nadirahim.com turns one!

A year ago today, I hit the publish button on this blog out of desperation. I never had the intention of being a blogger. I don’t think of myself as a writer — I don’t have the best grammar and you can often catch spelling errors in a post of mine. Throughout the last year, people have reminded me that they aren’t expecting a perfectly edited post, it is more about the content.

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THE IDEA

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The idea of the blog came through another sleepless night when I couldn’t sleep. I was looking hi and lo for people who share my experience with anxiety. However, it was very hard to find what I was looking for. I want to read about someone who strive to live to the fullest despite the anxiety or depressive symptoms. I want someone who can give me hope that one day I too can overcome my dark phase. I wanted a way to connect with people who are going through mental health issues and people who strive for better mental health.

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When I started  writing, I didn’t have a clue of what I was doing and I didn’t plan. I write what I want, mostly to pour off things so I could clear up my mind and have a sleep. Then, I continued writing with a bit of planning into the creation. I saw more people reaching out and share their experience with mental health issues. I saw a small community who are constantly trying to live a better life with better mental health.

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HOW THE BLOG CHANGED OVER THE LAST YEAR

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Some time this year when I was in a better headspace, I reread all of my posts when I was in the doom of anxiety, trying to reach out to people for help. I started the Headspace series as a way for you to read my journey to recovery. While it was not so easy to do since my days can feel really long and sometimes the low mood just consumed me, I realised how much you as an audience were interested in my writings.

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THE PERSONAL POSTS

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I feel encouraged to write down my story and share it through the blog. The personal posts are the hardest to write but are so important. I want you to know that I am not just a one sided person — I have my struggles but I also have a life that I’m trying to make the best of. I have dreams and goals just like anyone else and that we are more alike than different. In a way, I’m trying to humanise mental health issues. If I can encourage one person to chase their dreams, have a chin up during hard times, or experience new things, than I have succeeded.

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Either way, I’m happy that I pushed that button. I’m happy that I took that leap of faith, and jumped into a world that I knew nothing about. I’m happy that I stepped wayyy out of my comfort zone and allowed myself to grow in ways that I never even knew was possible before. To more interesting and honest blog posts in the future! ❤️

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