The Reality of Having Your First Pet

When a young adult grows up without a pet, this can lead them to start yearning for that comfort and playfulness pets provide, and once they first start living on their own, they may decide to get their first pet to find exactly that. Seeing someone walking their dog puts a smile on their face and makes them daydream of having their own. But how realistic is this? There is a lot more to consider than many young adults may realize. Continue reading The Reality of Having Your First Pet

Building Bridges After Prison

In the back of her mind, Jhody Polk still finds herself wishing she was back in prison. “So I can be safe,” Polk said. Jhody grew up in a part of Gainesville where she says there weren’t many dreams to be had. She didn’t learn to love herself until she turned herself in to serve her time – seven years for felony convictions involving theft home invasion. Continue reading Building Bridges After Prison

My First Tattoo (And Some Tips & Tricks to Remember for Yours)

I got my first tattoo on March 24, and I’ve honestly never felt more indestructible. Don’t ask me how or why some ink just below my left collarbone makes me feel so powerful, but I feel like I can literally take on anything.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted a tattoo. I went back and forth when it came to which one I wanted to do first, but on that sunny Saturday afternoon at Euphoria Tattoos in Talla-nasty I went with the tattoo I knew I wanted the most. Continue reading My First Tattoo (And Some Tips & Tricks to Remember for Yours)

Three Books and The Power Within Them

When it comes to books, I always tend to gravitate toward characters that are shaken to the core because of a life-changing event. These books are entertaining because of what the characters do with their new powers. Oftentimes, they accrue powers that amplify their hidden strengths, while other powers that don’t seem important may have the most impact. Since the Spring 2018 edition of the Orange and Blue Magazine is all about power, I will be listing books that involve power in some way, shape or form Continue reading Three Books and The Power Within Them

Budgeting: Why It’s Important

To lots of college students, budgeting isn’t on the top of their priority list. Mom and dad’s money seems endless — until you start making your own. A budget is a plan that helps you prioritize your spending over the course of a week, month or year. By creating one, you can develop the knowledge to recognize the difference between your wants and your needs. In the long run, budgeting is important for goals such as paying off your student loans, saving up for a home or going on a grand vacation. Continue reading Budgeting: Why It’s Important