Sup Royalty,

Anyone else’s year suck? Be honest.

Did you set out to do one thing but not end up doing it at all or you expected events to go one way but life decided to pull a YEET on you? Well, me too.

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As the year comes to a close, it’s the perfect time for reflection.

What went right this year? What went wrong? And how do we adjust our shortcoming to make for a better 2016?

Sounds simple enough, right? Well, when you’ve had a year like the one I experienced, reflection has forced me to revisit some rough patches that may cause the average person to look away in horror.

Okay, maybe I’m being a little melodramatic, but this year was one of the hardest years of my young life. I had my first “breakup”, almost didn’t graduate on time, then graduated with no job prospects, worked for little to nothing with that degree, hit a pit fall with my blog and faced homelessness. I won’t go into the details (right now) and I understand that there are people who have it worse off than me, but it’s needless to say that 2015 kicked my behind.  And still is.

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All jokes aside, I’ve had to think: what was I doing in my “good” years that I didn’t do this year to make it so “bad”. Then a light bulb went off, my vision board!

Ever since my sophomore year of college, I’ve kept a vision board. I didn’t even know what one was until my mentor at that time recommended it to me and my life made a complete 360 turn for the better. That year, I made a 4.0 GPA, got my first internship, and had the best social year, ever. I don’t know what it is about vision boards, but they work! But back then, I was slipping in my relationship with God because I was so goal-orientated and not God-oriented. Fast forward 2 years or so, and I’m now at the point in my relationship with the Lord that I can’t create another vision board without consulting Him first.

You all know by now that my relationship with God comes first; before my job, dreams,  and even my blog. And in order to insure that I am providing the best content for my readers, I have to consult with the man above first. But it’s extremely difficult to do that when I’ve been distracted by all the static that comes from social media, the troubles of my life, comparison, and that job I keep mentioning. So something(s)’s got to go. Starting with social media… again. Back in September when I hit the 2 year mark on by blog, I took a break from blogging and social media and experienced a closeness to God that I hadn’t felt in a long time. Why? Because I wasn’t distracted and I only had Him talking to me.

I need to get back to that.

So yes, I will be taking another break from my blog and social media until the New Year. I don’t really expect everyone to get what I’m doing and why I’m doing it, or why I keep going away, but everyone has to find their way and I have to get my productivity and priorities back in place.

But before I go, I have to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart to all of my Royalty for taking the time to read, like, share, and comment on my posts. If you only knew how motivating it is to hear from you all. black-person-raising-both-hands-in-celebration I’ve felt like giving up so many times with this blogging thing, but every time someone tells me they’ve visited my site or comment on how a post motivated them or I see a Facebook notification saying that one of you were kind enough to share my post, my heart flutters. So again, thank you and I’m so grateful for you.

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And finally, enjoy your loved ones this holiday season. Social media is cool but in moderation. Put the phone away for some real “Face Time” with your family.

I hope you all have a blessed and love filled Christmas and New Year. I will see you all in the New Year with bigger and better things. 2016 WILL BE THE GLO-UP YEAR FOR ME, I declare it, in Jesus name. Declare what you want out of this year, align it with God’s plan, write it down, and make it happen. And don’t forget there are over 100 posts to keep you occupied until I return, so don’t miss me too much! 

Until next year!

You’ve just been served.

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when i first set out to create my blog, i just wanted an outlet to balance my mundane college schedule. but over the years, it has become so much more. writing is how i process my world & the events that take place within it. through aleyarion.com, i seek to help my fellow 20-somethings, like me, working to find light when their paths seem darkened and learn from my mistakes so i can save you the trouble of repeating them. aleyarion.com is witty, vulnerable, and transparent, but most importantly, it's me, unapologetically. peace, peace, peace Aley Arion business inquiries: aleyarion@gmail.com

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