2020 Revision to My Vision Board

I was reminded by my daughter the other night as we sat eating at Zaxbys that I needed to update my vision board for the new year. I was glad she asked if I had one because I don’t think she reads my blog posts often. I was able to pull up my post from 2019 and I did it quite proudly.

My daughter is a naturalist who is into astrology, crystals and stones, and of course like her momma, she loves the Lord. That night I got so much by hearing her speak about energy and peace and soon realized that mommas little girl was now this beautiful grown woman full of more love and light than I ever thought possible.

So this year’s vision board includes appreciating my ancestors and spirituality and manifesting positivity and self-actualization to improve my quality of life, among other things. As I learn more it will only add more peace to my life.

Of the goals on my 2019 vision board I accomplished, repairing my credit as I increased my score over 125 points, I broke through and conquered one of my biggest fears, social phobia, by performing on stage. Sometimes our journey takes detours. The third goal was that I am watching my granddaughter grow up. I didn’t have to move. They came home. I’m elated.

Finally, I have kept my weight off. I have not kept it under 145 all the time, but when I go past that 10-pound wiggle room I go up to 155 lbs, I begin to feel uncomfortable and I lose the weight. Fifth, two of my short term goals included completing the two books that this blog was created to launch. Instead, I was guided to write a fiction entitled New Heights. Life’s journeys often take detours.

For 2020, I have so many irons in the fire already that my vision board is filling up. I’m editing New Heights for publication and I’ve begun my Fibromyalgia biography. I am also creating a website for a wonderful woodworking artist out of Ghana. I am acting in my third play this February with Mor-Shy Productions entitled “Stop the Noise” concerning bullying in our schools. I am applying for scholarships so that I can complete my BA in Healthcare Management as well. Plus, I am pursuing a more peaceful state of mind.

Those are just a few things that will be occupying my time in early 2020. Later this week, I am completing a visual vision board with time restraints and pictures so I have a clear picture of what this year will bring for me personally. Everything else my life is blessed with will just add to the joy. Oh, I forgot I’m going into business as a travel agent too!!

After being diagnosed 24 years ago with Fibromyalgia, it spiraled my life out of control. I stopped living for so long; for many, many years. I wasn’t strong enough back then to see that I was in control all the time, not the disease. I could have changed the direction of my life had I only looked beyond my circumstances. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but I now know it’s possible.

Sometimes we go through things that break us down only to make us stronger. My life is a testament to that adage. I’m better for the lessons I’ve learned by getting through it all. My 2020 vision board is my reality and next will be an update to my Victory list. I haven’t gotten to Italy yet but I see it in my future. Baby steps. It’s all about baby steps.

Much love, thanks for listening, vfurrmstheblogger


Valerie Collins
Valerie Collins
Valerie Collins was born in Tucson, Az, the last of six children. She has loved writing since a child but decided to pursue a career in Orthopedic nursing. Shortly after her marriage and birth of her first child at the age of 22, she was diagnosed with the chronic pain disease, Fibromyalgia, its subsequent conditions, illnesses, and syndromes. Once the disease disabled her in 2001, she revisited her passion for writing poetry and short stories and has accumulated over 100 poems and spoken word pieces over the years. She became a member of the International Society of poets in 2002 and The International Who's Who in Poetry in 2006. She currently is a member of Realistic Poetry International, Who's Who Among American Business Women, and Women of Facebook Create. Her accolades include 2005 Poet of the Year. She was awarded both the Outstanding Achievement Award in Poetry and the Official Commemorative Poetry Ambassador Medal while serving as a Poetry Ambassador associate in 2007. She wrote a play entitled “Fix Me Jesus” in 2012 for Alabama 1st COGIC State AIM Youth Convention Competition drama category which was awarded second place. Currently, she is in rehearsals for her second stage play for the local playwright, Shawna D. Moore which will be on stage in August 2019. She is in the process of compiling a two-volume poetry book entitled My Poetic Life: A Memoir of Love and a book detailing her life with Fibromyalgia, entitled Behind the Walls of Silence. In July 2018, she created her first blog site My Poetic Life (The Book) as @vfurrmstheblogger to act as a launch for both books and it has taken on a life of its own. She also owns a small crochet business, Val's Gifts of Warmth, where she sells her handmade crochet items.

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