Alaina Kaczmarski is a paid contributor of The Daily Doze. A Chicago native, she graduated from the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University in 2008 with degrees in magazine journalism and psychology with dreams of being an editor in New York City. Not quite able to afford the Big Apple living costs, she packed a U-Haul and headed to D.C. with stars in her eyes and not a single connection to call on. She found her first job the old-fashioned way: a newspaper ad and a solid interview. After a year at a children’s advocacy NPO, Alaina headed home to the Windy City and moved in with her mom. A few months later, unsure of what direction her life would lead, she started her blog, Live Creating Yourself, and began writing about everything she loved.
Before long, she met fellow blogger Danielle Moss and the two shared a goal of creating something to inspire women like themselves, who had endless dreams but no idea where to begin. With a minuscule budget but impressive work ethic, the new friends launched The Everygirl in February 2012. Last year Alaina was named 20 In Their 20s by Crain’s Chicago Business.