“Where there is no vision, the people perish…”
- Proverbs 29: 18
“And the LORD answered me: ‘Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.’”
- Habakkuk 2:2
We all need VISION.
VISION is a dream you visualize and believe in faith until one day it happens.
VISION is the ability to look beyond this very moment and look to the future.
I believe that VISION is critical for success.
To have VISION is to clearly and confidently see things that haven’t taken place yet. You must believe that present circumstances will not hinder you from obtaining future blessings.
Beryl circa 2009 was still a high school student in Kennedale, TX, studying hard to get into college, working part time at an ice cream stand, and slowly growing closer to God. And yet she saw herself building a beautiful home and a family as a young professional in the next decade. At this point in time, it was a still a dream… Likewise, in August of 2018, a vision of my own blog (which would one day inspire many young women to bloom wherever they are planted) began to take root in my mind. Within a few months this vision became a reality and now the rest is history.
“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”
- Habakkuk 2:3
Why is vision so important?? Day to day life can make you complacent as you get caught up in the today’s tasks. It’s easy to lose sight of the dreams you have. Having a vision and regularly revisiting it allows you to think about the impact you want to make and the legacy you want to leave. What you believe God in faith for will affect your habits today.
One very important aspect of having a VISION is writing it. The verse from Habakkuk 2:2 tells us that we should write our vision down. I recently took some time to start jotting down my vision. Begin brainstorming by considering those dreams you have had on your heart for some time. What would you do if you knew it would come true? Write down the big, crazy dream you have and the individual goals that it takes to get there. Consider the following categories as a template for your vision – spiritual, professional, financial, and familial/social.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
- Proverbs 16:3
God has amazing plans for each of us if we would just have faith and dream big. Take some to develop your true sense of vision – think about where you see yourself in the coming years. Be patient with yourself. Write it down and refer back to it often. Cast your vision wide and see your dreams come true.
Are you starting to get bored at home with all this extra quarantine time? Like many of you, I’m stuck at home too. So I’ve decided to view this time at home in a positive light and use it do all the things I haven’t had time to do in the past!
This blog post will build on the previous post and leave you with tangible ways to stay occupied and make the most of this time at home. My previous blog post was all about shifting your perspective in order to find peace in the midst of a pandemic. I hope you leave this blog post viewing this quarantine time as…
Here is a comprehensive list of activities to do while home when boredom hits:
#1 – Take care of your body.
Eat healthy home-cooked meals. I know its tempting to eat junk food all day and stay in bed but you’ll feel so much better if you’re eating right and staying active! Develop healthy eating habits that will stay with you post-COVID-19. Try some at-home workout routines. I would recommend Popsugar Fitness on Youtube – see the link below:
#2 – Bond with family and friends (virtually of course).
Whether this is in person or via video chat, take time to talk to friends and family everyday. #Socialdistancing doesn’t mean you can’t be social. Go through your contact list to find people that you haven’t spoken to recently, and call one person each day. It will help you to feel less isolated to chat with someone. You can even have group videos chats or a group bible study.
#3 – Go outdoors.
Take a walk outside everyday to get fresh air. Stepping outside makes it feel less like you’re trapped at home. It‘s so relaxing and comforting to feel sunlight and wind on your skin. You can even make a trip out of it and go to a local park. Consider taking up a new outdoor hobby such as gardening and plant some flowers.
#4 – Do spring cleaning!
Use this time to spring clean your home. Go room by room and decide what you need and what you don’t need. Reorganize and make your space more functional. A clean space will boost your mood.
#5 – Do something new.
- Take an online class – there are many available on YouTube, Udemy, Skillshare, etc.
- Read books. It’s easy to spend all day scrolling Instagram, but instead tell yourself that you’ll spend an hour per day reading and you’ll find that it was time well spent.
- Cook. Experiment with cooking, try new recipes, or perfect an old tried and true recipe. This goes hand in hand with taking care of your body (see quarantine activity #2)
#6 – REST, RELFECT, RENEW, and RECHARGE.
Use this as a time to truly rest. Make it a must to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night and nap during the day if time permits. Avoid leaving this season of quarantine tired when you could’ve used it to rest.
There are so many ways to relax – reading a book, watching a movie, listening to music, writing, baking, the list goes on and on. Find what really relaxes you and spend a little time doing it.
These are just a few of the ways you can productively pass the time during quarantine. Let me know what you think! Leave a comment below on what you’re doing to pass the time.
Author - Beryl
Beryl has a passion for writing pieces that uplift, inspire, and encourage you to bloom. She's been blogging since October 2018.