My Journey With Odyssey Has Come To An End, But My Future Is Just Beginning

My Journey With Odyssey Has Come To An End, But My Future Is Just Beginning

Odyssey was the first place in my college career where someone took a chance on me, where someone saw something in me that I didn't even see in myself at the time.


I knew this day would come eventually, but I never anticipated how I would feel when it finally happened.

After nearly three years with Odyssey, spending time as a Creator, Contributing Editor, Editor-in-Chief, President and Intern launching and working with somewhere close to 60-70 communities, this chapter in my life has come to a close.

And I'd be lying if I said I wasn't sad about it.

But I'd also be lying if I said I wasn't excited about how I can use everything Odyssey taught me in my next chapter working in ministry.

See, three years ago my dream was to become a Content Strategist at Odyssey HQ. It was my dream, and I was determined to do anything in order to get there.

Then, another door opened that I never anticipated. To work in ministry, introducing people of all ages to Jesus for a living at one of the biggest churches in the country. I felt uncomfortable at first, and I kept telling God that I was supposed to be a Content Strategist--that was my dream.

But I had this undeniable feeling that ministry was where I was supposed to be, so that's where I'm going.

It makes me sad to let go of something that has been a part of my life for so long, something that has told me I belong when the rest of the world hasn't.

Something that gave me friends and a second family all over the country.

Something that gave me a platform to tell me my voice was important and that I mattered.

A place where creativity and open-minds were not only welcomed but encouraged.

A place where the employees are some of the most incredible people I have ever met.

Odyssey was the first place in my college career where someone took a chance on me, where someone saw something in me that I didn't even see in myself at the time.

Odyssey is the reason I was able to walk into multiple interviews for a ministry job and feel confident in myself that I could do this, even though my background is solely in media.

This platform is so much more than people give it credit for. It's not just about the girl writing an open letter to her ex-boyfriend.

It's about people sharing their voice, gaining confidence that it matters. Gaining confidence that they matter.

Now, this wouldn't be a proper farewell, though, without breaking the golden rule of writing articles: keep them specific enough that they replicate your experience, but broad enough for others to relate. (Sorry, Byron, I'm breaking the rules on this one.)

To my very first Managing Editor, Shelby, I can't thank you enough for placing confidence in me to launch Aspiring Journalism Professionals (AJP) two years ago. You had more faith in me than I did at that point in time, and I cannot express how much your confidence in me meant then and now.

To Justina, thank you for inspiring me both professionally and personally. When I felt inadequate as a leader, you helped build me up, and I am so grateful for that.

To Kellie, thank you for believing in me to be Odyssey's remote intern long-term for the past 14 months. I know there were tons of other people who also deserved this opportunity, and you helped me get started in this role.

To Emma, thank you for being the best manager ever and laughing at my crazy stories on our calls. Thanks for helping me when I needed guidance on how to keep my communities moving forward and for always being there for me.

To Hollan, you boosted my confidence as a leader so much in the last six months. When I doubted my leadership, you were right there to build me up, and when I wasn't where I wanted to be with my community, you reminded me how much progress had already been made.

To Byron, you're the MVP because you've put up with my constant questions for longer than anyone else, so MAJOR props to you for that. Second, thanks for always being willing to spend time with me helping me improve as an editor. Thanks to you, I can come up with some pretty good headlines pretty quickly, and before, well, my headlines were just flat. You've improved my editing skills so much, I'll always love editing thanks to you.

To Mike and TyLy, thanks for helping me learn how to create amazing and intriguing news pieces Odyssey-style. My portfolio has you two to thank for that!

To literally everyone at HQ: thank you for always making me feel included as an Intern. I know we all have good and bad days, but you even made my bad days, good ones.

To all of my EICs: You all know I'm always a text away. Even though I no longer manage you guys, I am very proud of everything you've accomplished and your persistence. (Remember, success doesn't come overnight, but with hard work, you'll hit those goals!)

Finally, to AJP: I don't know what I would have done these past two years without you guys. We've come so far as a team, and I couldn't be more proud of everything we have done as a non-traditional community. From not even existing two years ago to becoming a top 25 community, it's so unreal to me. Incredible doesn't even begin to describe you guys.

And, to make an already long article longer, thank you, Odyssey.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

From the bottom of my heart, I am so beyond grateful for this company and everything you have all invested in me. I'm the luckiest girl in the world to have such an incredible team of people standing behind me.

So while I can't predict where we will all be 10 years from now, I can predict that wherever you all are, it's going to be incredible.

See, this isn't the's the beginning.

It's the beginning of Odyssey helping me launch a career that is so much bigger than I ever could have imagined.

Next time I'm in New York, you better bet I'll be paying a visit to the company that built me.

Farewell, for now, Odyssey. Thanks for everything.

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100 Instagram Captions You'll Want To Use Right Now

Quotes, lyrics, sayings, and other ideas for Instagram captions!

When it comes to Instagram we are often thinking about what to use as a caption for our photos that we take that we really want to post on Instagram. Sometimes we post the photo without a caption and sometimes we just use an emoji because we're stumped on finding a good caption to use for the photo. So we go the short route and just put an emoji as a caption for our photo. Well whether it is a selfie, a friend pic, group pic, or just need a caption for the photo, here are 100 captions to use for a photo. Some are lyrics, some are quotes and some are just a quick caption to use on your photo. Also here are some accounts you can follow that are worth following:
















Here are Quotes To Use As A Caption/ Lyrics To Use As A Caption/ Quick Little Sayings To Use As A Caption: for your instagram photo that you wish to post !

1.Life goes on, with or without you.

2.Don't Worry Be Happy ! Bob Marley

3. Be Happy

4.Be Confident

5. Be Positive

6. Don't be a liar, everyone hates a liar

7. Chillen With My Peeps

8. Go Big Or Go Home

9. What's the deal?

10.The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it's all that matters.

11.Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

12, You couldn't handle me even if I came with instructions.

13. You couldn't handle me even if I came with instructions.

14. Forgive, yes. Forget, never.

15.There's a hole in my heart where you use to be.

16. I don't need any part time people in my life.

17. Get the Gist

18. Boy, it's the 21st centurey get with the program.

19. Hey, I just met you, this is crazy

20. I woke up like this

21. Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.

22. Beauty is power; a smile is it's sword

23. Last Day Of Class

24. I Donut Care

25. Got my donut and coffee today

26.Happy as a clam

27. Beach Days are the best

28.A friend will always make you smile, especially when you don't want to…

29. Always classy, never trashy, and a little bit sassy.

30. If only we could turn back time...

31. With You, I forget all my problems. With You, Time Stands Still.

32. Life's a climb, but the view is great

33. Ohana, means family, family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

34. We come to love by not finding the perfect person but by learning to see imperfect person perfectly.

35. If I ever write a story about my life, don't be surprised if your name appears billion times.

36. "She's got that red lip, classic thing going on"

37 .I don't know what's tighter, our jeans or our friendship!

38. Best Friends make good times better and hard times easier!

39. Not sure what I did to deserve you as my best friend :)

40. I don't need your approval to be me.

41. So call me? maybe

42.I am who.I am, I am what I am, I do what I do and I ain't never gonna do it any different. I don't care who likes it and who don't.

43. Take me as I am, or watch me as I go.

44. Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars - Ed Sheeran

45. Cause you're a sky full of stars- Cold Play

46 . I keep dancing on my own- Calum Scott

47. Can't keep my hands to myself- Selena Gomez

48. I just want to look good for you- Selena Gomez

49. Kill em with kindness -Selena Gomez

50. I am not perfect. I make mistakes. But when I say Sorry… I mean it!

51. Me? Weird? Please! I am Limited Edition

52, Turn that frown upside down

53. Smile its the best thing a girl can wear

54, Stay true

55. Laughing is the best medicine you can ever get!

56. You're the king, baby I'm your queen

57. Best Friends Forever !!!

58.Throwing it back to the good ole days!

59. Ugg Life

60. I know you like first name basis

61. *Sends selfie to NASA cuz I'm a star*

62. Basic white girl

63. Frisky Friday

64. My thoughts are stars that I cannot fathom into constellations,

65. Maybe our okays will be our infinities - The Fault In Our Stars

66. So hold onto me because i'm a little unsteady - Unsteady

67. This has got to be the best day of my life - Best Day Of My LIfe - American Author

68. She;s the beauty and he's the beast

69. All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. -Walt Disney

70. If you can dream it, you can do it.-Walt Disney

71.Hakuna Matata it means no worries for the rest of your days - The LIon King

72. "The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it." — Rafiki,

73. "Remember you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." — Snow White, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

74 ."The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." — The Emperor, Mulan

75. "You don't have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring." — Lumière, Beauty and the Beast

76."All it takes is faith and trust." -- Peter Pan (Peter Pan)

77."A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference." -- Eeyore (Winnie the Pooh)

78."If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead." -- Gusteau (Ratatouille)

79. "The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." -- The Emperor (Mulan)

80."A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." -- Zeus (Hercules)

81."Life's not a spectator sport. If watchin' is all you're gonna do, then you're gonna watch your life go by without ya." -- Laverne (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

82. "The things that make me different are the things that make me ME." -- Piglet (Winnie the Pooh)

83."Giving up is for rookies." -- Philoctetes (Hercules)

84.. "Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own." -- Donald Duck

85. "Change is good." -- Rafiki (The Lion King)

86."Remember, you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." -- Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)

87. "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." -- Walt Disney

88.Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. Rabindranath Tagore
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89.The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller
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90.The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire. Pamela Hansford Johnson
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91.Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. Swami Sivananda
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92..Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. Kevyn Aucoin
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93.Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! Audrey Hepburn
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94. Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you. Walt Whitman
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95.My power's turned on

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96.Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha
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97.Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf. Rabindranath Tagore
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98.I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' Muhammad Ali
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99. Why don't you be you

And I'll be me

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100. Life is like a camera, we focus on the positives and develop from the negatives.

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Women, It's Time We Start Lifting Each Other Up

Let's learn to lift when we rise.


Over the years I have seen women come together due to world or political events they stand up to. However, I still see women putting each other down constantly, even if it is over petty little things. Come on women, it's 2018. It's time we stop putting each other down and instead lift each other up.

A little over two weeks ago I attend the Professional Women's Forum at Millersville University in PA. The keynote speaker for the event was Nancy Lieberman a.k.a. "Lady Magic." Now I am not keen on basketball so I did not realize how popular of an athlete she is until that day, but nonetheless her story/speech was inspirational. I left the Forum that day realizing just how important it is for us women to define our obstacles, create a game plan, and then execute it as a team.

We women know all of the obstacles we face not only in the workplace, but in our every day lives. If we learn to work together we will be able to accomplish so much more than we can individually. So stop putting other women down. Who cares if that girl that studies less than you gets straight A's? Or how about that girl in HR that has the perfect body? We ALL have our strengths and weaknesses so quit the judging. Instead you should be encouraging and helping other women use their strengths while improving upon their weaknesses.

In order for us women to work as a team we need some common sayings to live by. From Nancy Lieberman's speech there are some key mottos I was able to take away and use in my own life. So start being proactive and use these 7 mottos. Not only will these mottos help you to become a better version of yourself, but they'll help you to encourage other women around you to do the same.

1. Get up every day and set the tone for your day.

YOU have the choice to determine how your day goes. Wake up and set the tone for your day.

2. Get rid of the mind monsters.

Too often we are stuck in our heads listening to those mind monsters. It's time we get rid of them. It's as simple as saying yes or no without having to assess every possible outcome.

3. Lift when you rise. 

When you're creating success for yourself make sure to lift others up around you. Nothing is more powerful than lifting up others as you rise.

4. It's your job to start your engine.

At the end of the day, you determine whether or not you will arrive at your goals or aspirations. You are the only one that can start the journey and ultimately arrive. So what are you waiting for? Start your engine and encourage others to start their's.

5. Make everyday your masterpiece.

Make sure you are adding to your masterpiece everyday. Great, beautiful things take time so make sure you are proactively working on your masterpiece each and every day.

6. See it, say it, be it.

Envision what you want to become, tell yourself that's how you want to become, and then become it. We have to start with a vision, then verbally reinforce ourselves, and finally put that vision into action.

7. No excuses, no explanations.

You are a woman who does not need to explain herself nor use excuses. You have the power over your decisions and most certainly don't have to explain them. Be wise in your decisions, but stay firm in them.

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