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Planning Your Dreams

~~ Jeremiah29:11 (NIV) ~~  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.




(Originally posted February 15, 2009 on SparkPeople.com.  Reposted as a guest post on "My Country Manse', May 15, 2013) 

Photo by Carley Cooper.  All rights reserved.
I was watching Oprah one day, (not a regular thing for me) and she had guests who were talking about a number of things that all had to do with improving yourself. One lady talked about a project that helped her put her dreams into reality, helped her with her self-esteem, and all around good improvement of her life.  This project was called a Vision Board.
 

I Want My Dreams to Become Reality!
A number of people talked about such things.  It's like putting the whole idea of affirmative thinking (which I heard about for the first time that day) into a physical project that you can see.  The idea behind the affirmative thinking is that you can 'make' good things happen just by picturing them in your mind as actually happening.  I had never heard of such things before, but it really intrigued me.  There's so much to learn and grasp when it comes to learning those things.  It's definitely not a natural instinct or 'common sense' as I've so often been told by others.  It's like everything else in life... it has to be leaned!

Anyway, this Vision Board, the lady had contained lots of pictures that she had cut from magazines.  Each little item or picture represented something in her life that was a dream, a wish, a goal of some sort.  She had pinned them all to a large poster board.  As her goals & dreams happened or changed she could change the pictures thereby always keeping it up to date. 


God Will Help You Make it Happen
I felt I just had to do this".  I got out a bunch of old magazines, and went through and cut out a lot of photos.  I also found some online and printed out.  Though, the problem is that I didn't have an extra cork-board like the lady on the show recommended.  I found a very nice cork-board at Winners with a beautiful frame around it.  The cost... $30.00.  Well... that doesn't sound like much to most people, but for me, trying to break my bad spending habits, this is a lot of money.  I figured I'd wait until "I could afford it".  So I placed my photos into a folder and set them aside.

One morning, I felt God talking to me so strongly about this Vision Board and the cork board.  I thought... "well, this is an investment in my health because it's something that is meant to help me improve myself".  When I saw the cork board at Winners last year they had only one on the shelf.  This morning when I felt God talking to me saying that I should finish this Vision Board I figured "the chances of them having another cork board like that one available is slim", but I'll go next door to the mall and if there's one there than I'll know for sure that it's God's way of saying "finish your Vision Board in the vision you see it as being completed".  Well... I went there and they had lots of cork boards... and it 2 different styles this time!

I got the board... I spent the afternoon completing the project and placed my photos of my dreams & goals all around it.  I pinned them on with some fancy thumb tacks and pins that came with the board.  I placed the word "God" at the center to represent God being the center of my life and the point at which everything comes from.  Closest to that I placed pictures and words that represent the most special and most important of my dreams.  Around that close to the frame I placed other pictures.  Each one having some special meaning and representation to me.  All of them being tied together in some way... everything from meeting Mr. Right, to traveling, to the type of relationship I need with Mr. Right when he comes along, to relationships & friendships that I'd like to fix, to dreams I've had, and SO much more.

God is in Charge
This project was another small step in so many I've taken that's all about trying to change my way of thinking, trying to change my bad habits, trying to change my life for the better by learning so many new things.  Eating well & losing weight is just one of those steps and goals to getting to a good life for me.  I've been reading so much about anything that involves improving myself whether it be about my weight, my health issues, my spirituality, my faith, everything!  With these tools I can change my life and get my life back on a good track finally… which I am doing. Every little good thing… is a big good thing… like the Vision Board.  Now I can look at it every day above my desk as I sit and I’ll never forget my visions, my dreams, and I’ll never forget that God is in charge and that I can’t give up faith.

Let’s Pray
 ~~ Dear God ~~  Wonderful, loving Father; so often I want to run with my own dreams and forget to include You.  Thank You for steering me back on track.  Please help Your dreams for my life become my dreams for my life.  In Jesus name, AMEN.

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9 comments :

  1. Oh I love being the first... Yay. ok fun moment over I'm better now. I love the idea of the vision board and placing God in the Center ,, Too Cool. We did something like that in a class called "Dress for Success." I did that as well as a mission statement we had to do for school- which hangs on my wall during school. It reminds me just who I am and why I'm doing what I'm doing.

    your right,It definitely all starts with God, our Creator.

    Debi

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm glad you liked it. Many blessings to you. HUGS. Oh, and I will be praying for the success of your book! HUG

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  2. SPARKLISEJune 01, 2013

    I did 3 vision boards (or vision collages) in january of this year.

    But, unlike you, I was not smart enough to put GOD in the middle. :-o
    It's all weight goal related, and because I have them at the same place, I hardly notice them anymore....except for the one in my kitchen cause when I do the dishes it stares me in the face. :-D LOL

    I had just looked into magazines and I never though of taking stuff off the internet.
    I'm going to think of making new ones.
    The goal weight is still the same, but my spiritual goal is changing.

    Keep up the good work! HUGS

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks also for sharing. Sounds like you have a good handle on what your dreams are. That's great. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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  3. This one gives me hope :) Thanks for encouraging me to continue dreaming and making me realize theirs more to life :)

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  6. AnonymousJune 26, 2013

    Carly,

    What a fascinating story!!! The cork board, is a great idea and the fact that GOD is the CENTER makes it HIS FIRST!!! Your prayer is very moving, as I want GOD'S dreams to be my dreams also.

    God bless you and take care,

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    1. Thank you. I hope you are blessed by it. Many blessings to you. HUG

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