No New Year’s Resolutions in 2010

We don’t do “New Year’s Resolutions” in our household.  To be honest, I think the first and only resolution I kept was the one to ban them from my life a few years back.
The same thing happened every year–an overly optimistic me would run off a list of bad habits to slay and good habits to revive in the next year.  I usually lasted just shy of a month before reneging on the first…then they would topple down one by one until I was left feeling disappointed in myself.  The challenges of life are hard enough on us–the last thing we need to do is join in the doggy pile and beat ourselves up!
And yet–it is vital to dream, isn’t it?  It is important to set goals and find our muse in life.  And what better time to do it than during the new year.
Fantasizing and dreaming, for some, can be a stressful task.  How do you separate yourself from the outer pressures of life in order to let go and dream.  Well… I propose to tell your right brain to take a hike and let your left brain have some fun!

Today we’re pulling out the craft supplies, flipping through old magazines, and pasting our dreams on a poster board.  It has become a New Year’s tradition in our house hold to create a vision board.

“What is this ‘Vision Board’ thing you are talking about?”

A vision board is a poster board on which we design a collage of photographs, quotes, and images torn out from various magazines or our own personal photo collection.

We find that, by surrounding ourselves with images of who we want to become, what we want to have, where we want to live, and where we want to vacation, we are able to mold our desires to match these images.Vision boards can add clarity to desires, and help the visions to resonate in a strong and emotional way.

There are several methods one can use for creating a vision board. Our construction magazine collage that hangs just above the desk is one.  For those who shy away from glue, markers, and paint–you might consider hanging a cork board and snipping out images and inspirations to be pinned up for later reflection.  Others, might simply keep a journal in which they may “moodle,” a term coined by writer Brenda Ueland in her book If You Want to Write:  A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit in the 1930’s, to describe the “long inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering”  necessary to free the imagination.  Such creative visualization can be places for thoughts, doodles, and ah-ha’s and inspiration for the coming year.

My next project is to compose a strategic plan for my life…  I hope that this creative brainstorm will help me sum up my vision statement and jump start the process…

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About themacdoodle

Communications Manager, Creative Strategist, Community Builder, & Possibility Agent
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