Two and a half years ago, I had just finished my first year of college and, inspired by a book I had read in one of my classes, I started this blog – Tuesdays with Jordan. The idea of starting a blog was rooted in my deep love for writing and offered me a way to document the adventures of what I declared “the typical life of an average college girl.” The name – Tuesdays with Jordan – came from the aforementioned book, Tuesdays with Morrie. While Tuesdays with Morrie is deeply reflective, I reveal in the subtitle of my blog that this site would be far from that. And yet, when I look back on the library of my college chronicles, I see a see a certain naïve insightfulness that I’m delighted to have documented.
When I sift through this blog, I see a sort of bildungsroman. The sarcastic, excited, curious teenager who wrote Definitely not a Nashville Party is not the same as the traveled, legal, employed young adult who authored Livin’ in Limbo just a few weeks ago. While the core of my personality hasn’t changed – I’m still equally enthusiastic and inquisitive – my perspective on life and the world has altered greatly. I look back on my earlier posts and I wonder how so much time has passed so quickly. Maybe it’s the new year, a time that invites reflection, or perhaps it’s the realization that I am less than a week away from beginning the last first day of school of my life.
For one thing, I wrote my first post sitting at my childhood desk in my childhood bedroom of my childhood home; a house that my family no longer lives in. Today, I am writing from Norway – off on another typical Jordan adventure. At the time that I started this blog, I had never been to Europe. I’ve now traveled to Europe on six separate occasions, lived in Spain for four months, and been to Amsterdam more times than I’ve been to New York City (a city which is a mere four-hour drive from my house). I’ve seen 13 new countries since that first post and I’ve experienced the world in a way that I never could have dreamed of two and a half years ago. As I look back on the posts of my travels, I am so grateful to have had the intuition to document my adventures. While memories may fade, the stories of my experiences will forever be preserved.
Beyond where in the world I have gone, I have also matured in the way that all people do during those four precious years of college. I have managed two apartment leases, learned the logistics of paying the utilities and cable bill, and become a cultured cook (well, maybe not cultured, but I’m working on it). I have navigated the corporate world through working in four industries by completing various internships in hospitality, digital healthcare, consulting, and finance. Further, I have narrowed down my interests to one and secured a job in a new city for after graduation (let me know if you have any friends in Chicago!!).
With my developed self has come fresh perspectives that have transformed into new passions. While philanthropy and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital remains one of my most fervent involvements, I have also discovered a fascination with women and our professional paths. As I wrote It’s a Girl’s World – Right? and Women Should be More Outspoken, this interest was revealed to my audience. However, what you wouldn’t have known is that what was once a mere interest has transformed – through extensive reading, research, and podcast listening – into a deep passion that I feel compelled to explore. As I prepare to enter the corporate world in just a few months, I feel the need to shift my focus from “the typical life of an average college girl” to the fascinating story of girls everywhere taking ownership of their futures – both personally and professionally. I want my blog to be more than just about me – I want it to have a purpose that motivates change.
And so today, I publish my final post on Tuesdays with Jordan. While I will forever cherish the words that have conserved my college experience, I see that it is time for something new.
Today, The Feminequity Factor – a girl’s guide to owning her life, goes live! Check out my latest passion project for my thoughts on career, money, and life for the young millennial female. While The Feminequity Factor will be focused on my weekly reflections about and advice for young women – particularly in the professional sense – I will also continue to document my travels and update my readers on my own life.
“I am no expert, but that’s the point. This isn’t the place to read and learn about seasoned women who have reached the ultimate success, but rather to hear from someone at the beginning. This is my journey to embrace feminequity – the ultimate ownership of my future. I’ve identified three places where feminequity is essential: career, money, and life. Over the next unidentified period of time, I will work to understand what feminequity means for myself and those of my generation. I’ll write about feminequity in the sense of writing my first resume, opening an investment account, finding balance, planning adventures, and so much more. You will find a compilation of everything I’ve learned so far, as well as have the chance to follow me in exploring the stories of women, success, and my future.
At the heart of this blog, I will explore the quintessential question that feminequity embodies:
How will we – young millennial women – write a new story in which we possess the corner office, benefit from the stock market, are encouraged to focus on our well being, and are the authors of our unique definitions for happiness?”
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