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Thursday, December 8, 2011

How to make a vision board♥

our first family vision board from around 2006.

Our family created our first vision boards about 6 years ago. At the time we were trying to find a way to fulfill our dream of taking an extended creative sabbatical which would mean taking the girls out of school and traveling for several months whilst still being able to somehow make an income, continue to pay our mortgage, maintain our home while we were away and take care of our three cats!
It worked!! We ended up traveling for 7 months, the mortgage was paid every month, the cats were fed and I have been a firm believer in the power of clarifying your intentions and dreams in this way ever since.
cropped image of the larger board

What you'll need
a large canvas or poster board or cardboard
lots of different magazines- travel, health, lifestyle, financial, special interest, PVA glue, paints or pastels(optional)

Step 1- take a moment to think about the kinds of things you would like to have in your life; health, balance, love, happiness, security are pretty universal human desires but there maybe be specifics that you would also like, for us it was to travel together and share that experience as a family.

Step 2 Look through the magazines in a fairly detached way. Marco and I opened a bottle of wine, put on some music and made it a fun task. The girls chipped in and added things they liked and then decided to create their own as well! Tear out images and words that stand out to you. Try not to analyze or think too much about what they might mean or why you have chosen them.

Step 3 Go through the images and start to lay them on your board. Listen to your heart. Toss out any that don't really speak to you and see if there are any themes showing up. We ended up putting spirituality at the top of ours and had separate but overlapping sections for health, home, travel, music and art. There is no right or wrong here. Just go with your gut :)

Step 4...Glue down your words and images and add any other embellishments that you would like. Include an image of yourself somewhere on your board looking happy and fulfilled. A part of our dream was to be on our trip celebrating Sienna's 11th birthday in Disneyland. We went so far as to find a picture of the Looney tunes area of Disneyland, re-sized a pic of Sienna holding a birthday cake and glued the pic onto the background and then onto our vision board. After we finished gluing I added the words " This or something greater now manifests for us in divine appropriate timing"

Step 5 Hang your vision board where you will see it often . This first one is in our meditation aware of your thoughts when you look at it...try to be in a place of gratitude for all of those wonderful things that are on their way. If there is something that causes a negative reaction take it off. Initially we had a personal cheque on there for one million dollars. Every time I looked at it all I could think off was the impossibility of me ever writing a cheque out for one million dollars...this made it hard for me to look at anything else so off it came!

You may also want to create a vision board for a more specific desire or intention. When it became crystal clear to me several years ago that I wanted to combine my love of travel, teaching and art I began to research others that were living the kind of life that I aspired to. This vision board was created around that intention and included people like Flora Bowley and Dory Kanter who have been two of my biggest inspirations. The day came in April this year when Flora was actually in my studio, in the flesh, standing in front of the picture of herself on my board!! This was the day when I realized that we truly can manifest anything we want into our lives.

There is Flora painting away as well as a pic above of Hacienda Mosaico in Puerto Vallarta where I have been invited to teach in 2012!
Happy manifesting everyone!! Would love to see your vision boards and your stories!
love Tracy ♥xo
ps BIG LOVE to the very inspiring Jeniffer Hutchins for providing the prompt for this post over here.


Michele said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome! I am going to give this a good go. I feel panicky everytime I think too hard about what I what, so I will try and detach from it a little until it's done.

You are such an inspiration!

Purpletreebird said...

A great idea! How excting to have travelled like that, you've given me ideas now!
Jess xx

sally rose said...

I cannot believe I forgot about vision boards! I was taught to make them as a child, and they ALWAYS worked. Now at the grand old age of 47 I am reminded of this wonderful tool... Thank you so much for sharing Tracy, now all I have to do is actually figure out what it is I want! Congratulations on the teaching gig, that, at least, I know I want in my life! Take care, and keep flying!

Louise Gale "Dream-Inspire-Create" said...

SO LOVED seeing your vision board and your process. I have been doing boards and also the monthly's for a while now. I love collecting all the images and inspiring words and YES manifesting. :-) Loved this post. xxx

Jeniffer Hutchins said...

What a fantastic post Tracy! Thank you for participating in the "Be A Dream Magnet" party. I just extended the date through next Friday so more people will get to participate and see your post :)
Love & Blessings,

Creatively yours Fi said...

Wow! Fabulous Tracy seeing your unique process....a holiday project for me and my gal :)

Iz said...

Where are my scissors?!

Selah Gay said...

This is fabulous Tracy! I just wrote a post on Gratitude... I love your words: " aware of your thoughts when you look at it...try to be in a place of gratitude for all of those wonderful things that are on their way." Even if things in your life make it hard to see it as possible... All Things Are Possible! Keep your focus on the possibilities! Love Love Love it Tracy! Just as Flora is on yours...You are on mine! <3

Liza Zeni said...

Thankyou so much for sharing this Tracy, I have for a long time been aware of vision boards but never seem to get around to creating one. I often write in a journal but never get around to creating these thoughts with images. This is on our list of to do's for the start of 2012 for Michael and I, a timely reminder thankyou, time to start creating our vision board and manifesting (o: Liza xxx

Ruth Armitage said...

Looks like fabulous fun & inspiration :) Thanks for following me on twitter Tracy :)

Barbara said...

Tracy, I just found your website today and I'm just so enormously happy and excited!! I read your post on the inspiration boards, remarkable. I'm going to take a look around. I already belong to Magically mixed artists on Facebook. If you have time check out my blog: Let me know what you think please. I'm just starting out with painting and hope to absorb all the inspiration and instruction you can give.

Hugs XX

Effy said...

This is sooooo totally awesome, and I think I will give it a go this year. xo What do you do with the previous year's boards? I have a very tiny house. *lol*

ArtfulLee Designed said...

thanks for taking us through your process Tracey. I just love it when the universe conspires WITH us. I think when you hold yourself in a state of gratitude it all starts to fall into place.
All the best to you

shopgirl said...

What a magical blog you have. Love all the inspiration and happiness that emanates from it.


Suzanne said...

Tracy I'm so happy that you shared your post with me in the manifesting and visualization group. This brings me to going back sometime this weekend to dig up all the different manifesting vision boards I have ever worked on to see how things have unfolded over the years.

What I remember clear is sitting down as a family it will be 4 years this coming January and how we started talking about our future and how we saw the future for our son who has autism. With our daughter we started speaking out clear things we wished to see in his future. It's been a long time since I have re-visited much of all that.

It is thanks to your wonderful blog post and how you have together as a family and individuals brought so much into your lives. Anything is possible. :)

Wow... wonderful that you got to have Flora Bowley in person in your studio. I am going to be taking her e-class next month. I just purchased two huge canvasses last evening. Life is wonderful.

Myra said...

Just thought I'd let you know what I felt inspired to do this past weekend... I do my art at my kitchen table... I'm going to dream board the table! I LOVE it!!! TY!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you reposted this. What a wonderful way to push our selves toward our visions and dreams as well as a reminder of how far we have come.

An excellent way to begin a New Year.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you reposted this. What a wonderful way to push our selves toward our visions and dreams as well as a reminder of how far we have come.

An excellent way to begin a New Year.

Melissa Lewis Mathis said...

I just told my family that we will be doing this! Sooooo exciting! I am ready for a vision board - believing for great things this next year and thankful for the breakthroughs of this past year. Thanks for sharing in detail.

Tricia Scott said...

thank you for this inspiring post, tracy! my family made a vision board last year and plan to do another this year. A friend asked me today to give her some tips on vision boarding and i am going to send her here to this post! you have explained it all better than i ever could. take care and happy new year!

The Girl in the Lane said...

I made one of these a few years back. I feel inspired to make one for the new year. Maybe one for me and a family one. I will try to post them to my blog as soon as we are finished. They are wonderful.

Kerry C. Mitchell said...

You are a living example of how believing makes it happen. In my opinion, putting spirituality first is part of making it happen. I think you took down the check for a million because your gut told you it was limiting. Why stop at a million? I love seeing people living their dreams, while spreading joy and happiness and doing no harm to others. It is really easy, yet so hard to grasp by many.

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