I must admit I was a bit of a strange kid. When I was 3 or 4, I’d drive my parents crazy, constantly asking ‘What does that say?’ as I pointed at the street signs we drove past. In my first week of school, I cried in frustration because I couldn’t read yet.
Once I got the hang of that reading stuff, man, there was no stopping me! While all the other girls were on the netball courts, I was tucked up in a corner of the library with my books. I totally geeked out whenever a Readathon was announced and thought Librarians had the coolest job in the world.
By the time I reached High School I’d started to daydream about what it would be like to be an author. I convinced my girlfriends to co-write stories with me and spent hours drafting plot outlines and drawing covers with our names on them. I wrote poetry in every spare moment and was only ever on time for English Literature class.
When I went to live in London I wrote emails home about my adventures. Receiving replies like ‘That was the best email I’ve ever read!’ and ‘You have got to be a writer, girl!’ made my heart sing.
But as I ventured further into a career in Finance (and later, Project Controls), I slowly turned my back on my dream. I thought I grew out of it. I stopped daydreaming and wishing on stars. I told myself I was happy with the financial perks of my career path. I distracted myself with shopping, destructive eating patterns, and drinking too much. I blocked my intuition, avoided my feelings, and just got on with it. For a decade or so, I thought it was enough.
In 2011, I started to think differently. I started following a vegan lifestyle. The little voice inside me refused to be ignored any longer and I began to look for a way out of the life I’d created for myself. Studying at IIN in 2013 reinforced what I’d already begun to feel. Along with a million other changes I made that year, I also made my first vision board.
Yesterday I published my first book on Amazon (*insert excited squeal!*). It’s just a teensy book (you can download your free copy here), and just a tiny fish in a huge ocean. And yes it was terrifying sending it out into the big, scary world, especially when I feel like my writing is still so rusty. But it’s also one step closer to my heart’s dream: holding my first paperback in my hot, little hands.
Yesterday (after I recovered from alternating panic and grinning attacks), I gave my Vision Board one hell of a high-five.
The Practical Magic of Vision Boards
If you’ve always thought of Mood or Vision Boards as just ‘new age’ or kid’s stuff – not so fast, ladylove! They can be a powerful tool to help you reconnect with yourself.
How do you want to feel, beautiful? What do you want to see, do and experience in your precious life? Maybe there’s a dream you’ve had in your heart since you were a little girl, or maybe you’ve just started to feel the pull from something recently. Maybe you dream of freedom from destructive patterns or anxiety, and living a bold, happy existence.
Creating a vision board will help you visualise yourself in that life. The more you see your dream in front of you, the more you’ll naturally gravitate towards it. You’ll start making decisions in alignment with that vision. You’ll begin to think more clearly about what you do and don’t want in your life.
Yes, it can be scary to sit down and be honest about what your heart truly desires. But you know what’s even scarier? Regret. Turning your back on your intuition and stomping on your dreams. Wasting your true potential.
It’s impossible to truly sparkle when you muffle part of yourself.
How To Make Your Own
Any way you like, baby! Pull out a large piece of paper and draw, paint, cut pictures from magazines or write a list. Create a virtual board on Pinterest or use a free on-line tool like Pixlr Express to create a photo collage.
There’s no right or wrong way, beautiful. Do whatever you feel like doing. Just like your dreams, your choice of vision board is completely up to you.
My vision boards look like this, this and this:
Display your board on your desk, save it as your laptop or phone screensaver, stick it on your fridge, or hang it up in your bedroom. Put it where you can see it. Let it be a constant reminder of the life you truly want and everything you desire to be.
It’s completely normal for your board to continue to evolve. As your goals and dreams change direction, update your board in line with your vision. Keep it fresh, exciting and inspiring.
And when you start to notice it creating magic in your life, girl, give it one hell of a high-five from me.