Goal setting in Fuquay-Varina, NC


A couple of weeks ago, I shared a post about my 2018 Goal Setting. In that post I shared five out of my ten 2018 goals. Through a course I was taking for my business, I heard a statistic about the graduating class of 1979 at Harvard and their goal setting. Out of all the graduates, 84% had no goals at all. 13% had set written goals, but had no concrete plan. 3% had both written goals and concrete plans.

     Years later, the 13% that had written goals ,but had no concrete plans were making twice as much as the 84% that had no goals at all. However, the 3% who had written goals were making ten times as much as the rest of the class. I am not a person to place a lot of priority on making oodles and oodles of money, but I do want to be successful. Everyone has a definition of success and a vision of what success looks like for them. For me that vision of success is having a close relationship with God and living a Christ-like life. Success means being able to provide for our family while still being  available to them. It means raising happy children and making memories. While I don't have children yet, I think it's important to lay the groundwork for this lifestyle now. All that to say, here are my 2018 goals :)

6. Worry less and live more

  I worry....alot...about everything. I worry so much that at times, it inhibits my ability to enjoy the good moments of life. I tend to be a control freak and I have backup plans for my backup plans, but guess what? I can't control life. This year, I want to rest in my Savior and trust the plans He has for me instead of trying to control it all on my own. One thing 2017 taught me, His ways are wayyyyy better than my own!

7. Spend More Time with Family and Friends

    Last year, when I was working full time, commuting, and trying to build my business it was all I could do to survive, much less spend time with the people that matter most. This year, I look forward to life with more balance. I want to cultivate sweet moments with family and friends that I can look back on and cherish when I'm 80. The hustle and bustle won't matter to me then, but the fond memories I have will.

8. Develop a Deeper Relationship with God

    I want to do this by being more consistent in my devotions. My husband bought me this nifty Write the Word Journal that I have absolutely loved so far. I also want Christopher and I to have weekly devotions and prayer time together. We've always done our own thing, and I think this time together would be beneficial to our relationship with each other and with Christ.

9. Read 10 Business Books

  I have done some research and started a list of these, if you have suggestions comment below please!

10. Declutter and Simplify Our Lives

    This goal is one of the ones I am most excited about. In December, I started reading A Simplified Life by Emily Ley. I'm only three chapters in and this book has been amazing! So far, I've cleared out my master closet, sold or donated clothes that no longer fit, cleaned out our fridge, and cleaned out our pantry. I've worked to set up some simple organizational systems that give us minutes and seconds (hey, those add up!) back in our day. I'm very excited about taking on this goal in the new year.

    Throughout the year, I will keep you posted as I use my power sheets to track my goals! I'm excited about living an intentional year rather than just letting life happen to me!






     So I did a very big thing this past Friday. Like ginormous, humongous, and life changing. With a furrowed brow you make be asking. “Well, what is it ,Tierney?”  


      Drum roll, please..........On Friday, I left my job as an administrative assistant so that I could pursue my dream job as the owner of my own photography business on a full time basis. So much thought and prayer has went into this decision ,and I truly am so grateful for the support of my friends, family, and co-workers.

      It’s a thought I had been battling with for months. My husband and I bought our first home this summer which drastically added to my commute time. Simultaneously, my business was experiencing an awesome period of growth. For months, I have been trying to juggle working 60 plushour weeks. Between running my business and working full time, I honestly haven’t had time for the things that truly matter to me. During the summer I also bean reading Lara Casey's “Make It Happen”. I realized how drained, tired, and exhausted I was from trying to do it all and be all. God didn’t design me to be all and do all for everyone. I also realized I just wasn’t living a life that I would be proud of when I was 80. I didn’t have any time for family or friends. I haven’t even been able to see my parents and other family members who live fairly close by in months. We haven't been able to really see my husband's family in South Carolina. We both have felt stretched too thin. We knew something had to change.


    During this time, I also realized one of the biggest things holding me back was from chasing this dream of mine was ME. You see, with a decision like this comes hurdles of fear. I had to jump over these hurdles before making this decision. My brain played the what if game. But after much thought and prayer, I realize this is what I NEED to do right now. I love being able to serve people well through my business. I truly love my clients and am SO honored that I get to be the one to capture their life’s most intimate, spectacular moments. I have no doubt this is my calling.


   What I am doing may seem a little crazy to some. I know it is leap of faith. It takes a lot of trust in God, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am so very thrilled about this decision and the future of Tierney Riggs Photography. Thanks so much for all of your support!