No Need to Wait for New Year’s for Resolution, Make Vision Board Now!


By: Nikki Nies

Vision boards aren’t just for obtaining career objectives, but any and all personal goals too! After hearing a sermon where I was challenged to pray bold, big prayers and to dream big, I translated that into creating a vision board. Not only does this board have things I want (e.g. a tiny house), but feelings I want to always seek (e.g. cozy, warm cuddling feelings). By having my vision board on the opposite wall of my bed, I wake up to the pictures, quotes and inspiration images that I’ve pasted on there and ready to conquer the day!

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Original Image by Colleen Gavin via Flickr

Vision boards aren’t just for obtaining career objectives, but any and all personal goals too! After hearing a sermon where I was challenged to pray bold, big prayers and to dream big, I translated that into creating a vision board. Not only does this board have things I want (e.g. a tiny house), but feelings I want to always seek (e.g. cozy, warm cuddling feelings). By having my vision board on the opposite wall of my bed, I wake up to the pictures, quotes and inspiration images that I’ve pasted on there and ready to conquer the day!

By having a designated area of what you want to feel in life–whether it be where you want to be career wise, financially, spiritually, relationship wise, physically, emotionally and/or what your dream house is, it can be the step you need to make your dreams a reality.  Furthermore, think about what your goals are in all aspects of your life.

What’re the rules for making one? The great aspect, there aren’t any! A vision board is catered to your likes, desires and wants, but again, to be most effective, it should reflect what you want to feel in life. Material things are nice, I have pictures of tiny house on mine, but they’re also fleeting.

How does a vision board help, you ask?

  • Keep dreams, hopes and aspirations front and center with visualization of where you want to be. According to Psychology Today, many athletes have used vision boards for decades regarding desired performance.  Having visualizations all in one place can also aid in seeing the big picture and how certain goals are interrelated 
  • Keeping a reminder of inspirational and/or encouragement (e.g. notecards from loved ones) from the past in one place can be the ‘push’ you need  
  • Helps think outside of the box and challenge you to admit and discover what you REALLY want
  • Better attract future opportunities your way
  • Can be made anytime! No need to wait for New Year’s Resolution, which often times are broken in a matter of weeks! Add visions at any time too!
  • May help in overcoming obstacles to success as you may be able to see how to get from point A to B better and help establish healthier habits
  • It’s empowering by putting you in the driver’s seat of your life! Giving you back control you may have felt you relinquished previously to supervisors, other family and/or colleagues

What are must haves for your vision board? Share with us @WeDishNutrition if you’ve effectively used a vision board, what have you seen turn into a reality? 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-rider/the-scientific-reason-why_b_6392274.html

https://www.counseling.org/news/blog/aca-blog/2012/06/13/why-vision-boards-work

My Ever-Changing Aspirations


By: Nikki Nies

As I mentally cross off the days until my dietetic internship starts, I’m already thinking about what I want to do after it ends.  I just got to IL, yet I want to know what I’m doing afterwards.

That mentality has a double edge sword, however, I’m trying to make the best of the situation and use it as a strength.  I find that writing holds me more accountable for my actions, so I’m attempting to use this blog as a platform for my career goals.

I’ve heard many a times that you learn everything you need to know as a RD in the internship.  I should know more than most that one can’t predict the future, yet, that doesn’t stop me.  As a type A personality, planning comes naturally and is necessary!

So, what do I want to do with my RD? Let me just back track. Where do I originally start?  I’ve always been close to my roots.  As a Chinese American, I see the need for RD in the Asian community.  However, with the barrier of my lack of fluency in the Chinese language deters such aspirations.  One of my lifelong goals is to be fluent in Chinese, but I can’t go back to school and put my nutrition on the back burner.  Nutrition is ever evolving and I don’t think I could juggle both responsibilities.

Next, I was interested in eating disorders.  I’m intrigued with the concept of mind games and the negative impact one’s mentality can have on overall health.  However, I’ve never actually worked with someone with eating disorders.  My goal with this internship is to first figure out if I could handle it as well as see if I want to handle it.

And anyone that knows me knows that I don’t just eat for the necessary nutrients, but I honestly love the act of eating.  Like some find driving calming, I get excited to eat.  A lot of days’ events revolve around my next meal, but don’t worry, I’ve gotten better.  One of the highlights is dining out.  Since, I know many, including myself, do not dine out with healthy eating options at the forefront of one’s mind, I want to help ease one’s worries.  There are some healthier dining options, but I want to make it easier for the more health conscious individuals to depict the choices.

I think to have a better grasp on what foods compliment one another and what flavors work well, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to go to culinary school.  I know there’s a lot of self taught books, but the structure and immediate feedback from other professionals is irreplaceable.  It recently came to my attention the program that the Natural Gourmet Institute offers.   Helping those that are vegan or vegetarian is a growing need and interest.  Knowing how to cater to vegan and vegeterian needs better could only benefit my ability as a RD and broaden my exposure to nutritional needs.

Is salad always the better choice when dining out? No. I wouldn’t mind going to culinary school to refine my cooking skills and learning what flavors really work together.

It’s funny how my interests have evolved in the last 2 years and I haven’t even gotten into the nitty gritty of the internship.  I wanted to share my goals to hold myself more accountable and to be able to look back and see where my head was right before one of the biggest turning points in my dietetic career.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?  Career wise and personally?  What are you doing today to get to where you want to be?  Constant reevaluation is a key part of what I do.