This past New Year's Day, I attended a beautiful thought-energizing workshop at my local yoga studio with one of my most favorite teachers; we created a vision board, and before I go further, let me first say I have never been into creating vision boards. I dabbled in college, pinning interesting photos to four cork boards on my dorm and apartment walls, but that was it, it never became a hobby. This exercise, however, felt purposeful and tangible. I have career goals and personal goals, both of which I incorporated into the board; there are things that I want to keep practicing (e.g., health, yoga), and there are some new ideas/challenges I want to incorporate into my life (e.g., deepening my yoga practice). I keep the board in my bedroom in view of my bed, so that I can see it upon waking and before going to sleep. It's a strong visual reminder for me to stay true (my word of 2017!) to my goals and to remember: short term sacrifice, long term gain.
Feeling overwhelmed about all of it? Here are some useful links to read:
- How to Establish a Daily Practice of Almost Anything in Six Steps
- How to Set Your New Year's Intentions
- Six Reasons to Make Mindfulness Your New Year's Resolution
- An article on vision boards
- Why New Year's Resolutions Don't Work (yeah, see what I did here? Trust - read it!)
If you choose to set a goal or intention for the year, take your time. Set aside some quiet time to think about what you want to accomplish this year, be it massive or small. When I have a huge idea in mind, it helps if I break it down into smaller steps, little nuggets I can slowly gather one-by-one to get to the whole/big picture.
Wishing you a year in which you live a wholesome, healthy, prosperous life! Continue to be well.