Hi my name is Mandy Kota and I founded Twnty Something in October 2016! I grew up in Sydney, Australia (Now a proud Melbournian!), went to school at Pymble Ladies College (which is an incredible all girl's private school), then went to Sydney University to study a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). After working as a qualified speech pathologist for 2 years, I found myself questioning what my true purpose was (some people may call it a quarter life crisis haha!?)
One day as I was sitting in my room, I started to reflect back about my high school years and I started to think about why did some of my friends hate school and why did some of them love school? Where was the breakdown?
The biggest thing for me was that I always wanted to fit in. I always made sure that I had lots of friends who liked me, I wanted boys to like me, I wanted to have really 'cool' social media accounts, I wanted to make sure that my parents were proud of me...the list goes on. I really did feel the pressure to be a certain way as a teenage girl.
.... I remember always wanting to make excuses to not go swimming because I didn’t want people to judge me about my legs. I remember not wanting to speak up because I didn’t want to lose any friends or any boys that I liked.
Me now as a Twnty Something started to think - If only I got present to all the things in my life that held me back from being myself during high school. Imagine how much I could have achieved by now?! If only there was a voice that told me that I could be my true self as a teenager, a voice that told me that beauty wasn’t based on your physical appearance. Then I remembered God telling me that I needed to be that voice.