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Monday, January 12, 2009

Monday's Muse - my vision board

My BFF has been working so hard with me to keep me upbeat, positive and believing in a successful and productive future. It can be quite difficult given my current circumstances, but I do make an effort (as much as I can). He knows that quite some time ago I began constructing a vision board that I never complete. What he doesn't know (at least I don't think I told him) is that I've been trying to finish/update it so that it reflects my current goals and dreams.

I think the first time I heard about a vision board was in the book The Secret. I don't think that's what they called it, but the premise is the same. Then on Oprah's talk show there was a segment about the vision board that featured someone whose "visions" had came to fruition. So since I didn't have the money to buy a bulletin board or anything I raided our crafts/projects box and found a green border that I pasted to the wall next time my desk. Thus creating a bulletin board.

When I first put it up it was during the most stressful and emotional time of my separation so I only added a few things from some other little projects I had started: 1) a collage of ideas on how I wanted my life to be, which included tranquility, ease, success, happiness, love, organization, travel, publication of my books. You know, cutout images that represented those things. 2) a smaller collage of destinations and nature. 3) a picture of Oprah because when I publish my book I want to be on her show and I simply just want to meet her. 4) and the words "make a fresh start," which came from a letter that was included with the fresh start journal that I got (for free!) from The Oprah Magazine.

Since then I've added the words joy, dreams and purpose. I plan on adding the word love; not because I am looking for love from a man, but because I want my life to be filled with love that I give and love in every relationship whether it's with my children, my parents, my siblings or my friends. There's also an image of a book with my byline on it that I'll create to symbolize the books I will publish.

There are other ideas floating around in the my head, but they have yet to form a definite thought. If we all create vision boards - whether something large on a wall or a dedicated page in your favorite journal - we can keep images in our heads that will help to evict the negative thoughts. The images will help to override the crappy stuff that happens in everyday life.

My vision board also reminds me that although I feel down, depressed and even hopeless about my future that it's possible there's more out there. It's possible that I may not live in poverty forever; it's possible that my dreams will come true and it's possible that everything my best friend is telling me is true.

You don't have to create your vision board in one day. Take the time to think about what you want for your future. Mule over the projects you're working on and visualize the end result. Paste pictures, words, drawings and whatever images represent the dreams that you want even if you think they're near impossible. Your vision can include goals and, most importantly, your vision board can change.

Think about it: If the vision board can change then it means we can have control over our future - our destinies. We can write our own ending.

Good luck with your vision ... and enjoy your week.

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