Monday, December 13, 2010


Action. When it comes to aspirations, its not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen. What's your next step?

Enter the vision board. A couple years ago when I first heard of the vision board after some Oprah show I was about to embark on a giant crafts project. For anyone that knows me in real life...crafty I am not. Then it hit me. PowerPoint! The perfect place to make a vision board with a few clicks!

Last year was the first time I made one and I was highly successful  in accomplishing what I set out to do. I took action. So in 2011, I am doing it again.

So what is on my agenda in 2011? I will start in the upper left and work clockwise around the board.

  • I will move into my new house and make it a home.
  • The new house will be blessed with new patio furniture so that I can enjoy my hot tub and fire pit. Make a little outdoor sanctuary for me and the pets and of course friends to enjoy.
  • The kitchen will be renovated and that picture is the base of what I am going for. Dark cabinets, stainless steel appliances with a lighter wall color. 
  • I am not going to let fear of people's judgement, fear of being hurt or plain old inhibitions hold me back. I am going to dance as though no one is watching, love as though I have never been hurt, sing as though no one is listening (because face it - I am a rock star in my own vehicle) and live as though heaven is on earth. We only get one shot so I need to go for it while I can.
  • In 2011 I am going to continue to concentrate on my body. Stay in the gym, watch what I eat. I am going to workout for me, not for anyone else and improve on my own personal bests while expanding into new territories. Like running a 10k.
  • The entire bottom row is dedicated to staying in touch with my passion of showing horses. Continuing dressage lessons, learning to jump, purchasing my own horse to show and the truck and trailer it will require. Its hard to go from a paid for vehicle to one that is not but in the pursuit of passion you have to go for it. This is where I embrace Ramit Sethi's conscious spending; I will spend on what brings me joy and skimp in the areas that do not.
  • Dollar signs represent more of the conscious spending plan and my general belief in saving for retirement and living without debt. Having been without money in the past, I never want to be there again. I like to know that in the case of rainy day there is parachute to save me.
  • Go skiing. This February I will ski in Breckenridge. It will be the first time I have skied a real mountain. I can't wait. I have wanted to take this trip for years. Doing so right before my 30th makes it that much more special.
  • I'd like to go somewhere tropical where a passport is required in 2011. I haven't been out of the country for a personal vacation since 2007. With the other major purchases I am planning this year it may not be possible but I am going to strive for it.


  1. 2011 is my year to get back in the saddle, too. And I do mean the literal saddle. It has been almost two years since I rode a horse. Way, way, WAY too long!

  2. This is such a fantastic idea. And I'm not gonna lie, I might steal it! If I do, I'll give you the credit, lol.

    And all of your aspirations for 2011 are fantastic and seem highly personal. I am happy that I found your blog, because it is great to see a real life example of someone who learned to live her life for HERSELF. It makes me realize that it can be done. You are inspiring me, so thanks.

  3. I need to do this too. I've seen a lot of vision boards in the past, but they are all made of contruction paper and magazine cutouts. I'm not crafty either. I love the idea of using PowerPoint!

  4. This is such a great list and lots to be excited about. I the last bullet about the tropical vacation, passport required. I am a big supporter of that. you deserve it!

  5. Wow, LOVE this idea!! Great way of mapping out what you want in 2011. I love all of your goals too!!