Last time I wrote, I talked about getting rid of the residue of 2008 and shredding the clutter. I didn't intend on adding anything or replacing anything I had shredded with something else. That was, at least, until my daughter and I decided to make "Vision Boards" last weekend. I also wasn't looking for another little project, but she was excited about the prospect and as I thought about it, it seemed like just the right thing to do at the beginning of a new year! Shred those undesirable thoughts and emotions and replace it instead with bright and colorful words and images to represent our hopes and dreams. New year, fresh hope; new vision, clearer dreams.
So, we got some poster board and went to work. I pulled out my special "stash" of Sharpies in a wonderful variety of colors, got papers and adhesive from my scrapbook room and we gathered the limited supply of magazines that we had on hand. We put on the music and were ready to begin. We spent the next 3 hours flipping through magazines, singing, laughing and cutting and pasting onto our dream boards. When we stopped at around 11:00 p.m. it was fun to see the differences between our two boards. Jenna unveiled hers with an enthusiastic "ta-da!" In addition to goals and dreams she had for the future, she also included a section that showed characteristics that she wanted to display daily. She did lots of writing on hers with varied colors of sharpies; everything on mine was cut from magazines. Hers was random and exciting; mine was more symmetrical and calculated. Each captured aspects of our indivdual personalities. The biggest difference was that mine was not complete. It doesn't look like it's not done… I just know a couple more specific dreams that I need to add to it. I just couldn't find the right pictures with the magazines I had on hand. (It's one of my goals for this weekend.)
Complete or not, it was a wonderful activity. As always, the time together is the biggest perk. But there is something about really thinking in a concrete way about what you want to see come to pass from these lives we lead. There are some dreams that are difficult to capture in any stock photo, but it is a fun challenge to find your hopes and dreams in other people's words and pictures. Right now, both our boards are still on display in our living room. There's something about seeing your dreams in a visual way every day that makes the dreams seem a little more real and a degree closer to being possible to achieve. There's something about giving yourself permission to dream and validating those dreams, that doesn't make them sound so crazy after all.
Last night, while watching the final few minutes of Grey's Anatomy, I heard some words that help sum it up. Meredith Grey said, "We don't wish for the easy stuff. We wish for things that are ambitious and out of reach. We wish because we need help and we're scared and we know we may be asking too much. We still wish, though, because sometimes… they come true."
This year, I encourage you to think a little bigger than you usually do. I challenge you to take steps (even if they are baby steps) toward those things you want to see happen in your life. This is the beginning of a new journey for me too. One thing I have learned, is that the journey is as valuable as the destination. Let's see together where our dreams lead us!
Here's to Your Hopes and Dreams!