Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to say goodbye to a dear friend, lover, and helpmate in times of trouble. We’ve been through many ups and downs, learned from one another, and have shared enough laughs to last a lifetime. Still, even with these precious memories in mind, it’s time to say our farewells to aleyarion.com.

At least until the New Year.

(Did I have you worried for a second?)

Look, y’all, I’m tired…. like TYYY-DE!

I’ve probably said it in every post since October, but 2017 whooped me a–.

This year taught me that I have grit. That I’m tenacious and more than a conquer. I was able to turn my hardships into opportunities for growth and it’s built my confidence in ways I never knew were possible. I stand (more like sit) here before you a better woman because of the trials that God put in front of me to be victorious over.

Back in July, I made a decision to be more consistent with my blog and that meant sharing posts (in some capacity) two times a week. Even with not having Wi-Fi at home and having to travel by foot somedays to get to the library or McDonald’s just to make an upload, I made it happen and I’m proud of me for that.giphy (7).gifI’ve also committed to getting my writing on larger platforms and began freelancing. This decision has allowed me to become a contributing writer for three sites all in the last 2 months. It’s been overwhelming and has forced me to study up on my craft (since I didn’t major in journalism) but when you have the passion, everything else falls in line. 

Now, my intentions when writing this post was not to be braggadocios by any means. But dang it, sometimes you have to pat yourself on the back because 1.)  ain’t nobody gonna root for you like you gone root for you, and 2.) at the start of the year, I was so down on myself about “what I haven’t achieved,” that I began to neglect all that I had!

Which takes me back to my previous point: I’m TIRED!

In this “work, grind, hustle, #teamnosleep, sleep when you’re dead” culture we live in, you can get trapped in the mindset that says if you don’t have something to post about, it’s deemed as laziness or a glitch in your Girl Boss nervous system, but after watching a sermon by Pastor Toure Roberts of One L.A. Church, it got me thinking….

 

He mentioned how as creatives, when we create, we are creating out of ourselves, meaning that if you consistently created and released creative energy – at a high rate – you would literally and figuratively, die.

Do you think I’d tell you to stop and if was going to take you backward in some way? I’m telling you to stop so I can move you into the next dimension. I’m telling you to stop so I can put something new and fresh on the inside of you.

Ever noticed how overwhelmed and anxious and like we’re not doing enough? When we’re paying attention to what everyone else is “doing,” we get tricked into thinking that if we’re not doing anything at that particular moment, we’re failing to some capacity. But really, rest is good! Cyclically, it’s a pretty morbid concept that I pray our generation can learn how to balance.

But I’m taking my own advice and for the rest of the year, I’m resting.

Sure, I’ll be writing – “Cause that’s what I do” – but as far as the whole fast-paced nature of grinding and hustling myself into the ground, it’s gonna be a hard pass for me, dawg.

I’m resting.

I’m trusting God.

I’m leaning into Him.

I know that God sat me down because what’s next for me is going to require a new level of strength and rest, and I have to make sure I’m ready for that.

So, no, I’m not worried about losing followers or views. I couldn’t care less. In the same breath, it takes another level of faith to stop because you’re trusting God to keep it going for you while you recover. But I’m not going preach today, y’all gotta pay me for that (lmbooo).

Anyway, of course, I’ll have more planned for my aleyarion.com family come 2018, but in the meantime, I have to get my mind, heart, and spirit right to make it happen.

With that, I pray rest over your life. If you need to take some time to recuperate, take it. Social media will still be there, the end of Net Neutrality won’t kick in for another 6 months or so.

I love every single one of y’all and warmest thank you for rocking with the kid for another year!

Have a Happy New Year!

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

4 replies on “I’m Tired…

  1. I can totally relate. I started out strong in posting a lot. But then I was like nah. I’m tired. I eventually developed the mindset that I’ll post when I feel like it and when I believe I have something worth reading.

    We all deserve to rest. You have a gift and what God has for you is for you. And as you said “with passion everything will fall in line”.

    You got this girl.

    1. I totally feel you, girl!! it really is about finding a rhythm that works with you & not feeling guilty about it! cause what works for someone may not work for you & vice versa! ✊🏾

      thank you so much for your super sweet note, I appreciate it & your support! Imma come back more refreshed so I can give y’all all I got again!! 😌💕♥️ blessings to you!!

  2. The workaholic in me is SHOOKETH! Throughout the year, everytime I accomplished a goal the workaholic in me went “ok now let’s do this”, and as time passed it became a whole cycle. I don’t believe in “working too hard”, but when it starts affecting your health/personal life, it’s time to take a few steps back and reflect. So, THANK YOU!! Really reminded me that taking a break is not necessarily “quitting or being lazy”, rather preparing for what’s ahead.

    God Bless ♥

    1. gurl!! 😅 I know the feeling!! we all have that little voice in us that’s egging us on to “push, grind, work!” but sometimes we gotta tell it to sthu so that we can take the proper time to recharge so we can get back at it again 💪🏾✨

      I’m so glad it reached you tho!! I’ve seen so much growth from your platform since we first began our interactions & I know it’s only up from here for you!!! 🙌🏾💕✨ happy holidays & new year!!

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