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    Consciously Over-Committed

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemail   It’s 12:37 AM on Monday as I write this.   My Sunday went a little something like: church service, boozy afternoon brunch, slips into a mimosa-induced coma for roughly 4 hours, wakes up to 20 text messages about everything, and then began the process of “how did I even get here today” matched with “you don’t have time for this shit” conversations with myself.   Typing all of that out, coupled with thinking about my bad decisions today, I’m beginning to actualize two facts.   FACT ONE: I am going to be awake for an unknown amount of time and undoubtedly will regret that tomorrow.   FACT…

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    My Jordan Year

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemail23 was such a whirlwind year for me. I started 23 gallivanting around a foreign country completely amazed with my life. This year I was able to move to Jacksonville, finally be consistent with my blog, and improve my physical and mental health. Looking back I had some memorable high moments. But boy oh boy did the year as a whole suck. I was forced to learn a lot about myself, what I can handle, and redefine my relationship with God. For every “win” that I shared on social media, there were at least 6 “I don’t know how I’m going to make it to tomorrow’s.” That’s a scary…

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    Cranes in the Sky

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemailI stopped doing a lot of things recently because I let negative thoughts consume my mind. For a moment, all that went through my head was “you’re not good enough,” “you’ll never make it,” and “I don’t know why you’re working so hard because your dreams will never come true.” Yeah, it got pretty dark around these parts. My thoughts crippled me so much that I had to take time off from one of my favorite things in life: blogging. I absolutely love my blog. It’s is a perfect summation of all things “Alyssa.” I’ve discussed Beyoncé, my friends, my fish (RIP Karl), makeup, and all aspects of my…

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    Grow and Glo’

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemailRecently-ish I lost one of my closet friends. I was devastated. I was calling him trying to figure out what happened only to get sent to voicemail, asking our mutual friends if they knew what was up, praying every night that God would mend our friendship and more. Like I’m always saying on Twitter, my life is/was in complete shambles. I was hurt. I don’t understand why or how we fell off. I still have my suspicions about what happened, but I don’t have any closure on the situation and it’s very unlikely that I will ever get it. I still wonder about it sometimes but at this point…