Here I am three months into the 2018 and BOY has it been a beautiful start. I believe God must be speaking to me directly because the evidence of his love and faithfulness has been so overwhelmingly present in my life.
As I take this Faith Walk…this journey to be all that God has created me to be, I realize that it is not by accident that GOD has set my life up like this. Each detail is filled with love…deep thought…and direction. He is ordering my steps even as I type these words.
So far, I have attended two Vision Board parties in 2018 and each of them could not have been more on time. HE is speaking to me…always directing me and reminding me that I am not forgotten; my prayers and petitions to God are not going unheard or unanswered. For that reason alone, I write these words…GOD is writing my story and it is NOT finished. In fact, it has just begun. I declare this year to be a year of VISION and PURPOSE!
Attending a Vision Party was on the top of my to-do list for 2018 for many reasons, primarily because I needed it. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Without a vision, the people would perish” and I felt that I had been operating my life without a clear vision…a path for which I needed to take as well as direction on how to get there. Yes, I had written the vision many times. They were in different places…journals…notes on my phone…said them aloud…but had never made a commitment to walk it out. The bible, Habakkuk 2:2, encourages us to “write down the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it”. So, while I was writing my vision, I believe I was running from my purpose and not towards it. Has that ever happened to you?
On this thing called J’s Faith Walk, there are things that God is saying to me…showing me…building for me…and yes, even withholding from me. Not because he doesn’t love me or doesn’t care. It’s quite the opposite! God loves me more than any other could love me and is concerned about every intricate detail of my life and that’s why in times when I think I’m not moving fast enough to my purpose, it is at those times that he is shaping me and equipping me with everything I need to walk out the plans that he has for my life (Check out Jeremiah 29:11).
Sometimes being the author of the story of my life can’t be easy. I’m always questioning when…where and how. I get anxious and want to write my own story because I know just what I need or so I think I do; I want to create my own way. Because HE is God and I am HIS child, HE knows my every move even before I take it. He is genius like that. He even allows me free choice – giving me the freedom to make mistakes and hopefully, learn from them. And just as a parent corrects his/her child, he disciplines me with love, forgives me, and provides guidance so that I may escape myself and the works of the enemy. There have been times when I’ve given the enemy my hand to hold instead of giving all of me to God to care for and protect. Those are seasons where I knew better and in spite of what I knew, chose the wrong path. I am still forgiven. God knows my name.
This dream that I’m living…that I desire to live, is so big that I can’t always see my way. I put one foot forward and move. Sometimes I fail to move because all of the many things that are in my mind like hopes…dreams…prayers…insecurities…doubts…fears… and the list goes on and on. Questions arise. Some questions are more complicated than others. Others, seem easy yet they aren’t. I’m always looking for answers, but not always wanting to hear what God is saying. And sometimes the answers are right in front of my eyes and I refuse to see them. But God is waiting patiently for me to GROW UP, BOSS UP and SHOW UP in my purpose and walk in the fullness of who I am supposed to be. You see, his design for my life is FLAWLESS even though I am full of imperfections. His love is powerful enough to change even the weakest. His love strengthens me on this journey; it is my safe place.
To get to my destination – there is no one clear path on my own. With God, every rocky road is made straight and every mountain is removed. But there is some work to this thing called a VISION. For me, the work began a long time ago as I wrote and journals and spoke aloud what I believed. MY help and what I didn’t always know I needed was a way to organize my thoughts. An article in Huffington Post (2016) provides 7 reasons why you need to create a Vision Board in 2016. While the article was written 2 years ago, it’s relevance to me was and still is significant. According to the Jennifer C. Walton (the author), people set goals, but lack the follow through. Oops, that was ME. To be completely honest with myself, it sometimes still is me.
Realizing the need for a Vision Board was paramount for 2018. I needed to hold myself accountable to do something different. I recognized my short comings and knew that writing a vision was only the beginning; I desired to walk my vision out through faith. But where would I start?
In January, I started talking to my friend, Krystal about wanting to attend a Vision Board Party. I had no idea where one would be held and even toyed with the idea of hosting one myself. If you know my dear friend, you know that she is a planner. She researches and seeks things instantly always on the look out for something great to propel her and her family to the next level. I think that’s the teacher in her. She aims to not just be the teacher, but also to be the student; she is forever growing. In no time, she contacted me with a flyer for a Vision Board Party. I’m so thankful that she found this hidden treasure right here in Columbus.
On February 2, 2018 I attended the She Believed She Could…So She Did Vision Board Party hosted by Caletia and Javateona in Columbus, OH. First, let me just say…that just about daily I wear a ring that reads exactly that, “She Believed She Could…So She Did”. For me, that alone served as confirmation that although this party was for everyone, God knew that I needed this party more than I did.
Originally, Krystal and I were supposed to attend the event together, but life happened. Krystal’s grandmother took ill and she was unable to attend the event as planned. Although she really wanted to share in this event with me, we knew that being with her grandmother was the right thing to do. Because my spirit was yearning for a change, I did not allow attending the event alone deter me from going and learning how to turn my vision into action. It was where I was supposed to be and deep down inside I knew that.
The event was life changing. It was food for my soul – and the inspiration that I needed in that moment. When I walked into the venue, I immediately took notice to the beautiful women of various ages and backgrounds, each seeking something more…something different. All sharing a common purpose to add vision to their lives. The QUEENS in the room (as called by the speaker for the afternoon), were all there to not only receive a guide, but also to cheer each other on through the process. I knew right away, I was exactly where I needed to be and was ready to be poured into.
While the fees I paid included finger foods, an amazing speaker, and GIFTS (a 2018 Planner, t-shirt that read, “She Believed She Could…So She Did, affirmations, material to make the vision board, and a pen to write the vision), the greatest gift that I received was in the environment that I was in. The encouragement, the cheers, the people, and realizing that I was not alone was and forever will be, the gift that keeps on giving.
I had an opportunity to speak with one of the planners, Javeteona, of the event in February. I was interested in hearing her thoughts about the Vision Board Party as well as learn about future plans for events like this or others that may be hosted. With such a gem like this, I just can’t keep it to myself; I want to tell everyone. Just as I was blessed, I want others to be blessed as much as I was by attending this Vision Board Party in the future. To learn about Javeteona’s thoughts the event and the vision behind it, keep on reading.
What was the best part of the Vision Party?
The best part of the vision board party was seeing a group of ladies all come together with a common goal.
What did you learn? There are people/ women that are in the same mindset as myself, goal driven and simply just want to win. Those peopled showed up and showed that they were ready to WIN.
What was your inspiration for the Vision party?
The inspiration was simple. Caletia and I do a vision board every year and we see how it helps us to stay accountable. We just wanted to share what we’ve learned with others and give them the chance to do the same.
What, if anything, would you do differently?
The only thing we would change is the venue so that we can accommodate more people.
How many people were involved in the creative process? Caletia Denby and myself were the two behind the creative process
What’s your vision for future parties like this? We actually have plans to do this annually. Plans for 2019 is currently in the works. Also, we have a mid-year event “painting with a purpose” coming up in June to bring ladies back together to talk about how the goals are going so far, obstacles faced and provide guidance on how to overcome them by simply talking through road blocks and how to overcome them so that together, we can all get to the next level.