Vision. That’s something my big brother taught me from time we were little kids.
I think our first vision board was when I was in 3rd grade. We wanted to buy a Commodore 64. We found a picture of one in a catalog, cut it out and tacked it to a cork board and placed it on the wall. Within days, something popped up in the classified section of our local newspaper and my dad bought it for us. It had everything and anything we needed. We had hours of fun with that computer as kids. But it all started with our vision.
Where there is no vision, the people perish…Proverbs 29:18
I spent a number of years in my adult life doing things that didn’t make me feel fulfilled. I was following the vision of what others felt should be my path. I went to college, got a degree, got a job, went to work, year after year and as each year passed, I struggled with my purpose. Is this it? Is this really the path I’m supposed to follow? I know my vision board did not having me driving to work day after day crying because I did not want to be there.
So I started writing. I started writing what was on my heart and what I visualized in my life. It was my outlet. I started to see layers of my purpose. Be the example for others, inspire, motivate and empower. I saw very clearly the person I was supposed to be all along.
Day after day, year after year, I followed my heart. I did what made me happy. I created this vision of what I wanted my life to look like. And as my business has grown, ironically my vision although so big, is actually very simple.
When I placed the picture a few years ago on my vision board to have a back yard patio with beautiful red cushioned furniture, I just knew it wasn’t a silly thing. What a special place to experience that peace every day! What an amazing place to experience grace and gratitude daily.
I want to live a peaceful, fulfilled life and I feel that daily through the sunrise and sunset. I believe God gives us this each day to experience his grace every morning and every night. No matter what life brings us with challenges and adversities, each day is a renewal to begin again. I had the experience last month in California to experience the most amazing sunrises and sunsets ever. Seeds planted in my heart.
I’m grateful for this weekend. Our first ever diamond retreat in Austin, Texas at a house that I could not have found a more special place to experience my vision becoming a reality. It’s as if that seed that I planted a few years ago just keeps being affirmed by these amazing trips I’ve been able to take. I’m so grateful for my brother and my friends for always believing in me, for always pushing me to be better, for allowing me to own my vision, no matter how small, yet profoundly huge it is.
Red cushions on the furniture this weekend. Imagine that! Every detail of the house we stayed at was almost as if I had designed the house years ago.
Create your vision. No vision is silly. Begin with your heart. Write it out in details. Then believe it. Do work that matters to you. Be intentional. Do it with purpose. Own your vision and become it.
Your journey is about to get really amazing.