My shop has officially re-opened after a brief hiatus to enjoy the holidays with my family. If you placed an order during the closure, check out my last post to see when you can expect your order to arrive.
I am not typically one for "New Year's Resolutions," however as 2018 marks some big milestones for me, I do think that this is a great time to reflect and set/adjust some on-going goals. This year will mark five years since I completed my undergrad (yikes). When I look back upon that time, those first couple of years were marked by a period of struggle, followed by a few beautiful years in which I have found God, and met and married my greatest love, my handsome hubby Sean.
In the three years that Sean and I have been together, we have experienced more joy, more pain, more laughter, more growing pains, and more love than I have ever known. This last year especially has been a whirlwind - Sean's business was in its second year, and I was working 6-7 days a week for most of the year (at one point this year I was working 5 jobs... what?!), and I do feel that certain priorities went into hibernation mode as we were feeling some serious burn-out.
2018 also marks the official start of my career in the gallery/museum industry. On January 2nd I transitioned from contract to permanent employment at an institution that I love, and I could not be more excited. Now that I am only working one job (I swear I can here a choir of angels singing every time I say that), I feel like we have an opportunity to put a real focus on what we want our life to look like and how we can get there.
So here are some of my on-going goals for 2018 (and life in general):
Get organized - I finished off 2017 on a good foot with this one when I cleaned/organized my studio and all of my art supplies. I want to continue this year by purging all of my clothes/stuff, getting into a good routine with cleaning/doing laundry etc., and figuring out some organizational solutions for mine and Sean's workspaces and that darn tupperware drawer!
Schedule in studio time - Now that I'm down to one job (again, that angel choir. Anyone?), I have two days a week off. In a row. Like a real person. Which means that I can schedule in time in the studio and finally get back to painting.
New products/monthly shop updates/more shows/less markets - With more studio time comes more product! I have had some ideas for new products/painting brewing that I am so excited to finally be able to put into action! I also think I'd like to look into exhibiting somewhere this year, and I'll be taking a break from vendor shows/markets.
More consistent blog posts - I haven't quite figured out what this "goal" looks like yet. I've been hemming and hawing over whether or not to incorporate some of my other interests into the blog portion of Rachel Tirone Art, but have felt conflicted because these interests don't always necessarily fit the "Art" portion of the brand. However the more I've thought about this, the more I've felt like I am my brand, my brand is me, and I can do whatever I like. So you can expect to be seeing the occasional lifestyle/spiritual/recipe/products I'm loving/etc. post on the blog this year, along with all of the art stuff.
Physical & mental wellness - This is something that has definitely been put on the back burner for the last couple years, and I have to say that I am really feeling it (especially in the dead of winter when I already feel like crap because of the weather). So I'm making it one of my goals to get back into some light yoga/stretching before work every morning, and Sean and I are planning on hitting the gym 3-4 times a week. On top of this I want to cook more (lots of takeout recently as we've been working so much), and eat more whole, healthy meals during the week so that we can enjoy ourselves on the weekends and not be feeling crappy all week.
Spiritual wellness - This is also something that has taken a back burner over the last while. We've really been struggling in the area of finding a new church, but it's time for us to move out of the hurt and pain we've experienced. In addition to this, Sean and I have started our first Navigator's Council journal as well as the One Year Bible, and I have started reading Thirty-One Prayers for My Husband by Jennifer Smith. Marriage is truly the BEST. But life has its challenges and navigating those require communication. We're believing that these tools will guide us as we grow in love and faith together.
Read one book a week - This has been an ongoing goal of mine for the past few years. I love reading but don't always make the time to read for pleasure, but I'm going to make a real effort to read at least a few pages every night before bed. Up this week: Rupi Kaur's the sun and her flowers.
And another one that I think is on everyone's list every year, be better with money - This has been a CHALLENGE the last couple of years especially. Sean is self-employed and is super busy for most of the year, but like any job he has slow seasons. I have been working multiple jobs where my income has been sporadic at best. We're always able to figure it out, but it's challenging to create a budget, let alone save money, when you basically have no idea how much money is coming in each month. Now that I at least know what my monthly income will be, we're able to plan a little bit better. I've already started up a budget using some resources from Gail Vaz-Oxlade (which I think are similar to Dave Ramsey's resources). At one point last year I was receiving cash tips at one of my jobs, and Sean and I started a $5 bill fund. Every time either of us had a $5 bill, we saved it. And in just a couple of months we had saved up enough money to pay for our trip to Cuba last summer! Now, this method of saving hasn't been quite as effective lately as I'm no longer making cash tips and we both rarely have cash on us. So this year we're starting the 52-Week Money Challenge, with a few tweaks that I haven't quite figured out yet.
What are some of your goals that you're chipping away at? Leave them in the comments!
Cheers to the New Year!