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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Why Girls Love The Dad Bod

If your man can rock the dad bod, he's a keeper.


In case you haven't noticed lately, girls are all about that dad bod.

Girls have been dealing with body image issues since the beginning of time until recent (for those of you who consider yourselves to be "Thick thin") I hadn't heard about this body type until my roommate mentioned it. She used to be crazy over guys she claimed had the dad bod.

After observing the guys she found attractive, I came to understand this body type well and was able to identify it. The dad bod is a nice balance between a beer gut and working out. The dad bod says, "I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time." It's not an overweight guy, but it isn't one with washboard abs, either.

The dad bod is a new trend and fraternity boys everywhere seem to be rejoicing. Turns out skipping the gym for a few brews last Thursday after class turned out to be in their favor. While we all love a sculpted guy, there is just something about the dad bod that makes boys seem more human, natural, and attractive. Here are a few reasons that girls are crazy about the dad bod.

It doesn't intimidate us.
Few things are worse than taking a picture in a bathing suit, one being taking a picture in a bathing suit with a guy who is crazy fit. We don't want a guy that makes us feel insecure about our body. We are insecure enough as it is. We don't need a perfectly sculpted guy standing next to us to make us feel worse.

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We like being the pretty one.
We love people saying "they look cute together." But we still like being the center of attention. We want to look skinny and the bigger the guy, the smaller we feel and the better we look next to you in a picture.

Better cuddling.
No one wants to cuddle with a rock. Or Edward Cullen. The end.

Good eats.
The dad bod says he doesn't meal prep every Sunday night so if you want to go to Taco Tuesday or $4 pitcher Wednesday, he'd be totally down. He's not scared of a cheat meal because he eats just about anything and everything.

You know what you're getting.
Girls tend to picture their future together with their guys early on. Therefore, if he already has the dad bod going on, we can get used to it before we date him, marry him, have three kids. We know what we are getting into when he's got the same exact body type at the age of 22 that he's going to have at 45.

So there you go. A simple break down of why girls everywhere are going nuts over this body type on males. We like it. We love it. We want some more of it. So here's to you dad bods, keep it up. Men, confidently strut that gut on the beach because while you stare at us in our bikinis we will be staring just as hard.

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21 Quotes From Twyla Tharp's 'The Creative Habit' That Will Fuel Your Artistic Self

Use your half-baked ideas for good!


Twyla Tharp is a master dancer and choreographer. She's worked with the world's most prestigious artists to create works that will withstand the test of time. She published her book "The Creative Habit" as a viewing window for seeing into her creative process. Tharp offers both hard truths and gently encouraging words for both serious artists and everyday people just trying to expand their circle of knowledge about art. I compiled some quotations from the book that were profound, useful and to-the-point when it comes to examining artistic development.

1. "Creativity is not just for artists. It's for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it's for engineers trying to solve a problem; it's for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way."

You get some creativity! YOU get some creativity! Everyone gets creativity!

2. "If art is the bridge between what you see in your mind and what the world sees, then skill is how you build that bridge."

3. "Everything that happens in my day is a transaction between the external world and my internal world. Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity."

4. "In the end, there is no one ideal condition for creativity. What works for one person is useless for another. The only criterion is this: Make it easy on yourself. Find a working environment where the prospect of wrestling with your muse doesn't scare you, doesn't shut you down."

5. "Someone has done it before? Honey, it's all been done before. Nothing's really original. Not Homer or Shakespeare and certainly not you. Get over yourself."

Ouch. Toes stepped on.

6. "Metaphor is the lifeblood of all art, if it is not art itself. Metaphor is our vocabulary for connecting what we're experiencing to what we have experienced before."

"It's *literally* like this..."

7. "...get busy copying. Traveling the paths of greatness, even in someone else's footprints, is a vital means to acquiring skill."

Choose your muse wisely!

8. "You can't just dance or paint or write or sculpt. Those are just verbs. You need a tangible idea to get you going. The idea, however minuscule, is what turns the verb into a noun..."

9. "When you're in scratching mode, the tiniest microcell of an idea will get you going. Musicians know this because compositions rarely come to them whole and complete. They call their morsels of inspiration lines or riffs or hooks or licks. That's what they look for when they scratch for an idea."

You know you look crazy, but press on, baby ideas in hand!

10. "It doesn't matter if it's a book, magazine, newspaper, billboard, instruction manual, or cereal box -- reading generates ideas, because you're literally filling your head with ideas and letting your imagination filter them for something useful."

"Alexa, play the Reading Rainbow theme song."

11. "...there's a fine line between good planning and overplanning. You never want the planning to inhibit the natural evolution of your work."

Screw this global need for instant information. You gotta just let things run their course sometimes.

12. "Habitually creative people are, in E.B. white's phrase, 'prepared to be lucky.' You don't get lucky without preparation, and there's no sense in being prepared if you're not open to the possibility of a glorious accident. In creative endeavors luck is a skill."

Twyla Tharp is really just a more Type A version of Bob Ross.

13. "I know it's important to be prepared, but at the start of the process this type of perfectionism is more like procrastination. You've got to get in there and do."

14. "You're only kidding yourself if you put creativity before craft. Craft is where our best efforts begin. You should never worry that rote exercises aimed at developing skills will suffocate creativity."

15. "That's what the great ones do: They shelve the perfected skills for a while and concentrate on their imperfections."

16. "Without passion, all the skill in the world won't lift you above your craft. Without skill, all the passion in the world will leave you eager but floundering. combining the two is the essence of the creative life."

17. "My heroes are those who've prevailed over far greater losses than I've ever had to face."

18. "Part of the excitement of creativity is the headlong rush into action when we latch onto a new idea. Yet, in the excitement, we often forget to apply pressure to the idea, poke it, challenge it, push it around, see if it stands up. Without that challenge, you never know how far astray your assumptions may have taken you."

19. "...there's a lesson here about finding your groove. Yes, you can find it via a breakthrough in your craft. But you can also find it in other means -- in congenial material, in a perfect partner, in a favorite character or comfortable subject matter."

20. "A math professor at Williams College bases ten percent of his students' grades on failure. Mathematics is all about trying out new ideas -- new formulas, theorems, approaches -- and knowing that the vast majority of them will be dad ends. To encourage his students not to be afraid of testing their quirkiest ideas in public, he rewards rather than punishes them for coming up with wrong answers."

This approach would've been so helpful.

21. "I began as a dancer, and in those days of pain and shock I went back to where I started. Creating dance is the thing I know best. It is how I recognize myself. Even in the worst of times, such habits sustain, protect, and, in the most unlikely way, lift us up."

Take Twyla's knowledge and have fun exploring creativity in your personal life!

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