I have a confession: I get anxiety when I check social media.

People post about getting married, having babies, taking lavish vacations, and solving world hunger. Meanwhile, I'm barely keeping it together.

All illustrations by Jon Youshaei/The Every Vowel.

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If there is ever a time to take stock of all of life's blessings, it's around Thanksgiving.

It's easy to get swept up the bustle and stress of our workdays, lose touch with old friends, or feel despair while watching the news.

This is the time of year to pause, celebrate the opportunities that lie ahead, and spend time with the people who matter most. It's the time to remember all we have to be grateful for.

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If I could sum up my young adult life in one sentence, it would author J.R.R. Tolkien's famous "not all who wander are lost."

I wandered a lot during my time as a University of Pennsylvania student. I made mistakes that turned into memories. I found love that turned into heartbreak. I blindly pursued a profession (investment banking) before finding my passion (cartooning).

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The real world is full of unknowns, especially for recent college grads and millennials hustling to figure out life's next steps.

It's a feeling I know too well. As a first-generation American who landed a job at Google, I wanted to share all the advice, lessons, and up-and-down feelings I learned while navigating life as a young professional.

I turned to my childhood passion of cartoons, and the comic Every Vowel was born.

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