Vision Board for 2017

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I’m a visual person, so vision boards are helpful to keep me focused on my goals. I did a vision board a couple of years ago and liked it, so I decided to do another one this year.

I wrote earlier this month about my word for 2017: PURPOSE. This year, my goal is to be more present with my family, to simplify my life, and to live out my purpose.

I’m off to a good start so far. I resigned from my government job last month. It was good paying, but not fulfilling to me mentally or creatively. Now I’m working for less money, but in a job that feels like it was created just for me. And it’s just down the street from my kids’ school, so lunch dates can be much more frequent.

vision boardMy vision board process is simple: thumb through old magazines and cut out any word or photo that speaks to me. Then I lay them all out on my dining table and start with the most important words first. With a glue stick, I then apply them to a piece of poster board. (I went with half a sheet of poster board this year — again SIMPLIFY.) vision board

“for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”(?Philippians? ?2?:?13?)

Some focus words for me this year include: love, family, hope, saving, travel, speak truth, nourish, balance, what matters now, dream and powerful — just to name a few.

I’m excited about what 2017 holds for me and my family.

Do you make a vision board? What is your focus or goal this year?


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The new year lends itself to goal setting. While talking about New Year’s resolutions, mind a friend suggested that I create a vision board for my 2015 goals. And of course, my five-year-old Maya had to get in on the action too. She picked out a red poster board at the store, and I bought several white poster boards for 5(24)First I discussed with Maya the purpose of a vision board — that it’s to represent your goals, what you want to be and what you want to happen in 2015 and serve as a visual reminder throughout the year. We combed through old magazines for words and photos that captured our vision. My words were more entrepreneurial: success, freedom, bold. Maya’s words were more random — probably because she can’t read yet, so I helped her find a few appropriate ones: model behavior, beach, and cookbook. photo 4(37)I also chose a color scheme for my board — purples, blues and greens that I find peaceful and inspiring. My photos included lush lawns with a pool, flowers, beach escapes, and European cities. Maya chose a couple of cars, several dogs, a pony, a watch, and of course Elsa. photo 2(59)After our photos and words were glued/taped on our boards, I used a black Sharpie to add any missing words. My board still needed the words Missions and Family. I was thrilled when Maya asked to add God, Jesus, Happy, and Family to her board. photo 1(60)It was a fun project, and although I’m not sure Maya quite understands the purpose of the vision board, we had a blast using scissors, glue, tape and markers. And most important, we enjoyed spending time together talking about our dreams for 2015.