Journey 32: Vision Board 2015

vision board 2015

This is the latest I have ever completed a vision board. I normally have my new board hanging up by the end of the first week in January. However, in keeping with allowing things to flow as they will, and allowing space to be filled at the right time, apparently the last week in January was the perfect time to complete this activity.

I enjoy making vision boards. They help me focus on my intentions and feel into my heart and soul as I am drawn to pictures and words and phrases in magazines. When something grabs my attention, I cut it out and set it aside. Only after I have cut out plenty of words, phrases and pictures do I begin the process of gluing the cut outs to a piece of poster board. The last two years, my mom and sister Linda have joined me in creating a vision board, and we met today to complete our projects. Each of us have different intentions, different dreams and desires, so it is encouraging and interesting to work companionably together, chatting while we look through magazines, laughing over a picture or article, or sharing a story around what we are looking for.

vision board 2015 open door and journey

The vision board came together well. I believe this is the first time I have exclusively used pictures and words from magazines. I have in the past printed out images and typed phrases from the computer, to fill in my board. This year, I actually found everything offline that I wanted to include. And so an open door occupies a central spot on my board, with my word, Journey pasted above, in a Celtic script.

vision board 2015 travel

My board shifted dramatically this year, mirroring my path. Almost a fourth of my board is devoted to travel, with the three countries of New Zealand, Scotland and Italy represented. Although I had the joy of visiting Scotland last year, I included it again along with the words “Edinburgh Self-catering apartments”, to signify my desire to live in that magnificent city at least part of the year. Italy is a planned trip, for 2017, and will be Dayan’s graduation excursion. New Zealand is there because I so want to visit this gorgeous country, which is as close to Middle Earth as I can get!

vision board 2015 garden

There are pictures of restful spaces, gardens and herbs on my board, representative of my desire for a simple, beautiful life. Huge sections of my backyard were transformed last year, creating a restorative peaceful place to meditate and work and play. There is more to do this year and I’m excited about the continuing transformation. I love the quote on my vision board about creating a special environment in order to catch extraordinary moments. My home and gardens offer me an opportunity to create such spaces, capture such moments. And the quote from Winston Churchill about the journey is perfect as well.

vision board 2015 quote

What is missing this year from my board is any reference to real estate. Instead of a whole section being devoted to work, there is a simple sentence, “Grow your passion and career” which leaves ample, delicious room for my life and career path to head in any direction. I’m not leaving real estate…yet…however, I am very open to where this year’s journey will take me. The simple, yet powerful, reminder to grow my passion and career is strategically placed near a cut out of Elizabeth Gilbert, who so inspires me with her writing and the sharing of her authentic life. It is amazing, and serendipitous, that I found a picture of Liz in a magazine! I think my mom actually found her….a benefit of working together to create.

vision board 2015 grow your passion

Also missing from my board are reminders to exercise and diet. I have a simple grouping of healthy foods near the words “Yoga” and “Natural Health”. Yoga is symbolic of all my methods of moving for health’s sake, including tai chi and Zumba.

I am pleased with the vision board. It now hangs in a very visual spot in my home office that is transforming into a meditation/reading/writing room. Looking at the board brings me a sense of peace and trust that all is unfolding in my life exactly as it should. It puts my intentions out there, into the universe and the hands of the Divine, and I can rest in knowing that energy has gone out and will return to me, bearing fruit. Nelson Mandela said, “Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is daydreaming, but vision with action can change the world.” I have my vision. I am open to taking the actions that flow to me, to further my vision. Sometimes, the action is as simple as saying “YES”. I am changing my world, being changed. What joy there is, in the journey.

vision board 2015 journey quote

Journey 7: Vision Board 2015 Part I

vision board 2015 prep

One of my favorite activities at the beginning of each new year is to create a vision board. Because I choose a new word as my theme, a new symbol and song, a vision board becomes a vital visual representation of what is possible in the new year. I place my completed board in a prominent location so that I can see it daily. The old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words” holds true here. Those pictures not only stir my imagination, they also stir my soul. And the emotions evoked are even more important. For what I feel is more powerful than what I see, creating a compelling intention that flows outward.

I learned about vision boards years ago from Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books and the best seller, The Success Principles. He says, “Creating a vision board is probably one of the most valuable visualization tools available to you. This powerful tool serves as your image of the future – a tangible representation of where you are going. It represents your dreams, your goals, and your ideal life.”

It is simple to create a personal vision board. I think about where I am headed during the upcoming year and what brings joy to my heart and lights my face up when I talk about it. If goals are important, those can be included. I used to add my goals to my board. Two years ago I quit doing that and focused more on where my passions are and what inspires me. Places I want to visit, things I hope to accomplish, people I hope to meet, and areas of my life that I hope to shift all get represented by pictures and words that I clip from magazines or print out from the computer. My trip to Scotland has been on my vision boards for years. Last year, I had the privilege of taking that trip. This year, New Zealand and Italy will occupy space on my board along with a visual reminder that I would love to live in Edinburgh, Scotland part of the year.

I don’t complete a vision board in one evening. This is a process, one I enjoy and take my time with. Tonight my sister Linda and I met at my mom’s house to begin clipping pictures and words from magazines piled in stacks on the dining room table. This is a precious and cozy way to create the future! Because of the frigid temperatures outside, my gracious mom made us all cups of steaming hot chocolate. I loved that she served our drinks in mugs that had the word “Cherish” on them. We chatted as we flipped through pages of articles and glossy photos. We discussed our words for the year, our dreams, and the places we’d love to visit. And we laughed over shared stories and talked about the mysteries of life. It was a wonderfully supportive and fun way to capture our hopes for 2015. Just talking about them created the foundation for realizing those hopes and helped us to define what it is we truly desire most.

We started the process of creating our boards tonight. We will gather again in a few days to clip more pictures and words. Our visions of the future will have sharpened even more and with new determination we will seek that which best represents those visions. I look forward to that shared time and to hanging a new board in my home.

vision board 2014

2014 Vision Board