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about Advice from a 20 Something blogger Amanda Holstein

About Advice from a 20 Something

Advice from a 20 Something launched in July 2012 as a stylish and aesthetically pleasing advice column written from an honest and down-to-earth point of view. People don’t really tell you just how difficult your twenties can be. Advice from a 20 Something provides a resource to let twenty-somethings (and all women) know that you’re not alone in what you’re going through. You can ask questions, get personalized advice, and find tips on all aspects of your lives—from fashion & beauty to relationships, self-improvement, and even your career.

About the Founder

My name is Amanda Holstein and I’m a 28-year-old full-time blogger living in beautiful San Francisco, CA. I grew up just outside of NYC and moved out west after graduating from Emory University in 2010 because I always felt like I was a California girl at heart. With a background in digital marketing and content strategy, I launched Advice from a 20 Something in 2012 and took it full-time in 2015. I currently live in a studio apartment in Russian Hill with my black lab mix named Auggie Doggie. Learn more about my career path and what I currently offer at

Why Ask a Twenty-Something for Advice?

I know what you’re thinking. Why would you ask a twenty-something for advice? Good question. Well, I’m sure you’d trust an older, wiser, 75-year-old woman: my grandma. And she always says, “Ask Amanda.” (That’s me.) So maybe you should.

I’m not exactly who you’d expect to turn to, considering I am the youngest in my family, but never underestimate the youngest. They’re always watching…

Observing my older siblings, cousins, and even parents (sorry Mom & Dad) make decisions everyday was like watching a lot of Reality TV – not because their behavior was so over-dramatic or ridiculous, but because I watched others’ lives play out before mine even really began. I watched my brother bravely enter high school, and my sister have her fun with boys & beer. I watched my mom start her own business and my dad grow into a CEO. I watched my siblings move away to college. And I watched as my parents’ marriage came to an end.

As I said, a lot was happening to everyone around me before my life even began. I took in how they made decisions and saw it as an opportunity for me to “pick and choose” what decisions I would later make (or not make). I guess learning from others successes and mistakes made me into a reliable source for my family and friends – which is why my grandma has always said “Ask Amanda”.

So now I’m 28 and I seem to be the one everyone keeps turning to for advice.  I certainly don’t have all the answers, but the lessons I’ve learned (from others’ experiences as well as my own) seem to have taught me well. So ask away, my friends. I may be young, but I am also wise – according to grandma – and she’s pretty damn smart.


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