One of my aims this year is to create a dream vision board. I want to set my intentions, see my goals on paper and visualise how they might look when I achieve them.
Yesterday I bought myself a large poster size sheet of cardboard paper. I took all the magazines out of my bulging magazine rack and flicked through them, cutting out anything that appealed to me.
After a while I noticed a common thread in what I was choosing.
Adventure, health and well being. Hardly surprising choices I guess.
In the mix of mags I found a few of my articles that I’d forgotten I had published, and even a photo that appeared in Readers Digest years ago. It reminded me of how far I’ve come with my writing.
Years ago my biggest dream was to see my travel stories in print. It took a long time and a lot of rejections before I finally succeeded.
These days the magazine market is saturated with freelance writers, and with everything digital and emags becoming more prominent many publications are either going bi-monthly or disappearing altogether.
Yesterday I received the latest edition of On the Road in the mail with my South Australian story on Renmark in it, from our holiday last year.
It made me yearn to hit the road again.
Mid year, all going well, there’ll be plenty of stories to be told from the Red Centre of my great country. In the meantime there’s planning to do, after all, half the fun of a trip is in the anticipation and research.
During the culling I found this great map of Australia which is now hanging in our loo.
I’ve realised that while I’ll always write and submit articles I need new dreams. A new direction for me and my writing.
My blog and the WP community has become a huge source of joy. I love sharing my adventures. But beyond that, I’m not sure.
I’m still searching. And that’s where I hope this vision board will help.
As life changes and gets busier and more stressful, sometimes in the hustle we forget what’s important. We forget how to dream, like we used to as a child, as a teenager and that bright eyed young adult who was once ready to take on the world.
What do we really want in life now?
My wish is that as 2017 unfolds we can all take stock of our hopes and dreams. To visualise what we truly want.
For me it’s a work in progress. I think it always will be, no matter how old I am. Searching for meaning, for my place. Wanting to be happy, at peace and find my purpose beyond being a mother as my kids get older.
Of course I’d also like financial security, a villa in Tuscany, a 24 hour gorgeous masseur and my own personal French chef … hey, a woman can dream!
I feel as though there’s a whole world out there and I’m standing on the edge of it waiting to jump. To grab at those opportunities that often feel just out of reach.
Let’s make them achievable. Here’s to dreaming, to creating opportunities for growth and doing what needs to be done to make our dreams a reality this year.
Now back to crafting and creating my vision board.
If you’re inspired to do your own visit Wendy. Thanks for the inspiration my friend.
Wishing you all a year of heart filled intentions and dreams that come true.
Remember, as Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”