Hello!! My name is Amanda Holstein and I’m a 27-year-old east coaster turned west coaster. I currently live in beautiful San Francisco after growing up outside of NYC and run my blog Advice from a 20 Something full-time. I have an adorable pup named Auggie and love spending time outside in this beautiful city!
Tell us about your passions! What you do and why you do it…
My passion is achieving happiness, helping others, and creating beautiful content. And that is really what has influenced me to create Advice from a 20 Something in the first place. I think finding true happiness, with yourself and your life, is the ultimate goal, so I do my best to help others navigate this difficult decade with down-to-earth content in an aesthetically pleasing format.
How did you get started with your advice column?
I was working for a company called Federated Media, running content marketing campaigns for bloggers and brands. I was learning all about the industry, what it takes to make high quality content, and what brands are looking for. This invaluable experience really helped shape my advice column, along with my passion for helping others & creating great content. I ended up launching Advice from a 20 Something in 2012, after a year working at Federated Media.
What is the best advice that you have received as an entrepreneur?
Figure out what you’re passionate about and go do it. I once got the opportunity to speak with Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay on the phone and ask her for some career advice. She asked me what I wanted to do and I named everything from creating content to producing photoshoots and more. She told me to just go do those things in any way that I could. Although I wasn’t being paid and no one was hiring me to do these things, nothing was really stopping me from doing them. So I did! I setup photoshoots in my living room, played around with photoshop, and let myself do all these things that inspired me. I take that advice into account now if I come across something I don’t understand or really want to do. I just find a way to go do it and make it happen!
The content on your blog is outstanding. What inspires you?
Thank you! That’s so sweet! Honestly, everyday life is what inspires me. I try to think about what I’m going through — if I’m struggling with my career or breaking up with a boyfriend or trying a new fashion trend — and sort of assume other twenty-somethings must be going through the same stuff. I’m also very aesthetically driven, so exploring new cities and discovering great photography all inspire me to create beautiful content as well.
When you are feeling a sense of burn out in your work. What is the first thing that you do?
I take a break! What I’ve learned from working for myself is that I’m most productive when I genuinely want to be working on that task. The results are always better when I’m truly excited about what I’m doing, so I really try to be cognizant of that. For example, if I just can’t think of any new content ideas, I’ll switch gears and focus on something else, like pitching brands. And if my brain is just too burnt out for anything, I’ll take a nap or walk the dog! Take care of yourself before you try and do anything else.
We know how hard it can be sometimes to put our dreams into action.
Whether it be starting a new business or making time for our favorite hobby, what advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue his or her ultimate passion?
Just go do it. I know there are always obstacles in the way or experiences to gain before pursuing your ultimate passion, but nothing is stopping you from doing it in some form. For instance, I always wanted to produce content from start to finish — from ideating themes to styling the photoshoot to sourcing props to editing the photos, etc. And a few years ago someone told me to just go do it.
So while I was working at Federated and trying to keep up with my blog, I got together with a friend and we came up with an idea for a Fall Lookbook. We put together our favorite trends of the season, sourced clothing, produced photoshoots, created the graphics and everything. We weren’t getting paid and we didn’t even know if anyone would see it, but the important thing was that we found a way to do it and enjoyed every single second of it (and learned a lot!).
Lastly, how does creativity add fulfillment to your life?
Oh my, in so many ways! I guess I’m the type of person who gets bored easily. I don’t like doing the same thing everyday or looking at the same thing everyday. I need constant change and for me, that’s what creativity is. It’s trying new things, which inspire you to come up with new ideas and new ways of thinking about the world. I don’t know what I’d do without it!
You can learn more about Amanda and her advice column here.