Happy 2016! The Perfect Time for a Pivot.

One of my early supporters of the Millennial Takeover, Patrick McKelvey provided creative direction and never ending enthusiasm.
One of my early supporters of the Millennial Takeover, Patrick McKelvey provided creative direction and never ending enthusiasm.
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Another early supporter of the Millennial Takeover, Jewel Jennings Wright, provided enthusiasm as well as structural guidance to building the blog.

When I first started this blog, I did all the research to figure out what the heck I was doing so that I could give this blog the best shot possible. With a firm set of rules in mind, I started to build out content to meet meaningful metrics: a post a week, at least four social media interactions a day, etc.  And over time, the influence grew and I was seeing results. As things got harder at work, the more I pushed on the blog, until the predictable happened: I burned out.

I had to travel to Afghanistan for work and I was nearing burn out with the blog. Frustration, fatigue, and disappointment started to settle in and I was not delivering the quality product I wanted to deliver. When I tried to maintain the momentum once I arrived in Afghanistan, I just gave up. It was too much to be devoting the kind of energy my job needed to then go back to my room and sit in front of my computer (again) to write  about things that felt so far away from where I was. So I put blogging aside with every intention of picking it back up when I returned home. And I tried and tried, but when I came back the reverse culture shock had me questioning everything, including my initial intentions for the blog.

The Millennial Takeover was designed to spotlight kick a$$ millennials in a world that loves to hate them, that wants to put them back into the 1950’s boxes of polite and predictable society. Even using the label “millennials” has placed our entire generation into yet another box, into the plan that every “good” citizen is expected to carry out. As my generation continues to grow up and morph the milestones (car, house, etc.) for the lives we are crafting, we are recreating the world to the way we want it to be, no matter how bad it hurts in the process. And I want to share their stories to demonstrate how we are disrupting the way the world works.

One of my favorite writers and long time friend, Megan Almasi and her husband Erick.
One of my favorite writers and long time friend, Megan Almasi and her husband Erick.

So, while I debated on giving up entirely on this blog and the incredible progress I was able to build over 2015, I simply couldn’t. The Millennial Takeover has become such a key part of my development that I could not close up shop and move on to something else. Instead, I am making some adjustments. This year I will be posting twice a month instead of weekly and I’ll be featuring posts from my dear friend Megan Lanier. 2015 ushered in for Megan a whole slew of “adulthood milestones” that her and her husband have made their own.

As The Millennial Takeover makes this pivot, I want to thank you so much for being with me through the ride so far and look forward to your feedback in the coming year. Happy New Year!

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