Why I Took A Month Break From Odyssey
Health and Wellness

Why I Took A Month Break From Odyssey

I needed time to think, and here are my findings

436
Ashley Preston

Hello everyone. If you are familiar with my work you may have noticed that I haven't written for a bit, and I have a good reason for this hiatic. I have been struggling with writing. I have been wondering if I am writing for me, or just for the views and when it gets to this point, I had to take a step back. Here is what I learned from my time off:

1. Writing is a talent and a passion, not just a job opportunity

I started writing when I was in middle school. Starting with short stories and then moving to poems and research papers, and now writing for Odyssey. I have always been told that my writings were good and that I should start putting them out there for people to read. When I became a freshman in college, little did I know that I would join this fantastic social media platform. But lately, it has become a job that I don't get paid for and that I work so hard for. So during my time, I learned that I have to write FOR ME! Yes, page views are great, but I have to know that at the end of the day, I am a writer in my own life and this is a hobby.

2. I don't have to have a viral story, those who care will read

I have been so worried about having a great story that brings all of these views and attention to a particular issue but I learned that I don't always have to be the hero. My story or article will not always be the number one article and I probably won't solve any big life problem with my words but I can bring attention to those who read. I have friends and family that read my articles every week and that core support is so important as a student writer. I had some come to me and ask why I stopped writing and that said that I had viewers, maybe not a whole nation, but enough to make me happy.

3. If you need a break, take one

Since I started this platform, it has been a LONG TIME since I have taken a break from writing just because I needed one. In fact, I am not sure I have ever taken one. So as I took this time to breathe and regroup so that I could bring great content to those who read, I realized that I was getting burnt out. I thought this would just be a semester thing and now this March will be three years I have been writing, and June will be two years I have Editor. I have seen great success and horrid failure but never did I give up and this break was NOT me giving up. When you love something, you may need to take a moment and regroup but it is not quitting by any means.

Sorry, this article is a bit formal, I just wanted to address the questions and concerns. I love you all and be ready for amazing work in 2018.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

For a long time, Goya has been a staple in some Latino households. People carry around jars of Adobo when they eat at friend's houses and packets of Sazón Goya can be found in almost everyone's pantry. Many BuzzFeed lists, videos, and memes aimed at Latinos reference Goya somewhere.

But in a year that just keeps hitting us with bad news, Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue said that Trump was an "incredible builder" and that the US was "blessed" to have him as president at a White House event on Thursday.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

Raven Baxter Was Our Favorite Teen Fashion Icon And We're Still Recreating Her Best Looks, Here

We take a look at Disney's most fashion-forward show to recreate some iconic looks.

Disney Plus

I grew up in the early 2000s. And, like any child at the time, I was hooked on Disney Channel shows. My favorite was and is "That's So Raven."

Raven is a teenage psychic navigating life in hopes of not revealing her powers. Only her family and close friends know she has them. Her powers oftentimes get her in trouble, which is where the comedy comes in. But, they also teach her and her friends sentimental life lessons.

Keep Reading... Show less

Sobriety is so underrated, even when it comes to healthcare. The instant gratification of a substance or drink isn't exactly as gratifying as some people may think. For those of you who've never been hungover, consider yourself lucky — a hangover is biologically horrifying. A hangover is not instant gratification, so who are we kidding when people say "it just feels good." Being healthy actually feels good and won't hurt you or your bank account in the morning. The best way to be healthy is to choose sobriety.

Keep Reading... Show less

Ah, yes. The juice cleanse. Yet another popular diet trend that promises to magically solve all of your health, nutrition, and weight issues.

When you take a close look, juice cleanses aren't as magical as they are made out to be, and in fact, they might do more harm than good.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

Unauthorized Plastic Surgery Is Totally Unethical, And Happening WAY More Often Than We Know ‬

Plastic surgery for cosmetic enhancements has you looking more botched than beautiful and it’s painful to see.

Coming from someone who could afford numerous cosmetic enhancing procedures I would never in a million years cut up my face or my body. I'm pretty emphatic and when I watch these brainwashed victims with bandages and chronic inflammation (swollen lips) I literally feel their pain.

Keep Reading... Show less

I've never been big on casual wear or athleisure. Most people who know me have never seen me in sweats. But, I do have those two or three pairs of sweats I can't resist climbing into the second I get home, the newest addition of which is the extra cozy Odyssey crewneck sweatshirt I got in an XL size to feel as close to being wrapped in a blanket at all times as possible.

In the past several months, I've started to expand my horizons, considering the ways in which I can bring my small wardrobe of comfortable bedroom clothing into the public. I've experimented with topping leggings and a sports bra with a denim jacket to the park, and an oversized sweatshirt worn as a dress, cinched at the waist with a belt when I'm out wearing leggings.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

How To Dress Like Your Favorite 'Insecure' Characters — Without Spending $2,000

We take a look at the fashion of Insecure season 4, and how you can create these looks yourself.

HBO

Insecure is one of my favorite shows ever. It really encapsulates what it's like being a Black 20-something, trying to navigate the many ups and downs of life. Issa, Molly, Kelli, and Tiffany are living their best lives in California while dealing with the twists and turns that come with that.

From life to relationships to careers, this show truly captures everything that runs through my mind on a daily basis. The show has a sense of realness and a strong frankness that makes you gravitate toward the characters and root for their success.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

Making A Food Instagram Was The Greatest Silver Lining To Come Out Of My COVID-19 Experience

With the crazy and scary times that 2020 has brought, find comfort in the one thing everyone loves: food.

The waiter briskly moves towards us and stops just a foot away table, balancing the black serving tray stacked high with the ceramic plates that make-up our dinner. From memorization, he beings gently, but purposely, sliding everyone's orders in front of them and within seconds I'm am starring my meal.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments