Hi! I am Kayla McGuffey! Nice to meet you!

Hi! As you may know, my name is Kayla and I am a beginning writer here on the Odyssey. So to make you feel more at home when you come to visit my page (if you would like!) you do not feel like you are just reading another person's work. So this article is 10 things about me! Hope you enjoy!

1. I am born and raised in Tennessee. I have lived here my whole life, and although I wish I could live somewhere that was not feeling like I lived on the sun, I am probably going to be living here the rest of my life. Luckily there are some pretty amazing views like this below:

2. I am a current freshman at Lee University, a Christian College that has changed my life forever. It is crazy because I never planned on going to college five minutes down the road from my house. But God called me to go to Lee, and he ensures me that it is where I am chosen to be. Here is a pic of me and a few of my pals!

3. I am majoring in Elementary Education as of right now, and I absolutely adore kids. My best friend is actually 2 years old, and she is the greatest.

4. I am not naturally blonde (obviously), which leads me into my next thing. I love makeup and doing stuff to my hair. I enjoy creating new makeup looks or bleaching my hair 4 times in three weeks (YIKES). My beauty collection is growing so fast I bought a plastic shelving unit!

5. My favorite food is a mix between Mexican and Asian food. But overall, I love food in general. Most of the time you will always see me shoving a doughnut in my face. It is typical. DO NOT ever watch the FOOD Network around me, otherwise I will be spending an entire week trying to make pizza burgers or something crazy.

6. Also, my favorite candy as of right now is Reese's. I have no clue where it came from, and my sister believe that I stole her favorite candy from her. But lets be real, she is the one who stole high school musical from me. So Hannah Montana for life!

7. I love love LOVVVEEEEEE Jesus. When looking back on my past, I can find God's hand touching my life in so many little ways, that I did not know before. And since he has done so much for an imperfect unworthy person like me, I try to live and love like Jesus does. Here is a verse that I use to remind me how to live every day (picture made by She Reads Truth).

8. My favorite subject is English, and I love to read and write. It is a safe place for me to be truly free and creative and to read and share thought and ideas.

9. I have a unique sense of fashion. I am the one you see picking up the crazy flower print boot-heels with a pair of skinny jean overalls. I love ALL THE PRINTS. Stripes and flowers make me happy! You can always find me lowkey watching "Say Yes To The Dress" and all the other type of clothing shows. (P.S. I have the best of luck of getting good finds at Goodwill so if you need help, HMU.)

10. THE LAST ONE. If you made it this far, congratulations! The last thing about me is something I definitely want to tell you. This post was kind of goofy and fun, but let me be serious with you for a second. I have been through a lot as just one person, and I still am going through a season of muck right now. So if you are ever in a really low place I want you to know that first off, you are not alone, and secondly, I am praying for you. It may seem really tough right now, but I promise that God can and WILL use you for the greater purpose. Your pain has POWER. Do not ever forget that.

That is all for me! I hope you had as much fun reading this as I did creating it! And remember! I love you and I am praying for you. Have a good day!

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You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.

High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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I Expected It To Have It All Together By 22 And I'm Still Far From That

What we expected and what reality actually is, are two completely different things...


Oh our 20s, how we expected them to be so different. We expected to graduate college at 22, have a career by 23, be engaged by 24, married with a house by 25, kids by 26-28, vacationing with the family by 30, and retired by 60. We expected college to be parties and cute boys/girls. Instead, we got late nights of studying and crying after a job that barely pays for our car, food, dorm, and textbooks. We get no social life and if we do our grades suffer for it.

Our 20s were expected to be all fun but all we got were struggles and stress. I mean I don't know about you but I expected, to have it all together and I'm nearly 23 and far from it. I had all the scholarships and great grades, and I still don't have any type of degree.

Reality hits after 18. Most of us don't have the help of mom and dad anymore. We have to find our way and make a path for ourselves. Sometimes our dreams and goals have to be put on hold for that. The 20s isn't fun. It's about discovering who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go. Some of us serve our country, some become incarcerated, some of us parents, some teachers, others cops, others travel or study abroad, some dead, some ill, other managers, others homeless, some still living home, and some even addicts.

The weird thing about your 20s is everyone is doing something different, but yet everyone is confused and comparing themselves to others. People feel if they're not doing what others are doing, in their age group then they have failed themselves. What people forget is that with life comes obstacles and sacrifice and everyone's life and situations are different. You are where you need to be right now, for you, and I think that's something to remember in your 20s.

Another thing about your 20's is you're free to think for yourself now. No more having to follow a religion you dislike or hold back from things you love. The world is literally yours to discover and learn from. Possibilities are endless! I think your 20's are the years you create yourself to the best version of you and build the foundation for your future. Just remember, we all build at our own pace.


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