Create Your Own Vision Board
Have I invited you to stay in my guest room yet? Prolly I have because nothing is more delightsome that inviting people to stay a while in the guest room.
Nothing is more delightsome that inviting people to stay a while in my guest room and having them actually take me up on the offer.
Which is precisely what happened at 4:43 p.m. on Friday. It started with this text convo from my baby sis…
Bethany: Are you guys at home this weekend or are you super busy?
Me: John’s in Utah! What are you doing this weekend?
Bethany: Oh I was gonna say maybe I’d come see you for the weekend. I really need my sister.
A can of Red Bull and ten hours later, my pretty Bethany peeled into the driveway, climbed under the covers of the guest room bed, and the Sister Weekend was officially underway.
Disclaimer: Bethany really hates this picture. As it turns out, I’m bigger than she is. Niener niener. And anyways, she’s adurable and my hair is in a nappy bun. The end.
While visiting last month with Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen, she mentioned the inspirational value of a “Vision Board” she’d created several years ago. It was a visual representation of all she wanted her life to stand for, tiny scraps of snipped photos and phrases from magazines pieced together collage style. The paper on which she’d created her vision board proved so totally motivational that she decided to frame it and put it in a place she’d be able to see it daily.
It seems to me that we are often in transition in our lives. We are preparing for a new job, or a baby, or a diet, or the start of school, or a brand new us. Life changes. There’s always a new something on the horizon, and I truly believe we have the power to define what that change will mean to us. If we plaster words of fear or panic or doubt, we end up afraid and terrified and dubious of our own ability to shine through the change. If, however, the change is met with head held high, an open heart, a sense of adventure, how differently we approach the entire situation.
My Bethany sis is a woman in transition. So am I. Two sisters come together for a weekend to cling and cry. To laugh and lean on each other. To redefine our relationship as friends rather than simply siblings. And so, what better way to celebrate our time together than to create Vision Boards together? Eat cupcakes at midnight. Yeah, we did that, too.
We buzzed yesterday after lunch to Goodwill and picked up stacks of magazines, priced at 15 cents each. Then a quick drive to Hobby Lobby for a two-pack of canvases. Yeah, don’t say it. I’m kinda on a canvas kick over here. We already had copious amounts of ModPodge in the hizzy, so didn’t buy that. But, we did grab pretty paint, a few chipboard letters, and some scrapbook paper frames, just for good measure.
And then, we went home, watched absurd YouTube videos, and Vision Boarded the night into the morn.
Bethy’s board turned out so beautiful. A profound reflection of her quests for worthy love and a strong sense of her own strength.
Mine was “older and more controlled,” narrated Bethany. I tried to go all crazy, but found myself entirely invested in every jot and tittle that was cut and pasted about the canvas. I’m such a thirtysomething.
If you’re on board with me to lose some poundage this month, you’ve got to make yourself a vision board! If your kids are headed to school and you’re trying to center yourself, you’ve gotta make yourself a vision board! If your lost, stuck, brilliantly blissful, preparing to become a lounge singer. Whatever is going on at this point in your life, make a Vision Board! The very practice of finding photos and words which catch your eye, the movement of your shoulders over the shiny pages of an old magazine, the snip of scissors, the cool smell of ModPodge. This really is a worthwhile activity. One that will define your journey down the next little path of days with words, pictures, reminders of what matters most to you. As it turns out, I think Jesus said it best when he reminded, “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Luke 12:34)
Dear sis, You are one of my treasures.
Leave a comment for my little sis! If you could be 22 again, what advice would you give yourself? I’d love to offer up your tidings of twentysomething advice for that pretty darling of mine.
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Slow Carb Diet Shopping List, Week Two
-1 carton Egg Beaters Egg Whites
-2-3 pounds chicken breasts
-2 pounds tilapia
-White Northern Beans
-1 large carton of spinach
-1 bunch Asparagus
-2 bunches broccoli
-3 red, yellow, or green bell peppers
-1 Purple Onion
Joining us on the Slow Carb Diet this month? Here's this week's super simple grocery shopping list!
GREEN VEGGIES & HERBS
Stay tuned for a week full of fun & simple recipes!