I’ve been thinking of a good way to describe 2016 and the only word I came up with, was eventful. I had to distance myself from social media for a long time because so many horrible things were happening and it was overwhelming. I wanted to say or do something to help but I didn’t know what to do. When I finally felt like I could write again, the election happened and yeah. So I decided to just start over again in the new year because what’s a better time than January first to have a clean slate.
I’m not one for making New Years Resolutions but I’m also not the type to make fun of people who do. I don’t make them personally because I know I’m not going to keep them, half of the time, I forget what my resolution was to begin with so instead I did something that maybe a little cheesy but I don’t care. It works for me and 2016 was the first time I hadn’t had one in years and I swear, it was like Mercury was in retrograde for a good half of the year.
I made a dream board! Some people call them vision or goal boards but the concept is still the same. My sisters and I went to HomeGoods and each bought push-pin boards. Mine is technically a shadow box but it was gold and I liked it so I’m repurposing it.We’re spending the day to putting our dream boards together. It’s kind of like tangible resolutions.
If you haven’t made a dream board, all you need is a push-pin or a cork board or even a poster board honestly and some magazines. You use images that represent goals or dreams you want to achieve in the new year and as you meet those goals, you take the photo down. I used push-pins for mine, some people staple or glue the item on, just to make removal easier. Hang the board in your room, somewhere you can see it and take a photo of it when you initially complete it. As you go through the year, if you’re ever feeling less than focused or driven to achieve your goals, look back at the first picture, then at your current board to see all that you’ve accomplished. Even if there’s only one picture gone, you’ve done something and that alone should be enough inspiration to keep you going.
I hope you had a wonderful and safe New Years Eve and a relaxing New Years Day. Here’s to the New Year!