Thursday, December 8, 2011
How to make a vision board♥
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.
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"
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.
love Tracy ♥xo
ps BIG LOVE to the very inspiring Jeniffer Hutchins for providing the prompt for this post over here.