One particular Saturday evening last January, I planned a romantic date for my husband and myself. I lit the candles, busted out some magazines (no, not the nudey kind, but that would’ve been a nice touch on my part, in retrospect), armed him with scissors and a glue stick, and said “Let’s make sweet love, honey.” Nope, I didn’t say that. More accurately it was something like, “I was just reading a crunchy-granola, feel-good blog that gave instructions on making a dream board. I thought it would be fun to do for a date night. You know, so our dreams can come true. Whaddya think?” (It’s a wonder why he’s still married to me).
He *loved* the idea, or at least feigned to love it (which is why I’m still married to him) and we began dream boarding our little hearts out. After a few hours we both had our finished products and I put mine up on the wall, in the living room, for the world to see. I was ready and willing to share my visions with anyone.
Then, I continued on through 2010, with nary a glance at my vision board.
As 2010 came to a close last week, I didn’t even bother to re-visit my dream board, that is until I got an email from the one and only Sugar Jones inviting me to a 2011 Dream Board party at the Sugar Shack. As soon as I saw the words “Dream Board” I glanced up to mine from last year. At first I thought, Wow, I have done NOTHING on this board in the past year. I’m a big, fat loser.
Okay, I wasn’t that hard on myself. But I was a little disappointed.
But then, I dissected my board a little more closely.
Hey, there’s a photo of an iPhone, and I got three of those last year. Maybe my board is right on target.
Then I noticed that there are also photos of:
- A pool–I did a lot of swimming last summer.
- Some news anchors–I was on the news a couple times.
- A tree–I kept a plant alive in the month of December.
- A treadmill–I went running approximately five times.
- Some book shelves–I read three books.
- P!nk performing live on stage–Glitter in the Air was our favorite song this summer.
- Barack & Michelle Obama–I bought his children’s book, Of Thee I Sing.
So really, I wasn’t that far away from my visions. I think I just need to be more specific on my board next time. Like I need to spell out “I want a big home with a huge library and pool, I want P!nk’s body and I want to have dinner with the President and First Lady.” (Hey, back off, a girl can dream!).
The two things I’m most disappointed in not making happen in 2010 that were on my dream board is #1 yoga, I was really hoping to do more yoga and #2 a skort, I really wanted a cute running skort. Though a cute skort is not so cute when it is in my size, so maybe I should just be happy with unanswered prayers at this point.
It’s all at how you look at it, right?
So what do you think of dream boards? A bunch of malarkey or a true avenue to manifesting your dreams? My take is that they don’t hurt so why not try? I’ll be making another one soon, either at Sugar’s or on a *romantic* date night. Next time, I might bring a couple “adult” mags to raise the stakes a little.