Hi. This is me at my desk right now. I have been trying to take an internet and iPhone break the last few days as much as possible. Doing all of this 2011 vision work and spending time with my family has made me re-evaluate a lot of my time and the information I consume. It’s time to get focused on what really matters so I can give all my heart and energy. More on that later…
My personal process for 2011 Goal Setting:
Here is my vision board for 2011 based on this whole process. As a creative person, it’s important to let your subconscious play a part in guiding your vision. Take some time to play, create, shoot for yourself and get back to the core of what attracts you creatively. Every image has significant meaning to me. Personally, this was a challenge - and I’m still working through all of it - because I want every goal and action this year to be rooted in my driving purpose. I have been researching scripture to support each goal and, as I do this, my goals become more clarified. Vision isn’t achieved in just 6 steps. These are just the first 6 and it’s an ongoing refining process for as long as we’re on this earth.
One huge thing that has struck me as I’ve gone through this process… It is amazing to reflect on all of the ultimately pointless things I worried about in 2010. God took me on a completely different path than I expected and every single thing happened for a great reason. I am SO grateful for every single bit of heart ache and challenge. Note to self: 'Do not worry about your life.' - God. He had a perfect, challenging, heart opening, refining, surprising, awe-inspiring plan for me last year and the times I let my plans align with His, I genuinely felt like my energy would never end. The times I decided to do my own thing, I failed. Miserably. My pastor said something on Sunday that struck me: Everyone ends up somewhere. Few people end up somewhere on purpose. It is important to listen and always be open to everything changing, but you need a clear vision for where you are going. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. - Proverbs 16:3 I am not ultimately in control, but at the same time, I know I am supposed to “press on toward the goal…”
My mission this year (rephrased in present-tense terms): 2011, I am filling you with all the love, peace and joy my heart can muster. I am listening. I am leaping. I am creating. I am standing up for my heart. I am giving till it hurts. I am using my gifts to serve. I am taking the narrow road. I choose Love. My mission in 2011: love God, serve people.
images: I’ve been collecting these for a while, so let me know if one of these is yours and I’ll link it. The ones I remember: bridesmaids (Stacy Reeves), the redhead (Max Wanger), couple on the blanked (Erin Hearts Court)and the woman in the desert (Dewey Nicks).
P.S. I love my husband. We had a great Sunday together yesterday. He said the sweetest thing to me ever. I’m just writing this post-script so I never ever forget.