Why we love the mature millennial woman.
Who, what and why? We are loving this word aren't we, millennial. In case you don't know, a millennial (hasn't been set an official age) but is anyone aged between 20 and 38. Now, first of all, I agree that all millennials can't be put under the same category. By no means do a 20-year-old and a 38-year-old have the same outlook on life. Quite literally years apart. So here I present to you, the subcategories. Easy peasy, young millennials (20-28) and mature millennials (28-38). Now we have the boring bit over with (See, feeding you the vegetables before I feed you the dessert) we can delve into why the mature, millennial woman is totally bossing it.
This generation of women are so beyond powerful and half the time they don't even realise it. Let’s picture her, our mature millennial woman. She’s smart, savvy, inspirational, she’s got that whole "I've got my shit together" vibe and quite frankly, I can't get enough. Girls, women, females, can be anything they want to be in this day and age. Our mature millennial woman is exactly the type of women you'd want your daughter to look up too. She's a total badass in her career, she sets herself achievable goals, she’s feisty, strong, independent and she never says no to a bottle or two of vino. I asked a group of young millennial girls to tell me why they found the mature millennial woman inspiring, and the feedback was exactly why we need to talk about this! The answers I received back are astounding;
"She's breaking boundaries and pushing aside old-fashioned views about what women should do."
"She realises how important her mental and physical health are and accepting that there is no perfect appearance."
"She is stylish in her own way and doesn't fit into the stereotypical woman box, which I think is important."
I don’t know about you, but reading that makes my heart want to burst! How fantastic is it that our young, millennial generation are recognising that they can become this woman themselves. I don't want you to be sat there thinking "that'll never be me" because it absolutely will.
If you know who Sophia Amoruso is then pictured her. If you don't know, get to know. The ultimate girl boss. The definition of aspirational. She would definitely be invited to my 5 guests only, intimate dinner party. Really, this generation went through the financial crash of 2008. Which meant these women had no choice but to go out there and get what they want. Long gone are the days when we can rely on a man to bring any sort of financial stability to the table. So that's exactly what they did, broke boundaries in the workplace to get equality and status for women.
I hear you screaming at me "But what does she do for fun? All we've spoken about is bossing her career!" Well, she's either hanging out with her kids, her partner, her friends.. enjoying the little things in life and remembering that people provide happiness, not things. She's booking weekends away with girlfriends, she's relaxing in St.Tropez with her beau (wearing & Saunter, of course, feeling confident and graceful), she's not letting anything stand in her way of what she wants to do for fun. As she has evolved and matured emotionally over the last 10 years, her priorities have changed. Making sure she gets good sleep and looks after herself is pretty high on the priority list. After all, the longest relationship you have is with yourself, so you have to look after yourself too.
One of my favourite authors Sarah Knight has written an amazing book called "Get Your Sh*t Together Journal" and it will change your life. The next quote I write will be what I leave you with, and I hope it resonates with you and your goals to be the mature, millennial woman.
"Goal-setting doesn't have to be about aspiring to what you want to be, so much as putting an end to what you don't want to be. By focusing on the negative, you can start finding your way towards the positive."
Photo Credit: 35mm by Gemma Cheyne