My personal 2018 vision …

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I’m sure  you’ve heard others comment that time speeds up as you get older. It is true – it does! Maybe it’s that it takes more time to take care of yourself – medical needs,etc – or maybe it’s because the number of opportunities to attend events for grandkids, friends, family members, etc. has grown exponentially, or maybe it just seems like it is speeding up. In any case, some of us oldsters – who used to think we had all the time in the world to get things done – now realize that our time is limited.

As many know, I always have many projects going at once; many of them remain undone. In the past few months, I was so sick that it took a conscious effort for each task – standing up, eating, walking, etc.,  During that time, I had a lot of time to think about what I wanted to get done and how I need to adjust to my new reality (and that is, that I can’t do everything I used to be able to do). I quickly realized – given how much effort it took to do simple tasks – that my some of my current plans were a bit unrealistic. That doesn’t mean I am giving up on many of those goals.

People have been using vision boards for many years. Some people use it to bring about change in their life – to focus what they’d like their life to be, what they want to do and how they want to feel. I’ve adapted mine just a bit to be more about what I want to accomplish in 2018. Even if I even only accomplish part of the plan, it will  affect how I feel (for the better).

My vision board is still a pretty ambitious but … The most beneficial part of creating the vision board, at least for me, is that it makes  you think through your ideas and helps you choose those that are most important to you.

My vision board was created using  the computer version of ‘cut and paste.’  First, I found photos that easily remind me of each project. Then I created a photo collage – where all of the photos are combined into one photo. You can also do it by cutting and pasting photos from magazines or other documents onto a thick piece of paper. The purpose is to be able to display it so it is a daily reminder.  I printed my photo and taped it up in an area I will see daily – the side of my computer.

Here’s a quick look at my vision board –

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Here is a very brief explanation of my board: knit a sweater for myself; paint rocks; knit lots of spa cloths; finish my fiction book (the picture with the trees); learn to use by scan’n cut machine for various craft projects, and complete various work projects. So, I will need to find some rocks. Completing the vision board will be dependent on how much time it takes me to heal and improve my health.

Perhaps  you want to try creating your own vision board? Even just thinking about may help you in the coming year.

Thanks for reading! I hope you return. 

 

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It’s a new year …

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Making resolutions?

Are you making a list of resolutions for 2016? Many people are busy making that list. However, there are many recent articles that claim that most people never succeed in achieving those resolutions; many don’t make it past a month or two. So how about looking at New Year’s resolutions in a different way?

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Having resolutions seems so formal – you are going to resolve to do something. The dictionary defines resolve as the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. Seems pretty formal and rigid to me. Instead, try setting some goals that are meaningful to you – goals that, when achieved, will make your life better. Choose personal goals – not goals that are typical or you think are expected of you. If you find the right goals, you’ll likely find that meeting one goal helps you meet other goals. Keep the list short … don’t try to do it all. If you complete the list, you can add more goals or take a break.

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Goals and action steps

Goals should be general. To achieve them, however, you may have many specific action steps. For example, I have four general goals:

  •  To nurture relationships
  •  To eat healthier
  •  To be creative
  •  To eliminate clutter

Under each goal, I have identified several action steps. For example, under “To nurture relationships” I included: spending more time with the grandkids, spending more time with friends, making lunch appointments, attending social events with family, etc. Under “Eating Healthier” I’ve included: eating out less, trying new “healthy” recipes, including healthy snacks, etc. With actions steps, you give yourself choices – various ways to achieve your goal – thus making it easier to achieve the goal. If your goals are like mine, they may turn into lifelong goals – a way of life – with new action steps along the way. Again, choose whatever makes your life better.

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Posting your goals

And finally, post your goals where you will see them often. As the saying goes, ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ In keeping with my goal to be creative, I used the word cloud generator, Tagxedo (www.Tagxedo.com) to create a picture of my goals (instead of a basic, boring list). It’s fun and it’s easy. I simply printed the photo and taped it up, near my computer.

But most importantly, focus on what you’ve accomplished and what you can accomplish, not what you haven’t accomplished. Perhaps you will still be working on your goals at the end of 2016. Or perhaps you will be ready with more goals for 2017.

“If you tried to do something and failed, you are vastly better off than if you tried nothing and succeeded.”  …Richard Martin Stern

Thanks for reading!