How To Bounce Back

How To Bounce Back

Big Sean and Jesus can teach us a lot.
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I woke up this morning with half of me hoping I could go back to sleep longer, the other half was frustrated because I slept past my normal wake-up time. I had my usual cup of coffee, dressed, and left for campus to go workout. On the way, I remember thinking, “I don’t know why I’m not in a good mood, but I guess I don’t have to be in a good mood every day.”

Before I started running, I prayed for God to lift my mood. Then I started my stopwatch, I focused on the sun, my strides, and how the wind blew against me on the East side of the track. I went over to the gym after, Friday is Fitness Friday after all. I started lifting, Friday is also Leg Day, and when I felt satisfied with exhaustion after almost two hours of working out, I felt elated. Funny how our mood can go bad to good within a matter of minutes, all I had to do was pray to God and start my day.

Running usually isn’t what people want to do on a Friday morning, but I had to get it done. I went from being in a slump to actually enjoy the morning and it is one of the best days I’ve had in awhile. It didn’t take long for my mindset to turn from negative to positive, all I had to do was pray.

On the other hand, sometimes my mindset goes from positive to negative and it seems to happen much quicker too. A day can turn south on a dime, when something you don’t want to happen, happens. We can’t control what happens to us, we can’t control when all the stoplights turn red, the workout is tough, the Keurig breaks, test results come back and frankly, they suck. So what do we do? We control what we can control. Our response.

Even Big Sean faces hurdles in life because didn’t he say “Last night took a L, but tonight I bounce back”? And what about that cliche quote that everyone knows, "When nothing goes right, go left"? Look at the Bible, people from two thousand years ago faced hardship, we read in 1 Peter 5:7 “Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you."

Yes, I did just reference a rap song and the Bible in the same paragraph. I did that because stuff happens, it’s inevitable. Whether you are a Christian or not, whether you are eighty years old or ten. Bad things happen. Why should they not? We aren’t entitled to a carefree life, we don’t deserve easy living. When stuff happens, the only thing we can do is respond as best we can.

How do you respond? Psalm 94:19 says “When my anxieties multiply, your comforting calms me down.” I woke up feeling less than great, but my response to this crappy mood was to just keep going, enjoy the little things, and to not let myself focus on the negativity. I prayed while I drove to the track, and I prayed before I started running. I listened to worship music and trusted that God was going to be with me throughout the day. Working out was just the activity, God was who I had my mind set on and that’s what changed my day. He was my response.

Big Sean must've taken a big L but he bounced back. Let's do the same.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

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2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

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3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

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4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

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5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

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7. Frat house candle

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Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

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9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

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10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

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11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

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My Final Goodbye To Odyssey

Three years and 114 articles later.

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If you asked me three years ago when I signed up for Odyssey on a complete whim if I'd still be doing in three years later, the answer would have been "no."

I never thought I was a good writer. I never thought I had anything important to say. I never thought anyone would read my articles.

But I am, I do, and they did.

In the last three years, my life has changed in so many ways. I joined Odyssey as a 21-year-old college junior. I was in my second semester at Rowan. I knew maybe four people on campus. I had only two dogs and a boyfriend.

I'm leaving Odyssey as a 24-year-old college graduate. When I graduated, I knew tons of people on campus. I'm single, I have three dogs, and I am the happiest I've ever been.

But something hasn't changed at all. I still have the most amazing and supportive friends and family.

Over the last three years, Odyssey gave me so much. The most amazing dream team of some seriously talented Rowan students, friends I never had to meet in real life to be connected to. It gave me the courage to start doing something I never knew I loved, but wish I could do every single day.

It taught me that people will bash your articles, your opinions, and your writing, but you should always be proud of what you create and put out into the world. It taught me that I'm never alone; someone somewhere feels the same way I do. They're going through or have gone through what I'm going through. There are complete strangers out there who also know they aren't alone out there.

So, thank you, Odyssey, for three years and 114 articles. For all the lessons, all the opportunities and all the stress. For giving me something to look forward to every Wednesday. For creating a passion I didn't know I had.

This may be the end of my Odyssey career, but it's not the end of my writing career.

Goodbye Odyssey, I'll always love you.

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