Happy New Year, everyone! I don’t know about y’all, but I’m soooo excited to see what 2023 has in store for me! I don’t have super high expectations or anything like that, but I hope this year is filled with plenty of opportunities for all of us to learn and grow.
If you’ve been a part of the LFT fam for a while, then you know that my mom and I create vision boards every year (feel free to check out my vision board for 2022 and 2021). Well, I have to say that this one is my favorite one yet! You’ll notice that it’s more simple than my previous vision boards, but it embodies everything that I value, and the overall theme is discovering more about myself.
Highlight #1: Important Reminders
In the center going downward are the things I want to remember and center my life around. Last year, I was laser-focused on making sure I put myself first, and I want that to continue this year. In 2023, I want to remember to pray, do what makes me happy, stop making excuses, show grit and fortitude through challenges, and find joy in the simple things.
By making these the center of my life and my primary focus, I can dive deeper into truly understanding who I want to be and seek opportunities to put my findings into practice. I can discover what it takes to be determined, how to be persistent, how to practice patience, and what I need to be happy in life. I know it’s not something that I can completely master and understand all in one year, but I have to start somewhere! Why not start now?
Highlight #2: What Makes Jasmine Happy?
Based on what I learned about myself last year, I still struggle with putting myself first, but I know I have to keep trying to achieve happiness. So, I need to make more time to do things that I want to do.
In 2022, I found so many things that brought me joy. I discovered my love for scrapbooking, and I rediscovered my love of nature and hikes with my family. In my vision board, you can see the scrapbook in the upper right corner, and you can see my love for nature in the two pictures placed under the words, “Go find out,” which is probably my new favorite phrase.
My goal is to continue doing these things in the new year and actively search for other things that make me happy. It’s a great way to help with my depression and anxiety because I’ll have these activities to turn to when I’m feeling down. My therapist and I call this “building a toolkit” to make sure I’m equipped with everything I need when depression and anxiety inevitably take over. This year, I can’t wait to explore other things to add to my toolkit to help with my mental health.
Highlight #3: The Journey Won’t Always Be Straight & Narrow, But It’s My Journey.
The “Where I’ve Been” and “Where I’m Going” part of my vision board is one my favorite parts because it’s a perfect reminder that life can and will get complicated. Sometimes in therapy, I tend to think that I’m getting all the answers, so my depression and anxiety should be cured… WRONG!
I need to remember that there will be many twists, turns, and challenges in my life, but no matter what I go through, I’m not where I once was. It’s easy to forget all of the progress I’ve made when I’m in the middle of self-doubt or blame, so this portion of my vision board is a reminder to be kind to myself and give myself grace as needed because I’m such a long way from where I started.
A lot of people go into the new year with the mentality of “Near year, new me!” While there’s nothing wrong with that at all, I’d like to go into the new year with the mentality of, “New year, better me.” I don’t want to change who I am but rather become better than who I was last year and in years past, and I’m thankful that this vision board allows me to reflect on the person I want to be in the now and future.
If you’ve ever thought about making a vision board for yourself, I hope this inspires you to start! Yes, 2023 has started already, but you can make a vision board at any time — even if it’s in the middle of the year. If you’ve already made a vision board, be sure to post it on Instagram and tag me in it!
Here’s to all of us for making it this far and continuing to work on ourselves through it all!