On Monday afternoon, my friend Nydia and I stuck our heads out of our asses and got to work. It was a decision we’d made on another afternoon when indulging our unhealthy eating habits. While I sucked on a chicken wing and doused more salt on my fries and Nydia munched on a greasy burger, these two Aries’ and potential soul sisters made a pact: we were going to stop being chicken shits and create our vision boards.
You’d think it would be an easy task but our sort of busy lives kept getting in the way. At one point, Nydia even joked about our vision boarding not being meant to be! For a second, my Aries bred insecurities and impatience began to believe the Universe was conspiring against us. Luckily, I snapped out of it just in time to realize that the Universe only wanted us to be 100% decisive and clear in our intentions and desires.
So there we were on a Manic Monday, shimming our heads out of the deep, doubt filled hole we had dug ourselves in for years. Where would even start? I pondered aloud. By creating a vision statement. Soon, Nydia and I were hard at work, answering questions that pinpointed our personality traits, values, strengths, weaknesses, and deep seated ambitions. The questions included:
- What are the ten things you most enjoy doing? These are the ten things without which your weeks, months, and years would feel incomplete.
- What three things must you do every single day to feel fulfilled in your work?
- What are your six most important values?
- Write one important goal for each of them: physical, spiritual, work or career, family, social relationships, financial security, mental improvement and attention, and fun.
- If you never had to work another day in your life, how would you spend your time instead of working?
And much more (to read the rest of the questions go to Create Your Personal Vision Statement).
After writing and yapping away, we drafted our personal vision statements in first person present tense. The trick to creating a personal vision statement is to write it as if you are already living the life you want. Once finished we read our statements aloud as reading words aloud gives them power. My statement screamed “I’m a Kardashian!’ as Nydia so humorously put it. I was ready to take on the world (with clothes on)!
But first it was time to WERK that vision board.
With vision statement in hand and rising confidence and awareness, I selected a few photos that reflect my future life. The perfect engagement ring, the wardrobe I will have when I clean out my closet, my beach home, my Love Trips book cover, my website, a wedding ring signifying committment, a happy child representing the children I will have and the youthful attitude I will always carry…all these images came together beautifully, representing my life at its best. I placed all these images carefully on the board, arranging each item by category (my categories include health, career/wealth, life/love/family). I covered the images with the glass frame that I purchased at Utrecht in Chealsea. I clipped the frame closed, placed it on my desk and took a few steps back. Smiling, I snapped a photo of my vision board with my iPhone. I was finally certain. I was finally clear. And that, my friends, is the only way to live the life you deserve. It’s the only way to achieve. So get to it!
Nydia Mata is a humorous mommy blogger extraordinaire and fellow multi-talented Dominicana. She chronicles the day in the life of a single mom and is also an amazing photographer and illustrator. Check out her work on her very entertaining site Polymer Clay Snails.