I began 2014 as a different person. All the energy had been sucked out of me at work in 2013. I was done.
I threw my vision board together with a very clear call to action for 2014. My word for the year was “Jump: Live Your Dreams!” I used only images for 2014.
If you’re a book-worm, I know you know J.K. Rowling; the author of the Harry Potter books and currently writing under the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith.
I have admired her for a long time and she is part of the Be Inspired – Videos. She conceived the idea for Harry Potter on a plane in 1990.
Over the next 7 years, she lost her mother, got divorced, and fell into poverty before the first book was published. She has described her failure as liberating.
I credit David Bach for setting the light bulb on in my head about managing money. I was never much of a spendthrift but I wasn’t very good at managing my money.
There were so many little things siphoning money away, which I never paid attention to. I began reading his books when I was laid off during the recession.
I still can’t buy a cup of hot chocolate without thinking of his latte factor. He inspires me to keep my eye on the financial ball.
I was challenged to not just pay off all my debt but to also start building wealth and working towards doing what I really love.
It provided a functional plan that didn’t suck all the fun out of life. Not everyone agrees with Dave’s philosophy but I customized it and made it work for me.
He is an economist and investor. He is the founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the promotion and celebration of excellence in business leadership and entrepreneurship across Africa.
He was also my boss at my first serious job out of school. I picked up my work ethic from him and it has remained with me for a very long time.
His vision, entrepreneurial, and giving spirit continue to inspire me. Maybe one day, I’ll meet him again.
This guy doesn’t need an introduction. He encouraged people to – Think Differently – and revolutionized the ICT industry.
His 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University is one of my all time favorites, snippet –
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice…” RIP!
No, I don’t want to be like Queen Latifah, Diane Keaton, or Katie Holmes but if you’ve seen the movie Mad Money, it’s about three ladies down on their luck.
They devise a scheme to rip off the federal reserve with comical results. The premise is – every woman should always have mad money stashed away somewhere.
It’s the kind of money that will allow you to walk away from a messed up situation without fear or regret.
Those Fit People
Those fit people are Shaun T, Chalene Johnson, and Pilar Sanders. They are my fitness icons and have the kind of bodies I want.
Well, Pillar Sanders and Chalean Johnson do. Shaun T is just there to remind me another round of insanity is waiting somewhere if I slip up. 🙂
I spent the last half of 2013 eating things that still make me want to hurl when I think about them but when you work 15 – 20 hours a day, cooking isn’t high on your priority list.
I also gained back about 50% of the weight I lost through insanity. I want to get back on my healthy food trail in 2014.
I was a terrible mess after my parents died in 2007. One of the things that brought me back from the suicidal ledge was getting involved in tango.
It’s fallen by the wayside in recent years but I want to go back to it. It awakes a passion for everything, deep in your soul. At least for me, it does.
Around the World in 80 Days was one of my favorite books as a child. I sooooo wanted to do what Phileas Fogg did but I’m a bit more realistic these days.
I’m not going to go around the world in 80 days but they inspire me to keep discovering. You can see where I’ve been already on my bucket list HERE.
If you’ve ever seen the movie Like Crazy, you’ll get why this one is here. It’s about a couple in a long-distance relationship, which says it all. Here’s a link to a longer synopsis. Kinda depressing…
Lady in Pink
That’s my mother. The picture was taken in 1984 at my baby sister’s birthday party. She died in 2007, 2 weeks after I last saw her.
Setting up a foundation in her memory has been part of my bucket list for 7 years and 2014 is the year I want to make it happen.
Most of the things on my vision board are calling for me to challenge myself beyond the ordinary, every day, and do something different.
So how did 2014 turn out? I think this website is a good indication of how it’s going. I usually do my vision board reveals the first month of the following year so stay tuned :).
Have you ever tried putting together a vision board? Read my earlier article:-
- Using a Vision Board to Reach Your Short & Long Term Goals
- 5 Easy Ways to Keep Track of Your Vision Board
- 2011 Vision Board
- 2012 Vision Board
- 2013 Vision Board
- 2014 Vision Board
- 2015 Vision Board
- 2016 Vision Board
- 2017 Vision Board
- 2018 Vision Board
Interesting in the process of creating your own vision board, check out Create an Actionable Vision Board Kit, which includes everything you need to create and stay on track with a vision board.
My experience from 2011 with vision boards inspired me greatly while putting this together. Check it out HERE. Use code vision20 for 20% off!