What creating a vision board taught me!

For months I have had more than one friend or mentor suggest creating a vision board. So, over the weekend, I spent a bit of time in engaging in this activity and the below picture is what manifested. It now sits in front of my computer, literally staring me in the face, and when I get distracted, I ask myself, “are the decisions, thoughts, and actions I am doing right now fit in this vision board?” After finishing the project and pasting pictures from magazines, I stepped back to take a look and realized it was truly a dream board. These are some of the realizations I had in creating this board:

  1. I realized how much focus this vision board is giving me and how living intentionally brings a great sense of purpose and mission.

  2. I realized how important it is to reflect on my desires, hopes, and dreams and to evaluate where I am headed and to see whether my desires or goals are appropriately aligned, attainable, reachable, or somehow conflicting with each other.

  3. If I had to choose between molding myself to reality or molding myself to idealism, I’d choose the latter. I think being an idealist offers hope!

Each picture represents something I aspire to or desire. I also learned more about what I really hoped for through each picture. Let's take a look at my 'vision board.'

Picture 1) I want to work daily to be more merciful and forgiving.

Picture 2) I’d like to spend more time with friends and engage more in those relationships. This picture triggered an idea to rid some ‘distractors’ in my life, like closing down additional email accounts or completely getting rid of ‘texting’ so as to engage more in conversation on the phone or in person, which in my humble opinion, leads to greater transparency and intimacy, something social media cannot compete.

Picture 3) The sunset and flowers remind me to be inspired by beauty. Though there are many ills in the world, I do believe that all humans have inherent beauty and worth. There is beauty all around us: conversation, family, friendship, flowers, music, art, dancing. The list goes on.

Picture 4) The hubby sitting next to me at the beach is my desire for marriage! This picture reminds me to set my heart on a virtuous man who is first and foremost my best friend and encompasses the character attributes to lead, serve, initiate, and protect.

Picture 5) The home represents my own dwelling some day with a husband and children. It certainly doesn’t need to have a pool in the front or be a gigantic home (I mean, I have my beach right? I’m a simple lady).

Picture 6) The sunset overlooking the lake is a reminder for me to seek peace both personally and and in my relationships with others.

Picture 7) The concert hall is a bit obvious (I am a singer!). It’d be great to have the opportunities to use the gifts bestowed to me to sing in halls, theaters, wherever and to whomever. Some of the most meaningful ‘performance moments’ I had were singing by the bedside of patients in hospitals, suffering from great pain/ illness or taking their lasts breaths. As long as I am able to utilize myself in the greatest capacity to serve artistically, I am happy woman.

Picture 8) Of course I would have another beach picture! This picture shows my desire for a family. It’d be great to have many children! Children are such a blessing!