“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
Dreaming dreams and having goals are important things. They are what push us, what give us a destination, and help us filter experiences along the way. Living life without dreaming dreams and having goals is like trudging along, having no idea where you are going. And if you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you have (or haven’t) gotten there?
In scrapbooking we have the opportunity to not only celebrate the milestones of life but also we have a chance to tell ourselves — and others — of our dreams. It allows us a way to document our journey…both where we are and where we want to go. Writing our dreams and goals down is like making a declaration — “I WILL do this.” And when we see those dreams written down we are more likely to remember what we want — to strive for it, to grasp for it, to give it all we have. Scrapbooking our dreams can be a great motivation.
Over the years I have done a number of layouts that incorporate dreams and goals that I have at the moment. I love being able to look back and see how I was feeling at a particular time, what was important, and what themes reoccur (like finding balance in my life!) Some of these layouts I can look at and say, “I did it!” and some, like the one below, will be a constant motivation throughout the rest of my life.
Journaling Reads: I dream so much for all of you. I dream that you will grow up and know what love feels like. I dream that you will love God with all your heart and understand His sovereignty. I dream that you will continue to love each other the way you do now. I dream that you will look back and say you had the happiest childhood. I dream that your childhood will be filled with running and playing and exploring, not wasting away in front of a TV. I dream that you will grow to love the the world and its amazing diversity. I dream that you will have hearts of compassion for the lost and the poor. I dream that you will learn to love the Word of God and find it trustworthy. I dream that you will learn that eternity it what matters and therefore sometimes we have to make decisions that aren’t easy or fun. I dream that you will find the mate that God has planned for you and that you will learn to love as Christ loved the church. I dream that you will one day have your own children and then finally be able to grasp the depth of love that I have for you. I dream with all that is in me.
Here are some ideas for scrapbooking about your dreams and goals:
1. Pick one thing that you really want to change in your life. Be specific. Print out the page and put it in a spot you will see often.
2. Journal about specific goals you want to complete this week. It will give you a record of where you are right now and what is going on in your life.
3. Create a layout (like mine above) that lists dreams you have for your children. It will help you put words to thoughts and feelings and give you something to filter experiences through. When we know what we really want for our children we can ask ourselves, “Will this opportunity or experience help me achieve what I am aiming for?“
4. Scrap a page about a goal you set and have already achieved. It is a great way to record your success! I did this a few years ago when I lost 25 pounds and I love seeing a goal set and achieved. It also inspires me to do it again!
5. Have your kids tell you what kinds of goals they have and create a page together about it. This will help “freeze in time” where their hearts and minds are right now and also give you a way to be involved in helping them realize their dreams.
“The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.”
RALPH WALDO EMERSON