Hello, welcome to The Otherside of 25!
My name is Britt Mont, Founder / Editor / Content Manager for the site.
Firstly, I am a Twenty-Something Millennial woman, trying to find my way towards a colorful life filled with love, happiness, and adventure. I grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, most famously known as a major city along the Rust Belt. Throughout the years, as the economy declined due to deindustrialization my hometown has unfortunately become one of the fastest shrinking and underprivileged communities.
After high school, most of my family relocated to the capital and I moved to Kent, Ohio where I attended Kent State University and majored in the Zoology and Conservation program. College was a blast, filled with unbelievable memories and unforgettable people. Before the beginning of the last semester, I decided to take time out from studies to finalize “after college” plans but unfortunately never made it back to complete my Bachelors. Life quickly got in the way but it’s one of my top 30 before 30 goals. I truly cannot wait to walk across the stage with my degree.
Since deciding to take time away from college, I took a job as a receptionist at one of the top law firms in the state and eventually worked my up to becoming the firm’s first, Litigation Legal Assistant. So many opportunities have come my way and I appreciate them all but as I turned 25 I started to realize that my life was not where I envisioned.
My 25th year was the hardest so far. I lost myself in all the expectations and pressures of trying to become the adult who “had it all together”. I compared myself to peers and continuously found myself lacking. I lost confidence in the future and was suddenly questioning who I was and rather my goals were worth accomplishing. Throughout the year I didn’t realize that I was experiencing depression but in hindsight, I know that I was having a Quarter-life crisis.
The moment of realization didn’t come until I was on a month long vacation, traveling and surrounded by so much beauty. I started to notice how much I had lost myself and made an effort to venture out into the world. I met amazing people and experienced different cultures. After riding the rollercoaster of depression for the past few months, traveling soon became a liberation.
When I finally returned home, I had a new perspective on life. Instead of all the failures, heartbreaks and negatives of the past, I wanted to embrace the here and now. An open dialogue began between myself and others, I learned that I wasn’t alone. All my peers were experiencing the same anxiety and uncertainty, we all were dealing with it in our own ways.
The day after my 26th birthday, to mark a turning point, The Otherside of 25 was launched on December 1st, 2016. This site is dedicated to the Millennial women still finding their way into adulthood. We’re a mess and learning the ropes but someday, maybe not today, we’ll get it figured out. But for now, we’re living life in all its glory from