Ever heard of vision boards? Inspiration collages? Mind maps? You know, the law of attraction meets the power of visualization? Well, today's guest post from the lovely Saskatch is about to go all Oprah on ya! Thanks again, Katch!
Hello again, Deelish Dish readers. I know we're new friends—well, friends of friends, really—but grab a latte and your best piece of gossip to share because I'm going to open up to y'all. I've had a rough go of it lately. And by rough, I mean what Dooce would call "white girl troubles" and by go of it, I mean life. I've had a solid run of deflating work days, stress-induced fever blisters, two nasty bouts of poison oak, a dash of staph, dreaded suppository antibiotics to help said staph, majah mood swings (my boyfriend will be welcomed to the pearly gates for this month!), and perpetual allergies. Cue the world's tiniest violin. I know I have a fantastic, blessed life, and I'm grateful for it. But, you've got to admit, it's been an off month for ol' Saskatch. My biggest challenge thus far—this month and in life—has been knowing exactly what I want in life...a key step in attaining goals. Do I want to work from home? Travel? Get hitched? Enter, vision boarding.
I know what some of you may be thinking because I thought it, too! I'm not trying to promote The Secret or O Magazine's latest "Live Your Best Life" article—vision boards are something people in my family have been creating since before the dawn of daytime television. The process is simple: grab your scissors and start flipping through magazines (or open your laptop and google your little heart out), looking for pictures that represent things you want. The idea is to find visuals of your hopes for the future, and to look at those visuals every day. Travel, check. Babies, check. Ranunculus in the garden, check. Your vision board can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. Nothing is too big (meaning don't sell yourself short because you don't think you could ever afford a trip to Iceland or because it might be hard to find that MFEO love for which you fall madly, truly, deeply...This is a board of dreams, after all.) Once your board is as you want it, get into the habit of looking at it everyday. It can be a little frustrating if you don't see immediate results, but stick with it. A few different things have actually manifested for me—things that I NEVER would have believed would come my way.
A few years ago, I decided I wanted to go to Africa. It wasn't something I'd necessarily focused on in the past, but I threw it on the board with the intention of making it happen. Lo and behold, my magazine was offered a press trip (all expenses paid, which some say is bad journalism, but I say bite your tongue!) to Kenya. Followed by another trip to East Africa two years later. No rhyme, no reason...the opportunities just came to me. That's not to say that by simply putting up a picture of something, things will magically appear. At the risk of sounding hoakie, a great deal of intention and focus has to go into each and every image you add to your board. So, Kenya...Could have been a fluke, right? A few years go, I created a vision board and then completely forgot about it. While moving into a charming, wisteria-covered writer's cottage with a wood burning stove, my mother came across a dusty vision board, on which I included a photo of a small stone cottage with a wood burning stove, covered in—you guessed it—wisteria. If you ask me, vision boards work. Try for yourself and report back if you start to see results. Now, get thee to a cozy couch and start dreaming...
Vision BoardCut-outs of images, words, and/or symbols from magazines/newspapers
Small poster board
Files of images, words, and/or symbols
1. Focus on goals in different areas of your life—big or small, general or specific.
2. Cut out images, symbol, words, etc from magazines and newspapers. Use a large piece of paper or small poster board, and glue into a collage. Alternatively, you can create a quick collage in Photoshop (see image example).
3. Add or remove as you desire, and watch things happen!