For the last three years I have been making vision cards, something I learned from watching Jamie Ridler. She shows us how to use vision cards to channel your focus on the things that you want to make happen in the year ahead. She makes 10!
I made three the first year...
By using these cards to remind me of the things I wanted to work on, I was able to work toward some goals for each area. While I did not accomplish everything on my list, I did make some movement in each area.
In 2015 I made four cards:
Our house and fixing it up remained one of my priorities, as did getting myself healthier.
Increasing my craft presence by blogging and getting out there selling my creations was still a desire and I added a vision card to remind me about planning our financial future. We are getting older!
Again, each area got some attention. In the "Home" area we got a new fence and had a clean out of the backyard. For my health I had a physical and started taking steps to lower my blood sugar. In the crafty sense, I participated in some blog challenges and had a table at two craft shows. Financially, we got some credit cards paid off and plans for our retirement started. Not bad.
For 2016 I have made five cards. I love the process of deciding my focus points and then gathering pictures and words to bring them to life:
Finances are still a big issue as well, with Bill turning 65 this year and with his Workers' Comp claim coming to a close, thank goodness. We will be experiencing some income differences I'm sure and I'm going to need to keep on top of what our options are.
My health is also still a priority. Healthy eating with the Hungry Girl plan and continuing to monitor my diabetes is key. I am still not a fan of exercise but there is a new craze called "housewalking" that I may try.
As far as the crafty business, I need to organize the space I'm in and concentrate on making more items, in addition to finding new ways to get the word out there about all the neat stuff I can make. Adding some new products will help there.
My fifth card is Travel. We did some traveling in 2015 but they were quick trips and for specific purposes (the family reunion in July and Oregon at Christmas) and they were fun but not relaxing. I have something more like a romantic getaway to Carmel or a splashy trip to Las Vegas in mind. (The finances card is going to come into play for this one as well!)
Well, those are my vision cards for this year. I usually do a follow up after about six months to see how I am progressing.
What about you? Ever try making vision cards for your goals? Love to hear about it!