I Don't Know How To Say Goodbye To Odyssey

I Don't Know How To Say Goodbye To Odyssey

I have gone through my hardest and best times while being a writer and runner of this community.


I started writing for Odyssey because I missed being creative and having an outlet that allowed me to think and work through every emotion. I started writing for Odyssey because I read my fellow writer, Grace's article about loving where her feet were at and I resonated with it deeply. I realized that I wanted to write articles that people could relate to and feel like they weren't alone.

When I decided to write for Odyssey, I didn't want my last name on anything. I wanted to go by my first and middle name and to not be recognized. But Odyssey had a different plan. My last name is on everything I write and everyone on my Facebook feed sees an article from me about once a week. I wouldn't change my experience with Odyssey for the world.

I have gone through my hardest and best times while being a writer and runner of this community. I have been able to share the deepest parts of myself that I sometimes don't even share with close friends. I have been inspired every day by how other writers see the world and I have, strangely enough, wowed myself at the angst and love that can flow through these fingers.

It is bittersweet to leave Odyssey for the time being because I don't know how to say goodbye. Anyone who spends time with me often sees me writing or editing others articles (sometimes in class, sorry parentals). I am sad to not have this outlet and sad to leave all the badass women who have fought with me and for me to share my voice. It is also sweet to leave because it means I have the first 2.5 years of my college life documented and I will have forever friends and role models.

How do you say goodbye to something that fulfilled you more than you could have ever thought?

I don't know how to say goodbye to something that is so heavily a part of my identity. I don't know how to say goodbye to the outlet that has helped me through the hardest times. I also don't know what I will do with this little bit of extra time that I always wanted to give to my creators.

My first article was about home being where the heart is and Odyssey will forever be my home and the place where I learned that my voice and my story mattered.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.


My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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Note To Self: Stop Procrastinating Because It's Never Worth It

I always tell myself this is the last time and that next time I'll have it finished before the due date but it never happens!


Let me tell you a little something about myself, I usually get what needs to get done, done. But the process behind it is way more hectic than it needs to be.

For example, during finals week I had two papers due, I was aware of it all quarter and told myself I would finish them early so I wouldn't be stressing the night before. Yet here I am, finishing my papers the morning of.

I don't know why this happens every time. I tell myself it's because I work better under pressure, but we all know that is just a lame excuse.

The thing is, when you leave things for last minute you can't enjoy anything. I might be procrastinating and watching Netflix but trust me that paper is always in the back of my head. Yeah, I'll go out with friends but I know I should be at home.

If you're anything like me you understand the struggle. But I am determined to do better. There were days when I actually felt productive and did things on time. It's just going to take some practice and discipline.

So if you're tired of procrastinating and want to do things differently, I'm here to tell you that I'm right there with you on that. We can do this.

Here are some tips on how you can be more productive by yours truly when my life was more put together, aka when we had just started the quarter.

Good luck ya'll, let's say goodbye to the procrastinating days together!

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