“Sometimes, you get so focused on the life that you are in, you forget all about the life that you want.”
This past weekend I invited my girls over for a vision board party. I am fortunate and blessed to have life-long friends. Me and my girls (there are five of us) have all been besties since grade school with the exception of one, who came into our lives at adulthood. During a conversation with one of my girls, we talked about how life has taken over our lives. So much so that there are days when you look in the mirror and don’t recognize yourself. After all, you have become someone…..else? Children, husbands, lovers, careers, and procrastination can take over the “you” that you wanted to be if allowed. What is sad is that for many of us, we will live on like that till the end of our time, never fighting for ourselves. Since I have enough regrets, I decided that this year I would work on not adding anything else to them. Working on vision boards was a great place for me and my girls to start putting “us” back into our lives.
As for me personally, there are dreams I have, places I want to go, and things I want to do that are still inside me. Still part of the life that I wanted. So although I have a life that I happened upon, which I love by the way, I still will start working on bringing back to life some things I let my life take over . Like my love of fashion and makeup. Like my love of inventing recipes. Like my love for volunteering and teaching workshops. Like my love of writing—-oh and don’t get me started on that! I have about a half dozen “needs editing” and “not finished” novels. Some of my best work just sitting on a hard drive. Why? The reasons are many. The main one being my busy life taking over my life. I can never get through an edit, so by the time I get back to a project …..again, I need to start from the beginning. So then because I am frustrated with all that, when I do get a moment to write, I write little stuff. I write SA’s, articles, and contribute to compilations. Perhaps this is the year I will finally get one of my novels to print. But if writing is what I am, and something I have always wanted to do in life, I have to start somewhere. And I have to be consistent. I have to see it in my mind, as well as keep it beating in my heart. I have to do it. That is the lesson in this vision board activity. And what do you vision? What are some of the things you let your life put out your life? If you are blessed enough to be granted a new day, make this day the day you go for it. No excuses! And if you are reading this blog, welcome to me doing just that! xoxo—The Madam X
Our Day of Vision
Disclaimer—Ok not one vision board got completed. Someone was very late, we kept eating, the wine was cold and plentiful, someone got a new boo—we had to talk about that, we wanted to speak on someone else’s boo, and then the late comer arrived with tales of a bad day whom we needed to rally around. So you can see where our 4 hours went. I will have to do another post when I can show you my completed board. The good thing is everyone took home a basket of supplies and instructions to finish their visions over the next week.