness waiting to be unleashed inside of everyone and you are helping others to see that. It was great reading your blog and I look forward to more of your upcoming posts. YES!!!!!!!!!!

  84. ravendelana February 6, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    Hi Kayla! I love what you’re doing here. We have a similar passion, except where you focus on the first few years on the job, I like to catch them just after that. (25-35 year olds) Anywho, thanks for stopping by my place, I’d love to have you do a guest post sometime.

    Toodles!

  85. Katie Robinson February 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    I love that we have such a similar view! I created my blog for the same reasons. You seem like you’ve been writing for awhile and have a lot of great dedicated followers! Congrats! I hope I get to that lever some day as well.

  86. tiffers4 February 12, 2013 at 3:54 am #

    Yay, we definitely need more awesome young women thriving to make a difference, so glad you are out there being a leader in the charge!

  87. talentrange February 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    Hello,thank you for visiting my site.With your experience in the executive office,l see you heading one of such offices soon. Thank you once more.

  88. Keith Wayne Brown March 5, 2013 at 4:09 am #

    You are doing a superb job here! I’ve really been enjoying your blog, so I decided to add your name to the nominee list for this award:

    http://keithwaynebrown.com/2013/03/04/inspiring-blogger-award

    It’s a pretty interesting means of networking although you are way better at that already than I am!

    Namaste

  89. Losa March 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    Hi Kayla! Thanks so much for following me as I begin my blog! I love your blog and it’s extremely positive and helpful for someone like me, who will eventually head into the work force! (I’m a college freshman.) Thanks :)

  90. travelwhileyoureyoung March 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    Hi Kayla, I’ve really been enjoying your blog and hearing everything that you’ve been up to with your young, professional life! I’ve nominated you for The Liebster Award. Check out the details here: http://travelwhileyoureyoung.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/im-nominated-for-the-liebster-award-blushing/

  91. Kate Swaffer March 23, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award…
    http://kateswaffer.com/2013/03/24/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

  92. Katie Robinson March 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    I hope you saw that I nominated you for the Liebester Award. You were one of the first blogs I started to follow and I really enjoy your postings. I think you provide a lot of great insight and you’re a great example for any young professional to go to looking for advice.If you didn’t get a notification I provide the link for you here:
    http://asktheyoungprofessional.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/liebester-award/

    • Kayla Cruz March 27, 2013 at 2:49 am #

      Katie,

      Thanks so much! That’s really sweet…you made my day. I’m glad that I can somehow- through all my craziness- provide some kind of guidance for young professionals. It’s not easy these days being fresh out of college. We can definitely use some help. Love what you’re doing with your site and if you ever need anything, feel free to reach out to me at any time.

      Thanks!

      Kayla

  93. Love and Anthropology March 30, 2013 at 1:37 am #

    I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award! Check out my blog post nominating you. Congratulations!!
    http://reflectionsofasinglegirl.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/who-me-well-thank-you/

  94. Sean Breslin April 25, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    Just found your blog and looking forward to following along!

  95. eyessayitall April 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    hey Kayla! This is such an interesting blog you have put up here. I got sucked right in.It is one of those rare blogs that i’ve followed out of genuine interest rather than to gain a new followers. Keep up the good work.

    • Kayla Cruz April 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

      Thanks so much! You made my day! Glad you find it interesting. Feel free to reach out to me whenever you’d like. Happy Friday :)

  96. chocolatesasquatch May 2, 2013 at 3:19 am #

    I selected you for the Liebster Award! Here’s the post: http://chocolatesasquatch.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/liebster-award/

    Thanks for being awesome. Enjoy!

  97. awovik May 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Interesting blog! I’m trying to motivate the GenY but in the legal field! It would be fun to share your point of views with law students. What about a future collaboration?

  98. Tim May 15, 2013 at 3:04 am #

    Do you find Millennials walk around calling themselves that? I don’t recall Gen X’ers going into work discussing all the articles about themselves…but now that there seems to be so much about Gen Y’s in the workplace I’ve begun to pay attention. Although I still just think of them as young workers vs. some moniker, I noticed
    1. They have no attention to detail…none
    2. They produce work that’s “good enough”
    3. They don’t take constructive criticism from any age well

    But I am only sterotyping…or is that what monikers such as Gen Y are for?

    Tim

  99. bonbon387 May 15, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Hello fellow blogger!
    I have nominated you for the “Super Sweet Blogging Award”.
    Feel free to click on the below link if you wish to accept the award and all you need to do is follow the quick and simple rules.
    Well done and congrats for being one of my nominees
    http://bonbon387.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/super-sweet-award/

    bonbon
    -Teenage Views xoxo

  100. kelleylevis May 31, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    Hey! You! You’re awesome! I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger award! :) for rules and other such nonsense, visit here: http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-rules/

  101. wanthro June 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE your articles! Such a lovely breath of fresh air—keep blogging, girl!

  102. carlyesexpressions July 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Hi Kayla,

    I think its great you are giving voice to your thoughts, as you empower Gen Y.

    Being referred to as a Baby-Boomer, and a mother of a Gen Y adult, I can write stories of first hand experiences where many of my generational peers have expressed,and exhibited in the work environment out of fear of being replaced, some ruthless tactics toward many Gen Y’s that have taken a job in their workplace.

    It has been to the extend they wield their positional power, using the work-at-will law to fire a person, often younger. They’ve gone as far as commenting with an attitude of “they’re young they have no responsibilities.” It’s a flipping shame to hear of so many Gen Y’s graduated with their degree and in debt, to have so many doors closed in their face.

    I’ve found it’s never been what you know, but who you know, and even more so now. The Industrial age has flown the coup, with many parents without advice or an understanding of what or how to advise, to find themselves at a lost, to only refer to saying…. “well in my day….”

    The BS is exactly that! For some of my generational peers, they are finding it incomprehensible to imagine themselves having to be accountable to a “younger mind, new ideas and knowledge of technology.” They resist the idea to even venture into ANY thought of taking advice from a Gen Y ‘s perspective. I have a tremendous respect for those of the Gen Y that conquer through such retaliation of any kind from older coworkers. Am I saying it’s acceptable. No!

    To others, the Gen Y appears to look like they are lost. Like any other generation before whether remembered as bad or good, Gen Y, is evolving also at their pace in each experience, as they find value and direction in life. Does the sabotaging attitudes towards them of the previous generations help. Nope.

    Thank you for the follow, as I follow, sharing and learning with so many minds in this blogosphere. I am happy to be a part of this evolving Generation Y, as I see more come to choose to explore their creativity in innovations that have enhanced their life experiences and others.

    Be Awesome.

    “Everyone has Ocean’s to fly, if they have the Heart to do it. Is it reckless, maybe.
    But what do dreams know of boundaries?”
    ~ Amelia Earhart, was a noted American aviation pioneer and author.

  103. madisonmckay July 24, 2013 at 4:48 am #

    I LOVE your view on gen Y! So refreshing and exciting to read. Your writing is lovely and I can’t wait to read more from you! xoxo

    • Kayla Cruz July 24, 2013 at 7:35 am #

      Thanks so much, Madison! Means a lot :)

  104. Charlotte Hayes August 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    SOOO HAPPY I FOUND YOUR BLOG! Really looking forward to reading more! :)

    <3, Charlotte

  105. Andrew Blumetti August 20, 2013 at 11:41 pm #

    Hi Kayla, excellent blog! I most definitely enjoyed reading and look forward to following. Keep up the great work!

    -Andrew

  106. Brandi August 26, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Love your blog! Can’t wait to read more. :)
    Brandi
    http://injohndeeregreen.wordpress.com

  107. imageoftheheart September 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Very interesting blog. As a 24 year old in the work place I definitely understand some of your issues and the whole Gen Y in the workforce thing. I like to work work work but I am at a point in my life where I am in process of getting to where I want to be. Now that is the hard part….waiting and working and thinking your life is going by without you doing what you are to do. But then I realize hey we have all sorts of time!

  108. The Passion Hunt October 22, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

    Love it! Look forward to connecting more!

  109. girlychristina November 20, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Hi Kayla!

    I’m so happy to find your blog as I believe we have so much in common! I remember feeling so lost after I graduated, I had this idea of how my life would be when I finally graduated and then nothing happened. =( It was hard.

    I decided to take time off and reevaluate myself and my life, and what I wanted from it. I decided that I was going to be happy and in order for me to remain happy, I needed to have a career with work/life/balance so I applied to grad school for mental health counseling and I got in. =)

    That was over a year ago, and I even though I enjoy school, I still feel clueless as to where do I go next. Hmm. So, I started my blog to hopefully find it. =) Thank you for finding me and introducing me to your beautifully written blog. I’m sure I’ll gain a lot of knowledge from it!
    <3
    Christina

  110. bille3consulting November 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Kayla,

    I enjoy your writing—good job. With 40 years between us, I marvel at the similarity of our thoughts. I have read articles expounding the idea that the boomer and Gen Y’s have more in common than Gen y’s and their parents. I know I, and many of my baby-boomer friends, believe, in most cases, a job is only a means to an end; you have to take time for yourself, family and friends; and there is an obligation to give back—sound familiar?

    My wife and I facilitate a group of Gen Y’s involved in family businesses. In their round table discussions, we are struck at how they echo the sentiments we were expressing at the same time in life.

    Keep it up. I believe yours are good and correct beliefs; and you express them well.

    Bill

  111. amandainadress November 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    Kayla,

    I really admire your blog. You’ve got such passion and spunk…what an inspiration to a fellow gen-y girl. :) I look forward to reading your posts. Thanks for the follow!

    xo,

    Amanda

  112. inkspeare November 27, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Hello Kayla. Thank you for visiting my blog. I love your refreshing and upbeat style. Best wishes for success and many blessings :)

  113. Feet from Shore December 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Hi Kayla!
    Thank you so much for following my blog, I’m so glad you introduced me to yours! You seem a very interesting person, and I can’t wait to continue reading your posts. Be in touch :) Yael

    http://feetfromshore.wordpress.com/

  114. secondstreetassistant January 20, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    Thanks for the follow – love what I’ve read on your blog so far! Looking forward to reading more. All the best! From a Gen Xer who’s impressed by the Gen Ys I’ve met thus far :-)

  115. Samantha Brown January 20, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    Kayla, I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog this week! I am just about to start making my way through your archives :)
    Sam xx
    http://www.smart-twenties.com – how to make the most of your twenties

  116. summerrain247 January 21, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    Thanks for the follow, Kayla. I love your ideas and your energy. Although my age rounds up to 30 (all too soon really) I sense that I can learn a lot from you. Cheers!

  117. presspauseff January 27, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    Hi Kayla! Thanks for the follow. Happy to read another 20something’s thoughts besides my own. ;)

  118. Nomibug March 31, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    Thanks for the follow Kayla. I’m only JUST a Gen Y, depending on what year you define the change from X to Y. I love your philosophies and attitude, very much looking forward to hearing more from you :)

  119. Am I Thirty? May 1, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    Hello. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for the follow!

  120. midwesternwanderer May 15, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Thank you very much for writing about your life as an ambitious, intelligent Millennial. As a fellow ambitious Millennial, I’ve been struggling to navigate life and it’s good for us all to talk about our collective experiences as a generation. I look forward to reading more and thank you in advance for any revelation or support from your blog.

  121. keeppicturing July 8, 2014 at 12:50 am #

    Hi Kayla, it was first visit to your blog. it is really wonderful . Looking forward to read your life stories. Nice to meet you. Have a good day…:)

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