Spring Cleaning My Vision Board

I welcome this new spring season with wide open arms.

I thought I had been struggling with how to go back (tell my story), while simultaneously moving forward in my life and healing journey. But the two are so interconnected I realized it’s not only okay but actually necessary to do both at the same time.

One of the things I have felt an internal calling to do for a few weeks now is to clean up my vision board. I created the first edition of this board around April 2021. To be clear I deeply love my vision board and I feel that it generally still captures what I want the vision for my life to be. It excites me every time I see it so I know it’s not completely outdated. However I admit that it can certainly use some small tweaks. So what a better time to do it that the first few weeks of this new season. Here are the three steps I am currently taking in this vision board spring cleaning process.

1. To start I am taking stock of every item on my board. I am slowly looking at each picture, quote and word on my vision board and asking myself:

  • “What actually is this a picture of?”
  • “What does this mean to me?”
  • “What feelings does this evoke for me?”
  • “Does this still align with where I want to go in life?”
  • “Does this still excite me and bring me joy?”

2. Next I am reflecting on how I have (or have not) incorporated each picture, quote or word into my life since the board creation. I have been refining the same vision board for 2 years now. In many ways I have made real motion toward several visions on my board. However if I am being honest with myself there are several items on my vision board that I am no closer to since the day the board was made. In these instances I am reflecting on what is causing the lack of motion. I am asking myself:

  • “How have I begun to incorporate this vision (picture, word or quote) into my life?”
  • “How often am I taking steps toward this particular vision? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? Never?
  • “In instances where there has been a lack of action towards the vision, what specifically is holding me from motion?
  • “What reasons are excuses and what reasons are true hurdles that I have to navigate?”
  • “Is this something I really want in my life? If so, what am I willing to give up to get it?”

3. I am determining what clear steps I will take to make motion towards my visions over the course of this spring season. For each item on my board, I am asking myself:

  • “What are some ways I can put this vision into action in my life now? How often can I take these actions – daily, weekly, monthly?”
  • “With the energy, time and money I have today, name specific steps I can take to move myself one step closer to this vision.”
  • “How will I hold myself accountable to staying on track with the steps to achieve my vision?“

I am finding that the critical part of this vision board spring cleaning is writing down the answers to the questions above. In an equally important step, keeping these questions and answers in regular view is critical to staying on task. As a data collection lover, my love of creating excel spreadsheets has come in handy here. My plan is to keep these near my planner so I see and review them daily.

In this spring cleaning, inevitably some items will be removed, replaced and covered over on my vision board. And that is honestly really exciting for me. It started as a vision I had over 2 years ago, which thankfully is not the exact same vision as I want for myself today and tomorrow.

My ultimate goal for this vision board spring cleaning is to ensure my weekly, daily, hourly and minutely actions remain in full alignment with the larger vision I have for my life. Every action should fit a purpose. When my actions on a regular basis are in alignment with my life vision, I deeply believe it will also help me continue to strengthen my foundation. And this collectively will help me fully step into this new season in my life.

~ C.A.~

I unknowingly wrote this post on the six year anniversary of me creating this sharing space on WordPress and it feels like the perfect fit for the occasion.

Life Reminders

Today in various ways I was reminded of three important keys to life:

  • A vision board that regularly sits outside of one’s line of vision is as useless as the paper it is made out of.
  • Our bodies have an incredible way of telling us exactly what we need in life. The question is how often do we listen?
  • There is purpose in pain. We may not understand it at the time, but the pain is part of the preparation for something even greater.

~ C ~