While cleaning out my closet over the weekend, I stumbled upon a box of empty picture frames. If I’m being completely honest, it was actually a box of frames and about 30 other random items, but for the sake of this article, we’ll focus on the frames. Most were still in good condition, so I knew I’d want to put them to use. That being said, we already have a couple full picture walls in our home, and rather than add to them, I was hoping to use the frames more “creatively” (I place creatively in quotes because I’m pretty sure I never received a grade above a B- in my art classes, so you can imagine how far my crafty skills extend).
I’m not sure whether it was the start of the new year or watching the episode of Fuller House featuring DJ’s ‘Things to Do Before Turning Forty’ board that first sparked inspiration within me, but whichever it was – I quickly decided how the frame that matched my office décor would be used. And with that, I set out to create my own vision board – less focused on ‘things to do’ and more as a means of highlighting my priorities for 2017. I rounded up some old magazines, cleared space on the kitchen table, and got to work drawing out my dreams. Here’s what I discovered in the process:
Drive. The morning I created my vision board was a whopping 5 degrees. And don’t even get me started on the wind chill. I’ve admitted before that I’m not quite as optimistic during the winter months, but putting onto paper the things I love most reminded me of my why – why I get out of bed in the morning, why I write, why I teach yoga, and why I am so grateful for this life – cold days and all.
Goals. I included 4 of my key words for this year – perspective, faith, grace, and gratitude – to each of the 4 corners of the board. And in the middle, I added chocolate chip cookies, yoga, vacation, and time to unwind as reminders of creating balance in my life. Seeing my board on the side of my desk keeps me on track to maintaining and achieving what I want most.
Focus. I’m often queen of getting scooped up in the details and losing sight of my priorities because I’m stressing out over the small stuff. I wanted to add more to my board, but I ran out of room, and because of that, I had to get essential with what I included. There’s not space for everything on it, the same way there’s not space for everything in life. So, I can either focus on what matters, or focus on what, in the grand scheme of things, really doesn’t matter at all.
Purpose. My vision board represents who I am as a human being. It’s not a list of my chores, jobs, to-dos, or paychecks. It’s a reminder of my values, passions, uniqueness, and due to my lack of artistry, even imperfections, that make up my brutiful journey.