Your Dreams and Visions.

   “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung 

 What are your dreams? What do you envision when you think of your future? How about that famous question, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” It can be a lot to think about and ponder on right?
Recently, I created a vision board as part of an assignment for a psychology class I’m in.  The assignment was to create a vision board or dream board of all the things in your life that you envision happening. It’s really open how you create it but ideally important to trust your instinct and find images and quotes that resonate with you. There really is no right or wrong way to go about making this vision board. All you need is some scissors, glue, magazines, newspapers, poster board and an open mind.
It was a very introspective exercise for me but also really fun and exciting! It’s like the step right before seeing your dreams actually become a reality. I felt compelled to find images that defined me in my life right now as well themes I feel connected to.  The image above is my vision board, you can see some of the things I included, I.e. fitness, spirituality, abundance, changing the world. The great thing about having a vision board is that you can put anything you want on it. Anything that inspires or uplifts you, makes you happy or simply reminders to think more positively.
So what would you put on your vision board? What do you want to see happen? Or what do you need to be reminded about? We go through life sometimes without listening to ourselves and forget to nurture our inner self. It’s important to take even a few minutes out of our busy day to check in and see how we are feeling.
What do you need right now? Inspiration? Love? Happiness? Give yourself permission to spend time working on yourself as well by creating a vision board! Consider this a little present to yourself and have fun with it. Take time to look inward and see what you want your inner and outer world to be surrounded by.

Enjoy Life.

When was the last time you sat down and just breathed in nature? Or had a heartfelt conversation with someone? For me, it had been a while. Being the New Yorker that I am, I constantly feel a pressure to be working on something. It’s hard to simply sit down and relax when time is of the essence especially in New York. This constant drive to be doing something changed drastically when I recently took a trip out to the West Coast, California.

Immediately life was slower but I was still in that New York state of mind, trying to rush everywhere, do everything and had no patience for how slow everything was. Life became more relaxed, however I didn’t feel relaxed. I felt tension in my body from trying to force life to be faster. Luckily my friends pointed this out to me and I soon realized they were right, I simply just needed to relax and enjoy the scenery. Sure it wasn’t New York, but there was a beauty to how Californians live. Once I realized this I really started to let go of that New Yorker energy and accept that this was going to be my life for a few days.

I felt happier and lighter and definitely more relaxed. I didn’t feel the urge to be doing something in my down time. Instead I spent hours talking to my friends and relaxing by the beach. It was the first time in a long time that I stopped, put my responsibilities aside and just enjoyed the moment.

Sometimes it’s hard to remember to enjoy our lives and find beauty in our environments. I think the biggest lesson for me from this trip was to relax and understand that everything happens at the right pace.

What are some ways you can enjoy your life despite daily responsibilities? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Take a walk even if it’s during your lunch break.

2. Get some sunshine! Go to the beach or the park with some friends or your loved ones.

3. Meditate.

4. Listen to music

5. Have a conversation with good friends.

As Abraham Lincoln once said,”In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.”  – Abraham Lincoln