hurt: (verb) a person, object, place, etc. that is most likely ugly or extremely unattractive

Thanks, Urban Dictionary. 

You know, I wasn’t always the glowing, chocolate goddess you see today.indoor + couch-2690In fact, I was quite the opposite: insecure, painfully shy, and man, why wasn’t anyone kind enough to suggest that I get glasses that actually fit my face? (shoutout to Medicare though)

In essence, I was hurt. And I own that. indoor + couch-2685I’ve only been 24 years old for 11 days now, but I feel that in this small amount of time, I’ve gotten… badder. I know, conceited much, right?

As you may know, I describe my road to 24 with words like terror and excitement; but can you blame me? Gradually approaching the quarter century mark was/is intimidating, highly introspective, and caused me to analyze every move I’ve made up until this point only to wonder what they’ve lead me to. Still, there’s something I’ve overlooked… and it’s a new glow.indoor + couch-2648indoor + couch-2644That’s right, getting older mean getting finer; what a blessing! It’s that matured, I’m-growing-into-myself, owning-who-I-am look that I’ve been waiting for since my pre-teen years and I think my time has finally come. indoor + couch-2653Now, don’t get me wrong, this isn’t all about outward appearance. It’s about the confidence of accepting that you are who you are. That if God wanted me to have anything else to make me “prettier,” He would have given it to me. That the acne scars I developed from picking my face for all those years are just fine and will go away with time as long as I stick to my skin care regimen. That my dark skin was prepared at just the right temperature before coating my bones and protecting my flesh. That my vision is terrible, and I’ll be doomed to wear glasses for the rest of my life, and that’s okay too! That I am enough. indoor + couch-2654Every day isn’t going to feel like this; accepting, loving. Still, it says a lot about your personal progress to accept those flaws, lovingly.

Here’s to be growing up and glowing up.

Graphic Tee – Billionaire Boys Club (thrifted) 

Velvet Slip Dress: Zara (thrifted)

Jeans: H&M

Socks: Forever 21

Photos by the amazingly talented, Taylor Jerry (IG: @t4y.10r)


Before you go: know Are you getting “older” and badder? Has the Lord blessed you to age like wine? Leave a comment below and let me know what you look forward to most about getting older what you think of the look in the comments below! I’d love to hear!

Peace, peace, peace,

Aley Arion 

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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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