Going Back to the Beginning

by Emily Jasper on July 20, 2016

Emily Jasper looking back

“If I could turn back time…”

“Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew/When I bit off more than I could chew…”

“Oh the movie never ends/it goes on and on and on and on…”

Yes, I just quoted some song lyrics. There’s nothing like meeting a new colleague who’s already checked out your blog. There’s the initial thought, Um, I haven’t updated in a while. Then that little voice, I wonder what they saw? What did they read? I’m not going to lie — after taking time off, I was feeling a little insecure about something I had once been so proud of.

But after we got through the initial impressions, he asked me if I thought some of my posts were still true. If I still agreed with them.

I really didn’t know. I hadn’t taken time to think about them.

Over the last few years, I moved my focus to marketing, then just worked. And worked, and moved, and worked. I’ve been doing some BuzzFeed contributions, but that’s because I can. And I don’t have to have a focus or theme. I realized, though, there are some things I’ve learned since my first posts.

Let’s think about it: the world has changed a lot. We’ve gone through a major recession, affecting employment for many Millennials (yes, I use that word now). Social media has become a wild animal advertisers are figuring out how to control. There’s massive violence, but also extreme love. And we’re on the eve of an election that could result in the first woman U.S. President, or an unpredictable business man who has showed us an America that is not near as inclusive or forward-thinking as we would have thought (and that’s being nice).

So while I might not come back to From the Gen-Y Perspective with all new content, I am going to revisit my opinions that have changed with time, education, and experience. Because some of what I’ve learned is about being a new employee. But some has been about being a Gen-Yer in modern America.

Here we go…