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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 for everyday women to ask questions and find tips on all aspects of their lives – from fashion & beauty, to relationships, self-improvement, and even their careers.

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 27 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.