If I am to be honest with you, 2010 was not a great year for me. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say Hubby is a builder and he and I rode an emotional housing-rollercoaster for the entire year. And it didn’t end well either. We did not exit the ride exhilarated and wanting more. In fact, 2010 had me saying, “Bye-Bye, 2010, don’t let the door hit you where the sun doesn’t shine on your way out!”
In that spirit, I was at meditation at my local metaphysical book store, Phoenix and Dragon, when Don Simmons, the guide of the meditations, mentioned he was hosting a Vision Board Creation seminar on Sunday. After my year, I decided that this could be good. I’ve read about vision boards in plenty of my spiritual books, but I had never created one before.
So, on Sunday, I bought some poster board, packed my scissors and a glue stick and headed to the Phoenix and Dragon for a little vision creation. I also printed off a picture of Hubby’s and my dream house, a picture of a back yard and I made a copy of the front cover of the book, Surviving Braces, which I wrote with my aunt. For even better luck, I took Nate, my five-year-old, with me. He seems to get just about everything he wants, so it couldn’t hurt to have him by my side.
Nate and I made our way in to the room. It was packed with people and poster board. The smell of glue and magazine print surrounded us. The sound of scissors making dreams come true rang out.
We found a little space left on the floor where Nate and I just did fit. I left him there while I went to a long table covered with magazines. I thought about my vision for myself and my family and decided on a health magazine, a parenting magazine and a fashion magazine (for the more explicitly exciting kind of words). I also had a big book full of artist’s illustrations from my days at an ad agency. I’m not sure how I ended up with it, but it had been in my office closet for at least six years and I had not used it yet, so I decided there was no better way to use it than to cut it up for my vision board.
Nate and I started cutting and pasting. He got a hold of some letters and glued down his name and the year. I’m now a little concerned because he put a football picture on his. I had hoped he would be more of a golf, tennis or baseball type. He also asked me for a real dollar bill. I gave him a dollar and he glued that down. There are stars and arrows and a heart on his. He also used a picture of a dove flying; that one was nice, and knowing his dislike of structure it seemed appropriate.
Mine, I divided into three parts – family, my individual life, and Hubby’s business, which, obviously, directly effects me individually as well as within the family unit. On the top I put our family name and I surrounded it with the pictures of the house and back yard that I had printed and brought with me. I included a heart and over it I cut out the caption “Love + Life” from a magazine and glued it down. I attached words that I think symbolize what I want for my family; words like Play, Giggle, Love, and All for One and One for All. I decided that I would love to see my family travel to Costa Rica for a vacation in the future, so I cut that out of a magazine and glued it on. I pasted a photo of a man and a woman sitting at a table together, representing Hubby and I together, alone. I also put a couple of intimate words there, but I’ll let your mind’s eye do the talking for me. I also included in big, capital letters “GOOD HEALTH.” And I put a slot machine with 777 on the face right, smack in the middle of the board. I’ll take a winning lottery of any kind, thank you.
Next I concentrated on me. The largest picture is one of two people stretching. Their bodies are one on top of the other, in mid-air, and their legs go out, one to the left and one to the right sides. This picture says to me, balance, good health, exercise, and flexibility. Some of the stuff I think creates a happy existence.
On my business or creative section, I put my ideals for what I would like to have happen to me. I glued my Surviving Braces book photo down and over it I glued the word “Money.” I glued the word “Books” down, because eventually I would like to author more books. I glued down a picture of a brain with a magnifying glass over it, representing ideas, or “picking” of my brain. Of course, for me, no vision board would be complete without a photo of Oprah on it. I glued two of her pictures down, to be sure the Universe heard me. And with her picture, I put a picture of myself so that the Universe would be sure to know that I not only want her to know of me, I want her to know me, personally. With all of this I glued a cut-out from a magazine that says “The world is a magical place.”
In Hubby’s business or creative section, I found an illustration of a bean-stalk with houses coming off of it, as if the stalk is growing houses. Of course, I didn’t have to jump far to conclude that this would be a good representation of a growing business for Hubby. But just in case it wasn’t clear, I wrote the words beside the picture, “Business Grows. Building Contracts Abundant.”
In the end, I was happy with my vision for my and my family’s future. I also left a little room to add other things I desire, but I might not have thought of at the moment I was there. I enjoyed creating a Vision Board and I believe it is a great tool for getting focused on the good things I intend to create in my life. I hung it in my office and I look at it often to remind me of my goals.
And on that note, I think one part of it worked. The very next night, I tried a babysitter last minute and she was actually available. So Hubby and I went out to celebrate New Years a couple of days late. We had the best time we have had in a long time together. We had a great dinner and we went dancing. What fun we had! I’ll let your imagination work out the rest of our night, but it was fun too.