My first vision board was created last year. I was lost and didn’t know what direction I wanted my life to go in and I was struggling with postpartum depression. I was reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and the second step is affirmations. As I was scrolling through Pinterest to find affirmations (it was something unfamiliar to me) and I came across vision boards.
Creating your dream life with a vision board.
I’m a visual learner. Looking at pictures is my jam! So, when I stumbled across the vision board idea, I thought “this is genius!”. Articles were referring to them like they were magic. Could something that’s just cut and paste really change my life? I started pinning because at the time I didn’t have anything to put these printed out images on. Next thing I knew, I had hundreds of pins in my board.
This worked for a while until I became to busy to scroll through all my pins. It became more of a hassle than life changing. I became sidetracked with décor and recipes instead of focusing in on where I wanted my life to go. So, I decided that I would narrow down my wants (goodbye making bubblegum cupcakes). As I deleted pins, I would ask myself…
· Is this something that can help me?
· Is this something that aligns with my intention?
· Would this be something that could change my life?
· How would this make me feel if it became my reality?
I narrowed these things down to what I felt would lead me in the best direction and change what I didn’t like about my life at the time. Some major changes I wanted was
· To not suffer from depression anymore
· Be able to bring in income while staying at home
· Be able to afford to put Isla in Ballet
At the times these were just big dreams of mine. I was skeptical on whether cutting out pictures would really make these dreams a reality. Now that I knew what I wanted I needed to put them somewhere that I could see them everyday whether I wanted to or not. I bought a small bulletin board and some command strips. I placed my board on the outside of my closet door because I knew that I would see it every time I went into my closet and every time I would leave and enter my room. It would always be in my line of sight.
What makes a vision board so successful?
According to Shakti Gawain, “In creative visualization you use your imagination to create a clear image, idea, or feeling of something you want to manifest.”
Seeing what you want helps make that want a reality. It allows you to keep your focus on your goals and dreams. You’re more willing to take the steps needed to achieve that goal if you see it every day.
I’m not going to lie, I’m a big dreamer (typical Pisces). I feel sometimes like my dreams are just too big. But looking back at my board as I prepare for this coming year, I achieved some of my bigger dreams! I started to pull of the things I accomplished and now here I am adding more to the board to fill up all those blank spaces.
Here’s some things I was able to pull off my board..
· I was able to get off my anti-depressant
· I made over $50,000 this year staying at home
· Isla’s in Dance and Pre-Cheer
· I took a trip to New Orleans
· And I booked my first in studio boudoir session
Ya’ll! Vision boards really do work! They are so easy to make but man do they really change your life! Take an hour out of your day to create one because I promise you by the end of 2019 your going to be shocked at what you accomplished. Also, I recommend you read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. Its another self-help book that brings the magic like vision boards.
2018 was filled with a few highs and a ton of lows. It was a learning year for me. I started my year with the word “growth”. From that moment on I grew. I grew out of a toxic relationship, grew a business, learned a lot of lessons on how to run my business, and found what direction I wanted to take with my life. None of this was easy. Matter of fact, it required making hard decisions and lots of tears were shed in the process. 2018 was hard on my heart and on my mind.
2019 and some of the goals I want to achieve
· Loose 100lbs
· Make $100,000
· Buy A House
· Potty Train Greyson
· Plan A Trip To New York
Now they we are going into 2019, my chosen word is COMMIT. I want to fully commit to everything I do. Commit to bettering my health, growing my blog, being present with my children and expanding my business. This was one of the things I struggled with the most this year. I can’t tell you how many projects I started and never completed, promises I made that I didn’t keep, weight I was going to loose but gained instead. This year I’m going in with no excuses.