Me, You, Our Vision and a Movie

Has anyone else caught the Netflix movie Barry? It's the portrayal of a young Barack Obama. The movie starts with a college aged Barack settling into life as a transfer student attending Columbia University in the early 80's and his encounters with racism and self reflection. It seemed to be a honest depiction of the self discovery that most young adults experience during that time frame but it also touches upon the his inner-conflict with being mixed.The path to understand ourselves is universal and honestly it should constantly be evolving as we do but it has to be a bit more difficult to carve out your path when adding in the complexity of fitting into the imaginary boxes that society has created based on color. In the movie we see a young Barack struggle to fit in with both the black neighborhood in which he lives (Harlem) and the white friendships he's developed in school which leaves him conflicted and withdrawn until he settles into accepting that he'll never fit into any one mold completely. I feel that we all can identify with this inner conflict to a certain degree. Often as adults we are still on the quest to find what completes us or fulfillment. Which brings me to the next topic which comes along with this time of year when we're all creating New Year goals and resolutions. Hit the flip for neat useful tools that I've found to help you take over the world in 2017 and catch the preview of Barry available now on Netflix.

During this time of year most people use the time to reflect on their progress with the closing year and map out a plan for new opportunities. Increasing in popularity lately are vision boards which are the modern day version of new years resolutions.  I believe that it's great to map out a plan to conquer your goals but for those who are like me who prefer to continually add to your vision there is Mindbloom. It's a web based tool that allows you to track your progress with actionable items to help you achieve those goals you've set. You define your goals and it's outlined in the form of a tree and your actionable items help grow and strengthen that tree you've planted ensuring that you're maintaining focus on those core goals. It's a great way to track your progress!

If you prefer to use an app to track your goals and outline your vision there is Visuapp. It's truly a pictorial based vision board and you can add text to narrow your focus. To be honest I haven't really gotten a real chance to fully play with this one but it seems to be the nicest vision board app that I found for free. Once you've downloaded it, you'll find pre-existing pictures that represent common goals but you can also upload your own pictures so that it's more unique to you and your vision. I prefer the Mindbloom site because it's more interactive and requires your input to maintain progress so that you don't lose sight of the vision. I don't see that with the free apps. To me you can achieve similar results by creating a new board on Pinterest.

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