Vision. Dreams. Pursuing our passion. Remember when we were told to go after what we were passionate about? We could say almost anything and our parents would admire our young wisdom.
Let’s be honest. Dreaming was a whole lot easier at 9 years old. It didn’t take long for my dream machine to loose its luster after about the 3rd sleepless night with our newborn. I couldn’t fathom surviving sleep deprivation, let alone 5 years into the future.
Your Future is Calling for You
I remember sitting down with a few friends for a drink and asking, “So, where do you think we’ll be in about 5 years?” Totally confused, they asked, “What are you talking about? We’ve got to make it through this.”
Something was tugging at me to really think about the future: What would my life look like in 5 years?
I felt awkward with the words. In fact, I felt strange thinking about ideas and goals. When I shared, I felt childish. I found that dreaming and planning took effort. When we were kids it was so easy!
So, how can turn back on our creativity, our inspiration, and create our vision?
Decide to be open.
Decide that creating a vision is important and worthy of your time and be open to when God speaks into your mind and heart. Guard this time and use it to design your plan for the future. As my mom told me, “If you don’t plan your time, someone else will!”
Create your space.
Create an inspiring environment. Make it fun and exciting. Comfort, candles, and coffee are my 3 magic C’s to my creativity. The bottom line, grab your goodies: a glass of wine, a margarita, tea, water, and don’t forget the snacks! Get comfy. I have favorite lounging pants and an oversized shirt that always brings sets the mood for creativity and deep work on the future.
Fresh starts are fertile spaces.
Get started with blank pages, your favorite pens, color pencils, or even Sharpies! The blank pages are important. To start defining the new, the scribbles and markings of the past must be kept in their place – in the past. We learn from the past; we don’t stay there! Our fresh, blank pages offers a fertile place to begin anew.
During an afternoon with a friend working through our 5-year vision, she wrote: to not feel broken.
She wrote with black sharpie in the middle in big letters. I waited as a few tears hit the page and then I touched her hand and asked her to turn that into what she knows is important to her in a relationship and when given a fresh start at love, what are her non-negotiable values, or those aspects of a relationships, that are so significant to her that she will not settle for something less.
Through her, I also noticed how I have protected the delicateness of my own heart. Whether the word is divorced, abused, raped, abandoned, lonely, depressed, unwanted, or unloved, the pain is deep and dark. We don’t want to feel those experiences, yet we keep ourselves shackled to those dark places. The question is: what has this experience taught about what is the most important in this life and how can I honor those values, principles, and characteristics as a grow forward?
Define your unique purpose.
Define who you are now and describe you! What is truly important to you? What makes your heart sing? If you could wave a magic wand and do anything, what would you be doing? What are your hobbies? What books are you reading? What are you doing on a Sunday afternoon? Who do you want to spend more time with? What qualities will you find in your perfect partner? Who are your friends and why do you like them? Which quality do you absolutely love about you? If you had to fill in this blank, what would it be?
Me = ______________
Your future is a gift for you.
Your Future, it’s time to dream! This may take some time and serious consideration. This may feel weird and selfish. Actually, if you are not feeling selfish, you’re not going deep enough into your dream machine! Think of it this way, God wants to give you an abundant life, more than you could possibly think or imagine! God doesn’t think your dreams are selfish – He’s WAY ahead of you!
Describe every aspect of your most perfect week! Where are you? Who are you with? Where do you live? What are doing? How do you feel?
Act as if you are living your dream today!
Take some action! Find pictures online and in magazines. Tell someone you trust. Start living the plan towards your vision. What is one thing you can do within the next 24 hours that will make your heart smile because it’s you BEING YOU. What is one thing you can do to move towards that 5 year vision that you are now fiercely in love with?
THIS IS YOUR STORY.
You can always pick up the pen to your life and write a different story. Be the lead and fiercely love yourself!
It’s time for new beginnings, new chapters, new people, new adventures, new stories.
Cheers to fiercely falling in love with the future designed only for you!
The time has arrived to embrace the you that has emerged and is ready for a beautiful future.
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