The Wishing Tree: Visualizing our New Year's Goals
A while back, I posted a picture of my Thankful Tree, which came from an idea I found on Pinterest. (Thanks, Pinterest!) I was a little sad at having to take it down to make room for our Christmas decorations, but Aby gave me a great idea… My tree has now been reborn as a Wishing Tree!
I gathered these branches from my backyard this fall. I liked the bare wood for the Thankful Tree, but now after spray-painting them silver, they look so sophisticated. I cut bright white stars out of cardstock (thanks to the die cut at our local library), then hole-punched them. In my Thankful Tree, we hung the leaves directly on the branches, but we're hanging the stars with silver and black ribbons.
This tree is sitting on a table in our entryway, which is an area we walk through or past constantly. Over the last week, we’ve all been adding our stars. Some are sweet: “Be nicer to my family.” Some are serious: “Eat healthier!” And some are just downright funny: “Have a less chewing puppy.” (I feel pretty confident that wish will be granted once our newest addition is done teething!)
From the small to the big things, each star represents our family’s hopes and dreams for this year. I am loving this tree for so many reasons.
- It looks so pretty! All the silver, white and glass represent the new year to me – a shiny, new, clean slate.
- I think it’s nice not only to write down what we want, but also to share it in such a public space. Talk about accountability!
- It’s powerful to visually see those stars all through the day. As Aby says, “The more you can keep your goals top of mind, the easier it will be to create them.” I think that’s so true.
I think this is a great way to get us started towards turning our wishes into goals, and to that end, I think sometime over the next week I will ask each of us to decide which of these is our absolute top priority for the year. Then, those wishes become goals, and we can encourage each other to work towards achieving them. I think I’ll find a way to draw extra attention to the goal stars, maybe with some glitter Mod Podge.
I’m not sure how long the tree will be up, but I will find a way to keep those top goals on display throughout the year. And, I’m pretty sure a new family tradition has been born.
Happy New Year!
P.S. Could you use a little help in defining or achieving your own goals? Aby's life-changing workshop, How to Achieve Your Goals and Create a Life You Love, begins this Thursday, January 5, 2012! We'd love to see you there!