Vision Boarding 2017

The start to this new year was unlike any past years but that doesn’t mean I’m not setting goals and laying out a vision for what I want 2017 to look like. I’ve never been good at sticking to resolutions but vision boarding was definitely something I could get on board with (see what I did there? Hah!). 

My gal pals and I started a tradition last year to kick off the New Year with a vision board party. What better way to set goals than to have your close friends around to share with and keep you accountable in the months to come? 

My 2016 vision board

While I did check off several of the things I laid out on last year’s vision board, being pregnant for the better part of 2016 altered things a bit. But that’s the beauty of this project — it’s there for you to visualize what you want to achieve but it’s not set in stone. It’s meant to keep your list at the top of your mind and motivate you to accomplish things.

Gal pals, wine, laughter and crafting!

To get started on your own vision board all you need is a list of goals, an idea about how you want to visualize them and the supplies you need to make it happen. I personally love collaging but some of my girlfriends like to use push pins and a bulletin board. Check out my friend Mel’s video on vision boarding

This year I decided instead of making a poster to display in my bedroom I wanted to create my vision board in my monthly planner. This way it’s almost always around for me to flip open to when I need to refocus.

I selected a patterned page from a magazine to serve as the background of my board and got to work cutting out words that represent the things I want to focus on in 2017. Before I knew it, my vision board had come together and positive vibes were flowing! 

Here’s a rundown of my 2017 vision:

Mom – Front and center on the page and in my life for the first time is my new role as a mommy. And as such, much of this year will revolve around that. This includes learning to parent alongside my husband, spending quality time together creating memories and establishing traditions for our little family.

You – While I do have a new title as mom, I also don’t want to lose sight of who I am. This is really important to me! This includes healing and being healthy in mind, body and soul. One of my goals is to get back to running and complete at least two 5Ks this year. Also, my job is changing and I am determined to grow professionally through that.

Blogger – Last year I was accepted into the Houston Food Blogger Collective but again, being pregnant got in the way of me really diving into that opportunity. I love exploring local food & drink and I want to get back to date nights and making that a regular thing so I can blog about it. 

Books – This ties in several things. I asked for an Audible subscription for Christmas because I knew I’d spend a lot of “down time” breastfeeding and pumping and I figured it would be a good time to engage my mind. I always liked reading but I typically find myself too occupied or sleepy to read and I want to change that. Additionally, at church this past Sunday our pastor introduced 4 books that we will be reading as a congregation throughout the year. I am really excited that my personal goals are being supported through church! “Books” also serves as a reminder to me to spend more time in scripture this year.

Serve with love – Another double meaning, so to speak. I want to find somewhere to volunteer my time this year as well as regularly open our home to friends and family for home cooked meals and great conversations.

Travel – The one consistent thing I strive for from year to year. Traveling really nurtures my free spirit. I love how it challenges me and teaches me new things. I love the way it makes time seem different and my heart feel excited. It’s important to experience new places as often as I can and I want to continue to share that with Chris and introduce Heidi to adventure outside of Houston.

Cup of Tea – This serves to remind me of the importance of friendships. My girlfriends and I make it a point to get together at least once a month to catch up and enjoy each other’s company, whether over tea, brunch, crafting or a weekend getaway. Relationships are the core of our existence and I want to nurture the ones that I have.

So that’s vision boarding in a nutshell. What’s on your agenda for 2017?


Up-Cycled Denim Shorts

Denim shorts are a summer wardrobe staple. But, if you’re anything like me, you have several pairs that sit at the bottom of your drawer while others get the majority of your attention. After a little inspiration from Pinterest, as usual, I decided I wanted to up-cycle a couple of those older pairs I never wore. Whether you feel your pair is out of style or a bit too short now, with a few “upgrades”, I almost guarantee they will be your new go-to item!

I’m still new at this whole sewing machine thing, so although these super sassy, high-slit lace shorts were my original inspiration, I decided to take a bit simpler route for my first go-around with this project. After loving how my new shorts came out, I’ll eventually get around to tackling the side-lace look!

I told my best friend, Val, about wanting to do this project. She is my craftiest friend, and we enjoy trying new projects together so it was easy to get her on board. She even suggested another twist she saw online — to add patched pockets! I did a quick Pinterest search and found this tutorial if you are interested in trying this project for yourself.

I decided to sew this pair over the hemmed edge instead of on the inside for a more dramatic look.

I seam ripped the fold, pressed and sewed the double layered lace from the inside. Frayed the fabric a little and added the two patches on the pockets, with a little embroidery thread design. I love how these came out!

Mine and Val’s twinzie shorts!

Simple Bow Tie Top

I was inspired to make this shirt after seeing it posted on Pinterest. Thanks to Katy over at Sweet Verbena for the tutorial!

I am a beginner at sewing, so I figured this would be a pretty simple project to take on. In all honesty, it was a little more difficult than I anticipated but I think that was more to do with the fabric I chose for the body of the shirt than anything. It is a very thin, almost sheer knit so sometimes it was finicky to work with. Although, by no means, did this turn out looking professionally made, (after a few adjustments to the width and sash) I still think it’s cute and totally wearable for the blazing Texas heat that is just around the corner.