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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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

SEE ALSO: Finding A Husband In College

Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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