My 2019 Vision Board! What do you envision for the New Year?

It’s that time of year when we map out our yearly goals. I previously posted my 2019 home decor resolutions for my new house. But I still needed inspiration for my general life goals and planning for the year.

I’m a visual person. If I’m not constantly mind mapping and organizing my thoughts in my daily planner, then I like to see an actual picture of my goals. I have created visual boards for about the past five years or so. It’s extremely fulfilling when you glance at it towards the end of the year and realize that you accomplished many of your dreams. The idea is that if you create a vision board, and place it in an area where you will see it frequently, you will then subconsciously push yourself to actually meet those goals.

Before I begin my vision board, I write down what my goals are for the year, not necessarily with specificity for each item. For example, my goals for 2019 are:

  1. Love. Focusing on my personal life and maintaining a strong and healthy relationship.

  2. Bet on Me. Staying true to myself and believing that I deserve every single one of my heart’s desires, full of positivity! This is really hard for me sometimes, when if feels like the odds are stacked against me. I’m learning to bet on myself.

  3. Eat clean and healthier. I don’t want to diet. I simply want to change my eating lifestyle. Research indicates that it takes 21 days to develop a habit and 90 days to develop a lifestyle.

  4. Grow herbs. From Spring to Fall, I maintain my rose garden, but I’ve never planted herbs. Keeping a small herb garden will not only keep my meals flavorful but help me save money at the local market.

  5. Cook more. Believe it or not, I’ve been slacking on my cooking. With the start of the blog and wanting to share my favorite recipes, I’ll cook more, also saving money from dining out and falling into the trap of eating unhealthy processed foods.

  6. Read often. Last year, I read about ten books. In a perfect world, I’d read one book per week, tapping out at 52 books. Yeah right! I don’t know how other people read more than one book a week. If I can get through more than two books a month, I’d be ecstatic.

  7. Save money and create wealth. I’ve been learning about investing from my brother and best friend. At some point, I’d like to create a second income that would allow me to invest in other things, such as investment properties.

  8. Blog! Blog! Blog! This is only year one of Randolph and Roses. I’m so excited about this project.

  9. Travel Goals. I try to go somewhere new once a year. Last year, I traveled to Kiev, Ukraine and Barcelona, Spain. It was sooooo much fun and the food in Kiev is intense, much more flavorful than the foods I ate in Barcelona (I think it’s because Ukraine is closer to Asia and thus the spice trades). I don’t know where I’m going to this year, but believe I’m going somewhere!

  10. Designing Woman. One of the things that was so cool about my new home was that it was a completely blank slate. The real estate investor I purchased it from flipped it and the entire house was blanketed in a shark skin grey. I moved into my home from a tiny one bedroom, so it’s been a lot of fun to focus on each room and make it something worthwhile.

Once I wrote down my ten focal points (e.g., love, cooking, blogging, designing, etc.), I prepared my supplies for the vision board.

What you’ll need:

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If you cannot find words, phrases or drawings that reflect certain goals, feel free to write those ideas down on your poster board with colorful pens or markers.

 

I found a gorgeous pinboard at HomeGoods a while back. Believe it or not, I’ve never used it. It just hangs beautifully in my home office, waiting for use. So, I decided to cut the poster board in the measurement of the pinboard and pin the poster to the pin board after completion.

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Once I have all of my supplies, I begin clipping the magazines.

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Once I’m done glueing to the poster, I pin the poster board to the pinboard for the finished look.

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Scissors: Target (Sold out) Similar here. | Sweater: Zara | Pinboard: HomeGoods (Sold out). Similar here.

 
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My 2019 Home Decor Resolutions

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Setting new reachable goals for my home.

  1. Style My Bookshelves

I have tons of books! In a perfect world, I’d own a huge 5,000 square foot home with a library to hold all of my hardcover and paperback treasures. But, until I hit the mega-millions, I have to make due with my space!

 

Quite honestly, I’m always nervous about putting too many books on my wall shelves, that are hung on each side of the fireplace and tv, creating a symmetrical look. I’ve displayed some of my favorites with pictures and chinoiserie vases. But, I still feel like they could use a revamping and a new look. So, re-styling all of the shelves in my living room is definitely on my to do list this year.

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2. Finish Hanging Artwork

I’ve been to ten countries so far, and each time, I try to remember to find a really cool area where local artists display their work on the streets, for tourists to spend all of their money. Out of the ten places that I’ve been to, I’ve only hung FIVE of my paintings (*insert hand on forehead emoji here*)! I realize that for some silly reason, I’m indecisive on finding the perfect picture frame. These paintings are always a great talking point when entertaining in my home, reminiscing on where I’d been and how I magically lucked up on each artwork. I am ashamed to say that the unframed pieces are neatly rolled up, tucked away in a corner of the dining room, and I simply unroll them to show to friends and family when they visit. They are such beautiful paintings, that I have yet to display, and they each deserve their spotlight on my gallery wall.

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3. DIY Projects

I absolutely HATE my kitchen. I have a few DIY projects that I’d like to tackle, but my kitchen is definitely one of them. My kitchen is very small, so, with dark cherry shaker cabinets and matching brown glass tile, it feels even smaller. I’m hoping to find ways to brighten this space and turn it into the (small) kitchen of my dreams.

 

4. Create a Luxurious Space for Entertaining

Thanks to the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, i have these amazing posters replicating the official portraits of First Lady Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald, and President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley. My dining room is bright and colorful but I want it to feel luxurious. Creating a luxurious dining room that is still inviting for entertaining and hosting will bring more use out of the least used space in my home.

 

5. Organize! Organize! Organize!

Lastly, I have a lot of organizing and decluttering to do, thanks to watching Netflix’s Tidying Up! My pre-war “daylight row house” has a tiny closet in each bedroom. As you can see from the picture, I have so many dresses hanging that the actual clothing rod is bending towards the center. Sigh. This is just my winter clothes, babes. The show (and book) is great inspiration to get my juices going and organize everything. From my closets, to the pantry and the fridge. It’s time to declutter and purge what’s no longer useful.

 
 

What kind of projects do you intend to tackle in this new year?