My Thoughts

Dirty Laundry

So it’s been on my mind to have a real moment of transparency when it comes to my lack of consistency as far as my writing and blogging is concerned. I’ve always known I can do this and be great at it. I’ve always had the confidence to know that my words can and will have an impact on someone and that I could make a difference by being myself.


What truly held me back was the fear of judgment I’d run into once my work really put me on the map and I became important enough to be “in the spotlight”. I’m human. I’ve made mistakes, and I’m well aware of how people will try to attack your character by digging up dirt in your past just to tarnish the reputation you’ve built as a better person.


I was afraid that people would dig too deep and shun me because I’m not the picture perfect good girl that everyone loves to fawn over. I’m not ashamed of my mistakes, I just wasn’t in the position to be attacked for them. That’s scary you know? To know that you can and will be a success but there will possibly be someone in the background ready to try and ruin you.


There are plenty of things people can throw out there about me. I fit into the mold of so many stereotypes placed on black women. I got pregnant young, I’ve been arrested multiple times, I’ve been the side chick, I’ve “been” a lot of things. But it in knowing that, I also recognize that I am still very worthy of having the best and accomplishing my goals because guess what, the people that really care about me aren’t ashamed of me or my not so perfect past. We’ve all got a story to tell and mine is a great one of triumph and overcoming some obstacles that I once felt would break me.

They didn’t and I’m here more resilient than ever and happy with who I am. I can truthfully say I’m proud of me. I know that the past is exactly that, the past. Hell, some people thought Jay-Z would never make it out the streets and he’s now one of the richest men in the country. Some of your favorite celebrities literally came up from nothing and flourished. They didn’t let mistakes hold them back. They didn’t let fear win.


So neither will I. I’m not going to compare myself to anyone or hide in shame because I don’t live my life the way someone else thinks I should. Its a horrible way to live and I refuse to go another year holding myself back. I deserve to allow myself the space to grow and get better despite what judgment may come from it.


I’m grown and don’t owe anyone an explanation. I’m all for talking about the things I’ve been through, but I won’t allow anyone to reduce me to being unworthy simply because of some shit I did when I was young and dumb. Plus, people change every day however I can’t go back in time. I can only live in the present so that’s exactly what I’m going to do.



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Peace & Blessings


AKT Authentic



Sweet Seclusion

I’ve been really excited about the release of my book, but I have yet to really celebrate it. Honestly, I’ve been enjoying my time to myself. At this point, I’m just extremely content with not continuing some of the relationships I was previously pursuing, whether it was platonic or romantic, I’m not here for it anymore.

After getting arrested in August (yes, that happened and was a whole hot mess), I took some time to reevaluate my situation at the time. While I was in jail, I was mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to accept the consequences of what happened BUT I wasn’t going to let anyone make me feel bad for it. I took a good look at the “support” I thought I had and realized it wasn’t what I needed or wanted. It didn’t feel genuine. It didn’t feel good. I felt like I was holding back pieces of me in order to keep the vibe steady.

I’m not doing that shit anymore. For what? I’m too young to fake it for people who I’ve outgrown or no longer see eye to eye with. I’m not saying they were bad to me, it just didn’t feel right anymore. I let go of what I thought I wanted and accepted things for what they really were.

I don’t want to force anything. I don’t want to feel like I have to hide who I am or what I strive to be. So yeah, I’ve been coolin’ on my lonesome aside from literally one person. I LOVE my friend and I’m so proud of how she’s grown!

She’s been a continued source of support and CONSISTENCY this entire year, which started off extremely rough, but is ending pleasantly well. I’ve been in a great place the last few months and I’m continuing with this energy into the new year.

I’m speaking affirmations over my life and praying for new, healthy relationships to bloom as I move forward from the events that led me here. Things are far from perfect and some days, I’m just like how in the world did everything come tumbling down so fast? BUT it’s getting better, easier, smoother.

I feel like I’m in for a wild ride but I’m embracing the unknown. My birthday is right around the corner and I plan to celebrate 26 the right way. Happy with myself and even more comfortable in my skin. I’ll be able to celebrate my achievements in a big way soon enough and I’m extremely happy that I’m pursuing a passion of mine that I’ve always said I was going to do. It feels damn good to say I’m a published author. There’s definitely more to come.

The shit feels amazing.

I hope you find the courage to move on from what’s been holding you back so you can accept the next phase in your life that will elevate you to the next level.


“Live Free, Be Happy”


Be sure to check out my poetry book, BARE Essentials: Surviving Lust, Life & Self by Alyssia Thompson, currently available on Amazon!

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-AKT Authentic

Failing Gracefully & Journeying Well

“The beginning of doubt is the end of faith.”– Pearl Cleage

I was recently asked, “What is your story?” and the question made me take a second to truly reflect over my life. I’ve decided to look at my 25 years on this beautiful earth as a success story full of well wishes and interesting failures.


I have survived myself.

Most would read that and think, “How can you survive yourself?” But I’m currently in such a great place in life about how I feel about me, I can honestly say I’ve come so far in how I view my life over the past 3 months than I ever have. For YEARS I suffered from anxiety and depression. I made those emotions my story. I attempted suicide. I pushed people away. I convinced myself that I would never have what I truly desired because I was somehow too hard to love, even though I was full of love that I tried to give to others. I wanted acceptance but I ultimately didn’t accept myself. I spoke affirmations that never fully resonated because deep down I didn’t believe in me to make it that far.

However, that is no longer my truth.

After a series of what seemed to be unfortunate events, I was so spiritually moved to not give up that every decision I’d made up to that point in my life no longer mattered because I wasn’t living in the past anymore, I wanted to be in the present. I was at what I felt was my lowest of lows, and yet I still made the conscious decision to say, “Alyssia, I love you more than the mistakes you feel have shaped your life. YOU are not a failure and YOU will overcome.”

So what if I didn’t have a fancy car, or big house, or even a successful relationship. I had myself. I found a way to fully love me from the inside out. I began to feel excited about all the possibilities because even if I “failed” from a societal standpoint, that failure would be a lesson towards my success.

So yeah, I survived myself because I no longer held on to a false truth that I would never gain the things I thought I wanted. Instead God filled my heart with love and gratitude for the things I do have right now in the present. I have a purpose. I have goals and dreams. I have a future. And nothing can take me away from my journey except for me. But I don’t want to stand in my own way anymore. I am not afraid to shine or be in the spotlight. In fact it’s quite the opposite at this point.


I am NOT ashamed of myself.

I am NOT reluctant to grow in ways that may not seem conventional to others, but may help me be a better me.


I thank God for softening my heart and giving me the courage to say, “I am here, I am worthy and I am on a beautiful journey that I can be happy about.” I’m not perfect and that’s ok. I fucked up in the past and that’s ok. But I’m still here despite it all and that’s amazing because I have another chance to get it right for myself, not anyone else. There’s no pressure to have it all or to be the best. There’s only the will to keep going.


I am loved. I have support. I have a new understanding of who I am and who I want to be. I am satisfied with me. And that’s not something I could have said in the past.


I thank God I found that.

Ask yourself, what’s your story? Will you remember yourself to be full of failure or a huge success despite of? The choice is yours.


Peace & Blessings

Alyssia K. Thompson

Why I Love Ginger

In my last post, I stated how much I love tea. I failed to mention that I also love to add ginger to my tea. Ginger Root is a great natural remedy for an array of symptoms. It’s most common use is for an upset stomach (nausea, indigestion, heart burn, etc.). It’s also said to be great for lowering blood pressure and boosting up your circulatory system.


Ginger has a pretty unique taste. To me, it’s like a warm spicy flavor. I don’t like my tea super sweet, so it’s a nice contrast to whatever sweetener I do choose to use in my tea (my go to’s are organic agave, honey or sugar in the raw). The health benefits of ginger is what originally drew me to it. Ginger is anti-viral and anti-inflammatory, which is great for your immune system and those aches/pains you may have on a day to day basis.

Adding ginger to your diet (and it doesn’t have to be in tea, it can be cooked and or bought as a seasoning) would be a great asset, but don’t just take my word for it. Look up the benefits for yourself and see if it’s something you may try. It definitely wouldn’t hurt and on the positive side, you would’ve taken a step in the right direction for more healthier options when cooking. It’s become a staple in my kitchen and is a great go to for those days I’m not feeling up to par.

Random: Tea Time

I love tea.

Real herbal tea.

Not that sugary sweet diabetes tea that you get from McDonald’s, and if that’s what you’re into, put the cup down and walk away. What many people don’t realize is that herbal teas are a great way to relax and heal your body at the same time. Depending on whats ailing you, an herbal tea can help your body in the healing process or alleviate pains. And it’s just good to have on your day off when you have some quiet time to yourself.



To create an even more peaceful space for myself, I burned a bit of sage, keeping my rose quartz and citrine close by. Lately I’ve been really doing better about being mindful of my reactions and having these two around remind me to be just that.  I look at my crystals and think to myself, be mindful of your thoughts, what you dwell on is what you will manifest. Since I’m in the process of making some really big changes in my life, there’s no need for negativity, especially during my quiet time. There are still moments where I’m completely over it all. However, how you react and what you put your energy into can make a difference in your day. I’d much rather be happy than upset and flustered. So I’ll take my tea time and a peace of mind over chaos/negativity any day.


Life 101: Be Your Own Cheerleader

One of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with in my 20’s is constantly being my own cheerleader. It’s so easy to want that confirmation from others(family, friends, etc.) as validation that you’re doing well but the truth is, that isn’t their job. It’s yours. Self love and self care are so important when building yourself up. Confidence plays a huge role in that too. Being kind to yourself and giving yourself daily encouragement shouldn’t be or feel like a task and if it does, maybe you should do it more often so it becomes second nature.

During the height of my depression I struggled with confidence in all areas of my life. I felt like I was a terrible student (procrastination is my weakness), I wasn’t happy with my job (I felt it took too much time away from school but bills had to be paid), my body looked physically great (but all I could see were the imperfections), and emotionally I was a mess so I didn’t feel capable of being worthy of love (which led me to put up with too much shit from the wrong guys). After a few very, hard but eye opening conversations with my counselor, he recommended that I come up with my own daily affirmations and remind myself of those affirmations whenever I began to think negative. So I chose my affirmations to be “I am worthy, I am worth it, I deserve it.”  Telling myself those statements felt so foreign in the beginning because in all honesty, I didn’t feel it was true. I didn’t feel worthy or as though I deserved the things I desired and that saddened me. I had to get to the root of those feelings. I had to tell myself those affirmationss everyday (and still do) until my perspective began to change on how I viewed myself/my wants and not what everyone else felt was best for me. I made small changes everyday and I continued to repeat, “I am worthy, I am worth it, I deserve it” and by doing so my confidence grew a bit more each time. I would wake up, see those words and think to myself “I got this” and set out to tackle the day. If my day ended with me feeling defeated, I repeated those affirmations as a reminder that I may feel defeated but I have not failed.

Finding that confidence and encouragement doesn’t come easily to some, for me, it is still a DAILY challenge. However, I’ve made a tremendous amount of progress in my journey and I’m so happy I’m not the same scared girl I use to be. I am a young woman actively sticking by my decisions without fear of judgement from others. Yes I have my days where my confidence is lacking but those 3 affirmations still hold true. “I am worthy, I am worth it, I deserve.”

So find your inner Beyonce and get shit done. Never stop being your own cheerleader.


Peace & Blessings

AKT Authentic

Life 101: Standing In Your Truth

You ever meet those people who act like you can’t be a better person because they know OF your past but didn’t actually know you personally? You know, that one person who tries to discredit your new and improved attitude or lifestyle because they “heard” your past isn’t pretty? Well here’s some advice on how to handle those kind of people, say fuck you and keep it moving.

Now mind you, people will have negative things to say about you no matter what. That’s life. However, if they don’t actually know you and the steps you’ve made in the present to have a better future, pay them no mind at all. They’re living in the past. A place you’ve made the conscious decision to no longer reside in. Don’t allow them to pull you back into that. Your actions will deter any shade they throw your way.

Many people fear standing in their truth due to not wanting to be judged. What I mean by that is, they fear accepting their own past because of what others may say or think. Newsflash, none of us are perfect so don’t be ashamed if your past isn’t the prettiest. It doesn’t have to be. All that matters is the present, the person you’re growing into on a daily basis. I could list a thousand mistakes I’ve made (some of which are down right stupid lol) up until this point and I wouldn’t feel the least bit of ashamed. I know I’m a good person with a big heart. I had to learn the hard way sometimes and that’s OK with me. I can relate to people on so many levels. I’ve been there, done that and grew from it. I happily stand in my truth,  that no, my past ain’t squeaky clean but in this moment I am brand new. I have let go of old mindsets that hindered me. I openly talk about my failures. I know my set backs only prepared me more for the things I work so hard towards now. I don’t throw shade honey, I stand out in the sun and let my brown skin glow hoping my shine will repel some of the people that mean me no good. If you can’t handle my truth cool, you don’t have to. But that doesn’t mean I won’t continue to do better and be consistent with making strides in being my best self. As everyone loves to say these days, “do you boo boo”. Cause I got me.

AKT Authentic