The Year of Why Not. 

By Jillynn Reese

Last Friday, I was blessed to see my twenty-fourth birthday. While being super excited for year 24, I explained to all my family and friends just how different it feels. Recently graduating from Western Michigan University, I’ve been interning at ArtPrize.org in the communication department. This was a goal a year ago,  working in my field in all. I finally feel like an adult.


Ofcourse, I’ve been on my own for the past 5 years, but I was always a dependent student. I’ve come to the realization that, I call the shots in my life from here on out.  College was forced, my parents weren’t playing that. Since graduation I’ve been pondering on what’s next after this internship. So my Bestfriend and I are declaring year 24 as the #YearofWhyNot.
Since there is so much I want to accomplish by 25, there is no excuse for this ordinary life I live. I don’t want to be ordinary and neither should you. The year of “why not” is challenging us to step out our comfort zones and take charge of our life and the goals we will accomplish.


In a few months, I’ll be returning to Detroit to live with my parents. During this time, I will be investing in my brand. Developing my business and exposing my skills to the world. So far, I’ve started my personal blog (Click here to check that out), I’ve joined this awesome network of social bees :), I’ve joined the snapchat takeover challenge for this platform and I’ve started working on a business plan. So I’m on a roll. I encourage every millennial and recent graduate to take charge and invest in your passions.

Why should you be asking, why not? Simply because you are the only person who can stop you from experiencing your optimal life. Most times it’s usually money or fear that keeps us from living. This is where sacrafice comes into play, take those moments to self-improve.

Here is some advice I’ve recently received; monitor your time, are you allocating the proper time to your goals. If not, eliminate unnecessary task in your day. Also, have you taken advantage of each opportunity presented to you? If not, why?

Write it down.

Your only limit is you. Get out of your way! Stop allowing self-sabotage to keep you from your dream life. Make the promise to yourself to live optimally, and whatever that looks like for you will happen. You just have to move.

You’ve got this!

Down with PDA? 

PDA

PDA” Public Display of Affection. Usually seen in your local parks, grocery stores, movie theatres and Instagram timelines. Consists of huggin, kissing, touching, posting, filters, and emojis. There is so much affection being shown for the world to see, it makes me wonder are those couples that affectionate at home and off the gram.

For example, I know a couple that chats a little on twitter but nothing too “steamy” —but in person they’re like two magnets falling into each other’s magnetic field. There is another couple that shares everything about their relationship online and where they are in public. However, when they’re at home they don’t even pretend to like each other. I’ve witness argument and all. I’m wondering is this behavior common between the two types of couples.

PDA has become so important to the validity of relationships. Especially, within the millennial generation. Being “Facebook Official” has gone deeper thanks to snapchat. But why is PDA so imporantant in millennial relationships?

Are you ok with NOT being on your significant other’s social platforms?  If you are not ok with it, why?

I believe relationships are always fragile. In the sense that at any moment a person has the right and freedom to leave for whatever reason. Ofcourse when you’re married there’s a longer paperwork process for the division, but you get my point. At any moment a person can have a change of heart, and being in the eye of your public or lack there of…I’m sure that can bring about minor insecurities, for either party.

I don’t necessarily dislike the idea of PDA, I just don’t believe it’s necessary. It’s cute to post pics here and there of various events or trips. But everyday snaps of your and your guy/gal, can be kept for your own memory. It’s better that way. I enjoy coming home and telling my roommate how the weekend was without her saying “yeah, I saw that on Facebook.” The story is so much better when you actually have something to share.

Comment below your views on PDA.

Photo by: @kelbpics

Get Edumacated

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It’s 7am, and first hour has just begun. Sleepy eyed and groggy with a bag full of books, we were probably dreading the rest of the day and counting down the days until graduation and also thinking how the Pythagorean theorem or the periodic table of elements was going to help us in our everyday life.

How many times have we promised ourselves we were just going to get a factory job to avoid the stress?

Who has ever joked with their friends about finding a “sugar mama” or “sugar daddy” to support their lifestyles?

First start. Preschool. Kindergarten. Elementary school. Middle school. High school and, not to mention, latchkey and day care.

Education is so important, and it would be a relentless job to stress the many reasons why.

So many people argue that school isn’t for everyone. And though, this much is true, considering the 300 million people in America, chances are there’s something for everyone.

According to Findlaw.com, compulsory education is the requirement of all children in the United States to be educated, at least until the reach of high school, then the child has the “choice” to continue on or not.

I went to a public school within my hometown. The school received an exemplary status from the city’s school board but I wasn’t too moved by it, I thought the teachings were pretty common and that we all knew the same kinds of things…but I was wrong.

Coming to college has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made as well as an experience that has widely opened my eyes. Sitting in the student union one day, catching up on an assignment while I wait for my next class, I overhear a conversation. Someone asks what country the Olympics were being held in. The other said “the one with the blue and yellow flag”, “ooh, you mean Portuguese”. My face instantly drooped; I was dumbfounded.

Firstly, the 2016 Olympics are being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Their flag’s colors are blue, green, yellow, and white. Portuguese is NOT a country, but it is the language that the Brazil natives speak. Portugal is a country located in Europe, next to Spain, that colonized Brazil and… UGH. I could’ve gone on and on inside my brain. Social media has made it a game to post math problems relative to 5th grade learning that so many people have failed at answering. Some of the comments people post implore that their answer is right and that they know P.E.M.D.A.S and other math tools. Having conversations with people can be frustrating as well. They may try to include more complex words that they may have heard or possibly have read up on but they use it or pronounce it so incorrectly, its horrifying. “He had the odacitely (audacity) to ask me that”, but they know every word to Future’s new song, and can tell you how to “cook and move work” and go “OT” providing Young Dolph and Gucci Mane’s instructions.

Sure, others paid more attention in history class than others, but these things are common knowledge that I thought everyone had. Sort of like comma usage, proper grammar practice, the differences between to, too, and two-their, they’re, there- rather, whether… UGH there I go again…I could go on.

Some argue that college is a conspiracy and that they’d just prefer to become an entrepreneur and open their own business. While you don’t need a degree to do so, higher education provides classes, training, and networking opportunities for the fields of interest. How can one be a business owner with no known knowledge of a business plan or how to manage nonetheless keep track of gross and net income?

A four-year university is not the end all-be all like our families, teachers, or media has lead us to believe. There are shorter-term education options that can still give us a desirable outcome. Community colleges, trade/vocational schools, realty classes, culinary schools, CNA or other medical licensing, schools for beauty and barber… the list goes on and on.

Education is important. There are no ifs ands or buts. Education allows for learning, growth, new opportunities, networking, chances to earn better pay, flexible schedules and programs, online options, and great experiences are just some of the pros for seeking a higher education. Even if you don’t finish out, or seek a degree per se, but simply desire some new useful knowledge and skill sets, there’s something for everyone.

In the world of today, with Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump running for president, the #blacklivesmatter movement, as well as the police brutality epidemic at large, why wouldn’t you want to #staywoke and educated?

What do you think? Is school worth the hassle? Should there be a law requiring everyone to receive education? Have you found yourself constantly correcting others?

B Educated!

Among other things,

B Honest B Humble B You!

-domo.dub