Last spring, I was a better version of myself. I read a book about being a badass, and then I felt like I was a badass because of said badass book.
Because of all of this badassery, I was going to make a vision board.
Don’t know what a vision board is? You are not alone.
There are vision board tutorials all over Pinterest just itching to get their hands on you.
I for one had no idea what it was until a couple of years ago, when I was at a blogging event in Chicago sponsored by Coca-Cola and was in a workshop where we were asked to create vision boards. Who knew Coca-Cola could be so spiritual? Insert sarcasm.
In that workshop, I met Jeanette, one of my first in-real-life blogging friends. She gave me her glue stick and the rest was history.
We were instructed to create vision boards depicting what we desired in our life at the time.
THE WAISTLINE OF MY 17-YEAR-OLD SELF?
OOH! RED ROBIN TOWER OF ONIONS?
As you can see, I was a forward-thinking newcomer.
My board resembled a cross between my junior high bedroom wall and a bathroom stall in an automotive repair shop.
I returned home from the conference, shoved the vision board into a drawer, and didn’t see it again until I was cleaning out the drawer some three years later, when I was cleaning out the drawer. I then laughed at my “vision” and dumped it in the trash.
Then I read that “badass” book last year and realized I hadn’t taken the vision board’s potential seriously enough. People were talking up vision boards as if they were magical. Could it really be that simple? Just jotting down ideas, quotes, and images? Would that manifest itself into my destiny?
After taking my temperature for using the word manifest in a blog post, I decided to revisit the vision board and create a new one.
From April 2017 to October 2017, no board came anywhere close to being created, but as I was performing my morning ritual of blog reading, kismet struck: my friend Jeanette, whom I met while making my first vision board, wrote a post about creating a vision board!
Can you say full circle?
Speaking of circles, let’s go get some onion rings!
I chose to take a different path as I was reading Jeanette’s blog post.
I decided to create a virtual vision board!
1- As you can see, I chose a spiritual title: Get My Shit Together in 2018.
My vision- I need to get my shit together in 2018.
2- The hummingbird signifies my grandmother and the tattoo I intend to get this year along with my mother and Anna. It also signifies my desire that I want to be more open to angels this year.
My vision- I want to be open enough to feel my grandma’s presence from the other side, in addition to other loved ones who have crossed over.
3- In 2017, I was ashamed of my screenplay, even doubting it, which I now see is sending out bad vibes in the Universe in regards to my work.
On the other hand, I’m optimistic about posting it on my blog this year and receiving such amazing feedback. If I want it to grow and become something bigger in 2018, I need to feel more confident about it.
My vision- I want see my screenplay developed into a major motion picture, and I need to make better decisions to help it flourish.
4- I enjoy traveling, but it is a luxury that our family cannot always afford. In 2018, I want to stop feeling guilty about spending money on travel.
My vision- I want to take the trip but on the cheap. Experiences are more valuable than material possessions.
5-There are things in my life that I would like to change, places I would rather be, and I desire a life for my family that is less of a struggle on the day-to-day.
My vision- I want to listen to my soul and not suppress it because the timing isn’t right.
6- I listen to my head more than I do to my heart. I want that to change this year.
My vision- I want to listen to my heart more and see whether that makes me happier.
7- I am not a fan of change and I want to learn how to conquer that.
My vision- I want to stop being afraid of change and learn to embrace it.
8- I am madly in love with my husband, but we don’t take enough time for each other. When he was working 60 hours a week at a dealership, we always made time to do date night once a month. Most likely because we never saw each other. But now we both work from home so we rarely if ever go on dates.
My vision- I want to make time to date my husband since I miss having alone time with him.
9- “Whatever makes your soul happy. Do that” I sense a theme with my quote choices.
My vision- Do what makes you happy, even if it doesn’t necessarily make sense. Like eating deep-fried onion rings?
10- Prayer. I am not always good at it. I tend to pray in three situations: at church, at the table, and when I am in trouble.
I do, for the most part, also pray when someone asks for my prayers. But in all honesty, I pass off prayer. For example, I will ask my mom, Rebecca, and Ella to pray, because as I say to them, “I feel like God listens to your prayers more than mine.”
My vision- Pray daily.
11- I am a writer, but sometimes I don’t take always take myself seriously, and when I do that, I put bad shit into the Universe. Just because I don’t have a degree in English, or Writing, that doesn’t mean I’m not a writer. That negative nonsense has to go away forever in 2018.
My vision- Don’t doubt myself any more when it comes to writing. Also, no longer read any grammar or punctuation articles shared by fellow authors who have English degrees since I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life.
12- Get off my medications. I want to be medication-free by December (if not before then). I know it will be difficult, but there must be better alternatives to help me avoid them that aren’t in pill form.
My vision- I want to stop taking my preventative for migraines and control my pain by diet, exercise, and a better way of life.
13- I just loved that picture of my mom with the girls, so I added it as a reminder that family is important and is before anything else.
My vision- I love my little family and want to keep close always.
14- I want to get in a better financial place this year, pay off debt, blah blah, Also, I want to be able to get a massage (because that’s what it’s really about) and not feel guilty about it. To be clear, no one but myself is making me feel guilty. I just want to get to a place where it doesn’t seem like such a splurge even though it is so good for my health. And also pay off debt.
My vision- I want to be halfway to being debt free by the end of 2018. And also more massages.
15- I have always joked that I don’t take a good picture but I want more pictures of me out there in the Universe. Not just pretty, staged, photoshopped pictures but REAL ASS pictures. I need to care less and less what you think of me and more and more what I think of me. That picture up there was taken after a long-ass church sermon, a good cry about my teenager graduating, and me eating a brick of Swiss cheese.
My vision- I want to like myself more, accept who I am more, and care less about what others think about me.
16- “The biggest communication problem is that we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.”
I want to intentionally listen to conversations and not just pretend I am to get to the me portion of the conversation.
My vision- I want to genuinely listen to people instead of just waiting to reply when in a conversation.
17- I love the beach. I love the water. I love the warmer weather. I want to live there. THERE I SAID IT.
When we went to Florida last March, I felt like I was home. We are going again next week and I have said to Mike for the past month, “I feel like we are going back home. Is that weird?” I think the ocean is calling my name. Maybe I was a mermaid or a fisherman in a former life, but I want my vision to focus on living near the ocean someday. Someday soon.
My vision- I want a life that feels like a vacation
Now the beauty of having a virtual vision board is that you can print it out and tape it to a wall, your desk, your dog. Wherever! But to print out the entire board as one unit didn’t work for my printer (or Walgreen’s Photo Editor), so I decided since I was going to print each item separately and make it like a fourth-grade research project.
I guess I’m gonna need the glue stick after all.