Just Put One Foot in Front of the Other

Just Put One Foot in Front of the Other

And soon you'll be walking out your dorm room door.

When I first came back into my dorm hall and saw posters galore of "How to Avoid the Winter Blues" and "Staying Positive" I was set aback. How bad could being at school in the winter be? Are the winter blues a real thing? To answer that, yes. There's no more sun shining walking to your classes but a bitterly cold breeze blowing on your spine when you're rushing to your 8 am or heading out for a night with the girls. You want nothing other than to lay under your covers and avoid all responsibilities to stay out of the cold. Here are a few tips to keep you going even when you feel like your feet are frozen to the floor.

1. Pick up a hobby

Find something that interests you and that you're passionate about to keep you excited and refreshed in between those long cold days that seem to drag on forever. Wether it's a new Netflix show, a new workout class, or going shopping (although this one is highly dangerous and you may waste all of your money). I fell in love with yoga when I was home and have brought that hobby to school with me. It's something to have a few minutes of your day to focus on you, let go of any stress, and you feel rejuvenated when all your joints are stretched out. Jam to a new playlist that keeps your energy high and gives off some good vibes to push you through your week.

2. Keep your favorite foods stocked in your dorm room

Although you may not have the comfort of one of your mom's home-cooked meals anymore, you can keep some of your favorite treats in your room to keep you cozy and happy. Mac n' cheese, tortilla chips with some quality guac, Starbucks macchiatos galore. It's okay to pig out every once and a while. It all makes us feel good every now and then, don't deny it.

3. Stay around your friends

*"We're all in this together" theme song plays in the background* Don't isolate yourself you'll only get down and feel lonely. You have some awesome people around you to distract you from the stress, homesickness, or to share a fuzzy blanket with. Have a few dance parties, explore off campus, or get involved together on campus. You don't have to go too far to have fun and distract yourself for a few hours.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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