As 2016 comes to a close, I’ve found myself reflecting on the past year and comparing my intentions to actions. At this time last year, I created my first vision board. I set out with magazine clippings, a glue stick, paper and determination. Here’s what happened…
I don’t recall when or where I was introduced to vision boards, but I was immediately intrigued. You begin by assessing what you want to achieve within the chosen timeframe (for me, one year) and finding or creating visuals for your hopes and goals. Then, display your board somewhere you’ll see everyday. The idea is that by constantly seeing reminders of what you desire, you will subconsciously seek them out.
Honestly, I wasn’t quite convinced a vision board was the answer to documenting and achieving my goals, but I was willing to give it a try.
I forgot about it.
At the beginning, my board always caught my attention when I entered my bedroom. It was new and I was excited, so to be expected, I suppose. As the weeks passed, it became just another part of the room. I didn’t spend nearly as much time actively looking at or thinking about it. This persisted throughout the year. It’s important to remember that this is natural and because it is a tool meant to engage with your subconscious, so really “forgetting” about isn’t a bad thing.
On the surface, it appears as though my vision board was a bust. There are plenty of things that I did not accomplish this year. Handmade gifts? No. Dedicating more time to sewing and improving my craft? No. Further educating myself on plants to be a better plant mom? Nope. Though in these instances I fell short of my goals, to write my vision board off as a disaster would be shortsighted. I set a lot of goals for 2016 and these things just didn’t make the cut.
You might not accomplish everything and that’s okay. For me, these so-called failures revealed the hopes that I need to rethink. Though I still want them on paper, it may not fit my lifestyle, so maybe it’s time to let go. In other cases, this experience makes it clear that I need to make some things higher priority.
There are many things that are now staples in my life and mindset, that were only dreams 12 short months ago. I truly struggled with organization of my mind and space and now I’ve conquered it and don’t feel like myself without it. I aimed for an improved wholesome diet. After embracing veganism six months ago, I’ve never felt better. Out of necessity, I was determined to make feeling good a priority and put self-care before traditional productivity. Today, I’m practicing self love more than ever. The list goes on.
Recognizing how far I’ve come, it fills me with pride. To be frank, I was in desperate need of self improvement at the beginning of this year. I’ve never been one to set New Year’s Resolutions or many long term self improvement goals. It felt pointless because just as it’s typical to set them, it’s typical to abandon them after a month. This experience has changed my perspective on goal-setting. It’s made me excited to reach for dreams, rather than remaining fearful I will fail.
I realized what kind of life I want.
When I laid out my dreams, big and small, I found a clear picture of the life I want to live. A life that makes me excited. In truth, I don’t know how I am going to get there, but having this notion of my desired future has proved fruitful. It has given me a sense of direction when lost. It provided comfort when I felt so far off course. Something as simple as an end destination motivated me to find my way there in face of opposition. Dramatic as it may read, it changed everything.
I’m doing it again.
…and I can’t wait! 2017, here I come. I’m sharing how to make a vision board of your own, so I hope that you’ll check it out. It’s definitely worth trying.
Have you made a vision board? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments, so please share.
Here’s to a wonderful 2017,