Another important aspect of my vision-setting for 2021 was that I did not set any specific goals. Now, I know that for a lot of you this seems counterintuitive because S.M.A.R.T. goals, amirite? While I’m on board with making specific, measurable, achievable bla bla bla… goals most of the time, my vision for 2021 was to…
It’s definitely been a while since I’ve created one but 2020 really got me in the mood to look only forward and I figured that a vision board was a great way to start off the new year. In this post, I’ll walk you through my process in the hopes of inspiring your own vision board for 2021.
Something or someone external? A physical obstacle? You? Your mindset? Answer honestly. For me, it’s expectations. Expectations bred from the over-consumption of television and YA novels. Expectations put in place by society and groupthink. Expectations imagined by my own naive mind.
Because let’s call this whole shit show what it is: traumatizing. We’re all working through something traumatic. So, those feelings you’re experiencing such as lack of motivation, depression, anxiety, grief, dissociation – they are all part of your mind and soul trying to process what’s happening. And when you’re working through something traumatic, the last thing you need to worry about is how to be more productive.
A recent Facebook post reminded me of a pivotal moment during my time as a graduate assistant, earning my master’s degree in higher education. I worked 20 hours in the dean’s office, specifically helping students with disabilities get their proper accommodations. The work was draining, to say the least. A fellow classmate, who was completing her doc program, walked by. What started as a quick “hello”, turned into a deep, half hour conversation about our work that ultimately culminated in her telling me this: You’re not that important.