As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on another year gone. I began blogging back in January, with the aim of introducing loved ones to my daily life as a Muslim (Dear Family). I wanted to reach out, and this was the best way I could think of doing so.
In the first few weeks, I wasn’t entirely sure the blog was making much difference – there was some general positivity initially, but limited engagement thereafter. I pressed on nevertheless, and soon found myself greatly enjoying the writing process. I became more confident with my topics and more comfortable baring my soul. Slowly, but surely, the time and energy paid off.
Now, looking back, this year has been everything I prayed for, and more. As the months rolled by and the posts accumulated, I felt our relationships go from strength to strength. I can honestly say, I feel more relaxed with you, more content and more myself, than I have done in some time. I am unbelievably grateful for the wonderful family I have and I hope you feel as positive today as I do. Let us always be open to conversation, comfortable in each other’s presence and grow closer with each passing day.
Perhaps the most surprising outcome of my year in the blogosphere has been the interaction with some utterly inspiring sisters, all of whom have been kind enough to share their own experiences as a result of my posts. This is the true meaning of the word ummah – wherever a Muslim woman is in the world, she need never be alone. She has sisters everywhere, community everywhere. Even if those sisters are simply words on a screen, those words can mean everything.
And so, with the new year almost upon us, what plans are afoot for 2019? Well, I certainly plan to keep the blog live, but my approach will be changing slightly. I would like to start writing for a wider audience and be more responsive to the interests of my readers. At the moment, however, time is somewhat limited, so it may be a little while before I can return to posting regularly. In the meantime, I would like to thank everybody who has read, commented, contributed and reacted to my articles over the last 12 months.
Most importantly, thank you to my Mum, Dad, two brothers, and all of my relatives, for their support and encouragement with even the most deeply personal topics. I love you all.
Happy New Year!