A couple of weeks ago I wrote about all of my goals for the year. It was kind of crazy looking back on that week, and seeing all that I wanted to accomplish this year. It seems very overwhelming sometimes, ok most of the time. I have been doing research about so many different aspects of life for so long now; homesteading, homeschooling, life philosophies, being a lifelong learner, food, and slowly over the course of several years I have been making little, manageable changes. But, once in a while I think that I need to make big changes, hence the very long list of goals I set for myself this year.
I have already talked a bit about how I am not necessarily going to hold myself to “you have to complete these in a year,” that seems too daunting, even for someone who enjoys change as much as I do! Instead I am trying to think of ways to keep myself motivated throughout the year.
It is so easy to make a list of goals, or resolutions, or even to choose a word of the year, on January 1st; and then lose motivation after a few days or weeks, or maybe a month or so. You can try, I can try, to keep everything at the forefront of life; thinking about accomplishing those goals constantly. Then, life gets in the way. There are little emergencies that seem to constantly creep up in life, and all of a sudden you realize a month has gone by and you haven’t thought once about making those little intentional choices to accomplish those goals.
I needed a second layer to my goal planning. What was going to keep me motivated? Of course I could set a time to look through my goals and make sure I was staying on track, but even that wasn’t entirely going to keep on the right path. I needed something more visual. That is when I thought of vision boards.
Vision boards, if you don’t already know, are essentially an inspiring collage of ideas. Pictures, phrases, quotes, words. They are all part of a vision board. And a vision board serves to visually remind you of your goals or dreams for life (or really anything that you need to be motivated for!).
Typically people cut pictures and words out of magazines to glue to some poster board. I love this idea, but I wanted to make two. The first one I am working on is essentially going to be all words, and I decided to make it a little art project myself. So I am doodling away with the kids during our art time, and hopefully soon I will have it *done* enough in my mind to start adding the word I know I need to look at throughout this year in order to stay on track with my goals, and my mission for life.
It has been incredibly relaxing to go through this process! Plus, sitting down and doing crafts with my kids is quite the stress reliever (after I let go of the mess). I’m definitely not the best artist out there, but creating something pretty to look at is going to help me stay motivated.