I’m the Founder of Too Damn Young, but I’m also a really fun aunt, a pretty chill and loyal friend, and an overall funny human being. I write on Too Damn Young for a couple of different reasons: (1) It’s my rock. When things get hard, I come here. (2) Sometimes I need to write words someone else can nod their head to. (3) Most times I write so that I don’t forget or so that the kids in my family (like my nephew — whose face is partly seen in the above pic) can remember what my grandma was like or can learn about my mom, an aunt/grandma they never got to meet.
(PS this is written in first person, because, well, it’s my site so it’d be awkward if it wasn’t.)
Ayesha was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Her mother, a single parent, died when she was 19 from breast cancer. Ayesha has since lived in NY, Mauritius, Nepal and Swaziland before returning to Toronto where she now lives. She is learning to ‘adult’ without parents and hopes that by writing about lessons learned going through her 20s parent-less, other young adults may find some comfort in knowing that despite the pain, things work out.
Caitlyn is a student at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus and is currently studying Public Relations. She enjoys traveling, reading, writing, and going to concerts. She lost her mom during her senior year of high school at 18 and began reading posts on TDY soon after that. She writes in hopes of providing others in a similar situation with comfort and hope just as the words of others helped her.
Jamie’s favorite hobbies have always been baking and writing. She documents her kitchen adventures (and sometimes disasters) in a column for Too Damn Young. When she’s not doing that, you’ll find her working as a magazine editor or binge-watching Netflix… And probably eating ice cream, too.
Jordan has lost her father, grandfather, mentor and friend in the past five years. Dealing with sequential losses has been difficult, but her faith in God and an abundance of conversations over coffee have helped her push through. She has always considered herself a writer, and she currently studies English and Journalism at Northern Illinois University. In her spare time she enjoys serving at her church, wedding planning and cuddling with her cat.
Josie lost her boyfriend of 1.5 years when she was 17 years old to substance overdose. Now almost 19 years old, she writes about her experience with dealing with loss, depression, and how to feel comfortable dating again after losing a significant other to death for Too Damn Young. Writing is a way for her to heal and cope with loss; she loves to connect and help out others who may be suffering from loss.
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Molly lost both of her parents tragically, but still carries on each day. She strives for success and believes her parents are her Angels and biggest cheerleaders. Molly has a strong faith background and believes everything happens for a reason- that reason she’s still on the lookout for, but knows it exists.