Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hi everyone! My name is Britt and I run the blog An Anxious Millennial. In case that doesn’t sum up everything you need to know about me, here’s a little more about myself. I live in the suburbs of Milwaukee with my five month old Australian shepherd named Blue. I am one of three daughters and have an extremely close relationship with my family. That closeness & openness helped inspire me to start a blog and share my life with the world. Some rapid fire things about me are: I love practicing yoga, I’ve started learning more about meditation and am really into it, baking is one of my favorite hobbies and I love to stay up to date on anything related to pop culture. One of my favorite things to do is have a free weekend where I can binge watch reality tv and I also love refreshing the E News app on my phone. But besides the fun of pop culture, I would consider myself very political. I take pride in being a feminist and am always pushing myself to research what is going on in the US and also in the world. It is important for me to speak up, help others and find the best way to be an ally in situations that do not directly impact me.
What inspired you to start a blog?
I’m someone who has always dealt with anxiety. Growing up, I consistently wrote in a diary which was such a positive outlet for me. My anxiety used to be really hard for me to talk about but once I broke down that wall, I started sharing my story with others. I found out SO many people related to what I was feeling. I wanted to take the experiences I was going through (and already went through) to the next level and share them on a platform that could reach so many people. An Anxious Millennial has turned into so much more than I thought it could be. I talk about therapy, relationships, day to day life, recipes, beauty, self care… you name it! It has become a total passion project! And even to this day, I still write in a diary but it has now become a gratitude journal.
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I’m a pretty open book but a lot of people would be surprised to hear that I’m obsessed with cereal. I would eat cereal for every meal if I could. And I’m not talking about adult cereal (no Special K here) I want alllllll the nostalgic goodies. Frosted Flakes anyone?
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Be a fountain, not a drain”
What would you say to 16 year old you?
The lessons you are learning today will help make you the best version of yourself. 16 was a hard age for me (isn’t it for most teenage girls?!) I was trying to figure out who I was while also riding the waves of anxiety and depression. They were really tough times (I’m not going to lie) but now that I am older, I can very clearly see how each of those experiences and hard moments made me into the person I am today.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
You are enough & I believe you – I don’t think women hear this enough.
Have you always had confidence in yourself?
Yes and no. As a kid, I was always super confident. I was outspoken and loud (middle child life) unapologetic and felt like I could accomplish anything. But those teenage years can have such a lasting impact on you. I lost that side of me for a long time and it wasn’t until a few years ago that I found my confidence again. I have put more worth into my feelings and saying what is on my mind even if that is the more uncomfortable choice. That took time, and practice, but if you have strong feelings and opinions on things, it’s so important to find the courage to speak up.
What do you love most about yourself?
I really love the person I am today and that is all thanks to the growth I’ve made. Growth from the lessons I’ve learned and growth from the help of my therapist. This version of me is the most calm I’ve ever been. And the most comfortable too!
Do you have a mentor? If so, what did they teach you?
I have SO many mentors. I keep my inner circle tight + safe and I share all the good and bad about what is going on in my life with them. My circle includes my friends and family and it’s so important for me to have a strong relationship with each of them as they help guide me, give me advice, talk me off the ledge and support whatever it is that I am going through.
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
This isn’t too surprising to people that know me but I am pretty passionate about true crime. I listen to endless true crime podcasts and would watch a marathon of dateline every Sunday if I could. Because of this, some would say I can find out more information than the FBI – so don’t mess with me – haha!
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere. I find it through my family & friends and the experiences they’ve gone through. And most importantly, I now find it in myself.
Brittany Omen is the creator of the lifestyle blog, An Anxious Millennial. On her blog, she shares her experiences with anxiety while also talking about relatable topics that are relevant to millennials.