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Plans for 2012!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

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Happy New Year!

I've been reading different people's blog posts all day with their lists of resolutions for the new year. I promise this is not going to be one of those. Well... not exactly, anyway.

As you probably know, I spent 2011 doing a happiness project, which was exactly the kind of project a left-brained organization freak like me thrives on. It had lists upon lists -- a list of happiness commandments, a list of monthly themes, monthly lists of resolutions, and checklists each day to review those resolutions. It was an extremely methodical way of making change in my life, and it did a lot of good for me, but it was a lot of work.

I'm going in an entirely new direction for 2012.

When I visited my aunt at the end of October, I told her about the happiness project, and she told me about a completely different approach to making change in your life, called a "vision board." It's supposed to be the right-brain version of making resolutions. The idea is that you cut a bunch of pictures out of magazines to illustrate the kind of life you want to being moving toward, put it in a place where you'll see it often, and then let your subconscious move you toward those goals. She and her friends were planning to get together the following week and make their own vision boards.

Understand that my aunt is a licensed psychologist, so while my first impression was that the whole vision board thing was kind of overly hokey and New Age-y, it started me thinking about what I did know about the subconscious mind and how many people I knew who swore by "the law of attraction" and stuff like that.

Also I liked the idea of not having to do any carefully documented work to reach my goals.

So while everyone else was writing out their attainable, reasonable, measurable goals yesterday and today, I was putting pretty pictures from Pinterest into Photoshop.

Since I don't really have a desk at home -- I use my laptop on the couch -- I decided to make my desktop background my vision board. That will guarantee that I see it every day.

I did some reading on what makes a "good" vision board, and basically you don't want to do what was my first instinct, which is to make a list of goals, pick a picture to represent each one, and put them together. It's more that you want the whole feeling of the vision board to match the feeling you want to have in your life.

I don't think I quite succeeded with this, as my board includes some specific things I want more of (like playing board games and knitting), but overall there are two strong feelings: colorful and comfortable. In general it seems I want this year to include a lot of fun, a lot of creating, and a lot of self-care.

(Sorry, I am not posting my actual vision board because it includes pictures of Mike and me. Also because I don't feel like sourcing all the Pinterest photos.)

I am setting one concrete, if not entirely measurable, goal for 2012, which is to officially launch my side business as a job search coach. My niche is going to be new graduates and young professionals. There are a lot of job coaches out there aimed at experienced professionals, but I really want to work with those people newly out of school who don't necessarily have a solid understanding of what they have to offer or how the world of hiring works.

What I loved about teaching employment interviewing was that I would get these students who came into my class feeling like they had no experience and no skills and left feeling confident that they could find a job that was a good match for them. I remember one senior who wrote in her final paper that she no longer had a panic attack every time she thought about applying for jobs; she had changed majors late in the game and had thought she had zero chance of getting hired, but I had coached her through highlighting the skills she had that matched the kind of job she wanted. Another student came up to me on the last day of class and shook my hand, saying that he'd just landed an internship because of the skills I taught him.

I love helping people find that confidence in themselves.

So I've ordered business cards -- just 50 to start, with the hope of creating a website down the road and adding that URL to my cards. I have the pricing on my job search packages set, and I'm going to pick a certain number of free packages to start and then e-mail my friends and family to ask who they know that might want some free help in exchange for recommending me if they're happy. Because I'm not depending on this for a primary source of income, I feel comfortable just kind of throwing it out there and seeing if anything happens. I'm excited to get started!

What are your plans or goals for 2012? If you've written a post on it, feel free to leave a link in comments!


  1. Although in a previous comment I was saying I like the idea of the very organised Happiness Project, this vision board appeals to me also (because it sounds like a bit less work haha). Maybe I'll try a bit of both!

    (also since you asked here is my post of some goals for this year http://lozzz123.blogspot.com/2011/12/2011-review.html )

    P.S. Your new side-job sounds cool! Hope it's a great success :)

  2. @Lozzz123
    It makes sense to figure out what works best for you! I am guessing they both can have a positive effect in different ways.

    Thanks for sharing your link!

  3. That is such a cute idea! I really like that. I've never been good at putting what I want into words (strange since I write ALL THE TIME). Maybe pictures will work better. :)

  4. @Emily Hornburg
    It's definitely a fun way to do goal-setting! Who knows if it actually works :) Maybe you can give it a try too and we'll see if either of us have any success with it!

  5. That's a great idea! I've heard of people doing this even on the less involved end, just one picture of something they've been thinking about. I hope it works for you. And best of luck on launching your side gig! :) Happy New Year!

  6. @Rabbit
    Interesting! I would probably be tempted to make it a picture of something I want to do/accomplish, and that would probably just nag at me. I think it could work if you had a single image that summed up how you wanted your life to be or feel, or that inspired you in a certain direction. That would be a powerful image!

    Thanks--good luck to you with your goals as well!

  7. Fantastic set of goals! It made me laugh when I read, "Also I liked the idea of not having to do any carefully documented work to reach my goals" ... Hubby and I are doing exactly the opposite! :-) After years of "we really should..." we decided to go the whole hog and really jump into a complete overhaul this year. We made a blog about it, too! Here's hoping we don't give up by February... That'd make us look just a tad foolish!!
    Best of luck with your resolutions this year, and a very Happy New Year to you.

  8. @Jessica
    Yeah, I don't think I could deal with ONE image, unless, maybe for a very specific goal. Something like a picture of dress on the fridge door a few months before an important event and you had wanted to watch your weight. I do like the "vision" approach, since it's more holistic, targeting everything at once.

  9. @Chantelle
    Good for you! In my case I liked the vision board because I just spent a whole year with a lot of structure and documenting everything I did. That kind of process definitely has the potential to create great change, but it's a lot of work! Best of luck to you and your husband!

  10. @Rabbit
    That's true. I think the catch, for me at least, is that it would have to be an image that motivated and inspired me to reach my goal, rather than just making me feel guilty for what I wasn't doing. I can see how, if you're already involved in a process like weight loss, having a specific picture of what the end goal looks like or means to you could be helpful. And I'm sure too that there are things that wouldn't work for me that work well for other people :)


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