15 Reasons To Join An Odyssey Community

15 Reasons To Join An Odyssey Community

The media revolution is on.

I joined Odyssey a year and a half ago as a Content Creator and Contributing Editor. A year later, I was promoted to Editor-in-Chief. It's one of the best things I've ever done, and here's why you should give it a shot too.

1. It's a creative outlet.

Who said non-fiction doesn't involve creativity? Writing for Odyssey is all about being creative, based off of the life experiences you have. You can write about ANY topic you want, always.

2. It's rewarding.

Not only can Odyssey be financially rewarding, it's rewarding to see your numbers grow.

3. You reach people you would never connect with otherwise.

People from all over the country are going to read your work. How cool is that?

4. It builds your writing portfolio.

Even if you already have a personal writing portfolio, writing for Odyssey builds an online portfolio filled not only with all of your articles, but your readership in numbers. This establishes you as a writer; whether you want to pursue writing professionally or not, it looks great on your resume!

5. It's fun!

It's fun to create high-quality content posted on a legit website, rather than a small blog anyone can establish on their own - no offense. It's more fun to have some guidance by dedicated editors and Content Strategists in New York City, working directly with you every week, than trying to do it all on your own. Plus, you have your team of writers just like you to help you out.

6. You join not only your own Odyssey community, but the community at large.

Thousands of people all over the country write for Odyssey. And when you become a Content Creator, you join this powerful group of voices and strengthen it with your own personal insights and stories to tell.

7. There's room for growth.

You can start as a Content Creator, become a Contributing Editor in addition, and maybe even move up to Editor-in-Chief of your community, like I did. There are even internship and job opportunities at Odyssey in New York City, where you have the chance to work as a Content Strategist for Odyssey communities nationwide.

8. It's a perfect team for introverts.

Being part of a team is always great, but joining an Odyssey team is specifically good for introverts, because you don't always have to go out and meet up with them (depending on the nature of your community). Whether you see your fellow writers all the time, or have never even met them in person, all your "work" is done individually - that is, writing articles and sharing them on social media can be done on your laptop in your room. No face-to-face human interaction required.

9. You have the chance to go viral.

Odyssey writers just like you have reached hundreds of thousands of shares on their articles, and infinitely more page views.

10. And you can track it all.

When you log into Odyssey, you can see the number of page views and shares on each of your articles in real time. Also, once a week you will receive a stats email from Odyssey, detailing your top three articles that week, in number of page views, as well as your top three of all time. My personal favorite number in the email is your total page views of all time!

11. You build loyal readership.

Of course your closest friends and family will always want to read what you write. (Thanks for always sharing my articles on Facebook, mom!) But you may be surprised which of your Facebook friends loyally read your articles each week, whether you know it or not!

12. You learn social media sharing strategies.

It may not seem like much, but in a world where social media is becoming a dominating force of work, social, and personal lives, it's more important now than ever to know how to harness it. You can learn enough to put social and digital media as skills on your resume, and as a Content Creator, you will have the experience to back it up!

13. Yes, Odyssey can (and should) go on your resume.

Just because you're not actively going to a workspace every day to work on your articles, doesn't mean being an Odyssey Content Creator isn't a legitimate entry on your resume, under experience!

14. It's all remote.

Some Odyssey communities are nationwide, united by a common interest, rather than a college campus (which is how most Odyssey communities are formed). This means you can write for Odyssey year-round, not held down by school schedules.

15. It's much more than just a campus extracurricular.

While some Odyssey communities are officially registered with the student activities division on the college campus, some are not. Either way, joining Odyssey at your school doesn't mean just getting involved on campus. It means you're joining a movement much bigger than yourself, with headquarters in Indiana and NYC.

Join the media revolution by becoming a Content Creator now. Your story is just waiting to be told.

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44 Lyrics For When You Need An Instagram Caption

Your caption is just as important as the filter.

Choosing the caption for your Instagram can be almost as challenging as deciding on a filter. So, if you’re ready to post that Insta, but don’t know what to say, here are 44 lyrics for when you need an Instagram caption.

1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

15. “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin’"

16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

18. I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.” - Sia, "Elastic Heart"

19. “Give me the beat boys and free my soul.” - Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away"

20. “One of these days the clocks will stop, and time won’t mean a thing.” - Foo Fighters, "These Days"

21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

28. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” - Florence + The Machine, "Shake it Out"

29. “There are many things I’d like to say to you but I don’t know how.” - Oasis, "Wonderwall"

30. “You say you want a revolution, well you know we all wanna change the world.” - The Beatles, "Revolution"

31. “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.” Billy Currington, "People Are Crazy"

32. “Well my heart is gold, and my hands are cold.” - Halsey, "Gasoline"

33. “I don’t want to be heard, I want to be listened to.” - Twenty One Pilots, "Forest"

34. “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” - Mumford and Sons, "Awake My Soul"

35. “I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset.” - Augustana, "Boston"

36. “All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.” - Brandi Carlile, "The Story"

37. ‘Ready or not, here I come. Where you at? The night is young.” - Bridgit Mendler, "Ready or Not"

38. “In the land of Gods and Monsters, I was an angel.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

39. “Turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Best Of What’s Around"

40. “Know yourself, know your worth.” - Drake, "0 to 100"

41. “I’m little but I’m coming for the crown.” - Lorde, "Still Sane"

42. “Didn’t they tell you I was a savage?” - Rihanna, "Needed Me"

43. “Hands in the air like we don’t care.” - Miley Cyrus, "We Can’t Stop"

44. “I’ma keep running because a winner don’t quit on themselves.” - Beyonce, "Freedom"

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Fear Is Not The Lifestyle For You

Being scared is normal but letting fear bind you from not doing what God has called you to do is a different story.

What does it mean to be fearless?

Fear can be and scared has two different definitions and in my book mean two totally different things. Fear is a lifestyle, being scared is an emotion. Just like every other emotion, Sad, happy, stressed, annoyed, etc. When I think of Fear, I think of how the enemy can use fear to bind you.

The enemy uses fear to keep you from trying anything new, keeps you from going after the impossible and trusting that God will make a way even when it seems hopeless. Fear is the state of staying in the place of fear. Fear is chaining. Fear paralyzes you. Fear is a liar.

Now being scared, new flash, even the most fearless people get scared. They may not show it but on the inside, there is no doubt that they are having conflicting thoughts, they may question themselves or even God.

Think of David when he was fighting Goliath. I do not know about you but as I was standing in front of a giant with nothing but a sling and stones I would be just little bit scared. But you know what, David did not let being scared or having fear stop him from doing what God commanded him. You know why? Because It was not David's strength that cast down the giant in front of him.

It was God's strength through David. David knew that God has provided for him before.

"But David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear.; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.." 1 Samuel 17:34-36

What about Ester? Made queen by God's plan. She was destined to save the Jews from Haman's who wanted to kills the Jew's. She had to go in front of the King for save for her people but there was one little thing...

"All the King's officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the in the inner court without being summoned, the king has one law; he should be put to death. The only exception to this is for the king to extend the gold scepter to him and spare his life." Ester 4:11

I do not know about you, but I would be quite scared walking up to the king with the chance that I could be struck down in death at any waking moment. But what did Ester say?

"Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish." Esther 4:16

That is fearless in my book. She obedient to God if when she faces death.

What about the disciplines, They knew that they would face persuasion as they went out and preached God's word. Did that stop them NO! Peter lead over 3,000 to the Lord Jesus Christ.

What do all these people have in common? Yes, I do not doubt they were all scared but they did not let fear bind them; they were fearless.

Sadie Roberston spoke a Mississippi State a few days ago and she was explaining her inspiration behind her new book Live Fearless. She said there were so many moments where fear bound her and held her back from so many of God's plans for her. But she learned that she had to be fearless. She had to trust God and rely on his strength and follow where God's was calling her.

Do not let fear keep you from doing what you know you can do and keep you from playing the game. God conquers all fear.

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