What Sets Your Soul On Fire?

What Sets Your Soul On Fire?

Live fearlessly in this pursuit.
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I was wholly prepared to write a completely different article this week. Something a little lighter, with a bit of humor thrown in the mix. But then as I scrolled through Pinterest on this lazy Saturday afternoon, I happened upon this particular quote and I knew I had to write a piece about it:

"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire."

I'm not sure who first uttered these words, but they hit me deeply. How beautiful is this sentence that conveys so much with so few words? To further explain why I love it so much, I want to break it down into parts:

1. Be fearless...

This alone is a striking phrase. In life, we are crippled by so many fears. The fear of not being good enough, the fear of not fitting in, the fear of failure, etc. And when we allow this fear to control our lives, we are giving away a part of ourselves. Everyone has the ability to be fearless, no matter the realities they face. This can mean fearlessly pursuing your dreams or fearlessly living your faith. Being fearless is no easy feat, but one that, when accomplished, can lead to unending possibilities.

2. In the pursuit of...

This reads a bit more like a question than a phrase. It seems to ask what we are pursuing and why. Are we living our lives in the simple pursuit of earthly riches and comforts? Or are we living in pursuit of a greater purpose, be that of a life well lived, of leaving an impact on the world, of the promises of heaven or some combination of all three?

3. What sets your soul on fire.

In my opinion, this is the most beautiful part of the quote. I think we are all searching for this feeling, to find something that fulfills our soul. And it's completely different for everyone. There are a few things in life that truly set my soul on fire. One is my friends and family, who support and love me through every one of my endeavors. Another is travel, allowing me to explore every bit of this world, including the little slice I call home. But by far the biggest thing is God. My faith doesn't just set my soul on fire, it keeps it burning. And it's not always easy to pursue this. I am the first to admit that I sin as often as I take breath. And I struggle to seek forgiveness or feel that I deserve God's unwavering love. But faith is the most complicatedly beautiful reality, simultaneously challenging and fulfilling my soul.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.
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The last 3-4 weeks of every college student’s semester are always crazy hectic. We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best.

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.


3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.


6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.


7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in 2 days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.


13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.


14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.


You're finally back to your old self.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Hustle and Bustle This Holiday Season

"...Have conversation, turn off the cable..."

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It's Holiday season,

Time to be freezin'.

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it,

Don't stop now, you can't quit.

Numerous trips to grocery stores,

Pure mayhem when you walk through those doors.

Shelves bare,

You're ready to pull out your hair.

Long check-out lines,

Or delayed airlines.

Prepare and cook the turkey low and slow,

Wait for that golden brown skin to glow.

Place the gravy and cranberry sauce on the table,

Have conversation, turn off the cable.


Before you know it, Christmas is here,

The classic songs are music to our ears.

Yet we all dread the trips to the mall,

To find the perfect gifts, big or small.

The Christmas Tree Lighting floods TV stations,

With singers from all generations,

The scent of candy canes fill the air,

We wish the day runs smoothly, Lord, hear our prayer.

Lots of wrappers and bows cover the floor,

As we obsess over our presents more and more.


New Year's creeps up on us,

Throwing a party is always a plus.

Streamers, noisemakers, food,

Who knew planning the perfect party was of this magnitude.

The line at the liquor store gets longer and longer,

Because of the stress in picking a champagne or sparkling cider.

Deciding to prepare finger foods or a five-course meal,

Why not get take-out? DEAL!

Clock counts down from ten.

As the clock strikes one, we've made it to another year, AMEN!

Glasses clinking,

People drinking,

"Happy New Year,"

We cheer.

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