The last few weeks, I’ve been putting a lot of thought and effort into goals and plans for the future. I’ve been teaching my students about goal planning and resource management, so last week we discussed short-term, long-term, and even visionary goals. I am always surprised to hear what some of my students’ goals are; many of them have general goals to go to college, be happy, get married and have kids, etc. But then there are those students who write things like “One day I hope to become a child Psychologist, focusing in play therapy.” Or students who already have their plan to start a successful business during high school, selling handmade items like key chains, dog collars, leashes, monogrammed items, etc. As cheesy as it sounds, I know I’m supposed to inspire my students, but a lot of times it’s the other way around.
I have always been the person who loves to write things down, so lately I’ve been making lists of my goals and mapping out plans. I recently started a couple of summer jobs that have already begun before school is out, so I’ve spent some time really planning out how I’m going to manage all of that and still stay on top of my personal and financial goals. I was feeling so excited about my lists and my plans and my visions for the future. Coincidentally, my best friend and talented photographer Whitney recently attended a beautiful and informative wedding photography workshop and was thinking about her own goals and dreams. We discussed making vision boards soon so we can help ourselves stay focused on our dreams and goals.
I got this ‘AHA’ moment and had the idea to have my students create vision boards. I rearranged my lesson plans to fit in two days of hard work. I read several articles and tutorials online and finally ended up modifying this page to create my own instructions for my high school students. At first, they were very typical high school students: “Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! MISS WEAVER. We have so many projects in here.” “AND we have a test this week?!” But the funny thing is, after about 15 minutes of really getting into their projects and planning out their pictures and what to include on their vision boards, they started feeling it. They drank the Kool-Aid.
This is a picture of what I wrote on the board as their quick glance go-to while working on their vision boards. The actual instructions sheet was much more detailed.
Please, please, forgive me for the iPhone photo quality here – you can’t always grab your go-to photographer when you’re at work in the middle of the school day to come take high quality photos of your students’ work. Here are some of the products of their hard work.
I am so proud of those kids. It really doesn’t matter what your goals are, as long as they mean something to you. There’s nothing wrong with being driven and striving to accomplish personal milestones. Just make sure to enjoy your life and your ups and downs on the way there.
I have always had big dreams, and sometimes I feel like I haven’t done enough – but when I look at my life, I’ve done some pretty awesome things and checked off some big items on my bucket list already. Who knows what the next year or two of life will bring? So I’m focusing on crushing my goals and also remembering to take care of myself and enjoy the ride. There are a million paths to reach one destination, and that’s part of the fun of being a goal digger.