You don't have to tell me, okay. I'm fully aware it is currently the last day of January that I'm posting this, but I felt super inspired to write this last night, alright?! 

  1. Use a planner consistently

    An obvious one, but something I've never managed to keep up with past Spring! I already have so many different projects I'm working on this year, and future ones I want to start ASAP, so I know I have to be a slave to my planner if I'm going to have any accountability and follow through. Plus, I just need something to keep me sane!

  2. Be more disciplined

    Ever since I left my job, it has been so much harder than I imagined to keep myself accountable. I don't have a boss or have to be in an office by 9am, so if I wake up feeling tired it's all too easy to just keep hitting snooze before I realize I've lost a good chunk of my day. 

    This one also refers to my blog. I started 2 years ago, and since then my blogging schedule has been wildly inconsistent, which is so unfortunate because when I get an idea for a post it's honestly all I think about it until I get it typed up and out of my head! Even when my posting schedule hasn't reflected it, I truly am thinking about my blog constantly, and it's my favorite creative outlet. This year I'm really striving to be intentional about my posting schedule and producing quality content.

  3. Get on top of my finances

    I feel like that makes it sound like I'm in heavy debt or have an awful credit score, but it's nothing that dramatic! I just never took the time to learn about building credit, investing, how to plan for retirement, and so on. As Eric and I are getting more serious and talking about our future together, I realize how important it is to get a handle on this stuff now so I can set myself and our future family up for a lifetime of successful financial planning!

  4. Become more assertive

    Something I've always struggled with. Sometimes I even genuinely wonder if I might just be the least confrontational person ever. I used to think this wasn't a huge deal, and that I was just picking my battles, but as I've gotten older and busier, I realize I just don't have the time or energy to constantly be a people pleaser. If I'm not putting myself first, I can't serve anyone at all, and I really started to feel this burnout last year.

  5. Strengthen my relationship with God

    And lastly, but probably the most important, fostering my relationship with Him. I never share my faith publicly, partly because I have often felt lost about it, but mostly because when it comes to sharing my faith I honestly just don't know what I would even say. With that being said, I'll keep this brief. I was raised Catholic, and went through all the motions growing up, but I don't have many memories of truly feeling connected to Him. Last year that completely changed. I don't even know why exactly, but I do know I have never felt closer to God, or more hungry for His love and presence. I genuinely look forward to mass every single Sunday, and I'm setting aside intentional time to pray every day (something totally new for me). My mindset has totally shifted since I started keeping God at the forefront of all my decision making, and no matter how stressed I may be day to day, I still always feel a sense of calm. I'm just so eager to nourish this relationship even more and grow in my love and ability to serve Him every day.
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