I’d first like to welcome you back to the new and improved website! I knew I wanted to change a few things design-wise, and I hope you like the changes I’ve made. It was an extensive process, and I did choose to go the route of purchasing a theme by Hello You Designs that fit all my needs. I knew I wanted my website to have a fresh look for the upcoming year, and while I still have sections to work on, I didn’t want to leave my blog without content. (Bear with me as I finish up the few empty sections that still need filling).
I now have a place where I can share my writing journey, tips I’ve learned along the way, and my creative side through design. Getting here definitely took some time, but I finally feel like I’ve done enough research and I’m ready for the next few steps.
When I first remodeled my blog, I knew that I not only wanted to fill it with posts containing insight into all that I’ve learned while building my career, but I wanted a section where I could talk about my struggles or the future goals I have yet to accomplish.
BUILDING A WEBSITE THAT FEELS LIKE HOME
I didn’t realize how much more active I’d be once I buckled down and redesigned my website the way I wanted it. I chose a theme that felt right, filled it with my work, and the logo I’ve created that I use here and on Medium. It reignited my love for simple design and creation, and that, alongside my writing, is something I will explore more in the upcoming year.
To anyone who has a hard time with website building, I completely understand. It took me two sleepless nights to complete mine, even though I went with a pre-made theme, but it was certainly worth it.
PLANNING FOR A PRODUCTIVE 2020
I’m ready for the work, and I’m ready to accomplish those goals that have been hanging around for the better half of 2019. I’ve taken the time to create an efficient calendar, making it completely digital because I need to be able to move things around all the time.
Come January, I want to not only have figured out a proper blog schedule for this website, but I want things to be moving along like a well-oiled machine (for the most part).
I’m tired of going back and forth with the two extremes of either being incredibly productive or barely getting anything done at all.
The motto this 2020 is to: Get Shit Done.
Writing a Novel
This is a big one for me because I’ve had this novel idea lingering in the back of my mind all year. This novel is probably going to take me a much longer time to write, edit, and format because it’s the novel I’m going to use to query once it’s complete.
I wanted to try the traditional publishing route in 2020, and that means pulling myself together and writing a great book. I know that it’s going to be an extensive process, but I’m determined to give it my all.
As for a Personal Update
I do feel like I’ve gotten the hang of the changes I’ve experienced over the last few months. Being a newlywed, embarking on a new career journey, I’ve learned a lot in such a short amount of time.
I’ve been taught some valuable lessons on resilience and what it’s like to keep vying for what you want, no matter how difficult it may seem. Life has thrown me a couple of curveballs that could’ve knocked me off track, but I’m just glad I managed to focus my attention on what’s important and manage to keep my head held high.
I’ve done a lot of preparing, both personally and professionally. Now, it’s time to put that preparation into action, and I can’t wait to see where it goes.
I look forward to sharing a lot of my life with you from here on out, and I want to thank you for taking the time to read this.
There’s no better time than the present to start creating the life you’ve always wanted.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post! Let’s stay in touch.
Anisa Nasir is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and family. She’s the writer behind As She Writes.