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August 2014: Be Fearless

From the Editor

Hi friends,

Prepare for the obligatory – can you believe it’s already August? I absolutely can’t. I’m stunned and am really unsure of where the year has gone. It’s been a few months since I have written a proper or satisfactory letter to you.

I remember last November when I was planning our editorial calendar for this year, I was feeling overwhelmed. When you’re planning topics for up to a year in advance, it’s a very unnerving experience. How could I find topics that are relevant to twenty-somethings across our sections? Would I be able to find that many? Would I be able to narrow it down? Would anyone want to read them? I was scared.

But that’s when it hit me – I can’t live a life bound by fear. Not in my career, not in my personal life, and certainly not with GenTwenty.

I remember distinctly the moment I decided on the theme for this month. It wasn’t a particularly profound moment, but it did lead me to recognize one thing that binds twenty-somethings together: fear.

We are scared. We are scared that we will make our dreams come true, we’re scared that we won’t. We’re scared of rejection and acceptance. We’re scared of the future and sometimes, we’re scared of ourselves. We are becoming people our 10 year old selves wouldn’t recognize. And it’s not a bad thing.

This month, we are embracing fear and harnessing it to become fearless individuals. This quote from Taylor Swift describes our attitudes perfectly,

“Fearless is not the absence of fear. It’s not being completely unafraid. To me, Fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.”

I hope you will join us on and find inspiration in our journey this month to living fearlessly.

Talk soon,


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About the Author

Nicole Booz

Nicole Booz is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of GenTwenty, GenThirty, and The Capsule Collab. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is the author of The Kidult Handbook (Simon & Schuster May 2018). She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, eating brunch, or planning her next great adventure.