I created my first vision board in early 2007 after watching and being inspired by the movie The Secret. [Image: Kelly's vision board] My vision board was such an integral part of my life transition that I even brought it with me when I went to the Dominican Republic! It is very personal, and at first, I felt a little vulnerable sharing it with others in my work. However, after much thought, I decided to share it with the hope that it might inspire you to create one too and that you will experience its powerful impact in your life as well. I would set up my vision board in front of me while I worked, or it would accompany me when I would take long candlelit baths. And if I was in my bedroom reading, then I would lean it against a wall in my bedroom. Having constant, clear, and vivid reminders of my ideal world guided my behaviour toward what I really wanted in my life. Whenever doubt surfaced, I chose in favour of my pictures. I am a very visual and hands-on person, so this method of the vision board really worked for me. You may be different, but that isn’t a reason not to do this exercise. Capture your ideal world by creating your own video with audio and watch or listen to it every day. You can even simply write down everything you want and then record yourself describing your dreams. There is even vision board software available if you want to create a computerized version of the vision board. To illustrate the power of the vision board, for example, at the bottom right corner of my vision board there is a woman who is writing at her desk in front of a laptop computer; there are books piled all around her. Her desk is in front of enormous windows that overlook the ocean. Nearly every day, I would close my eyes and imagine myself as this woman. I would imagine sitting at my desk in this office, that I was holding her pen and writing a letter to my best friend describing the beautiful view from the window. Not even a year later, I was this woman, and that was my office! It was incredible! And I am not exaggerating the degree of accuracy! Since this time, I have created three more vision boards. As you manifest your dreams, you will have more dreams, and then even more dreams. You will continue to grow and will want to bring these new pictures into your life! Keep your vision boards as a reminder of your journey and accomplishments.

Basic steps to creating your own vision board:

  • Collect a variety of magazines from a variety of sources.
  • Gather art tools: glue, scissors, and a piece of Bristol board.
  • Put on some music and relax, breathe, and open your mind and your heart.
  • Avoid judging and criticizing or limiting your imagination. Begin by flipping through magazines, tearing out anything that stands out for you.
  • Tear out pictures of things, people, ideas, words—anything you want in your ideal life or that represents a feeling of what you want to create in your life.
  • Organize the pictures, piling them into the three main areas—relationships, career, and health and wellness—and another pile for other various and special pictures or phrases.
  • Arrange the pictures creatively, cutting them if necessary, and secure them onto the Bristol board using the glue.
  • Place the vision board in a place that you see regularly.
  • Each day, for as little or as long as you want, look at the pictures on your vision board and close your eyes. Using your imagination, transport yourself into your ideal life, and use your senses to experience these pictures.
At the centre of my first vision board is the question “What will your story be?” [IMAGE: center of vision board with magazine clipping 'what will your story be?'] That question always brings me back to the fact that I have a choice in how this experience of Life plays out. How I react to my fears. How I deal with my losses. Who I choose to surround myself with. How I spend my time. How I express myself. The words I choose. The places I visit. How I treat myself and other people. What will your story be? Whatever you choose – Embrace YOUR life! If you feel like doing so, please share a picture of your vision board in The Female Solopreneur Community Facebook group. With love, embraceyourlife.ca

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