“A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.” – Rosabeth Moss Kanter
It occurred to me two weeks into the New Year that I had not yet really reflected on the last year or thought much about what I hoped for this year. So I took some time this week to do just that.
As I reflected on 2013 I have to say it was a good year, not great but good and I am indeed counting my blessings. I even made a list of what I am grateful for from last year and offered a heartfelt Thank You to the universe for the many blessings I received.
I also used my time of reflection to envision and decide what I truly want to cultivate and manifest in my life this year and how I can not only make it a great year but one in which I really harness the power to create a life I love, a life with greater ease, joy and fulfillment.
A big part of the process in creating what you want is being intentional about it and really deciding and committing to it.
Another big part is aligning vibrationally with what you want and this starts with shifting your focus from what you don’t want to what you do want and truly believing in the possibility of what you want for your life.
Many people do this with Vision Boards (VB).
A Vision Board (also called a Dream Board or Treasure Map) is a visual representation using pictures and words (usually cut from magazines and placed on a poster board) of what you want to manifest in your life – your dreams and desires!
Here are some of the BENEFITS of a Vision Board:
- The process of creating a vision board will help you gain clarity and define your most important intentions and desires – what you want to do, be, have and most importantly feel.
- A VB helps you stay focused on your goals and inspires you to TAKE AUTHENTIC ACTION!
- VB’s align you with the energy of what you most want to create so that you can attract it with ease.
- For more insights on the power of a vision, read this article by John Assaraf on why having a vision is so important.
So I ask you:
- What do you want to create and manifest in your life (with your Money, Health, Career, Family Life, Relationships, etc)?
- What passions, desires, dreams, projects do you want to nurture this year?
- What images represent your intentions & desires?
- What words inspire you to move forward on making shit happen?
Think about it because it’s time to capture them on a vision board.
Whatever you want to create, own, experience and/or feel should go on your vision board.
You can also do different types of Vision Boards. You can:
- Keep a Vision or Dream Box – this is simply a box that you put words, notes and pictures from magazine and catalogs on and in that reflect your dreams, intentions, and passions. Check out Jennifer Lee’s (founder of Artizen Coaching) Dream Box Kit and her Unfolding Your Life Vision Kit. Both sound fun and like a cool way to hold your vision.
- Start a Vision Book, a binder with pages full of images and words representing your vision for an easily portable version of your vision that you can also update.
- Create virtual Vision Board(s) – most of you probably know about Pinterest as the most popular way of doing this. I am personally obsessed with Pinterest and use it as a work in progress vision board for the life I want to cultivate.
You can see my boards here: Nicole’s Pinterest Boards
If you really want to have some fun with this then hosting a Vision Board Party is a perfect way to kick off the year and flow into the spirit of getting MORE of what you want. I’m talking about a festive gathering of moms who are ready to kick ass this year.
You just need some poster boards, glue sticks, scissors, magazines (I’m sure you all have a ton piling up somewhere in your home) and some fun party food! Wine or Champagne mandatory! Or you can do this fun party punch – spiked of course!
I’m actually co-hosting a Vision Board Party of my own near the end of the month with my Meet-up group – Bay Area Moms Who Want More! I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
In the meantime either get started on your board as a solo project or plan a party with your girlfriends to do it together.
If you need some ideas for your board or hosting a party check out these websites Not Just Another Jen, Travel Mamas and Goddess Huntress. Also google vision boards or do a search on Pinterest for more ideas.
Most importantly, have FUN, DREAM BIG and BELIEVE!
Finally I leave you with this quote:
“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in the thing makes it happen.” — Frank Lloyd Wright
Take care of you!