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?!
- 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!
- 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 natalietomasik.com 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.