week 52 \\ 2015

Although this year has been pretty shitty for my people, in my itty bitty corner of the world, this year has been b e a u t i f u l. I won the lottery [gained a wealth of knowledge]. I fell in love [with myself, my art and my life]. My art was published in a magazine! I made a big move and it has proven to be the best move for me. I learned so much. I grew a lot.

My blog shifted; did you feel it? I gained the bulk of my followers this year so it’s safe to assume most of you didn’t know gray suede started out mainly as a fashion/style blog. {How original, right?} Not until late last year did I realize how limiting that was and really opened my mind and fingers up to writing about any and everything I’m moved to share. Fashion is still my first love tho! I just choose to express my adoration more so in the physical realm.

I became less apologetic. Less compromising. I stopped explaining myself in matters that don’t matter. [People only hear you at their level of understanding anyway; it’s nothing personal. I can say that now that I get it.] I created some great bonds with some amazing souls that I’m excited to build. I stepped out of my comfort zone a lot + I created so much more than I have in previous years.

The state of my people in this country has put me in my dormant volcano mood many times this year, but I attempt to frequently give thanks for the beauty surrounding + within me as opposed to dwelling on the necessary changes I wish I could magically snap into existence. And I believe that is why I’m attracting more and more of what I want in life.

I’ve gained great confidence in myself/my art/my words. Not everyone is going to like it. Not everyone is gonna want to pay for it. Not everyone is going to get it. And that is ok.

It’s a process, but I am mastering the ability to truly live in the moment, not in the past. Not in the future. And I honestly feel-universe forbid-that if I were to transcend into my next form [die] tomorrow, I would be completely at peace with it. I know I’ve left a pretty small yet fairly deep imprint. My art will live on; it’s hanging in people’s homes and offices, y’all! And my words, as simple as they may be, are out there forever. Plus I have a few posts scheduled into the new year, so if I were to go down, I’m gonna be like Tupac and release that hot fire in my afterlife.

Anyway, I’ll keep this short before you guys start getting misty-eyed. I just wanted to share some thoughts on one of the greatest years I’ve had thus far. I know the best is yet to come I appreciate all of you subscribing + tuning in to ride along with me and my rants. I’m humbled. I’m inspired. Many, many thanks. I love reading your awesome posts and comments and I’m so glad my thoughts resonate with you. Cyber hugs all around. You make this blogging thing kinda cool.

See you next year. ❤

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20 comments

  1. tunisiajolyn84 · December 30, 2015

    “The state of my people in this country has put me in my dormant volcano mood many times this year, but I attempt to frequently give thanks for the beauty surrounding + within me as opposed to dwelling on the necessary changes I wish I could magically snap into existence. And I believe that is why I’m attracting more and more of what I want in life.” ❤ ❤ ❤

    Congratulations on such an enlightening year. And thanks for subscribing back on my blog. I always appreciate your comments and input! It makes my blog a little bit more interactive and that's always dope to feel like I'm connecting with humans. lol

    Oh and where can I see your art? I would love to check it out. I can't quite get it at my house just yet cause the way my bank account is set up… but I'd love to view it and keep it in mind for the future. I love supporting Black-owned businesses.

    Also, do you have any fellow blog recommendations for me to read? I am always looking for dope new blogs, especially by bloggers that look like me but I don't discriminate though. Good shit is good shit. You can e-mail me those recommendations if you'd like. If you don't or you don't feel like sharing, I can dig it. All good. lol

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    • kelley · December 30, 2015

      Yesssss! 2016 is going to be great.

      As always, thank you for reading, Tunisia.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. hitandrun1964 · December 30, 2015

    What a great and uplifting post. And, what a fabulous way to start the new year. Congrats and way to go. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • kelley · December 30, 2015

      Thank you! Best wishes for the new year.

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  3. ShelbyCourtland · December 30, 2015

    Kelley, you are an inspiration! Just keep doing what you’re doing; living your life for you! We will read your rants and we shall get to know more and more about you. You give us old fogeys like me, hope for the future!

    We love you Kelley!

    Shelby

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  4. swo8 · December 30, 2015

    You are so postive Kelley, we need you spirit with us.
    Leslie

    Liked by 1 person

    • kelley · December 30, 2015

      Thank you. I try to be.

      As always, thank you for tuning in.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. nshami14 · December 30, 2015

    Kelley, lifting my teacup to you. Cheers.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Bhekizitha · December 31, 2015

    I really enjoy the flow in your writing. Nonetheless, It may not interest you to discuss, but I would like to read more blogs on your political opinion.

    Unyaka omusha omuhle! (Happy New Year! – Zulu)

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    • kelley · January 3, 2016

      Thank you, Bhekizitha! You know I’m a fan of your writing as well. It’s not that politics don’t interest me, I just don’t know how to go about writing about it. I’d probably get pretty longwinded and make a ten-part post to every topic… but we’ll see.

      As always, thank you for your comment and tuning in. And happy new year!!

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  7. Silksache't · December 31, 2015

    People only hear you at their level of understanding……..the truest thing I have heard all damn year…u aint neva lie girl…smdh

    Liked by 3 people

    • kelley · January 3, 2016

      Yes! No more wasting breath or time talking to a brick wall!

      Liked by 2 people

  8. Michael Parker · January 3, 2016

    Just got back into my blog and decided to read a few of my favorites and you are definitely one of them. Looking forward to the journey my cyber friend..

    Liked by 1 person

    • kelley · January 5, 2016

      Wow, thank you Michael! I am humbled. I appreciate you tuning in.

      I’m looking forward to the journey as well. Welcome back.

      Like

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  10. Ms Cheryl Diane Parkinson · February 19, 2016

    I’ve just discovered you and am thoroughly enjoying your writing. :-). Fantastic stuff.

    Liked by 1 person

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