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Exposed: Feeling like an imposter in your own life

Words by Mallory Pace   When I first started my internship at “Folio,” I felt like a fool. After I was accepted into the program, my thoughts quickly turned from excitement to doubt. Despite being well qualified and having a loaded portfolio in my pocket, I felt as if I had somehow tricked my way into the role. I thought they just made a mistake and they’re going to figure it out quickly. Still, I pushed through and wrote my first few articles, feeling the uncertainty and desperation through the screen with each sentence I wrote. After they were published …

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‘It’s The Time Of The Creative’

Words by Amiyah Golden A statement that will forever grind my gears: “There’s nothing to do in Jacksonville.”    My face immediately morphs into this deadpan expression and my eye starts to twitch whenever I hear this.   As a native of Jacksonville, I have not only have I seen this city grow tremendously, but I have connected with so many pioneers who are doing the work to improve this place we call home, instigating a chain reaction that has produced projects of passion, infrastructure constructed from love and events that speak to the ethos of Jacksonville.   My own …

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Am I Gaslighting Myself? 

Words By Jillian Lombardo  The clock ticks down. Stuffed animals gather around your desk, a silent audience for your upcoming class presentation. Just moments ago, affirmations like “I am a capable speaker” filled your head.  But now, doubt creeps in. Memories of your last presentation — the stutter, the blackout — cloud your mind.  Are you fooling yourself with these affirmations?  Is this gaslighting, or can you still pull it off? After another creative conversation with my mother, she asked me this question, igniting my curiosity. Where is the line between affirmations and gaslighting?  Affirmations go back thousands of years …

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Riding the Wave of Shopping Sustainable and Eco-Friendly

Words by Carmen Macri    Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to finally ditch that old ratty bikini and trade it in for something better — for you and the environment.   It’s always a mission to find a swimsuit that’s both durable and easy on the wallet — every girl’s dilemma. With high-end brands charging a fortune for a bikini and the dark side of fast fashion wreaking havoc on our planet, it’s tough to navigate. That’s why when local businesses start rolling out eco-friendly, sustainable and affordable swimwear options, it’s time to jump on board. …

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Getting To Know ‘Just A Girl’

The implications of yet Another TikTok Trend  Words by Ambar Ramirez In hindsight, the signs were always there. The quiet rage and rebellion, the natural aversion to pink, the color bestowed on all women before we are even born. And yes, I would say that I’m like a pretty emotional person … and so what?   It wasn’t until another TikTok trend stumbled on my, and every other girl’s ‘For You Page’, that I realized I’m not the only one who struggles with finding a relatable phrase that resonates with the many awkward experiences.  I’m just a girl.  Not to brag …

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Weird Wild Stuff

Words by Shelton Hull   Well, 2023 is almost over, and we have seen all kinds of weirdness this year. We have a Democrat as mayor of Jacksonville and a football team that’s actually good (despite the incessant fickleness of sports media, who are still getting used to it), both of which feel more like miraculous than just weird. Florida has retained its title as the weirdest state in America, but our friends to the north and west have given us some pretty stiff competition. We’ve compiled a slew of strangeness in this column over the past 12 months, and …

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Lucy’s Legacy

Turning lemons into lemonade stands and funding for childhood cancer Words by Kerry Speckman Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children past infancy in the U.S. Let that sink in for a minute. Then consider this. The federal government allocates billions of dollars each year to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute of Health (NIH) for cancer research. Among the 2 million Americans who are diagnosed with cancer each year are thousands of children diagnosed with pediatric (or childhood) cancer. And to those children, the U.S. government designates less than 4% of all of …

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Reclaiming What Daylight Savings Steals: How to Prevent Seasonal Depression

Words by Mallory Pace   I have a bone to pick with whomever came up with daylight saving time. It’s a concept I have never fully grasped, no matter how many times it’s been mansplained to me. Each year we “spring forward” just to “fall back” a few months later, and each time havoc is wreaked on our daily routines. It’s not the “springing forward” part I have an issue with, no, it’s the “falling back” that catches me by surprise each year. Who wants to “fall back” anyway? It just sounds depressing. But alas, on the first Sunday of …

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Living at Home Until It Is Socially Unacceptable 

Words by Carmen Macri    We live in an era where kids are so eager to leave their parents’ nests to experience adulthood. And by all means, do it. But take some time to think before you spread your wings and fly — about your financial (and mental) stability.    If you are leaving your hometown for college, this article is not for you, but for you kids who are going to a local university, listen up.    Stay home.    Choosing whether to hunker down at home or dive headfirst into the on-campus experience at your local college is …

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Pint-Sized Piledrivers

Words and Photos by Carmen Macri  This was undoubtedly the best night of my life.    Imagine this: It’s a Friday night in the beautiful city of Jacksonville, Florida. You’ve endured a taxing workweek and all you crave is a weekend spent cocooned in your bed, binge-reading “Throne of Glass” until your eyes bleed. Your plan is foolproof until a text from your best friend disrupts your solitude: “Be ready in 10, I’m on my way.” In this type of friendship, questions are an endangered species. When they say be ready, you simply obey.   Ten minutes vanish in the …

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