3 Ways to Help Overcome a Bump in the Road

3 Ways to Help Overcome a Bump in the Road

It is hard to admit you have a problem, and even harder to take responsibility for it and take necessary steps to solve it.


I feel like to be a writer, or a content creator of any sort, there needs to be a creative element to some degree. Content needs to be fresh, new, and interesting in order to appeal to the audience. Sometimes, it is hard to think about interesting content that can entertain a lot of people, and sometimes some topic YOU think is fresh, new, and interesting may not be of interest to anyone else, never mind a whole slew of people on social media. What is even worse is when you think you have a great idea, and then when it comes time to execute, nothing comes out through your fingers and onto your computer screen, and you have no idea how to make your idea come to life in an interesting way, or even a way long enough to tell a story about it to an audience.

That has been my issue over the past few months, when I have not been submitting. I didn't have any idea what to write about for one week, and then one week became two, two became three, and you can guess how that ended. It is for sure something I'm not proud of, failing to follow through with a commitment, and failure to admit to myself that it was a problem that needs to be solved. But how do we solve these types of personal, internal problems? What are some methods we can use and actions we can take when there is a personal problem that we are faced with and we are the only ones who can change and solve the problem for ourselves?

Coming back to campus, I made a promise to myself that I would find a way to change, the first step. Over the first week, I felt as though a good step up from the promise would be getting a feel for my schedule in terms of when I would have time to devote to actually carrying out the promise I made to myself. I realized that I needed time to cook meals, study, get some work done in between classes, and maybe some time for me to relax as well, because that's important too. I have come to realize when in my schedule I have free time to devote to doing reading and homework, and when I have time to devote to myself, and the best places on campus to encourage me to do the certain task that has to be carried out.

Once this is all figured out, step 3 is the more difficult part of it. Step 3 is actually executing and forcing yourself to carry out the task at hand in an attempt to get into a groove, which I am actually trying out at the moment.

It is hard to admit you have a problem, and even harder to take responsibility for it and take necessary steps to solve it. But, with a little self-discipline and lots of hard work, any problem can be easily overcome. You don't need to use the three steps I used, all you need to do is find a method that works for you, and you can easily get the job done, and learn a little more about yourself along the way.

Having a support system is also a great way to stay on top of keeping your goals. My support system to try and make sure I kept thinking of content to submit is my friends here on campus that also write for Odyssey. When I would see them submit and promote their articles on social media, it was a constant reminder to me to get back on top of what I had to do. Having people verbally remind you of what you have to do is a great way to make sure you try and stay on top of things. Another great way to stay on top of things is to set a reminder in your phone every week and or write it in your planner, like it was a homework assignment that was going to be graded or looked at. That way there, you will be more motivated to actually sit down, focus, and get it done.

A slump is okay sometimes, but it's what you do about that slump that matters most. There is a learning opportunity in every slump that you can get so much out of and come out the other side knowing even more about yourself than you did before. Once you hit that slump, don't stay at the bottom, and actually try to make it better. You got this!



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Troy University Needs to Realize That There Are More Students Than Greek Life And SGA

"In unity, there is strength." - Riverdale


At Troy University, there are three groups present on campus: those that are Greek, those that are a part of the Student Government Association, and those that are don't affiliate with either.

During my search for a college to attend, one of my stipulations was that I didn't want Greek life to be the only dominant force on campus (along with things such as cost, location, majors offered etcetera). Troy University boasts a Greek population of only 20% and this number intrigued me because, at many schools, it seems to be a higher percentage of students. However, after attending Troy University for a little over a semester now, I doubt this number because every time I turn around, another student is telling me about what sorority they are a member of, or about what fraternity they are a member of on campus.

And, admittedly, prior to the first SGA election, I was pretty clueless as to what SGA was because SGA was not a big deal at my high school. To be more truthful, I didn't understand the full extent of SGA until now while the SGA presidential race is happening.

Greek life isn't bad and those that are a part of Greek life aren't bad. The SGA isn't bad and those that are a member of the SGA aren't bad. It just feels like Greek life and SGA goes hand-in-hand for those that are independent and makes being involved on campus that much harder.

Those who ran for SGA will promote the fact they are a part of a sorority or fraternity, and thus, represent the student body; however, if only 20% of Troy's campus is Greek, how is this true? Something like this is what I mean. There's a lack of awareness that there is more to this campus than SGA and Greek life.

There just needs to be more attention brought to the lack of awareness of those who aren't Greek nor SGA.

For example, during Homecoming, independent organizations participated with the frats and sororities in events such as chalk the quad and making banners. Not one independent organization was promoted for chalk the quad, and I know, as a member of an independent organization, we had to ask to be recognized for winning a place for our banner. I am grateful that we were at least recognized but it shouldn't feel like fighting a war to be recognized alongside Greek organizations for completing the same activities.

This is an open plea to the new SGA President -- bring students together, all students because that is what will make Troy University a stronger college.

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A New Years Resolution Must PART 2


**If you haven't read, A New Years Resolution Must, I wouldd take a peek at that real quick before you get too into this because it will make MUCH more sense :)

Quick thought before I get to the main point of my article:

I really really enjoyed the 25 Days of Kindness Cards and I definitely want to do something similar again in some way shape or form. I have not decided yet but in scrolling through some of the older articles I've written, I remembered what I wrote this past year for Lent. In 10 Things To Give Up For Lent Other Than That Favorite Candy Bar, I talked about writing letters to different people. My original plan was to write 40 letters, one for each day of Lent. It failed miserably. 40 is a lot! But I definitely think approaching that in the same way I wrote the 25 Days of Kindness Cards will be a better way to spend some time in reflection, not just during Lent, but during any point of the year. You don't just have to write a letter. You can just send the little quotes of kindness. Leave them in random people's mailboxes or slip them under a door or leave them on a bus seat or a park bench. You never know who'll need it.

NOT THAT LENT IS ANYTIME SOON... I don't want to rush the seasons. Just a thought or two to get you thinking if you were considering taking on something like this. Or maybe to get you thinking :)

Okay, now to the real point:

In keeping with the theme of my last article-spreading little bits of kindness all over-I wanted to share with everyone the 18 different kindness quotes that I put in each of the 25 Days of Kindness Cards. Like I said in the little blerb before, you don't even have to write a letter. Print these out and spread them out in your dorm building, across campus, or any other place you can think of. Save them and text a different one to a different person each day. Maybe these will be the few that get you going on your small acts of kindness journey!

How do we change the world? "One random act of kindness at a time"

Surprising Effects Of Kindness


You will never regret being kind


May every word that is ever spoken by our mouths or typed by our fingers be words that lift up and never words that tear down


Be good to people. You will be remembered more for your kindness than any level of success you could possibly attain. 


Kindness begins with me


Kindness is like snow-It beautifies everything it covers. 


Do small things with great love.  (Couldn't not put this one in there :) ) 


Kindness is not an act. It is a lifestyle. 


Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person's life. 


One kind word can change someone's entire day


Kindness is free. Sprinkle that stuff everywhere. 


Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. 


Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. 


Be silly. Be honest. BE KIND. 


Be the reason someone smiles today. 


A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions. And the roots spring up and make new trees.


You never know what light you might spark in others just through your kindness and your example. 


I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay... small acts of kindness and love. 


Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.


Choose kind over cool. 


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