Visualizing the Year Ahead

My Vision Board 2013

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~ Albert Einstein

Today I spent several hours at a friend’s house cutting and pasting my vision board for 2013 together, after we chanted about our various challenges and struggles for an hour.  The atmosphere was decidedly low-key and relaxed.  Lea and the other Buddhists at the meeting made a ton of food: beef/red chili and chicken/green chili tamales, turkey chili, vegetable soup with a miso base, squash casserole, fruit salad, and corn bread.  There was hot tea and fruit juice to wash it all down.

As we chit-chatted and ate, plates piled high with food, we mulled over the magazines stacked on the kitchen table, and then set to work.

The Road Less Traveled

As the writer in the group, I gravitated toward words as well as images.  Many chose photos that all fell into certain specific color palettes like forest green or tangerine.  My collage was built of color: blues, fuchsia, red, orange.  I felt happy looking at the intense riot of words and images.

Family.  Unforgettable Memories.  Contentment.

Hawaii Trip with Family

I dug up what I needed and splashed words across the page over photos of bougainvillea, plates of sushi, statues of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the interior of an adobe house.  I found a picture of a Prius — since this year I am determined to learn to drive.  I made a note of my plans for a family trip to Hawaii.  I outlined my desire for a new relationship and an agent.  I noted two book projects I want to finish this year.

I created a visual reminder for myself — and a means for me to stay focused on the goals I have during the coming year.  Now, whenever I sit down to pray, this waterfall of words waits for me.

Love.  Trust.  Bliss.  Growth.

As I head into this new year, it feels good to have a road map to guide me.

© 2013  Shavawn M. Berry All rights reserved

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