Vision Boards are effective tools because they serve as a compass that keeps you on the path to pursuing your ambitions. Commonly, these boards consist of a collage of images that are aligned with your future ambitions and so the beginning of the year is always a great time to create a vision board. Daily visualization is one of the most popular motivators. Hence, vision boards are a beneficial way to visualize goals and harness the power of intention. The use of vision boards has been endorsed by many personalities including Oprah Winfrey.
In 2023, the Law Office of Angela Barker LLC challenges you to create a vision board that targets the four (4) listed goals below. Our subsequent newsletters will delve into each goal separately and expand on practical ways to go about attaining success in each area; and at the end of this year, we will provide you with several questions for your year-end reflection and assessment.
Goal #1 – Using Your Divorce as A Tool for Personal Growth
Use the new year to become better in a personal and meaningful way. Some marriages may cause one or both parties to feel strained or pressured. If bitter feelings are constantly arising in your marriage, it may be time to start thinking about a divorce. If separated, you can take this new space to practice self-care. Some examples of self-care are improving your health routines by eating and sleeping better, exercising for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week, and shoring up your support system by spending quality time with friends and family.
Goal #2 – Balancing Finances in Your Marriage
It is important to balance finances in your marriage. Write down your financial goals for the year. Calculate how much you make, budget how much you are expected to spend monthly, and do your best to stick within the budget set for expenditure. One suggestion to assist with keeping within your spending budget is to allocate household expenses as a percentage that is proportional to each spouse’s income. In that way, each spouse can gauge the monthly amount that they must budget for their share of the marital expenses.
Goal #3 – Prioritizing Your Teen’s Mental Health
Oftentimes, the parent-children relationship becomes unstable during a divorce, particularly with teenagers who are experiencing a myriad of physical, social, and emotional changes during their adolescent years. To maintain a wholesome household, a well-rounded vision board should include not only your health and wellness goals, but also that of your children. As a parent, the mental health of your children should be a priority. Create a safe place that allow your teenagers to feel encouraged to be open with their feelings and any mental challenges they may be facing. Listen to their concerns and try not to criticize how they cope with these new changes and challenges.
Goal #4 – Charitable Giving and Community Involvement
One simple bonding exercise is giving back to a charity as a family. Collectively identify a charitable cause and then discuss how much money or time you want to give to the charitable cause this year with the members of your family. Volunteering as a family may allow for growth in your relationships and increase your family’s appreciation for your own resources.
By creating a vision board that targets the goals discussed above, you will be continuously provided with a visual reminder of your dreams and goals and be motivated to maintain focus on achieving them.