Easy Ways to Give Back to Your Community

Easy Ways to Give Back to Your Community

When you look around and see stories of people donating thousands or even millions of dollars to various causes, it can kind of feel like there’s not a whole lot that one ordinary person can do. Most of us don’t have that kind of money lying around to donate, nor do we necessarily have the time or resources do dedicate years of our lives to volunteering full-time. For the people that do, those are obviously incredibly important and great ways to serve others, but most of us don’t have that luxury.   Of course, that’s not to say that there aren’t things regular people like us can do each day to help others in our community (or even around the world)! Here are a few quick and easy ways you can give back to your community:   Go through your closet. Whether it’s a sweater that doesn’t fit anymore or that dress you bought years ago but never wore, there are probably at least a few clothing items in your closet that you could donate. You might not need it (and you might be glad to get it out of your apartment), but it might be incredibly helpful for someone else. Volunteer. This doesn’t have to be time-consuming or elaborate. A quick Google search will probably turn up lots of shelters, soup kitchens, or other organizations in your city that are probably always looking for volunteers. Even if you can only help one night a week or for a few hours on the weekend, it’s definitely worth the time! Get a haircut. If you’re willing to grow your hair...
Great Skills to Add to Your Resume

Great Skills to Add to Your Resume

Internships, work experience, volunteer hours, education and extracurriculars – it seems like every time you blink the list of things you should have on your resume keeps growing. And while you’re obviously trying to keep you resume short and sweet (thanks to that helpful “one page” rule of thumb), you still want to fit as much information as possible into the space that you have.   That obviously includes your experience – jobs, internships, and volunteer work – and your education and extracurriculars – especially leadership positions. But if you have the room, it’s also a great idea to showcase any special skills that you have that relate to your field. Need a few ideas? Here are a few to get you started!   Coding. I know this brings up the image of someone huddled in a basement in front of a computer all day, but these days knowing one or more programming language is an incredibly valuable skill! There are a lot of options, from HTML/CSS to Java to C++, and each has its own uses. When you’re ready to start, there are plenty of apps and websites out there to help jumpstart your learning! Photoshop. Knowing how to edit photos is a great tool to have in a lot of different fields, and having even a basic knowledge of Photoshop or some other photo-editing software looks great on a resume. Or, if movies are more your thing, video-editing is also a great option. Office software. Microsoft Office is the default here, but there are other, less-common software suites that you might be familiar with. It’s almost an expected skill...
Car Safety Checklist: Tips for Protecting Your Vehicle

Car Safety Checklist: Tips for Protecting Your Vehicle

From extreme cold to extreme heat to snow, hail, and ice – there are a lot of ways the weather can cause damage to your car. And the weather isn’t all of it – theft and damage from other vehicles can also be threats to your car and any valuables inside. There’s a lot to consider but taking a few steps can really help you protect your car from damage and theft.   Watch where you park. If you have the option, parking in your garage is often the best choice, especially if you’re expecting bad weather. If that isn’t possible, parking in the shade when it’s hot outside can help keep your car cool and reduce sun damage. Likewise, parking in a well-lit, well-travelled area of the parking lot (or on the street, if necessary) can help deter theft. Put away your valuables. It seems like common sense, but you shouldn’t leave electronics, money, or other valuables out in the open in your car – especially your keys, but also your laptop, purse or wallet, or even charging cords for your phone or GPS. It’s best not to leave them in the car at all, but at least try to place them out of sight or locked in your glove box or another compartment. Check the thermometer. If you do happen to leave your electronics, like your phone or laptop, in your car, make sure you’re keeping an eye on the temperature. Extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, can do a lot of damage to your devices if you’re not careful. Keeping electronics out of direct sunlight or...
Tips for Decorating Your First Apartment

Tips for Decorating Your First Apartment

Your first house or apartment is a big deal – you’ve finally moved out on your own (maybe with a roommate or two) after living with your parents or in a college dorm. It’s a big step, and while it’s always exciting, it can be a little strange moving into a new place. Unlike a dorm, it’s yours for longer than a single school year, but unlike your parents’ house it doesn’t quite feel like “home” yet, and that’s okay. It may take some time before you really start to feel comfortable and “at home” in your new place, but decorating can go a long way toward helping you settle in. Here are a few tips to get you started:   Work with what you have. Yes, this means not throwing out your old dorm décor. Even if it’s not totally your style anymore, it can help liven up those bare walls until you can find something you like better. Decorations that you already have are the easiest and cheapest, so look through your stuff before you go out and buy anything new. Do it yourself. If you’re a crafty person or feel comfortable picking up the paint and the hot glue gun, making decorations yourself is another great way to decorate your new place. It definitely takes more time than digging up things you already have or going to the store, but you might find a new hobby that you never would have considered! Shop vintage. Local thrift stores and flea markets are a great place to find unique décor items for your new pad. Sure, they may...
When It Feels Like Abortion is the Best Option for You – Where Do You Go for Help in Fort Worth?

When It Feels Like Abortion is the Best Option for You – Where Do You Go for Help in Fort Worth?

Being pregnant when you absolutely don’t want to be is REALLY stressful. When you are leaning towards getting an abortion because it feels like the only option for your situation, your stress multiplies. The truth is, as your body and hormones adjust to an unplanned pregnancy, you’ll definitely experience some highs and lows. This will greatly impact your stress level. So many questions might be running through your head – How far along am I? How can I get information about the abortion pill in Fort Worth? Where can I go to find unbiased information about all my pregnancy options? The key to managing your stress when considering abortion is to balance your range of bouncing emotions with information straight from trained professionals. When your questions are answered by trusted women who care about your physical AND emotional needs, you can feel empowered to make the best pregnancy decision for you. So just where can you find licensed medical professionals and advocates who can answer your questions and help turn your fears into confidence? You have questions. We have answers. We’re one click away. Schedule a free appointment with us...
The Importance of Budgeting for College Students

The Importance of Budgeting for College Students

Money can be a scary topic, there’s no getting around that. Student debt, taxes, retirement plans – it can seem pretty overwhelming if you’re just starting to figure out your financial situation. If there’s one thing you’ve probably heard about over and over as you’re taking your first steps into managing your money, it’s the importance of establishing a budget. While this might seem like something you can put off until you’re a working adult with a full-time job and a place of your own, it’s so important to get started early! The basics of budgeting are pretty simple – first figure out how much money you’re bringing in and how much you’re spending on expenses. This will help you see where your money is going and how much you have left over. You can use this information to figure out how to best spend your money to cover everything that needs to be covered. Ideally, you should be spending less than you make, so you have some “extra” money to put into savings or for unforeseen expenses. While it can be fun to spend that extra cash on a night out with your friends or that super cute dress that you saw at the store, when your car breaks down or your computer dies, you’re definitely going to wish you had saved something to help pay for those expenses. The best way to achieve this is to track what you’re spending, whether through an app or on your own with a spreadsheet on your computer. Actually putting down on paper (or on your phone or computer) what you’re...