week 52 || 2016

Like many, I take the final few days of the calendar year to reflect-partly because I’ve been conditioned to do so, partly because of this new moon and partly because it coincides with yet another solar return. Whooop! And I am so fortunate to be another year older with a positive future on the horizon. I lost a family friend to cancer on the first day of 2015 who happened to be just one month older than me. The anger and sadness from her loss helped propel my shift from run-of-the-mill fashion blogger to sliiightly fearless, multifaceted, more authentic blogger. Death, especially when it’s a young person and hits close to home, is a painful reminder that hey, you could be next. Your time will come. So what the heck are you doing in the meantime!?? For those of you who started following the suede since then, you are definitely getting the best of me thus far. Although I’m still very private + somewhat tight lipped on certain subjects, I am continuously inspired to allow a more unfiltered Kelley to express herself.

With that being said, I’m thankful for each of my readers and subscribers; those of you who check in weekly, comment on every entry or who are just tuning in for the first time, I see you. I appreciate you. For those of you writing and sharing humorous, smart, spirited, original posts, you bring awareness, keep me grounded, give me hope, stimulate my mind and make me question everything I’ve ever believed in-which sums up how I believe this whole blogging thing should operate.

So, thank you πŸ˜‰

I’ll keep it short and leave you with this quote for when you’re feeling down, as if you’re wasting your time practicing art [which includes writing!] or just simply uninspired to keep at life:

A billion people can have your gifts and talents but none of them can do it like YOU.

Best wishes for 2017. Be safe and don’t drink and drive!

I’ll holler.

❀

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26 comments

  1. Tareau Barron · December 28

    Hey hope you have a great 2017. Thanks for the great insights. Oh and I still WANTS my credits for bartering. Hahahahahahaha

    Liked by 1 person

    • kelley · December 28

      You invented bartering, Tareau! You and you alone! Thank you for paving the way!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Tareau Barron · December 28

        Now see here Ms. Suede. That’s too much credit. I just wanted to wet my beak on the credits. Well we all know who won this argument. 🀐🀐🀐

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  2. swo8 · December 28

    Happy New Year Kelley, all the best for 2017.
    Leslie

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Liz · December 29

    Happy New Year Kelley, thanks for the Likes on my page. Come again and leave your thoughts.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. mburablog · December 30

    Have a happy new year too!!!! May the good Lord see you through it.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. 25, Black, and Alive · December 30

    “I appreciate you. For those of you writing and sharing humorous, smart, spirited, original posts, you bring awareness, keep me grounded, give me hope, stimulate my mind and make me question everything I’ve ever believed in-which sums up how I believe this whole blogging thing should operate.” RIGHT BACK YA!!!
    Keep bringing that fire. I think I speak for all of us when I say, “I can’t wait to see what you bring in this new year and the years to come!”

    Liked by 1 person

    • kelley · January 1

      Thank you, Cliff! I plan to blog less, if I can stand it. Blog less yet share more.

      I look forward to what you share in the new year as well. Take care!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Resa · December 31

    Lovely New Year’s wish! Thank you, Kelley, and a Happy 2017 to you!!! ⭐

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Darryl Walker Jr · January 2

    You are right: we only have one life to live so we have to live authentically, even on these blogs. I am glad to be in touch with you Kelley! I look forward to many thought-provoking posts this year πŸ˜€

    Liked by 1 person

    • kelley · January 2

      The feeling is mutual! I thank Dr. Garland for linking your site on one of her posts about Thanksgiving [I think].. Only a few weeks in + look at us, haha!

      And, of course, I appreciate you tuning in and sharing a kind word. Always.

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  8. tunisiajolyn84 · January 4

    “A billion people can have your gifts and talents but none of them can do it like YOU.”

    I heart this so much. Love this. Thank you for being your fearless expressive self. It is really inspiring!

    Liked by 1 person

    • kelley · January 4

      I appreciate you! So much. Readers + writers like you keep me going.

      Liked by 1 person

      • tunisiajolyn84 · January 5

        Awwww stawp it! lol But yes, same here.

        Like

  9. nosyjosie · January 9

    This year is about to be amazing. Can you feel it?! You’re definitely becoming more open and I love it. I think I see more openness in you when exchanging comments (not just with me but with other bloggers too). And I think that’s beautiful. Not everyone has to expose their heart and life in a post – sometimes the comments are just as powerful πŸ™‚ . Peace and love Queen!

    Liked by 1 person

    • kelley · January 9

      LOL yes, 32 is looking great! Less and less shits given! It’s vital for my survival. And yes, I am trying to open up more; I’m glad you took notice. People will judge you regardless, right? So why not judge me on my truth instead of a facade?

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      • nosyjosie · January 16

        lmao @ your intro. You have SUCH a way with words. I love it! People will judge you no matter what, YES. But people will only learn from your truth. Definitely more to gain by opening up, if you ask me. Negative people aren’t worth the vulnerability. But positive people ARE. Feel me though? FEEL ME?!

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  10. The Single B*tch · January 18

    I needed to hear this as well. Girl I have been so uninspired to write but I think im getting back to myself

    Liked by 1 person

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