A Life Designed: Creating a Vision Board

I have always loved documenting my days and experiences with images and words.  I find visuals to be extremely uplifting and inspiring. I was always someone who had their notebooks in school covered with pictures, magazine clippings, and inspirational quotes.  There was always something so encouraging about seeing all of those pictures and phrases that represented how I felt inside, and what I enjoyed about life!  Reminiscing on my magazine-clipping days and reflecting on how much those images brightened my daily life inspired me to create a similar space for my current goals and passions: a vision board!

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Early Birds & Night Owls

Daylight Savings had me a little crazy this past week.  I loved gaining that extra hour of sleep. The sun is now up on my commute to work, and it has disappeared by the time I get home in the evening. This year the time change made me more mindful of the morning and the night, and the feelings, thoughts and memories that these hours bring to my mind.

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Passion is the New Fashion

Do what you love and love what you do.  I’ve heard this simple phrase so many times, but lately it has been making me question whether or not I actually “walk the walk” when it comes to carrying out and “wearing” my passions in my daily life.  Maybe you have thought about this, too?  Are we participating in activities that energize and excite us?  Or, are we walking down a runway that appears to be safe and stable, yet we are stumbling as we attempt to stay in a straight line?  When I thought about these questions, the answers made me realize that some of my focuses need to shift.

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Stormy With a Chance of Sunshine

We have so many types of “weather” in our lives, and while I prefer the beautiful, sunny days during which I am comfortable and content, I must learn to exist under all types of weather in order to truly learn about myself and experience each day. I wrote this post over the course of two weeks and almost didn’t finish it; I have had a difficult time putting my thoughts into a piece that makes sense to me. There were points where I would stop and feel that the words I was writing did not reflect how I have been actually working through some recent difficult “storms” in my life. This photo is a snapshot of my heart and these words are a peek into my soul.

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Friends Wherever: The Long-Distance Friendship

So first I need to disclose the fact that since starting this post on friendships, I’ve naturally rediscovered the song “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts. Yup, this song has been playing on repeat in my head, along with visions of our beloved characters from Friends falling onto that big comfy couch in the middle of the city.  While I have never blissfully danced around a big beautiful fountain with my friends (although this is totally a life goal), we have had some pretty amazing experiences together throughout the years.

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Firecracker Heart

The seasons arrive each year with their own unique puzzle pieces.  The music, the feel of the air, the holidays, the food, and the activities can be put together to create memories from these four distinct times of the year. Growing up I remember feeling so excited for the next one to begin! Summer was always extra special though. Summer has its own song, its own feeling, its own language. There is a certain sense of freedom that comes with summer, and an urge to create, experience, and reconnect with yourself and with others.

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Planning Your Next “Goal Trip”

No goal or thought is impossible, and the journey that you plan is how you spend the days of your life.  Your goal trips can become some of your favorite memories!  It’s all about, “getting there,” and learning about yourself in the present moment as you take the steps to reach your dreams.

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