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This list of twenty-something blogs recognizes the bloggers who have inspired me, motivated me, and taught me something about life and about myself. They are too good not to share! Their blogs are testaments to the stages of growth we all go through, and they are truly living. They are all twenty-somethings who are following their dreams and figuring themselves out.

I am lucky enough to know some of these amazing women and others I have admired from afar for years. Ultimately, I think they are all blogs you need in your life. So without further ado and in no particular order…

1. Antoinette from

Antoinette is a twenty-something working in the corporate world sharing her journey, tips, and advice for young professionals as she hustles her way to the top. She also shares top social media tips and advice in her Facebook group, TYP Social Media Society.

Must-read posts: So You Didn’t Land a Job In Your Field — Neither Did II Cried At WorkMy Job Knows About My Side Hustle

2. Tori from

Tori is a Seattle-based digital marketer at Tomorrow, an app that makes creating a will simple and straightforward. On her blog, she covers career and personal finance advice for millennial women. She started her first business at age 9 and continues to pursue entrepreneurship through her digital marketing and social media services.

Must-read posts: 10 Financial Goals To Check Off This Summer, 17 Ways To Be Productive At Work When You Have Nothing To Do, How To Land The Job When You Don’t Meet The Requirements

3. Virginia from The Well-Traveled Post Card

I have been reading Virginia’s blog since before she moved to Madrid from the UK for work in 2014. Her travels and her passion for both learning and life continue to inspire me. She ran the Athens marathon, spent four months volunteering in Nepal, is a certified RYA Day Skipper, interned at Giorgio Armani, is a home owner, is pursuing a Master’s degree that requires her to change locations every semester (including taking an internship abroad), and will be skiing the Inferno Race in Switzerland next month before heading off to Sweden for her next semester. She also writes for The Huffington Post, has been featured on TV, and is available for talks, training, and consulting.

Must-read posts: I’m Taking a Six Month Sabbatical, Setting New Year’s Resolutions and My Travel Goals for 2017What is an Erasmus Mundus Master’s Degree?

4. Kristen from The Sophisticated Gal

Kristen is the ultimate career boss. She manages a full-time job, her blog, and a thriving side hustle. She shares her top career advice and productivity tips to help you transition to the real world. She also hosts an interview series called Girl Boss that features women who are thriving in their careers. Her Etsy shop, Sophisticated Resumes, where she sells resume templates that will make you stand out from the crowd.

Must-read posts: How To Feel More Confident In Yourself and Your CareerThe Inspiring Girl Boss Series

5. Liz from Young Adventuress

Liz is a travel blogger and American expat who has been living in New Zealand for three years. I’ve been reading Liz’s blog now for over two years — in fact, she inspired me to travel to NZ twice. Liz has managed to do something many twenty-somethings dream about and leave her 9-5 behind while pursing travel and her business full-time. She recently shared on Instagram stories that she took no unpaid trips in 2016 — how incredible is that?! She also co-hosts a Travel Bootcamp, recurring one-day intensive where you’ll learn everything you need to know about making money in the travel industry.

Must-read posts: We Travel, We Grow, 25 Photos That Will Inspire You To Visit Svalbard, 10 Tips For Making It as a Successful Travel Blogger

6. Yetti from Yetti Says

Yetti writes one of the most honest and real personal blogs I’ve ever read on growing up, life, love, and mental illness. She is an award-winning blogger, taking home the award for Best Personal Blog in the 2015 Black Weblog Awards. In her own words, “I write about the beauty and messiness of life. I write about the stuff no one ever wants to address or share. And sometimes, I simply write for my sanity.” Yetti is also the founder of the Certified10 — a movement dedicated to educating women on self-love and equipping them with the skills to manage their mental health and self-worth.

Must-read posts: You Don’t Want Her Life, You Want Yours, Dear Year 28 – I’m Ready To Make Some Noise, Black In Corporate America & So Very Tired

7. Lydia from Lydia Lois

Lydia is teaching millennials to live on less in order to live more. She moved out on her own at 19, paid for her own wedding and honeymoon, and saved thousands of dollars while making just above minimum wage based on her very simple philosophy. She recently released her first e-course: Minimal Spending, Maximum Living to teach others how to do the same and achieve financial freedom. Lydia’s approach to money–learning how to make your money work for you instead of against you–is similar to my own. I am always learning more tips and tricks from her blog posts whether they are on finance or self-development. Her blog mission is also very similar to G20‘s own, so I just had to include her!

Must-read posts: My Extremely Minimal Budget (Under $1300), How To Add Minimalism and Productivity To Your Life, Three Ways To Be Content In Life

8. Elana from Elana Lyn 

Elana is an NYC-based career and personal development blogger. On top of being featured in TIME, Women’s Health, and Fast Company, she’s also featured over 100 women who are absolutely smashing it in their careers in her Career Series. Elana Lyn also features a significant amount of guest post from various career women sharing actionable career, wellness, and lifestyle tips for millennial women.

Must-read posts: How To Create a Capsule Wardrobe for Work, Career Profiles

9. Megan from In a Sequoia

First of all, Megan’s blog is full of the most dreamy photography you could ever imagine. In a Sequoia is unequivocally a testament to who Megan is — it is entirely dedicated to creating a life of intention. Recently, Megan quit her job to go freelance full-time, but within a few weeks, she was uprooting her Vancouver life to move to Toronto to work in PR for a non-profit supporting young creative entrepreneurs. She is also the founder of The Mindful Pop-Up, a curated pop-up shop that debuted in downtown Vancouver last May. On top of that, she is also the founder of The Vibrant Lives Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging youth to in ending the stigma around mental illness. Through this foundation she awarded a scholarship, the Vibrant Lives Award, to a 2016 graduate who’s submission was then published in Conscious Magazine. Megan truly is an inspiration to lead a vibrant life. And she has a whole lot more planned for 2017!

Must-read posts: 25 Things To Nail Down Before Turning 25, 5 Tips To Holding Yourself Accountable, I Can’t Wait To Share With You Anymore

10. Kayla from Lost Gen Y Girl

This was the year for Lost Gen Y Girl. Kayla has been blogging for years about her experiences in the corporate world. Her unique voice and no-bullshit perspective landed her a book deal. Her book, The Corporate Survival Guide For Your Twenties, was published this year and Kayla was the keynote speaker at her alma mater’s event — What Now? Life After My Degree conference. After six years of hustling and learning at her corporate job (and spending two of those years in grad school earning a Master’s degree), Kayla switched career tracks to a new role as a social media manager/copywriter at a media company. Kayla’s career hustle, dedication to her blog, and passion for helping other twenty-somethings succeed is incredibly inspiring.

Must-read posts: My 2016 Year-End Review, Why I’m Taking a Pay Cut and Changing Careers, How To Be Rich In Your Twenties

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11. Tyece from Twenties Unscripted 

Tyece is a force to be reckoned with — she writes her blog (which inspired her first book and blog tour), is a spoken word poet, and host of her own showcase, “See. Speak. Feel.”, a night of performance and art. She is known for the captivating series she writes on her blog, most recently “Love Me Well” a crowdfunded and “limited edition multimedia series that aims to celebrate and elevate black love through the stories of 10 different couples.” She is also the winner of Best Writing in a Blog in the 2015 Black Weblog Awards.

Must-read posts: Now Is Not The Time to Run, Growth You Can’t See, Height You Can’t Measure, Through Thick and Thin

12. Kayla from Kayla in the City

I discovered Kayla’s blog when I was getting more serious about running. Even though she writes about fitness primarily in NYC (and I don’t live in NYC), I stick around because her career path is so fascinating, (not to mention she is extremely motivating!). After graduating with a BFA in Drama, she pursued her passion for fitness and became a certified PT and group fitness instructor. She eventually found herself in a marketing position at a fitness start-up. Last year, after the position was downsized, enrolled in grad school for a masters in Social Media and Mobile Marketing. She also became a yoga teacher and co-founded Holistic Happening, a series of pop-up, interactive wellness events that combine a yoga class and a healthy meal.

Must-read posts: Why You Need To Make a Vision Board, When Did Healthy Become So Overwhelming?, 4 Things I’ve Learned While Being Fearless in 2016

13. Mandi from Mandi J Stewart

I was first introduced to Mandi through her work as Director of Community at The Niche Movement. She is one of those people who you can’t help but feel inspired and motivated by, even online. By day, you’ll find her in Admissions helping college students excel and find the right path. By night, she runs her business, Candi By Mandi. In her spare time, you’ll find her training for her next marathon — she’s run seven already. She’s also an avid Passion Planner enthusiast and snail mail lover (just see the proof here on Instagram).

Must-read posts: 30 Before 30, Side Effects of Being a C+I Merchandiser, The Girlboss Series

14. Joana from Notes From Joana 

Joana is a twenty-something blogger with a passion for personal development, goal setting, and blogging. While I don’t know her personally, I love her minimalistic blog style and the honesty she puts into her blog posts. From sharing why she moved back home to her goal setting posts each month, I find her to always be humble, optimistic, and honest.

Must-read posts: Remember Why You Started, 10 Things I Would Like To Achieve In My Lifetime, 9 Inspiring Podcasts That Will Improve Your Morning Commute

15. Janine from My Pennies, My Thoughts

I first met Janine when she was a contributor here at GenTwenty. Janine is a CPA and tax specialist who also blogs about personal finance. She was a core member of the now defunct team where she taught women to manage their finances. Currently working in a male-dominated industry, she goes the extra mile to ensure that women have the resources available to achieve their financial goals. She works hard, and practices what she teaches — her strategic financial planning allows her to save for her goals and satisfy her wanderlust at an impressive rate. She also just released her first product — The Financial Bullet Journal — and launched her YouTube channel.

Must-read posts: Increase Your Net Worth By 500%, You Can Save $1,000, What Is The Price of Your Sanity?, Can You Be a Rich Renter?

16. Erin from A Welder’s Wife 

Erin is another blogger I admire from afar. She primarily covers minimalism and frequently writes about how she integrates the principles of a minimalistic lifestyle into different aspects of her life. Erin inspires me to re-think the items I purchase and to consider how I use the items in my home. She has a decluttering challenge going on right now, don’t miss it!

Must-read posts: 2017 Declutter Challenge, 30 Day Minimalist Decluttering Challenge, 10 Ways Minimalism Ruined My Life, Struggles As a Minimalist

17. Rachel from The Confused Millennial 

TCM is a lifestyle blog where Rachel shares her favorite things from career and life advice, to wedding tips in her Wedding Wednesday series, and more. She’s also a Forbes contributor, an Instagram queen, and offers services for bloggers who want to make an income from blogging. After her experiences as a career coach, Rachel took a fun, community-oriented approach to blogging that elevates her in a sea of bloggers.

Must-read posts: Writing Your Life’s Mission Statement, 5 Things That Land Your Resume in the Trash

18. Coley from Life Goals Mag

Coley was a contributor here at GenTwenty before she launched her own online magazine — Life Goals Mag. The site has grown into a collective hub for twenty-something women that focuses on personal development and growth. Coley’s primary goal with Life Goals Mag is to inspire other millennials to be the best versions of themselves — they’re doing a fantastic job!

Must-read posts: 20 Ways To Add Self-Care Into Your Work Routine, How To Use Social Media to Enhance Your Personal Growth

19. Summer from Coffee With Summer

I am a new reader to Summer’s blog and was immediately drawn in by the intentionality of her writing. True to her blog’s name, every post feels like you’re having coffee with her. She shares blogging and social media advice, frequently using her blog to teach and inspire confidence in bloggers.

Must-read posts: My Quarter-Life Crisis – Raw and Real, 6 Things To Remember When Life Gets You Down, Dear Brands, Bloggers Don’t Work For Free

20. Bria from Tendril Wild

I was first introduced to Bria back in 2015 when her blog was under a different name. She was recently rebranded to Tendril Wild — a blog specifically dedicated to self-care for introverts. As an introvert myself, every post speaks right to my heart. I can’t wait to see what she does in the future.

Must-read posts20 Pieces of Common Sense Advice That Finally Clicked in My 20s, 4 Epic Ways Introverts Can Improve Their Relationships

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Phew! I hope you find inspiration and a few new blogs to follow. There are tons and tons of other bloggers I follow and absolutely love, but my goal with this list was to focus on bloggers who consistently share their lives, growth, and personal struggles.