Changes Coming in 2020

November 12, 2019

I know we’re only halfway through November, but my mind is already thinking about the amazing changes happening in the beginning of 2020 (probably because I want this semester to be over).

Because I’m so excited about literally everything, I decided to go ahead and publish all the changes that are happening in my personal life and my blogging/semi-entrepreneurial/non-school related life.

Personal Changes

Treat everyday like it’s a special day/stop waiting to make big changes.
I’ve always waited until a significant day before I made any “major” changes or decisions. Like, I’d say I would start doing certain things on New Year’s Day or when a new school year began, or I would wait for age milestones, like waiting until I turn twenty-one to get a tattoo. Waiting to do these “major” things only builds up eagerness when I could easily just go for it. I don’t know when I’m going to die; it could be at any moment, so I’m starting to treat everyday, whether good or bad, like it’s special.

Treat myself a whole lot more.
A big part of self-care is taking time to do things for yourself (and by yourself) that make you feel good and special. I recently got my nails done professionally. There was no one in the salon besides the guy doing my nails, and it was absolutely perfect. It felt nice doing something for myself, for once, and I am going to continue treating myself for years to follow.

Stop forcing myself to journal everyday.
Besides blogging, journaling helps me deal with the ups and downs of life. Writing my prolonging thoughts, whether good or bad, is therapeutic to me. However, there was something about having a daily journal that made me feel pressured to write in it everyday, even when there was nothing to write. One night, I said “No more!” I bought this notebook to be my journal when moments/thoughts from the day consume me.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
I have the metal straws, reusable bags, and frequently shop at Goodwill; I even sell stuff online instead of throwing items away. Still, I feel like I can do more. I’m not a perfect human, but I’m doing my best.

Work like I’m broke.
One of my favorite quotes in the universe is by Tyler Perry (a huge role model of mine), and it is “Work like you’re broke.” I keep saying I want to take things to the next level, but I haven’t done much to do that. I learned about self-hosting and changed my blog theme, but that’s all I’ve done this year. Twenty twenty is the year of taking the Simply Jamilah brand to the next level, even if I become broke trying.

Blogging/Branding Changes

Make this less of a place to vent.
I have a bunch of content and blog posts planned, yet I still end up writing and publishing the posts where I’m pretty much venting. I’ve had a “5 Girl Boss Looks” post planned for two months now and haven’t gotten it up yet. All of that is going to change, and there will be way more than venting-type content.

Simply Jamilah is getting a new look and a new logo at the start of 2020 (The above feature image is the color scheme; not the happiest about it kind of being my school colors, but it’s my fault for going to a school where my favorite colors are the school colors). I’ve been working on this for a while now and have been doing deep dive Internet searches for a blog theme I could afford and also worked with all of my content. I’m changing (or adding?) an about statement that will say, “Simply Jamilah is a place where the message ‘Your inner beauty shines when you are your most authentic’ reigns supreme.” Instead of the tagline saying “Open + Honest,” it will say “Where authenticity reigns supreme.” Hopefully, this is the last time Simply Jamilah has any major rebranding done.

A secret project is coming in 2020 that will further expand the Simply Jamilah brand.
That’s it. That’s all you get to know.

Facebook is finally happening.
I’ve caved and finally decided I’m going to make a Facebook page for Simply Jamilah. I’m thinking about taking the big leap next May, right before my summer internship begins.

A new schedule.
To help my full-time college student, part-time employed, any time I possibly can blogging status, I am going to create a blogging schedule UNTIL I am able to publish blog posts daily. The schedule will change a few times as my school schedules for each semester changes (fortunately, I only have three left; unfortunately, they’re all over 16 credit hours).

Even though it’s going to consist of a lot of late nights, early mornings, and dealing with some very unpleasant people, I am very excited about 2020 and all that it has in store.

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