The Vision

Dear Readers, 

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It’s 6 days into the New Year and the feeling of relief and excitement of having made it through a year of turmoil is fresh in the air. The collective feelings from the masses is the hope that ” 2021 will be  a better year” and ” we are ready to move on.”  A New Year is when people begin to rethink their lives in the form of new year’s resolutions or bucket lists. I used to be a believer in both for years, I created a list of  resolutions, and posted them on my refrigerator. I was engaged in the hype that each new year was going to be the year that I would achieve my goals. However, after three months I will lose steam, my focus and the desire to do the work to accomplish my goals; so year after year I repeated the same cycle making new year’s resolutions and failing to accomplish them. 

Then I graduated to the Bucket List and for a while this worked. But over time it seemed that all I was doing was making a list of adventures I wanted to experience, places to visit, and I threw in some resolutions. Only to fall back into the habit of failing to stay focused on what I wanted to accomplish. I gave up and went about living life willy-nilly, enjoying good times and events, but my life felt like there was no meaning, vision or purpose.  

My life changed when I attended my first vision board gathering. Before you jump to conclusions or judgement here me out. I know some people’s opinions about vision boards is that they are corny or sound like hocus pocus nonsense. It’s taken me a few years to understand how a vision board has helped me to achieve more with my life than making resolutions or a bucket list. The difference for me is that I was making lists and never actually spent time using my imagination or visualization to genuinely see myself in the positions that I desired to be in. Silly me, my thinking was that somehow the universe would blink like a jennie and magically my desires would appear. 

Over time what I have learned from the process of creating vision boards is to ask myself questions about the purpose and intent behind what I want to fulfill. Creating a list of resolutions I didn’t understand that there had to be a plan, measurable goals, there will be setbacks and how to deal with distractions. Most importantly holding myself accountable for giving into the negative thinking that somehow I wasn’t worthy. Moving forward I have clarity and understand the difference between wishful thinking, useless resolutions and creating a long bucket list and then waiting a lifetime to achieve what is in my reach at this present moment.  

This year I will be 57 and the priority is to work towards retirement ( retiring at 60 and relocating to start my own tutoring business). I’ve begun to downsize, cutting back on spending, cleaning up my credit history, and most important I know how I want my retirement to look like, feel like, and where I want to retire. I plan to use my skills and experience in Education to offer my

services as a tutor working on my own time for extra income and to stay active. Oh, and the most exciting part of this vision I am building a tiny house. On the road to retirement I will continue my love of traveling ( once this coronavirus is under control), saving, blogging, writing books, and all the other activities that bring me joy. It’s been years since I’ve been excited about a plan that I can actually visualize becoming a reality. 

So my question to you is Resolutions, Bucket List or Vision Board?

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22 thoughts on “The Vision

  1. You’re my soul sister 💚 this post sums up so much of my experiences and things I do in my life! I just started a vision board yesterday and I’m all about them. Like you, when I was in education, I had goals. And also in my life made some resolutions. I really believe in visualization. And God, in his amazing ways, has propelled me to keep believing in the dreams and paths he has for us. And many times, by creating these visuals, it’s after my quiet time with him too. I love having a vision and a purpose. I see you achieving all the lovely things you’re setting your heart and mind to do. It was because of God that I finally sold my RV after 4 years of tiny living to heal, live small, and truly realize what I need and don’t need. You’ll be a wonderful tutor! God bless you!

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    • My sister. Yes, ❤️ I feel the vibes. Right where I am God has planted me to grow in order to be prepared for the next act of my life. I am a teacher by trade, skill and I believe it’s my true calling. Thank you for reading. When you have time stop by my You Tube channel, conversations with J. R. Floyd.🙏

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  2. Gotta have a plan if ya wanna retire successfully. And working in retirement should be part of it. I retired at age 57 after 30 years of being a probation officer. I came back and continued to work in various ways as ‘extra-help’ and it was totally worth it, even after taking Social security at age 62; only downside was having to keep my earnings below the then $15k annual limits. Doing the hard work now will definitely pay-off in the future.

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    • Hi. Thank you for sharing your experience. The plan is to retire at 60, take about 6 months to settle into my next place (relocating). Then start my part time tutoring business. I am looking forward to the next stage of life. ❤️

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  3. A vision board sounds much better; I think it helps you to “see” and figure out what you want. I did a vision board years ago for my first car; I clipped pictures of cars from magazines and looked online. Eventually, I found my first car through a private seller via my boyfriend’s (the guy I was with at the time) dad. I thank God for allowing me to find that car; it was great having it for work and school.

    Building a tiny house sounds great! Congrats on accomplishing your goals.

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