The Circle – 2016 Vision Board

I’m linking up with In It’s Time for The Circle today and the theme was chosen by a friend of mine, Shea of Shea Lennon.  She suggested making a vision board for your 2016 hopes, goals, inspirations, etc.  I have discussed some of that on the blog already, but I thought I’d make a little vision board and I really had a lot of fun making it.  Without further ado, here it is!


1. Word of the year – I’ve already shared a great deal about my word of the year, but what I wanted to share was a neat way I’m going to remind myself of my word every day. I was inspired by my dear Jen to get a bracelet to wear that says the word on it. While I wasn’t able to find one that said just “present” I did find one that said “be present” and I think that it definitely embodies what I’m attempting to do with my word of the year. It’ll be nice to have that reminder with me every day.

2. Travel – this goal will happen because it’s already planned! I’ve mentioned it a few times already; we’re going to Jamaica for our tenth wedding anniversary. Our anniversary is in May, but we’re traveling in early April. And yes, we are bringing Oliver; I can’t bear the thought of leaving him for a whole week. We had a good trial run of what flying is like this past weekend visiting Nate’s grandmother in St. Louis for her 90th birthday. I’ll have more about that trip on the blog later this week.

3. Books – I mentioned in my Currently post for this month that I need to get back into reading in the worst way. I saw the neatest idea on my friend Cara’s blog about a reading list for the year and I’m thinking of giving it a try. If this doesn’t work I don’t know what will!

4. Hobbies – I wouldn’t say I’m aspiring to learn new hobbies as much I’m hoping to re-kindle a few older ones. I have already mentioned in earlier posts that I would like to get back into baking cupcakes. I also need to get back to scrapbooking, I started Ollie’s baby book about a year ago and haven’t done much with it since!

5. Other goals – We’re not in a rush, but since Ollie will be turning three by the end of the year, we’d like to start potty training, thinking we’ll start this summer (he can run around outside and who cares about accidents right?)  We’d like to work on saving more money for future goals.  And I’d like to go to more shows, events, concerts, etc.  I’d also like to try one new restaurant a month. That seems ambitious, but I got Nate this thing called a Pub Pass for Christmas that gets him one free beer at a variety of restaurants, many of which we haven’t tried before, so I think this is a goal we should work on.  And I’d like us to be healthy, happy and most of all, be able to spend as much time as a family as possible. He’s only little for so long, so I want to make sure we’re soaking up all of if that we can!

Again, I always say I don’t make resolutions, I really prefer goals.  I like having something to strive for, but I don’t feel bad if things don’t happen the way I plan them.  I really do think that many of these are attainable though!  Do you have any big goals for 2016?  Be sure to visit In It’s Time for other Circle posts from other bloggers!

9 thoughts on “The Circle – 2016 Vision Board

  1. I really like your word of the year and that is awesome that you were able to get a bracelet with the phrase “be present” to remind you of that! One of my words is similar to being present: Quality (time). I get so busy with doing so much that I sometimes forget to give quality time to those I love most, especially my husband. So while I may look super productive on the blog, in reality, the side effect is that I am losing time with my husband. So I want that to change this year and make him more of a priority, be present when he is home rather than working on blogging stuff or other things I enjoy but can honestly take my attention completely off him, and focus on quality over quantity this year, meaning that I want to simplify in ways that will allow me to be more intentional.

  2. I love you board and wearing your word of the year on a bracelet and having it on your vision board is a double whammy of reminders. I’m a little jealous of your trip to Jamaica and I’d probably have to take my kids as well. I’ve heard others say that it’s a perfect spot for toddlers. Good luck with potty training. We’re still going through it sort of. It’s one of the toughest things a parent goes through, or at least it’s been for us.

  3. I’m so glad you shared your goals and mood board Beth, I love it! I love that you found a bracelet with “be present” on it–what a great daily visual reminder. I need to find something that says confidence maybe! How exciting that you’re going to Jamaica for your 10th anniversary! Our 10th is this summer but we don’t have any plans for it… we are going to Nashville with friends though in June so that will totally count I think! Also, yes, potty training… that will probably be happening this year for Jona too and I’m dreading it. Hopefully we can share tips 🙂

  4. Ooh, I LOVE the idea of getting a bracelet for your word/goal for the year. What a great way to see it and be reminded of it on a daily basis (and with pretty jewelry, too!). I love your word and it’s something I’m actually trying to focus on this year, too. 🙂

    Thanks for linking up! Happy 2016!

  5. YAY! I’m in there! Thanks for the shout out! I’m almost done my second book of the challenge — one I should have read in school. Oh the guilt! 🙂

    I too should catch up on C’s baby book. I bought it when I was in the very early stages of labour, and couldn’t find one I liked, so I picked one that was “good enough”. I might actually go out and buy a new one. Every time I get to: “President of the United States on the Day You Were Born” I get angry. Why didn’t I think to get a Canadian one?

  6. I love your mindfulness. Your focus on spending time together as a family, and being present in the moments–the here and now–while it lasts are fantastic. I created a simple scrapbook of my son’s art projects when he was little. It seemed we made so many things. I wrote down his thoughts and my thoughts about them, and it was a great way to scrapbook on the go– I lived in Minneapolis then, and while I tried to capture photos of the Bunny Breakfast and Santa Brunches at Macy’s, what I was really committed to was the cataloguing of the art projects–and 10 years later, those are the scrapbooks we pull out to look at and laugh about. Just mentioning in case you find something like that easier to do on an ongoing basis!

    Good luck with your other goals.

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