2017 felt like the birth of many big dreams for me. And not just dreams that I wanted to start chasing, but dreams that I wanted to start living. I actually wrote about all that, here-my dream to really commit to growing this blog. I also set goals for myself in areas like motherhood and family life. In the midst of realizing my dreams and goals, and determining that I was going to start living them out now, I began making a plan of how to keep myself inspired. I don’t know about you, but I am a very visual, have-to-see-things-on-paper type person. I am the type of a person that if I don’t write out a to-do list, nothing will get done! (bad bad, I know!) So I knew that my plan to start living my dreams would not become much of a reality if I didn’t create a “roadmap,” of sorts, of how that was going to look. A vision board seemed to be the perfect tool!
I love creating “mood boards” in my house! I have so many bulletin board collages of pictures that just inspire me, scattered throughout my house. But for this, I wanted to create a vision board for 2017. I wanted to fill it with words that inspired me and pictures that motivated me. This vision board is to encourage me every time I sit down to write on my blog, to remind myself of why I am doing it and what I want to accomplish. It is to help me take a breath when motherhood is overwhelming me and remind myself that I am enough. This board is to reassure me that it is okay to simplify my life, to do less with more focus, and to say NO sometimes. And more than anything, I want this board to remind me that God is making a way in my life, that He has plans for me, that I only have to have faith and take the risk!
On my vision board, I included pictures of my little family (because they are my biggest motivators), images of coffee and flowers (because I feel energized and focused by both), quotes about taking risks and going after things (because the fear of stepping out can psych me out), and pictures of cameras (because I want to become better at photography and I want to finally start a YouTube channel). I could probably fill up 10 vision boards full of inspirational things, but this was a good start!
If you want to make a vision board to get inspired to start living your dreams, here is a list of what you will need:
- Framed cork board or other board of your choice
- Fabric to cover board
- Staple gun
- Push pins or spray adhesive to attach your pictures
- Pictures, images and quotes that inspire you!
I recommend that you take some time, sit down with a cup of coffee or tea-planner, journal, inspirational books in hand-and write down your goals for 2017. Just take some time and envision your life. Think about where you are right now and where you want to be. Once you have determined this, you can fill in all the in between steps. Don’t create goals that are unattainable within a certain time frame. Create small, achievable goals you can meet along your journey. Remember, life is not just about an end destination-this one place or thing that will finally make you happy. It is about the journey-what you learn along the way through trials, missteps, triumphs and success. I firmly believe that when we envision the life God has for us and truly believe that He wants great things for us, we will succeed and flourish and live a fulfilling life! Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: . . .”
Friends, I believe that God wants us to dream and dream big. He wants us to have a vision for our life. There is nothing wrong with making plans for your life when you are following God’s prompting. If He has given you a talent, a calling, a prodding or a dream, go for it! Follow after it! Live it! Live your life with intention. Live it to the fullest. Don’t believe the lies of the devil or the discouragement of others when they say you can’t do something; because, you can do anything you put your mind to.
So fill your vision board with words and images that will draw you closer to your goals and that life you envision for yourself. Every time you look at it, be inspired that you are capable to achieve and live out your dreams. This first month of 2017 was great, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year holds for my family and yours.
If you create your own vision board, I’d love to see it and be encouraged in watching you live out your dreams! So tag me @thegrowingnest or use the hashtag #growingthenestvisionboard on Instagram so I can see your creation! Remember, we rise by lifting others; let’s lift each other up and cheer each other on as we live our dreams in 2017.