Blog Post #1

Hi there!

Welcome to my personal finance/lifestyle blog, The Quarter Life Struggle. My name is Bernie Liew and this is my first post ever! 😀

I have to say, as someone who has absolutely zero experience blogging, everything from setting up basic things such as colors and plug-ins all the way to coming up with my blog’s name turned out to be A LOT harder than I initially thought. #thestrugglewasreal

But now that everything’s up and running, I honestly couldn’t be more excited to start writing for you guys.

To kick things off, I thought it would be a good idea to explain what made me decide to start blogging in the first place. (Note: This may get a tad long as I let my stream of consciousness take over, so if you’re too lazy to read it all, simply scroll all the way down for the tldr.)

A few months ago, I graduated from one of the best, public universities in my state with a decent GPA, a degree in Finance, and most importantly, a job.

That’s right.  After busting my ass off for four straight years in college, my hard work had finally paid off. I was slated to work for a large, global bank as a financial analyst and I felt like I was on top of the world. I had made my parents proud, my still-then-job-hunting friends jealous, and had proved to everyone else that I was capable of achieving one of society’s most recognized measures of personal success: getting a college degree.

As a gift to myself for graduating, I embarked on 5-week long backpacking trip to Europe and Asia using money that I had diligently saved from my previous internships in college. For me, it was a completely surreal experience. Everyday consisted of eating crazy amounts of delicious food, exploring a place’s rich history & culture, and befriending total strangers who were also doing the same thing. Thinking back to that period of time now, it was quite possibly the first time in my life that I truly felt alive.

When I finally came home from my trip in early July, I thought I was ready to take on all the responsibilities and challenges that come with that transition into real world adulthood, or as my peers like to call it, “adulting”.

I’m not gonna lie. Even though I’m slowly coming up on the 6-month mark at my first full-time job and despite me telling most my friends that I’m doing alright, the truth is, I’m struggling.

Struggling with:

  • Figuring out how to excel at my job
  • Figuring out if my job is propelling me towards a career path I even want to be on
  • Getting my financial priorities straight and actually sticking to them
  • Weighing life decisions such as continuing to live at home vs. moving out

And deeper down, also with semi-existential questions like:

a) What truly makes me happy?

b) What does a  successful and meaningful life look like and how I’m going to get there?

Struggling to answer these questions made me think about how confusing it can be to a 21st century young adult. Many of us grew up conditioned to follow a familiar pattern in life: K-12. College. Get a job. Get married. Have kids. Retire (if you can). Rinse and repeat.

But the thing is, the world we live in today is so different than the world our parents and their parents grew up in. Things that were once considered “normal” 20-30 years ago are constantly changing and being challenged by more and more people today.

Part of it comes from being influenced by what seems to be an endless stream of (mis)information fed to us by social media platforms, traditional media channels, and our own friends and family. As young adults living in an era where peoples’ attention spans have essentially dwindled down to that of goldfish, this can sometimes make it difficult to figure out what’s really worth focusing on.

Heck, just thinking about it makes my brain want to implode into a wondrous poof of confetti.

Anyways, where was I going with this? Oh right, I was going to tell you why I started blogging.

The catalyst for starting The Quarter Life Struggle came from wanting to have somewhere where I could focus, write, and share whatever was on my mind, as well as things that I enjoy learning about.

I also love helping others, so I’d really like for this blog to grow into an awesome resource that will not only help me reach my goals, but hopefully help some of you reach yours too.

Even if it’s only one person, I would be incredibly happy.

So to sum up, if you’re somebody looking to

  1. Get smart with your money
  2. Read about ways you can live a better, more fulfilling life
  3. Connect with other like-minded people who are also trying to get their sh** together

Then you, my friend, have a place here at The Quarter Life Struggle.

tldr; Bernie is a twenty-something who recently graduated college.  After coming back from an post-graduation trip abroad, he started “adulting” and slowly fell into a state of feeling like he was just going through the motions in life. Eager to share his struggles with others, he started a blog where he writes about struggles many young adults have in common, his passion of personal finance, and whatever else he can think of.

Bernie Liew

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