In September, I’ll be celebrating my blog’s 5th year anniversary. 

Can you believe it? 

5 whole years?

My, my, my, how time has swiftly passed. If you’ve been rocking with me since the beginning, I’m sure you’re well aware of the many changes I’ve endured over the years: from my strawberrysandcarbonara.wordpress.com days, college struggles, boy drama, “fashion scholar” posts and more.

*full transparency moment*

In this time, I’ve always felt like my blog should be further along than what it is. Almost as if I’ve been waiting for some viral post that will take my blog to the next level, with new reach. But am I wrong for that? For desiring more for my brand? For wanting sponsorships from brands and a nice little “k” after my follower count?giphy (30).gifAs my quinquennial swiftly approaches, these very questions have been ringing in my head non-stop.

Recently, my blog has been doing numbers… numbers that I’ve been praying for since I launched my site back in 2012 from the comforts of my college dorm room. You all are commenting more, sharing my posts, and expressing how much my words have helped, inspired, or just made you laugh. So don’t get me wrong, I’m immensely grateful for all of this, but in my head, I’m thinking… in the most humble way possible,Well, it’s about time…giphy (34).gifIf you know me or have been following my blog for some time, I hope you have interpreted from my posts that I’m not the one for get-successful-quick schemes. I’ve never been the one to look for handouts, to buy followers, or to compromise my integrity to get to the next level. That’s just not me. I’m in this for the slow grind, baby steps, delayed gratification and day-by-day journey. The long way to “the top” has been discouraging at best but has taught me the value of patience and laying down a solid foundation before building my empire.

It’s not wrong to want more, to seek after success with reckless abandonment and go for more every day. You shouldn’t feel ashamed of your desire to be the best at what you do. 

It may seem like some people have it easy. Like they just woke up one day, posted a selfie or two on IG and *bomb* an influencer was born. It may also feel unfair that some people may have a financial leg up on you and can post an outfit of the day picture in clothes that they bought with their daddy’s credit card. But to be completely honest, that’s out of your control, and to keep it 200 with you, that’s none of your business or concern. All you can control is what you do with the gifts, talents, and resources that God has given you at this time.

I write and if I do say so myself, I do a pretty excellent job at it. Still, I can see myself eventually taking my talents from behind the computer screen and getting back in front of the camera, hosting events, hitting the red carpet and MORE! Because that’s exactly what I want: MORE!

“I’m not the one for get-successful-quick schemes. I’ve never been the one to look for handouts, to buy followers, or to compromise my integrity to get to the next level.”

When I became more consistent with my posts and started shamelessly promoting myself (as Shameless Maya would say) that’s when I saw a shift in my blog growth. That’s when I made the decision that it was time to start believing in myself and my God-given abilities because truth be told, no one’s gonna take you seriously until you do: not a brand, not your followers, and certainly not the new people you’re looking to reach. 

So whether you’re a blogger, writer, producer, designer, stylist, entrepreneur, teacher or working a 9-5 with hopes of climbing the corporate ladder, you will never get further than where you are today if you don’t first believe in yourself and decide that you are worthy and deserving of more.


Before you go: Do you want more out of your current position in life? If so, how are you planning on making it happen? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below, I want to know!

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

10 replies on “Honey, You’re Not Crazy for Wanting More…

  1. 5 years? Sis YAS. Shout out to you for the commitment, really. It’s encouraging.
    I of course want more out of life, but I can feel the more coming. I’ve been working so hard this year so I know that I’m going to reap the benefits soon. Honestly, my only fear/concern is becoming too overwhelmed by the changes when they come.

    1. hey girl! yes! 5 years! i can’t believe i’ve stuck with it for this long hahaha

      same here! i can def feel something great coming, but it’s the “when” that has me itching lol i love your point about your concern with becoming overwhelmed by what’s coming because I can def relate! cause for how long i’ve been waiting, i know something big is coming & i just pray these years of work will have me prepared for the HALF of it hahaha peace to you, queen ❤

    1. hey girl! welcome to the blogging community!! super excited for you on this journey! thank you so much for your notes & for stopping by, i’ll def check out you site & follow ❤ peace, peace, peace

    1. hey! thanks so much! it’s pretty crazy to think that I’ve held on this long, but it’s def been an interesting journey. but you’re absolutely right, gotta want more to get more! 💕💕 thanks again!

  2. Girlllll your content always hits home in some kind of way lol. I thoroughly enjoyed this and you spoke nothing but facts. You’re a lot further than me with blogging (I’m only at a year and 8 months) but I could definitely relate to everything you said. I want more but I’m not ashamed to enjoy the authenticity of the slow , momentous grind to reach that point. I think that’s the beauty behind putting yourself out there and watching it evolve + come to life and seeing how people stumble upon and get hip. That’s the best. Keep shining!

    1. wow, you comment made me smile so hard 😊 I’m so glad it resonated with you! I had no idea you were new to the blogging world cause you look like such a pro! haha to your point, there’s def beauty in the slow glow-up & putting the work in so no ones supposed when your time finally comes. Even tho I feel this way and it can be discouraging sometimes, it’s comments like these that keep me going. thanks again, hun 💕💜

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