Windrose is a print magazine and blog community created through stories shared of navigating life in your twenties.

We believe in the power of story, and it's our hope that you will find a little bit of your own story within those shared here.

["Wait!" you might be saying, "Didn't this used to be That First Year?!" Yep, we've switched up our brand name to Windrose to better align with our community and mission. We'll still be sharing the same essays of navigating life in your twenties that you've come to love.]

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Ally Willis

Co-Founder & Editor

Ally is a freelance writer and 2014 graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, the city she still calls home. Knowing the upcoming post-grad year would be full of transitions worth writing about, she began Windrose (formerly That First Year). She owns a cat named after C.S. Lewis and buys way too many concert and plane tickets and then writes about it. Ask her about her time spent in London and she won't stop talking about it. Read her travel and life musings on her personal blog, Maps & Mochas. Come say hi — Ally is the one who answers emails (and the one writing this description about herself in third person).


Kendall Cherry


Kendall graduated in 2014 from Texas A&M University and is currently pursuing her master's degree at the University of Houston. She is also a self-proclaimed "culture engineer" for a tech company based in Silicon Valley. Known for choosing the strangest items on the menu (see: bone marrow), she is constantly dreaming up her next adventure. Kendall is passionate about helping others reach their full potential and aspires to be a real life super hero, minus the cape.