Hey Women- Just wanted to pop in and say that I had great success with last year's treasure map. I had focused on the themes of closeness with my husband and child, improving my fitness, and expanding our farm and family.
I think the earliest gains were made in my relationship with my husband; there were definitely some rocky patches where we got pretty honest with each other and both ended up with our sensitive egos bruised, but it was all for the best since now we can be more honest without being so hurt because we both know that we are still loved despite our faults.
I put some big pictures of running on last year's map thinking it would be good for me to get a little more consistent about getting out on the road for a few miles a week. Then in the beginning of the summer my sister invited me to run a half-marathon on Labor Day. I still don't know why I accepted. I had never in my life run more than five miles and that only a few times. I was a pretty consistent 5K-er, that's it. But I found the training really, really enjoyable. There is one picture on my map of a woman running down a tree-lined dirt road, dappled sunlight all around, and I swear that very image came true in my life. Right down to the feeling of it: peace and ease, feeling strong and capable. I got injured a few weeks before the race and couldn't train for the last three weeks but still raced and had a respectable time of 2h 9mins! In addition to the running I tried out a few new yoga classes in my area and found one I really like that fits my schedule, tried pilates for the first time and found I really enjoy that too, and added in a second weekly Tai Chi/Qi Gong class- very different from the one I've been taking for the past few years, but a great compliment to my other practice.
I included one small image of a beehive in my last map because I've been wanting to get bees for years (but they don't feature prominently in many magazines) and yet this came to fruition too! I joined a local beekeepers association in December, am taking monthly beginning beekeeping classes and have assembled and painted my hives; my bees are due to arrive next week!
The only thing I was a little bummed about was that most of my map centered around my desire for another child. I had a miscarriage in March of 2013 and had been unable to get pregnant again since. But after a lot of discussion around Christmas my DH finally agreed that we could start looking into adoption and that we would also get some fertility testing done-- a two-pronged approach to making another child a reality in 2015. My tests looked good, but his SA showed low motility, so with some hesitation and not too much hope we decided to try an IUI in March. And now I am pregnant!!! I am over-the-moon! Just when I thought this year was a bust on the baby-making front, we get a little last-minute miracle.
This was my first year making a vision board, but I guess it's obvious that I am a true believer now! Thanks to all of you for making this a thread on Mothering.