I have created focus boards for years … you know the corny imagery that motivational gurus love to encourage?
Call me corny or a hopeless dreamer… I’m here to report that focus boards work! For over ten years, my focus boards have pointed me in the direction of my dreams. Recently I decided to create a new focus board, which inspired me to take a look at all my past boards to reminisce. My corny motivational projects are now proof to me that dreams come true!
The Fall of 2000
When Jeff and I were home educating our children, we were hoping to inspire our children to dream big, have a thirst for learning and instill a wander lust for our big world. Looking at this focus board makes me giggle. I always thought the big house and fancy cars would make me happy. Turns out that the trips we took and the memories created were more precious than any home we were working hard to provide. I am grateful that we took the kids to the Caribbean, Washington DC, New York City, camping trips, trips to Texas and just about every museum in the state of Ohio. Our daughter spent a summer in Panama. Our son spent a summer in Italy and Spain. These are unforgettable experiences for them!
Focus for a successful career
When I was a Realtor, I had big dreams of building a team and being top in sales. I loved looking at a picture of Stilletos propped up on a fancy desk and imagined a highly powerful career in real estate. I did have some professional accomplishments to be proud of. However, I am most thrilled about the experiences that my focus board motivated me to try. Jeff and I had so much fun on a Harley Davidson we bought, putting 32,000 miles on the Harley in about a year! I got in the best shape of my life and was running. (that didn’t last) For the first time I allowed myself to dream of traveling the world, with no idea how these journeys would ever take shape. I just kept looking at images of all the exotic places I had in mind. It’s amazing how many dreams have been realized from this one board.
Finding my “muse”
When I left my career as a Realtor, I definitely needed motivation. I read a lot of travel blogs at the time and knew I had to set out on an adventure. One day I came across a quote by Rolf Potts, “travel isn’t expensive, maintaining stuff is.” So I listed my car on Craig’s list and sold it within a week. Using the money from my car, I started to plan an adventure. I chose to go to Costa Rica on a RealGap trip to learn Spanish and live with a host family. If you look closely at my real estate focus board, you’ll see a montage of pictures of a girl having an adventure in Costa Rica. Funny! This wasn’t planned when I did my focus board for my real estate office. Now I have a wonderful family in Costa Rica that I keep in touch with on Facebook. I will always cherish that adventure!
What I needed most after returning from Costa Rica was quotes to assist in “Finding My Muse.”
“In every real person, the will for life is also the will for joy” ~ Kari Barth.
And one of my favorites:
“Figure out which direction you want to go, but don’t be afraid to be creative with that direction… you have to go with the flow because you never know where it will take you. Just don’t expect things to happen overnight” ~ Anne Marie Craig.
Travel full time?
The next focus board reflected a shift to pursuing travel full-time. While travel is not a new pursuit, I decided to pursue a business in the travel industry. Deep down I just knew it was the direction that I needed to point myself. While I was pressing into the various travel related projects and working with social media, I looked at my focus board for inspiration. I am very proud of the direction Weekend ReTweat is taking! I believe success will eventually come from focusing on the direction I want to go and pressing into various opportunities that present themselves.
When I created my focus board for my real estate office, I couldn’t imagine ever realizing a dream trip to Italy. After saving my money for a long time, Jeff and I finally took that dream trip! I used to daydream about Europe while looking at a picture of a lady standing on a balcony overlooking an European city. I had cut her out of a magazine and posted it to my focus board in the real estate office. While in Naples, Jeff shot this picture me, yet another image of my focus board came to life… YEARS LATER.
Living the dream….
Every once in a while I need a fresh outlook. I decided to create a new focus board with a slight shift in focus. I will inevitably be traveling. I need to look and feel good for all my future travel adventures! I have made several attempts at conquering my fitness without much success. However, I’ve learned that if I keep focusing on my dreams I will eventually realize them. Day in and day out I will be reminded of all the great adventures that lie ahead and the need to be fit while experiencing the joys of life!
Here’s a quote from my new board:
“Her favorite story is the one she’s living right now”
Lessons from the focus board….
- Dreams Come True!
- Images from a focus board come to life & focusing on them gives direction to press into
- Don’t expect them to happen overnight… just keep pressing into opportunities that come your way!
Trust me! Dreams do come true!!! What’s on your focus board? If you are inspired to create one… I’d love to see it when your done. Please share a picture with me on my Facebook page and leave a comment here!!!! Let’s inspire each other.
Doing Life!, Travel