Have a Vision for 2016

resolutionsThirty-five percent of people who make resolutions break them by the end of January. (source: Reuters)

I think I may be a part of that population.  I am always excited about a new year, however, by the end of January I am exhausted and defeated trying to achieve so much at once.  This year, I decided not to make any resolutions, but instead,to create a vision for my life.  A couple of weeks ago I was invited to join a vision board party. I’ve never done a vision board before. Not sure why… I guess I never thought I needed to have a visual reminder every day.  Boy, was I wrong.  The  vision board process was amazing, even magical and will become the way I start the new year moving forward.

Tamika-the visionary guruTamika Felder, a motivational speaker and cancer survivor hosted an amazing Vision Board Party at Busboys and Poets.  She was a great moderator and shared a part of her inspirational testimony.  She provided all the boards and materials, so all we really had to do was show up and be ready to embrace the experience.

To help us focus, we filled out personal questionnaires about goals and what are some things that may be holding us back.  After some reflection we gathered magazines so we could tear out images or words that helped us pull together our desires for 2016.  I really had no idea or plan for what I was doing, but somehow as I flipped through the pages, the images and words kind of jumped out at me.  I think once we made a decision on what we wanted for the new year, the images we needed to be motivated found us.  It’s really hard to explain but it worked rather smoothly.

Vision Board PartyHere are some of Tamika’s tips that helped to build my vision board:

  1. Start off with creating a board for the first 6 months vs. the whole year.  Six months at a time is so much easier to tackle than having to think about a full year of goals.  Also make sure the goals you choose are attainable.
  2. Try to focus on one goal at a time. This tip was hard for me. Tamika really urged us to narrow our scope and try to put all our efforts into one goal at a time.  Too many goals can be a distraction and also overwhelming. If you can’t narrow down to one goal, at least narrow it down to three and prioritize so you can focus on the main goal first.
  3. Don’t glue as you go.  Get all the images, words and quotes first;organize and then glue everything down. Throw away cut outs that are repetitive or you deem unecessary.
  4. Know the difference between a Dream board and Vision board.  A dream is a board would include a mansion or a wedding when you haven’t been dating.  A vision board should include attainable goals for the next 6 month or year.
  5. Placement is key.  Place your vision board where you can see and be reminded by it everyday.  (mine is in the bathroom)

vision board completeIt’s not too late to start a vision board for 2016. If traditional, physical boards are not your thing, you can create one digitally.  You can download an app on your phone. Or create one at Dream It Alive or use a photo site like Pic Monkey.


What do you want for yourself in 2016? What’s your vision for 2016?


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