Creating vision boards is one tool I am using to help clarify my retirement lifestyle vision. I created one in January to see if my word of the year, Journey, would come to life visually. The first thing I realized on completing the board is – My vision boards are becoming a bit repetitive. Or in a more positive view, they are consistent! My retirement life vision continues to be consistent. And the theme of Journey for this year still feels right.
Create the Vision. Plan the Path. Live the Journey.
The center of my vision board is BEING ACTIVE.
Being more active continues to be a big part of my retirement lifestyle vision – from Physical Activity (movement) for health to Out & About activity for all kinds of reasons including fun, connection, and mental stimulation. So being active is the center. And surrounding it are the elements of living the Journey of my vision:
- Writing – From overcoming the “who do you think you are?” by publishing and promoting the book to regular blogging sharing my musings. Writing is one of the components of my PLAY WITH WORDS retirement lifestyle vision – reading, writing, blogging, crosswords, Scrabble. Interesting that writing is an element that is “in the past” on the vision board… solidly established in the journey. It is also intriguing that writing and spirituality bookend the vision board – in color and tone.
- The BEACH – This popped in my last vision board and our snowbird adventure, beach yoga, and beach walks all fit into my retirement lifestyle vision. Again, the beach is “in the past” on the vision board… solidly established in the journey.
- Activities – There are lots of elements of movement – walking the beach, walking with friends, biking, yoga, SUP. This is solidly in the present, both on my vision board and in real life.
- HOME & FRIENDS – Connections are apparently inclusive of wine & food! It’s intriguing to me that home & connections are on the future end of my vision board; connections continue to be a work in progress for me. It makes me consider what more there is to do here.
- Plan Next Adventure(s). In the future and yes, absolutely needs to be done.
- Some newer specific elements:
- Self-Care – taking the time for things I love, being mindful, journaling, practicing gratitude.
- Nourish – eat better. In past vision boards, it’s been part of Healthy Habits and is an area that needs some more focused planning for healthier eating – Less sugar. Less fats. Less processed foods. More real food. More fresh fruits and vegetables. More whole grains.
- Meditate – I do active meditation with journaling, but will continue to explore the breathing meditation.
- Moving forward, some NEW THINGS popping up – Crafts! Playtime! Now that my book is in publication, perhaps there is some other creative outlet I will have fun exploring.
- Spirituality – a brand new element and intriguingly, visualized as a path. How will I be exploring spirituality this year?
My 2019 vision board has all elements of the retirement lifestyle I want to be living. I have Created the Vision. I have put the many of Plans in Place – the paths are there. How it is Living the Journey!
Have you tried creating a vision board for your retirement lifestyle?
(If interested, I’ve written in past posts how to create a vision board.)
Visual from our African Safari 2017 – Serengetti Sunrise