I discovered vision boards in 2011 - and started with some basic goals so I wouldn’t overwhelm myself. I covered most of what I set out to accomplish that year. In 2012, I was a bit more adventurous and created two vision boards. One for the year and one for long term goals. I wasn’t looking to accomplish anything on the long term board in 2012 but I got one thing done. Anyway, here’s the review: -
- The world has been a much better place since you walked into my life.
- Here’s the credit card digits, darling. Buy yourself anything you want.
- You’re perfect just the way you are and I wouldn’t want you any other way.
- You have the most magnificent body I’ve ever seen and I can’t get enough of it.
- I don’t really care what anyone else thinks. I love you and that’s all that matters.
- You look gorgeous in that [insert hideous outfit type here].
- I planned something awesome for our anniversary.
- I watched you while you were sleeping last night and you looked like an angel.
- It doesn't matter what you do, I'll support you no matter what.
Sometimes in life, you feel like a total loser who has made all the wrong decisions about everything. You’re down in the doldrums and just want to drown in your misery. Killing yourself is not an option so what's the best way to drag yourself out of it? From experience it’s usually one of 3 things that can help. No, one of them isn’t sex.
Through the ages, we have been led to believe that The One is the person you were meant to spend your life with, preordained for you by destiny and moulded in just the right kind of way for you. He/she was moulded so perfectly that when you finally come upon each other shortness of breath, irregular heart beat and weak knees ensue in quick succession. It should be noted several doctors might argue these are also symptoms of several diseases.
As a kid, I was a huge fan of Matlock and wanted to be a lawyer in addition to being a writer. My grand plan was to eventually start writing books, drawing on my experiences in the courtroom. Then I came across a certain famous ex-lawyer’s book when I was 17. I remember thinking, “What in the Matlock hell? He’s already doing what I had in mind. He invaded my head.” I was upset about it for a while too.
About 7 years ago, I came across something I needed to achieve career wise but I wasn’t ready for it at that time. After putting together a plan, I pegged down about 7 - 10 years to get there. At the time, it sounded like 70 – 100 years to me. For the next 2 years, I looked for shortcuts to get to the target faster but it only derailed me and caused me to lose some time. Eventually, I stuck with the plan and plodded on the path one step at a time.
Personal finance is something I’ve taken an interest in ever since I got laid off twice during the recession and experienced the terror of what “being down to my last dime” feels like. I discovered David Bach and read some of his books. I reviewed one - The Automatic Millionaire last year.
Neil Gaiman is an English short fiction author. He also writes comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. Below is the commencement speech he gave to the University of the Arts, Philadelphia class of 2012. It is an inspirational speech and one every creative artist should listen to. Some of the things he said point back to a few of my earlier blog posts on believing in the power of your dreams, never giving up and getting on with it one word at a time. I truly wish I'd heard this about 15 years ago but better late than never I guess :).