motivational monday: break free

Break Free
Long time, no post. It’s been an even longer gap on the “Motivational Monday” posts, too. We’re getting back into the swing of things over here and hoping to resume our normal posting schedule. Baby steps.

This year has been rough for team This Creative Life and team Robo Roku.
I prefer bad news first, so let’s start there.
This year if one of my parents weren’t in the hospital, Josh’s dad was, and then Jen’s mom.
My mom had some seizures, she’s fine now.
My dad broke his neck and was in the hospital for two months, and he’s still recovering. He’s at about 90% now.
Josh’s dad was in the hospital for almost two months and ended up passing away on Memorial Day.
Jen’s mom ended up in the hospital around the same time and passed on last month.

We’ve all been trying to recover from the sadness and catch up on everything we all fell behind on. Life doesn’t stop when you’re going through a hard time, so we all have just been doing the best that we can.

I’m not sure I’ve had a chance to really talk about this, but in April of 2014 I took a part-time job at a print shop working mornings. I had been getting bad cabin fever, and Josh had been complaining about a co-worker that would not show up a lot. At the print shop he worked before this one they had an employee like that, and to get out of my house and mingle a bit I asked to be on call and work when they wouldn’t show up. I asked Josh if he thought I could do that at his new place, and they ended up asking me to work mornings. That was more of a commitment than I wanted, but I did it anyway. That was one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in my life. I would come home exhausted just because I was dealing with demanding and ignorant jerks on the phone every day. Between working mornings and being tired, I didn’t get as much done as I was used to. Last year was the most unprepared for holiday season I’ve ever been. Licensing deals were working out, but I wasn’t posting on social media and rarely listing new stuff online. I had planned on quitting the print shop before December, but because I was so behind on getting it together for the holidays I stayed on. Holiday sales were down because we didn’t have as many tees as we normally do, so I stayed on at the print shop after the holidays. With all the family members being in the hospital I just didn’t have the creative energy to make and list new things, so I stayed on at the print shop even longer. I finally quit last month.

I cannot tell you how great it feels to have my life back! Today was my first day back to the life I had been living since 2006. I ran errands and started working on holiday show prep. There is one small change to my schedule, and that’s that two days a week I will be going into work at a job I started in March working for Armadillo Christmas Bazaar! It’s so awesome having a job where all my past work/life experiences (social media, merchandising, craft show producing + jury, retail, web design, and artist experience) all come into play. I also like that this job doesn’t interfere with my designer life like the print shop did. I leave the Armadillo offices excited and happy about what I’m doing. Something else new for this year is that I’m the new Chair for Chula League. Chula League is the non-profit that is behind Cherrywood Art Fair and Little Artist BIG Artist. I’ve always wanted to do Little Artist BIG Artist, but I don’t know how to teach people to draw. Being on the board allows me the opportunity to give back to the creative Austin community with my strengths.

This month is all about “breaking free” from things that were holding me back. So many good things have happened since the first of this month, that I feel like the good things were just waiting for me to be ready for them. I’ll have a post for you tomorrow showing you how I kicked off my birthday month. I just wanted to check in and let you know that we’re all surviving, and we’re coming back. I wanted to share my experiences this year in case you’re going through a tough time or stuck in a rut and you need a push to break free from whatever is holding you back. We owe it ourselves, to our friends, family, and to anyone else stuck to get unstuck and find the happy that’s waiting for us.

XO
-renée



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