What Is An Inspiration Board …. Truly?

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all doing amazingly! Let me know what’s new with you all, down in the comments! 🤗

Before we get into this post, I just want to give a shoutout to my friend Rachel, at Joyful Creations! She just began an awesome podcast and has several episodes up already! I highly recommend Rachel’s podcast; she’s well-spoken and insightful, and passionate to share about her faith and the way she lives out her faith. I’m excited to see her future episodes! (Find Rachel’s launch post on her blog here!)

Now, let’s proceed with the post! 🤗


Earlier in 2021, I found myself on a quest to design the perfect inspiration board. I did a bit of research, scattered craft paper and magazine clippings across my bedroom floor, and proceeded to make the most cluttered, mishmash poster conceivable! It was so much fun, but I soon decided to go for something a little simpler!

Why are we so attracted to the “Vision Board” or “Inspiration Board” idea? We like to think that we can be inspired to do great things, just by looking at a picture. Its quick. Its easy. And, for aesthetic purposes, we like to think that it can be beautiful too. These are the assumptions, for those looking on Pinterest or at other’s vision board projects; that we too, can be productive with our vision board.

But how many times does this strategy fail? I would suggest that it fails more often than it succeeds. With the pretty pictures, pretty handwriting, cute little list of goals, and other little notes on the infamous wall-mounted rectangle, we can slowly become used to and disillusioned with what used to be our favorite project.

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How can we create an inspiring vision board with quotes, goals, and beauty? The answer is, most of the time, we can’t.

We could, if quotes, goals, and beauty were the essence of our lives. But they’re not.

Our lives are not always raindrops and bokeh and waterfalls. We’re not always smiling, hair perfectly pinned up, fashionable scarf positioned just right. We don’t always feel like writing assignments, working out, or cooking supper. And forget about always being inspired to do chores!

We get uninspired. We get sad. We get disappointed when we don’t see progress, and consider giving up on our goals. We get tired. We fall down. And sometimes, it feels like too much work to get back up again.

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That’s why our inspiration boards have to be more powerful than our own desires. That’s why we can’t rely solely on our inspiration boards to give us inspiration when we don’t feel like pushing the pedal to the floor.

Our inspiration has to be so powerful that it makes us do what we don’t want to, when we don’t want to, knowing that its for the best. Knowing that afterward, we will feel energized and motivated and pushed to accomplish what we predetermined to do, because it is good.


So, for the believer in inspiration, how can we craft a meaningful, truly inspiring vision board? (Which also fulfills the “beautiful” criteria?) It has a lot to do with how we see the vision board.

If we see the vision board as a crutch to help us up when we fall down, it isn’t going to be a very dependable crutch! But if, when we look at it, seeking motivation, if we remember what it signifies, perhaps we will do better.

An inspiration board signifies hope, hard work, and happiness. It signifies power, perseverance, and perfection. It signifies faith, fitness, and firm foundations. And while we may never fully embody some of these traits, they certainly form a worthy goal, and at the very root of it all lies one truth;

“An inspiration board does not inspire you to be something you’re not. It reminds you to stay true to who you are.”

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So who are you? Who do you want to be?

Are you a hard worker? Are you a committed believer? Do you call yourself a child of God?

Then stay true to that. Stay true to what matters.

And then, when you fall, you will be more motivated than a simple glance at a pretty collage could accomplish. You will recognize that regardless of your feelings in the present moment, you must stay true to who you are and what you love, and the God who gave you strength to fight for the Truth.

(I hope you all enjoyed this post and found some gems to take home! Let me know what you think! Also, stay tuned for the next post; How To Craft And Design A Vision Board!)

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May Goals + Inspiration!

Hello everyone! It’s May, and it feels so good to be back on the blog! My break was so amazing, and I learned so much through it!

But first, a recap

Most of my goals from April were routine-based, and I was surprised to find that I’ve been doing really well with all the goals! Currently, I’m reading through Numbers, am on Lesson 52 in History and English (woohoo!), and I have a way better morning routine! Lately, I’ve been doing my schoolwork at the kitchen table, which has been an interesting switch and a bit of a jump start to help me get into the mindset of “okay, I’m working on my new routine now!” XD

  • Finish History and English Lessons 50-80.
  • Finish reading through Numbers and Deuteronomy, and then read through Joshua, Judges, and then my very favorite book, Ruth!
  • Get through 5 Math “Lessons”.
  • Walk every morning (every morning I have off from work)
  • Add affiliate links to my website. (I made a website!! (With a lot of help from others, including time-generous friends!) On it I’ll be posting articles related to the Ron Paul Curriculum, and why you should sign up! Here I go sounding like some internet freak who just wants to make a buck, but seriously y’all, I’ve been recommending this curriculum even before I got my affiliate website set up. It may not work for all students, but it sure has a lot of advanced and interesting courses and materials, and I definitely recommend checking it out!)
  • Practice piano for 1 hour, 5 days a week.
  • Nitrotype. Every day. 10 min. *sighs the greatest sigh in the existence of the universe* If you know me personally, you know that I have an extreme non-like for video games. Nitrotype, however, is what my family recommends for my, shall we say, less than satisfactory typing skills. 😉 So, its car-racing I go … but only as much as I absolutely, positively must. *sighs an even bigger sigh*

I’ve got a lot of goals this month! Never mind the busyness of life, or the unexpected day to day happenings, now I’ve got personal and educational goals than before! I guess this is where my word of the year comes in … Determination. And that’s part of where my motivation post (read it here) will come into large play this month, because not only am I lacking motivation, I am also feeling procrastination – a lack of desire to do the work in order to succeed – which is a killer of hopes and dreams and everything in between.

In addition to that, I’ve also been feeling a lot of pressure coming at me, career-wise. Well-meaning people asking me what I want to do after high school, telling me to go ahead, that God would keep me from that which wasn’t his Will … but that doesn’t sit right with me. I feel a pull to do something I don’t want, and every time I read a passage about surrendering my life to God, I feel as though I haven’t yet.

I’ve found myself wishing and wishing that God would somehow yank me out of the now and place me into the then. Impart His Will without me having to worry about whether or not I’m doing the right thing. But God doesn’t impart His Will without consent. We each have to CHOOSE our way of life, and try our best to align it with what God has said to us all that He wants us to do, and what He wants us specifically to do, personally. So, that part of my life (my future) is kind of “on hold” right now, and while I’m thinking and preparing and praying and waiting for a sign, God is still preparing me for His Plan. I just need to trust Him.

So what does the Bible have to say about these struggles; not knowing where you’re going, and procrastinating in carrying out the steps? I found plenty of sayings in Proverbs which really seemed to hit the nail on the head.

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”

Proverbs 16:9, NKJV

“Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”

Proverbs 16:3, NKJV

“There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.”

Proverbs 19:21 NKJV

“But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.”

Isaiah 32:8, NIV

” For as he thinks in His heart, so is he.”

Proverbs 23:7, NKJV

These verses serve to remind me that my thoughts are powerful, that God’s plans are better, and that, in time, all will be resolved. But, as I’m sure many of y’all know and understand, it’s still hard! 😌


(I know, really motley bunch they are, don’t judge! XD)

That’s it for today, everyone!! What are some of your May goals? Have any future/life advice for me? And, most importantly, how has God worked in your life recently? Feel absolutely free to share in the comments below!

My December Goals – What were they, and did I achieve them?

Hey there again y’all! I’m back with another awesome life update, but this time, it’s not just for me! I hope my goals will inspire YOU to make some, because honestly y’all, it’s never too late! (Be aware that I revised some of these halfway through, due to the *ahem* impossible nature of a few of them!)

My December goals were:

Finish Chloe Ting 2019 SHRED Challenge!

This was so unexpected, but so fun! In this post, I talk about my experience, and in this one I provide some few tips for getting off to a great start!

Reading a Bible book every day … (definitely not completed!)

Originally I had wanted to read a Bible book a day, but when I reached the longer books it became too much pressure. Don’t worry … I’ll eventually work up the courage to actually do it! This month I went through 1 Samuel to Esther, and I’m in Job now!! It was awesome! I learned so many new things I’d never heard or understood before, and I’m so excited to read more of the Bible that I have literally never seen before! It’s been such a journey to finally make this goal to read the Bible straight through, from beginning to end, but it has been SO worth it. And I’m only partway through!

Complete Lessons 113-140 in all three of my Grade 10 RPC courses, and catch up on essays up to that point.

I didn’t get anywhere close to 140. I went from 113 to 130, which actually isn’t bad. What I’m really excited about is the fact I caught up on almost all my essays! *throws party* At one point I had a “to write” list of about 12 essays! 😱 Now the tally is down to 4 (plus editing the other ones, and making minor adjustments.)

Play violin daily with the goal of playing on worship team soon.

A friend gave me the Suzuki violin book one this month, and I’ve been noticing some amazing growth in my technique and sight-reading! I’m so excited to go find Book Two so I can continue growing! (No way did I play daily, but I worked slowly through Book One, various scales, songs from memory, and worship songs.)

Complete the Chloe Ting Ab Workout Challenge!

(I completed this challenge in tandem with the 2019 SHRED. It was very fun, and after the first few days it actually got pretty easy!!)

Learn to make salads that taste really good. That includes learning leafy, fruit, veggie mixes, quinoa, cream salads, and smashing some dressing recipes too! (By the way, if you have a fave recipe, please share!)

I didn’t start the month learning much, but I finally made a vinaigrette! Does that count? 😅 I discovered that I can handle spinach almost every day, in salads, green smoothies, and omelets. Work those greens, guys! (I’m going to say I didn’t get this one, but my eating more spinach means I get a B+)

Learn to draw manga freehand, without copying … ?

I got an ironic kick in the pants partway through the month when meeting a young man who drew manga (and was literally so good!) Maybe it’s peer pressure, but since then I’ve been sketching here and there, brainstorming ideas for a comic. (A small one.) It’s been really fun, and I’ve gotten experience as well as improving my hand.

Begin the Chloe Ting 2020 SHRED Challenge!

Yep, I began it! It’ll carry on into January since it lasts two weeks. (Check out my post here, where I discuss some specifics of the program.) Update: I completed the 2020 Challenge!


So there are all my goals from the month of December!! I’ve never had so many goals in one month before and it’s literally flown by so fast! I’m super pumped for January too, though … *peeks at the ever-growing “January Goals” draft in my folder …*

Inspiration from this month:

You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth. – William W. Purkey

“So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Mathew 17:20-21, NKJV (emphasis mine.)

“I spent some time praying about all this and eventually realised this: my day might not be perfect, and I accept that, so how can I make the most of whatever happens, and what can I do in addition to make sure I’m making the most of each day?” (quoted from This is the day – Part 2 (From Not So Perfect.)


Update On What I’m Studying

Guys!! It was Hanukkah this month!! For those of you who don’t know the roots of Hanukkah, it’s a festival day of remembrance, referenced in the Bible as the “Feast of Rededication”. Jesus remembered it in John 10:22. It’s a festival which commemorates the re-dedication of the altar in the temple in the 2nd century B.C.E. (To see an amazing speaker on Hanukah and the layers of meaning within the word, see Keith Johnson’s speech at this link. To see the entire series (and trust me, these guys are good!) see this link.)

Recently I’ve been feeling the need to rededicate myself … not just the soul that makes me me, but my faith and my actions. I pledged to be a Hanochite – a woman trained, a fighter, someone who stands for what’s right – because that’s who I want to be.

Giving up myself for His Glory means taking breaks from working out hardcore, especially on Shabbat, so that I can glorify Him on the day of rest. I have to give up some of those things I obsess over that keep me from having relationship with Him, or keep me from reading my Bible. I want to go further in school, paying better attention and writing quality essays. I want to look deeper into the Word, praying about a passage I don’t understand rather than looking it up online or merely skipping past it.

Most of all, I want to go wherever he leads me. I want to do whatever he asks of me. My flesh doesn’t want to – but it’s necessary for spiritual growth.

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.” 1 Peter 3:15-16, NKJV


Thanks everyone for coming back to the blog! Stay awesome!

Makayla

What were your December goals? What goals are you excited to start working on this month? Let me know in the comments!