The past few months have been a whirlwind. I’ve wanted to sit down and put forth my thoughts and experiences multiple times, but alas…life whisked in and whirled me around, and now we are here.
A quick breakdown of the past few months:
I accepted a new position as a Jr. Buyer at Milwaukee Electronics, effectively leaving the retail world for good (with the exception of working a few days during the holidays). This new position is at the same company my husband works at, so we have cut our commuting footprint in half, and are now able to spend a lot more time together. It pays well, will have benefits, and will allow us to climb out of debt (big goal!)
Best of all, my creativity is back! Leaving the retail world has been eye opening—I never realized how exhausting it was until I left. It’s perfect for many people, but not for me. By the time I left, I was definitely burnt out. My customers were fantastic, and the jewelry was lovely to be around, but working retail requires that you are “on” at all times. While many people thought being around jewelry would spark creativity, it had the opposite effect after a while. After being in that world all day, I had no desire to go into the studio once I was home. Now, I can feel those sparks re-igniting and I have ideas flying all over the place. I’m excited to create again (more plans coming soon)!
The shoulder injury, which has kept me down the past four (most intensely the past two) years, is finally healing. I had an inkling that working retail was contributing to the injury, and I was right. I’ve been able to go to the gym more often, and have been able to strengthen the muscles that need it and stretch the tight muscles that are pulling things out of alignment. This allowed me to bust out some jewelry for the holidays (I was able to pay more attention to aligning myself at the bench and really analyze my posture and procedures, as well as make fixes to techniques) without too much pain.
Of course, now we are at the time of year where we reflect on the past and think to the future. Rather than making specific resolutions, I like to think of what I want my life as a whole to look like. The core elements:
More Kindness (am I being kind? am I surrounding myself with positive or negative people?)
Less Debt (this is a big goal, which should take a total of about 6 years max to complete, but we’re aiming for sooner!)
More Adventure (working a 9-5 allows a lot more freedom and I will definitely be taking advantage of that!)
How is the start to your New Year? What are your goals for 2019 (big or small)?