In my last post, I said goodbye to 2014 and set out to embrace 2015 with a courageous and open heart. I was finally feeling a tug to make a vision board for the year, and when one of my favorite friends said she’d be stopping by to share a cup of coffee, I pulled out a few things so we’d have the option to each make one if the moment was right.
The Keurig was stocked, the apartment was clean and felt nice and light, candles were lit and the supplies were set out. Nothing too fancy, but magazines, glue sticks, scrapbook paper, a sweet embossing kit my mom gifted me, and tape.
I’d recently read an article about being the kind of friend who is a mood elevator…someone you want to be around, who leaves you feeling refreshed and optimistic. I decided I wanted to be that kind of friend this year, and that kind of wife and mother as well.
The soundtrack to our session was Melody Gardot. A year or so after coming across her music on Spotify, I’m still hooked. Seriously add her to your Spotify/Pandora or Soundcloud mix!
After this experience, I’m convinced making vision boards is something that is made better with a good friend. The conversation is just enough of a welcome distraction that you don’t have time to over think everything you’re cutting out. No space for over-analysis!
We added a few embossed touches when we were nearly finished. I added the black butterflies, flower and leaves you see in my photo. The “You’re Invited” stamp symbolizes the opportunity I have to make the most of my time in this life. She embossed out the word “P R E S E N T” at the top of her board. I wish I had snapped a photo!
When my board was complete, I hadn’t taken it all in just yet. I began to look over the phrases and images, and couldn’t help but notice “hope” was on the board twice. Not just “hope”, but “renewed hope,” in fact. There was also “reclaim her free spirit”, “let your walls flower”, “walls have nothing to be shy about” and “live with optimism”. Something that stood out to my friend was “because I want to, not because I have to”. I later shared the board on social media and multiple friends immediately went to that phrase as well. It’s a timely reminder for many of us, to recognize how blessed we really are.
We talked about how life, at times, seems to whirl by. Especially when it comes to looking back on the younger years spent raising little ones. We thought about the time that was already gone, and how we were more than the moments we’d missed. A song playing at the time mentioned “pieces of the dream left behind,” and oh how that made us pause.
I can’t say enough about how good it felt to connect with her and look ahead together.
If you make a vision board, I’d love to see it! If you have a word of the year, or verse of the year, please do share it with us! Either in the comments below, on Instagram, Twitter or my Facebook page.