Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Pinterest for a Better Life?

If you've read the best-selling 2006 self-help book, The Secret, or literally any of DOZENS of other personal development books, you will have heard how important it can be to visualize your goals. 

Long before the days of Pinterest, My mom and I started keeping Dreambooks as a mother-daughter bonding activity. We would flip through Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Elle Decor, Glamour, Self, Health and other magazines. We cut out pictures of things we liked and wanted to have, make, or do and pasted them into a notebook. 

In our dreambooks we also made lists of goals, drew pictures and laid out timelines. 

My mother drew a detailed blueprint of what she wanted her outdoor patio to look like. Little by little she has been making improvements to the patio as she and my father could afford over the last few years. Without even flipping back to see what she originally drew, my mom has created a near perfect replica of the patio she imagined 4 years ago. 

WHY visualize your goals? 
Motivation. Looking at your goals will remind you they are worth working towards. It will inspire you and help you focus.

HOW? The new trend is photo boards such as Pinterest. Other options include, make a motivational poster, create a dreambook with clippings. Wear a bracelet or some other accessory as a reminder. Make a mini version or a mock version of something. Ex: Write yourself a fake check for the amount you want to earn. Whatever you choose, look at it often and imagine what it would be like to have it, achieve it, see it, do it. 

In the comment box below paste a link to a great Pinterest Post.


    It's always been a dream of mine to have a library in my home.

  2. So many choices, my pins are all over the place on topics, so here are a few:
    Who doesn't need glitter cupcakes?
    Cool, cheap DIY way to spruce up the house
    One of those "why didn't I think of that?" moments
    Inspiration for a kind life
    Just a little laugh


      Jenn! This is hilarious! (Bear Arms)
      Thanks for the post :)


    Sorry, I couldn't pick just one. :)

    1. Karen! I love this one:

      "Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you"
      Thanks for the comment :)

  4. I'd like to start Pinteresting but...I can't get over the girliness factor. Then again, there's nothing more manly than doing what makes you happy, what other's think be damned. That's it, time to start pinning!

  5. Jordan,
    Some categories on Pinterest include: Cars and Motorcycles, Film, Music and Books, Food & Drink, Health & Fitness, Technology, History, Humor, Outdoors, and Men's Fashions. I think you're safe to start pinning while keeping your masculinity intact. For a hyper manly option check out Chive and you can get started "Chiving" too.
    Thanks for the post!

  6. I have a Pinterest account but use it mostly to post pictures of my cat! :) However, your post has inspired me to use it to plan my trip to Italy this year-thanks!