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New Year. New Goal. New Vision.

Today marks the third day of 2018. During this time, many people make resolutions for the new year. Whether it's weight loss, spending more time with family, saving money, or something else, a New Year's resolution is a tradition adopted by people who want to change an undesired trait or to accomplish a specific goal.

I can't recall the last time I made a New Year's resolution. It's not that I don't want to accomplish a specific goal...I think it's more or less that I set goals throughout the year; so I don't generally think about making resolutions for the new year. In 2017, I decided to do something different. I wanted to join in on the fun of creating a vision board. I called a few of my girlfriends over and we spent the evening creating vision boards.

The process was therapeutic. It was soothing. I really got a lot out of the process. You see, we didn't just cut out pictures and paste them to a board...we discussed our life in review...we processed the year and discussed ways that we could make the new year better. We laughed, we cried, we rejoiced....because we were empowering and supporting one another.

I didn't host a vision board party with my girlfriends this year. I decided to include my children in the fun....but only if they were up for it. My 13 year-old and 10 year-old daughters created their vision boards on separate days. While they worked on their vision boards, I used that time to reflect on 2017 and think about my accomplishments and goals that I wanted to achieve for 2018. I also thought about things that I could do differently to accomplish all of the goals that were going to be placed on my vision board.

The one important lesson that I learned about creating a vision board, is to include goals that were independent of someone else. For example: a healthier lifestyle and weight loss was one of my goals. Achieving this goal was not contingent upon the action of another person...I was solely responsible for realizing my weight loss goals.

This time around, I was a little more intentional with creating my vision board. I am detailed oriented and as a result, my vision board is EXTREMELY detailed. I am committed to achieving all of my goals for 2018. It will take a lot of hard work and dedication, but I think it can be done. If you haven't developed your goals for the new year, perhaps you should consider creating a vision board. It's therapeutic.

Here's a picture of my vision board. Go ahead...create the vision that you deserve and make 2k18 the best year yet!

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