Unless you've chosen to ignore it, a new year is here. 2016 arrived with all the fanfare various big cities, neighborhood fireworks displayers, and rootin-tootin-shooting gun owners could muster. Unlike last year, I decided to begin the new year with more of a "life inspiration" vision board than a goals board.
I gave myself permission to consider myself starting with a clean slate.
Then, after much searching, page flipping through magazines, tearing pages from magazines, and dreaming, I started cutting. I intended to be wild and unorganized in setting up my vision board, but my daughter smiled at me as she noted, "It's really organized, mom," while I was putting the puzzle pieces together on the poster board.
I gave it the old tilted head stare and was almost about to admonish myself for it's organization until I smiled and answered, "That's me...and that's okay." Even in the middle of trying to be crazy and wild, several somethings rang true from doing the vision board.
- Some have a vision and live without ever trying to make it happen for so many reasons, which is why the vision board is such a lofty activity. It's my visual reminder to "keep going."
- Visions shouldn't be bound to a one year timeline, but of making strides in life, growing more and learning that embracing who and what you are is truly the best and biggest growth of all.
- My vision is for me. I had plans of Chipmunk doing a vision board like me, except she wanted to do a "Likes and Wants" board. Instead of trying to make her do as I said she should do, I opened my mind to letting her do what she wanted. This wasn't homework, an exam or anything, but something she can wake to in the mornings and enjoy. And it was another reminder for me as a parent that it isn't my job to make her be me, but to encourage her in being her very best her. Plus, she's eleven years old. Just us being together was a nice time for her... and for me, too.
What about you? Any plans, resolutions or goals for 2016?