Hey friends! Thanks for stopping by.
Welcome to my blog, digital journal, style diary, a place to scream into the void— whatever you want to call it. I’m just happy you’re here. My name is Arbela and I’m a writer, editor, content creator and many other things wrapped into one. This a space where I write and put together content about fashion, mental health, being a 20-something, and obsessing over my favorite TV shows. Hope you find something you like here!
What is The Battle of Arbela?
I wanted to create a space to share my writing but also create a digital space for resources I’ve learned and am learning on how to survive and thrive as a 20-something person in this weird and wonderful world. This blog has been alive for a little over 3 years, but I’ve been thinking of starting it for longer than that. But the reason it took me so long to decide and start was because I felt that I wasn’t a “fully complete” person yet. I was still unfinished, not fully grown or settled into myself so I thought: who am I to start a blog and tell others what I do?
WHAT YOU CAN FIND HERE:
- FASHION, STYLE ESSAYS, OUTFIT TIPS
- MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN THE DIGITAL AGE
- BITS OF ENTERTAINMENT AND POP CULTURE (TV, MOVIES, BOOKS, ETC)
- TRAVEL DIARIES
But the truth that I realized is that everyone is that weird in-between, that uncertainty, the part of our life where we’re still figuring it all out. So I figured, even if my ideas will change, my sense of self will evolve and the things I want to write about shift, this blog will grow with it and maybe create some solace for people.
My goal as a writer and journalist has always been to try and mix the two (although I’ve been repeatedly warned not to) and to create stories that include our own perspectives and raw experiences, but also serve as a source of knowledge and ideas that reflect larger issues in our society. My blog is a tiny step towards that blog, even if it might just be a digital sketchbook, where I’m still figuring out the direction I want to go in.
A bit more about me:
My name is Arbela (Ahr-Beh-Lah), I’m a recent graduate of Cleveland State University where I earned a degree in Journalism and Women’s Studies with a minor in Sociology. I currently work as a freelancer for a couple different companies in Clevleand, including Black Valve Media and Cleveland Magazine. My dream job is to work as an editor for a major magazine I admire, and/or start a publication of my own one day focused on reliable news, in-depth storytelling and inclusivity.