32K and Up

My name is Stephanie, but my friends call me Steph, and I am… a millennial. 


The term millennial has grown to be a term so many of us hate because of the terrible connotation many have applied to it. Sometimes we try to forget that we are a part of this generation because “I’m much more mature than that, I can’t be a part ofthatgeneration” or the common start to the phrase “I’m not a millennial because I’m not…”

We can all fall into this trap of believing our generation is one to hate because millennials are a bunch of whiney 20-somethings who don’t know how to get their lives together. But, in the end, we are not just that. We are young individuals still learning our own craft and trying to find our place in a new world that earlier generations are starting to not understand.

I came to the realization that being a millennial does not have to mean something bad. It doesn’t have to mean that I don’t have my life put together, it doesn’t have to mean that I can’t afford to buy my own place or afford groceries for this week or month. Yes, some of us struggle and some of us cannot afford these things yet, but one thing we have to remember is that being a millennial doesn’t have to mean that our lives is the common quote from the movie Bridesmaids, “Help me, I’m poor.” WE decide what happens in our own lives and we decide how we get through. 

So, let me re-introduce myself. 

Hi, my name is Stephanie, but my friends call me Steph, and I am a millennial.

I make $32,000 a year, which is about $17,000 below the US average income for a 2017 college graduate, but I am surviving and thriving. I live in Houston, Texas, a widely known city that has it all- arts, food, shopping, you name it- but more on that later. I am a millennial who is trying and growing, learning from my mistakes and making my way through life with my friends and family, and now you.

I am determined to not let $32,000 rule my life. I’m determined to thrive in a market that isn’t made for the younger generations and help those who are not quite sure what to do and how to grow. I’m here to learn and to help others learn, so I hope this blog will be as beneficial to you as it will be to me. 

So now you’re probably wondering what my blog will actually be about.

Well, that’s still in the works. I have so many ideas and I cannot wait to share with you, but a few I know for sure will be:

  • A How-To on finding jobs for graduating seniors
  • All about salaries and how to determine what’s a good start for you
  • Side-hustles and how to get them

There is so many things I am excited to talk to you all about and I hope you all are excited to join me on this journey. I’m currently at a $32,000 salary, but I’m moving up.

“Everyday is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we’ve got 24 hours each.” -Christopher Rice

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