LET’S TRY TO DREAM
I felt upside-down when 2022 began, so I really wasn’t in the mood to set goals or dream big. However, there were three things I still desired, and I repeated them to myself and others again and again:
- Publish my poetry book
- Get a job I like
- Be happy
All three were crazy endeavours. I published my book, secured a good internship, and spent the rest of the year freelancing. Happiness was a tide as always; it came and went. I felt depressed for the first couple months of the year but after that, things largely looked up. Looking back now, I think I attained the last two goals to some degree, even if they didn’t look exactly how I expected them to. There’s a poem in my book called The long way Home which describes that feeling.
In my last post I discussed how I’ve had to adjust in the past year and build resilience in a new environment. I now feel like accepting this truth has paved a way for me to dream big in 2023. This year I want to have more on my heart in the hopes of success and achievement. So let’s try something new.
Here are some questions I’ve answered in my journal as I plan my first-ever vision board. I got the questions from a YouTube video by muchelleb. Everything below is 100% true; the kind of sharing I avoid because I value privacy. But I feel like sharing. Perhaps this could help you to think about your year ahead too. I may not share the vision board when I complete it, so I will share this.
What’s the next chapter of my life about?
- Achieving financial certainty/stability/ease
- Committing to a creative endeavour
- Exploring (my) belief(s) and lack thereof
- Looking after my body: rest and gentleness
Who do I need to be?
Someone that is…
- Positive-minded (Philippians 4:8)
- Willing and eager to learn from my mistakes
How do I need to grow?
- Trust my own approaches. Advice isn’t law.
- Be softer and more loving and caring to my family
- Accept needing God when I realise it
- Turn jealousy into inspiration. Keep congratulating people
- Stop assuming people’s responses. Always ask
- Take less things personally
- Make healthy eating a priority – spend time cooking
- Speak to myself with love always
- Look at myself with love always
What skills do I need to learn?
- Adobe Photoshop
- Praying for others more
- Sew-in with a leave-out
- Flexibility – splits!
- Saying no when I want to say no
- Healthily detaching myself from people’s feelings when it’s best for me
What steps do I need to take to get there?
- Establishing a routine for working and non-working days
- News @6am
- Bible/prayer before I get up
- Breakfast daily
- Remember discipline over motivation
- Start therapy
- Change environment when I’m restless/groggy
- Put effort towards a goal daily
- Be patient
- Break down goals
- Remember all timing is divinely in alignment
- Tell myself there’s no mountain too big for God
- Think with hope, challenge negative thoughts and anxieties
- Be actionable
- Make a vision board!
It’s still pretty generic. But that suggests a holistic approach to my dreams, I think.
I avoided vision-boarding in the past because the thought of ending the year without achieving it all was painful. But I don’t think I care about that much anymore. I can’t keep shielding myself from something that could be great out of such a trivial fear. We’ll see how I get along.
How would you answer these questions for yourself?