17 weeks ago I started my vision board. But at the time I couldn’t quite fill an entire white poster board with my dreams because I did not know what exactly I wanted. So I chose to wait until I felt passionate enough to continue.
And then suddenly my life took quite a few unexpected turns. Some beautiful, some ugly, but all together they are mine. The recent change of pace has motivated me to continue creating, dreaming, and striving to live my very best life. Within some of my personal struggles I have found a great fighter inside of me. I want to wake up and be proud to take responsibility for the life I live and the things I do. At the end of the day it’s simple: we must be able to go to sleep and be happy with the decisions we make and the person we become.
(and yes I’m aware of my plants slightly brown ends…oops)
So after a long week at work I came home, took my makeup off, and pulled out my vision board that was partially done. I played my favorite Pandora station and poured myself a glass of wine. And as I scanned through each Oprah, Self, and Womens Health magazine I own I pulled bits and pieces of inspiration that made me take a second look — and this is what I came up with.
Working on my vision board helped me feel more clear about what I need to do to become the woman I know I can be. It also showed me that Elmers Spray Adhesive belongs in every creative persons home and that my creative go-go juice is (and may always be) Blackbox at its finest.
By the way, I easily made 10 paper balls or more out of magazine scraps to keep this stinker occupied until he called it a night..
Last night I realized that there are a lot of things I must do for myself in order to reach my goals but I’m willing and ready to do what it takes.
A few things I will be working on for the rest of 2013 are:
- Getting outside and just doing it whether it’s a hike, run, or late night walk.
- Saying yes to every opportunity life gives me
- Living an all around healthier lifestyle (clean eating, exercise, meditation, and plenty of yoga)
- Allowing myself to rest when I am over-worked. I have to remember that my tasks will be there when I wake up… checking work emails in bed at midnight is not necessary.
- Self-love! No more putting my personal needs on the back burner. Learning to treat myself not cheat myself.
- Don’t settle.
- Educate myself through the people I surround myself with, the books I read, the songs I hear, the places I go and the meals I eat.
- Travel. Anywhere and everywhere
- Express gratitude daily. I want to give back to those who have helped me during my journey.
I also need to remember to be gentle with myself during the process and remember that it’s about the journey, not the destination. So I did my best to get my fingers to stop sticking together so that I could have two girl scout cookies for a midnight snack and then I went to sleep. I would call that a pretty successful night.
I’d like to end on this quote and hopefully it will help get my message across…
“Develop into a lifelong self-learner through voracious reading; cultivate curiosity and strive to become a little wiser every day.” -Charlie Munger
All my love, Bailey Mikell