4 Ways To Tackle Homesickness This Fall

4 Ways To Tackle Homesickness This Fall

When birds leave the nest, not only do they miss the other birds but they miss the nest too.

It is Fall right? Growing up I remember that if I walked into a spider web on the way to the bus stop in the morning, then Autumn had officially arrived.

Those were the days when my mom would force me to dress warm in the morning but by mid-afternoon at recess, I would be sweating and wishing I had worn shorts. Fall always came with cool weather, sweatshirts, apple picking, and a ton of baking with my sisters. We took trips to Michael’s and Hobby Lobby in order to see the sparkly wreaths and Styrofoam pumpkins. The trip down memory lane ends here because I currently live in Florida. Enough said.

It’s amazing how much weather can affect one’s mood. Up north where my family lives, the world is different during this time of year.

Down in Florida, it stays the same. It tends to get dark earlier but the heat and humidity linger. A few years ago when I came down here for school, part of what made me homesick was not being used to the year-round summery weather. When the bird leaves the nest, not only do they miss the other birds but they miss the nest too.

Here are some ways to feel at home while not being at home,

1. Decorate tu casa.

If your dorm or apartment doesn’t look like Martha Stewart walked in on Thanksgiving then you haven’t fully decorated yet.

2. Get involved.

Fall means football.

3. Do the things you used to do.

Don’t go out every night if you are a homebody. Don’t stay in your dorm all day because you don’t have any friends to go out with. Want to continue the traditions from home? Go buy a pumpkin from Walmart, invite a few people over and watch Halloweentown.

4. Wake up and smell the dead leaves.

Fallen palm fronds have the same smell as a yellow birch leaf, but I'll take what I can get.

Cover Image Credit: Kevin Dooley

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things. If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity towards this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you, if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Poetry On Odyssey: When Life Gives You Lemons…

Because come on, you know you can.


Life is a such a precious gift.

We all have those days where things just don't seem to go right. Chances are we may have experienced these days more than we would like.

And that is okay.

We are allowed to get down on ourselves and our lives from time to time. But we must remember that we were brought into this world for a reason: to make a difference, to learn from our mistakes, and to enjoy.

When times get tough, breathe. We are often challenged with situations because even though we think we cannot handle it, we can. We need to be tested and faced with these problems to make ourselves realize we are stronger and better than we think.

If life always went our way, sure it would be nice, but it would not be exciting, and you wouldn't learn anything.

Everything would be given to you. Life would be easy.

Sure, who would not want an easy life where everything just made sense.

But where is the fun in that?

We are constantly challenged every day because we are stronger than we think and better than we seem.

We can handle it!

You are allowed to get upset and to cry. LET IT OUT SISTA!

When life gets you down take a breath and close your eyes. You can do it. You know you can do it. I know you can do it.

Call up a friend, call up your family—they will tell you the same. YOU CAN DO IT. YOU JUST NEED TO BELIEVE IT!

Like the cliché quote, "When life gives you lemons make lemonade." Make that lemonade girl and make sure it tastes sweet!

Make a bad situation into a good one. Smile and say to yourself, I can f***ing do it!

Because come on, you know you can.

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