Why I Chose Odyssey

Why I Chose Odyssey

And Also Why You Should Too

When I was twelve years old Hurricane Katrina hit. My home flooded and we wouldn't be going back. I had to go live with my dad in New Orleans. They don't live in the city, but right outside it and once everyone was allowed to return back, I was sent to live with him, my stepmom, and two of my sisters for a year.

*Note: because the Lord is faithful, their house was completely untouched besides the door being blown open and leaves inside the house.

While there I called my mom every single night at 9:00 pm. It became a routine. I'd talk to her about absolutely any and everything. I fell into sort of a depressed like state. I was an honor roll student, yet found myself just sitting in class staring off into space. I wasn't happy.

My mother began to give me topics every single night to write about before bed. Some would be silly topics such as, "If I were a fridge that what food would be inside me". And then some topics would be a little bit more on the serious side to get me to think.

I was even asked to write my own stories and brainstorm my own topics some days to write about what was on my heart. I even had a special little notebook with a special case to keep it in and made sure to never miss a day. It was my outlet. I still have it to this day put up safe at my moms house.

I have always loved to write. I loved the creativity in it and that I could write about anything that I wanted to. It was freeing.

This is what Odyssey has brought back.

As I have mentioned about always loving to write, but before joining Odyssey, I never wrote. It had been a hobby, but because of school and life, I never did it anymore. I even graduated and had time to focus on it, yet never quite felt that urge or push to just begin writing. I felt that there was just no need for it.

Then I had a friend tell me that she just started writing for Odyssey and absolutely loved it. I was so surprised! Of course, I had seen and read plenty of articles that come from Odyssey, but never had realized that I could potentially be a writer for them myself. I debated on whether I should apply or not and with the encouragement of my friend, I applied.

I now had a reason to begin writing again! Having deadlines and due dates encouraged me to write knowing that there was a purpose for it. I'm not saying that you need a purpose or a reason to write, but finally being finished with school, for the time being, not having anything to be due, not stressing over homework meant that my time was free!

What is also great about Odyssey is that if you love writing and have passions that you just want to share then Odyssey is a perfect place for you.

There are communities that are filled with those who love to encourage and keep you motivated, ready and willing to write. These people will help you to share your articles and get them spread. I personally didn't join for the publicity of my articles, but knowing that they could be reaching people who truly are meant to read it encouraged me.

I believe that God gave me the passion to write as a hobby. A way to let out my thoughts, to share what God lays on my heart, and to just write about the silly things when needed. It is not demanding. You will have due dates, and this is for your benefit. They help to keep you on track and to get them ready to go live in a timely manner so that you can share what has been laid on your heart.

I definitely encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, like I did, and if you have been questioning to write or not, to just do it. Step out on faith and allow your creativity to flow. You can join a local community such as your university or choose to go on your own where you will have the chance to write as often as you choose or skip a week or two if needed. Unfortunately, with being solo you won't have the convenience of the community or editors before publishing it, but you will still be writing with Odyssey!

If you are considering it, I suggest you go to Odyssey website and seek out information for yourself and just go for it. You won't regret it!

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8 Things I Have Not Thanked My Best Friend Forever For In, Well, Forever

Thank you for always being the best.

1. Being there through it all, even if you're not "physically" there

We can't always be together, but you have never completely "left" me behind and have been there with me through thick and thin and I am so grateful.

2. Being my biggest cheerleader

Thank you for not only being there through the bad, but also celebrating my victories with me. I can always look forward to telling you good news because I know you'll be happy right along with me.

3. Answering my "important" phone calls

Whether it's a "he texted me back!!!" phone call, or an "I found a gray hair, please help!!" phone call, you pick up the phone and hype up with me no matter what.

4. Being selfless, and going above & beyond to make sure I know I'm worthy

This explains itself and I am so grateful for that.

5. Brushing my hair when I don't feel like it

Okay, this probably sounds silly... But it's the greatest struggle to brush my hair and I'm glad you do it for me sometimes!

6. For being there through all of my mini-crises

You already know what I'm talking about here...

7. For talking me out of things

If it wasn't for you talking me out of things, I'd probably have quit my job, be dating a horrible guy, got my eyebrow pierced, etc.

8. Making me a part of your family

I'm too lucky to have you all as my second family.

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My Soulmate Isn't My SO Or A Boy Toy, It's My BFF

I've got mine, and she is and will always be the best part of my life.


When I was in the eighth grade I met my best friend. I did not expect to meet someone that fills all the empty spots in my heart, but she did. I did not know anyone and was new to school and she walked up and began talking to me and it was like an automatic piece to my puzzle that I had been missing for so much of my life. We just fit. We were total opposites, she is outgoing, loud, funny. As where I was shy, quiet, and I certainly could not make a whole room laugh like she did. Ever. She was everything I needed and more, she was my soulmate.

I know that sounds cliché and you're probably thinking I am over exaggerating but please hear me out. My soulmate was definitely not a boy. Trust me, I've been there and I have done that. No boy could ever have as much of my heart as my best friend does. While having someone love you and experience life with is fun, it has been so much more fulfilling for it to be my best friend, my gal pal, my sister. Through junior high, high school, and choosing to go to the same university together, we had the best friend part down.

From scheduling the same classes together, having lunch dates with one another in the union, and spending every tailgate together before going to the football game, she was there. I promise life is 100% more fun when you are doing things with them. She is the speed dial in my life, the very first person I call when I need something. I know that if it was not for her my life would be empty. Why? Because when you find someone that fits into your life perfectly, trust me you do not want to lose them or all the memories you have together. She is the Christina Yang to my Meredith Grey and if you have that person, hold on tight to them.

It did not take me long until I realized that no boy can ever love you as much as your "person" can. Boys come and go, but a best friend is forever. She picks me up when I am down. She never leaves me out. She knows when I am upset and she'll hold my hand and make me laugh until the situation is fixed. When I am struggling in life, in school, or in my faith, she reaches out and reminds me that I am perfect no matter what. I am far from perfect most of the time, but she never ever makes me feel that way. Sometimes, that is all we need in life: someone to believe in you.

So soulmate, thank you. From the bottom of my heart I thank you, for being you. I thank God for placing you in my life exactly when I needed you. You are beauty, grace, and a lover of everyone. You think you're lucky, but I know that I am blessed for you being in my life. I am a better person because of you. I step out of my comfort zone more because of you. I love people and things more fiercely because of you.

My advice to you all, find YOUR soul mate. Whether it is a boy or a girl, a soul mate is needed to get through life. I've got mine, and she is and will always be the best part of my life. If you have one, make sure you hang on tight, as they get you through this crazy thing we call life. To my soul mate, I love you.

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