VISION BOARDS REVEAL THE NEW YOU
Vision boards are fun to make and are highly effective tools for practicing the art of mindfulness. We all have dreams and desires that we would like to manifest. The noise of life gets in the way, as well as the ever-changing images and information on our computers that force our brains to toggle back and forth back and forth. As a society, we pride ourselves on multitasking. We’re actually doing ourselves a disservice.
Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, allegedly interviewed the most successful people in the world in the early 1900s, to understand how they achieved their success. He wrote about how they were all laser-focused on their visions, rather than on the obstacles.
Earle Nightingale was an American radio personality, writer, speaker, and author who wrote about how people become motivated, excel, and create meaningful existences. He coined the phrase, “We become what we think about.” This is what vision boards are all about.
OUT WITH THE OLD
Before we begin to create what will inhabit our space and draw our attention in 2017, let’s clear out the debris from 2016. Maybe you ended a stagnant, unfulfilling, or abusive relationship. Maybe you didn’t, and need to. Perhaps you spent much of the year in a place of fear, anxiety, or worry. Maybe you got distracted and kept chasing after the next shiny thing instead of listening to your heart and following a plan.
List three things you would like to release from 2016.
Take stock and see if there’s anything else you would like to release. Those things become concrete as you name them. Envision them being labeled and carried out to be discarded. Angels are always ready and willing to cart off your debris and transform it into something magical.
IN WITH THE NEW
What three things would you like to manifest in the new year?
So your visions don’t get lost in the myriad of possibilities of what’s next, create a vision board and put it in a prominent place where you will see it. It’s like doing a mindfulness meditation every time you see it.
OLD SCHOOL VISION BOARDS
- tri-fold science board or a single sheet of cardstock.
- glue stick
- a pen
- get cozy and comfortable
- consider your list of 3 things you’d like to manifest
- put on music to keep your conscious mind busy
- let your unconscious mind select images, words, colors, shapes, etc. that speak to your soul regarding those 3 things.
- tear or cut or write words/ create images and put them in a pile until you feel complete with the task.
- spread them out and arrange them in a pleasing visual before you glue them down.
Honor surprises that may reveal themselves to you.
NEW SCHOOL VISION BOARDS
Pinterest Boards are another way to create a vision board. Gather a palette of colors that inspire you and images with text that motivate you. Make sure that the three things you wish to manifest in the new year are prominently displayed. You can add additional goals or desires in the background.
VISION BOARD PARTIES
You don’t have to make these alone. A fun activity is to gather a few friends or family members on New Year’s Day. Each person brings a dish of food to share for brunch. You set about dreaming and creating your visions for the year ahead.
2017 ENCHANTED JOURNEY CALENDAR
Napoleon Hill said, “A dream is a goal with a deadline.” If you need a calendar on which to mark the dates that you will take action, I have just the thing. My 2017 Enchanted Journey Calendar was created with you in mind. 12 original paintings of my mixed-media women with 12 inspiring quotes to help you create an enchanted year. https://www.etsy.com/listing/476378068/2017-calendar-colorful-inspiring-quotes?ref=shop_home_active_3
Remember, your dreams can become a reality when you take steps toward achieving them. This is more likely to occur when your attention for them is set for a specific date and time.
Have fun. Stay enchanted.
Here’s to a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year and New You.