I sense that many readers here have also left behind the professional life. However, have you found yourself wondering like me…What Now? Here is what led to my new vision board.
As many of you know, after 45 years of working for other business owners, I made the decision to leave it behind when I was laid off in July due to COVID-19.
My Second Act began at that time. Many think our second acts begin at age 50, and I can see why that might be the case. But, for me, the second act is starting now…. because it is so different from the first.
I have actually worked since I was 16 years old. My first real job was helping in a women’s boutique in my West Texas hometown as a teen who loved clothing even then. (Memories of Skibell’s) Since then, I have always worked to generate some type of income. Many years found me working two to three jobs at a time.
I found work to be a great learning experience, as well as, my identity through many years (the latter is not a good thing). Work also provided excuses for me to stay away from a home full of discord (between parents) after I went to college. I have never been afraid of hard work and am thankful for every table I waited on…every customer I assisted…every student I taught…and every communications job I held.
(NOTE: Why the moon image? I have always thought of myself as a moon child. I love to look at the moon and have my entire life! Somehow, it needed to be here)
Now, I am enjoying blogging and as it is my sole profession, I can do it my way…finally… and there is much joy experienced through now being my own boss.
But I know I have the time and the desire to do MORE…just not sure what that is at this moment. Several well-intentioned, lovely ladies have reached out to encourage me to join them in their different missions.
However, with each one, I have sensed God saying, “Wait…pray… and listen.”
Last week, one of the sweet blog readers (Hi, Marlene!) asked me if I had done a Vision Map. I told her I had, because I was thinking of a Vision Board. But, no, I have never done a map and feel like that may be the next step. I am about to order this book, Vision Map by Joel Malm. It looks like something I might agree with to guide me through the mapping process.
However, she did inspire me to create a new Vision Board for my Second Act. I want to use this board as a guide of what opportunities to consider saying Yes! to and which ones are a definite No!… because they are not in line with what my board and goals represent.
The way I was taught to do this is to dream big…don’t consider anything out of reach. Go with your biggest, deepest dreams and see what you learn going forward. Often, a true passion and direction can be discovered deep within a bigger dream.
I am going to explain to you what each image represents to me on this board so you understand and perhaps may be led to create your own.
First of all, let me clarify that since I became a Christian at age 25, I have not needed work or people to fill me with peace or joy. My relationship with God does that. What I do with my time is in answer to how I can serve Him best and even continue to help provide for me and my family…anything else just adds more Joy Icing on my cake. I am not seeking purpose…I found that years ago.
When I pray over the Second Act, it is like a daughter sitting on her Father’s lap and asking, “What do you think I should do in this stage of my life? How I can I best use the gifts you have given to me?”
After lifting up this prayer and dreaming big, I created my Vision Board. Here is what each image represents to me:
- JOY – I am a joyful, optimistic person and desire to share it with others…as well as, not allow anything or anyone to rob it from me.
- WOMEN HOLDING HANDS – I want to continue to come alongside women to encourage, edify, educate and help in any way I can.
- MICROPHONE – Dreaming big here…I would love to have a podcast. Not sure at this time what we would discuss. Years ago, I was on the radio for a brief time and loved it and the impact these broadcasts can have.
4. PSALM 143:8 – This is my theme Bible verse for my Second Act. God is reminding me to Trust Him…He’s got this.
5. WOMAN LOOKING AT A MAGAZINE – I have always wanted to oversee a magazine (With me at the helm!)…print or online. I would love to see a magazine evolve around the blog.
6. FIRST TWO SMALL PICTURES – I love hospitality. Once COVID is contained with a vaccine, I would like to host more dinners and events at my home. I enjoy this so very much.
7. NEXT TWO SMALL PICTURES – Really dreaming big here and Mr. B would have to dream right along with me. I would love to live in a small town of the Texas Hill Country and either run a Bed & Breakfast or live in a simple, yet lovely, country home.
8. BOOK PICTURE – Most of my life, I have wanted to write books. God will need to clarify if this is fiction or non-fiction. I am a journalist, so non-fiction is a comfort zone. I began writing fiction in 5th grade though….those are actually pretty funny!
9. FRESH STARTS, SECOND CHANCES QUOTE – to remind me that this time is a fresh start, a new beginning and not the ending to anything. Don’t allow discouragement at any point.
10. TYPEWRITER – I want to write something worth reading….blogs, books, another website…not sure exactly just yet.
11. THE BEAST SQUAD – My time must make lots of room for this BEAST SQUAD….five (about to be six!) grandchildren who need to know they are a major part of Gigi’s life. I want to have an impact on them in many ways.
So, there you have it…my Vision Board…to help me make decisions going forward. I have been experiencing anxiety over what to say yes or no to…this gives me direction and helps me make decisions. Now I am excited!
Have any of you made a vision board for your second act? This is easy to do with a computer or by hand on a bulletin board. If you are a Christian, you will enjoy reading CALLED OUT (Why I Traded Two Dream Jobs for a life pf True Calling) by former ABC journalist Paula Faris.
I have really enjoyed her book during this time of creating my board. I hope this might inspire some of you to make your own vision board if you are pondering, WHAT NOW?
HAPPY SUNDAY AND KEEP SMILING!!
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By Pamela Lutrell