2017 was a really big year for me. With so many life changes and a renewed feeling of empowerment, I accomplished more than what I set out to. In 2018, I want to do even more so I am creating a vision board to help me set and accomplish my goals.
2017: The Year of the Blog
I set my goals for last year in September 2016, so I could keep them timed to the academic calendar that dominates so much for my life. It was more than a month before I had even considered starting a blog!
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My commute has me reading nonstop this summer, so this week on the blog I wrote about the ones you should get your hands on before summer ends! Link in bio! (Just in time for #NationalBookLoversDay) • What have you been reading? Which books should I add to my list? • #reading #collegeblogger #summertimechi #bulletjournal #rosanareads #rosanareviews #beachreading #bookporn #feministfightclub #vaginamonologues #feministbookclub #shereads #bookstagram #bookish #instaread • 📷: @nonobradford
I launched Xoxo, Rosana in December 2016 to family and some close friends so they could read my musings on bullet journaling and personal organization. Over the next 6 months, I learned to balance school work and blog posts, I shared the blog with the world, and even started an Instagram account. Over the summer, I ran a marathon, which became the first post in Do You Even Lift, Ro, and saw the blog evolve beyond bullet journaling to cover life and wellness, on almost every social media platform.
I never thought that the process of writing blog posts would be so instrumental in accomplishing my goals. This year, I’m taking it a step beyond the specific goals to create a vision board.
Why A Vision Board
I’ve seen a lot of blog posts and videos about making vision boards, but magazine collages have never been my thing. My vision changes pretty rapidly, so I’ve never been particularly excited about making one that would end up getting tucked into a closet and forgotten.
Instead this year, I created a 2018 Vision Board on Pinterest! It was fun to go through both pins that I’ve had saved for a while and look for new pins that fit my dream 2018 aesthetic.
I’ve found the best way to achieve my goals is to break them down into the parts of my life. It helps me to compartmentalize my time into the kind of work I am doing towards each goal. For example, my marathon training and cooking vegan meals should be in the same category because they both are centered around my health.
For the vision board, I chose to use verbs instead of nouns for the section titles because I find that mentally I am more likely to propel myself to take on the next action item if I think about it in the context of the verb. For me Learn is more compelling and broad than College or Academics.
I added both images that I had previously pinned on other boards and those that I found while exploring to put together the board over the last week. There are so many resources out there, so I decided to limit the number of images I included in the initial pinning.
I’m on Pinterest at least twice a week to find recipes or style inspiration, so I’m sure there will be tons more to add to the post in the coming months.
Have you created a vision board? What would you put on yours?