“A vision board is typically a poster board on which you paste or collage images that you’ve torn out from various magazines. The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to vacation, your life changes to match those images and those desires.”
My friend Addie recently delighted several friends and I with the idea to create Vision Boards together as part of a holiday gathering. Although I’m not typically one to enjoy scrap booking or crafts, I loved the idea of putting my New Year’s resolutions down in a creative, visually appealing way so I could be reminded of my goals for the “new me” throughout the year. What I wasn’t prepared for was how creating a vision board would give me just as much insight into the “me” I am already, as it did into the “me” I want to become.
My resolutions are not complicated. And the vision I created is simple, and rather lovely to look at in my opinion. I hung it prominently in my office so I can view it every day and I made it the screen saver on my phone for good measure. Now there is no escaping what I want to become.
- I want to be healthier–because despite my cardiologists suggestions, I have only partly made changes for the better. This year I’m going to step it up a notch and take the health thing seriously.
- I want to reduce my carbon footprint on our earth. Part of this involves a long-term plan to move to a more urban neighborhood where my family can walk to the grocery, post office, etc. More immediately I can continue to recycle, repurpose, and reduce the amount of waste our family outputs by learning to live with less. Along with this goal, I plan to support more locally owned businesses and play my part in sustaining our local economy.
- I want to accomplish a few professional goals. I want to finally write and publish the book that has been stirring around in my head for a few years now. I want to at least take a stab at it.
And there are smaller, everyday goals on my board, too: like learning to do yoga, finally taking that mini-adventure on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, making our annual trip to the beach, listening to new music, cooking some new dishes, and remembering to give thanks to God every day.
What I found in the end is that my goals are not big news to me. I even laughed when I realized I chose mostly words and phrases for my board, rather than images, because I am forever and always a “word nerd” at heart. And I’m still passionate about pretty much the same things I was passionate about 10 years ago. It’s just nice to see them all arranged so nicely on my Vision Board, looking out at me and daring me to dream a little brighter.