The surprise was incredible-a two-week trip to France and an opportunity to find the home where I was born. I couldn’t believe he had been planning the trip for several months, saving and lining up airline tickets and creating the perfect time to reveal the surprise. It was perfect!
But, within two weeks, everything changed. With the terror alerts following 9-11, it wasn’t safe for anyone to travel overseas, and postponing our trip seemed the best choice. Life changed for everyone, and there was no way we could feel safe leaving our children and flying half way across the world. So, we contacted the airline and set the date for one year later.
Still, somehow I needed to keep the excitement of the surprise alive. The goal was to get to France in a year, and I decided to take the time to plan every detail to make this once in a lifetime trip as memorable and perfect as possible. I began collecting ideas and clippings of places and things I wanted to include in the trip. I gathered memories from my parents and old pictures as markers to locate. I submerged myself in everything I could find and looked for inspiration in many different places.
Before long, I had a vision to put to the goal. And this vision kept the trip alive through all the waiting and planning. Now, many years later, I am so grateful to have had the time to let the vision simmer and saturate my thoughts and dreams. Having the chance to see my vision come to fruition was such a huge blessing and one I will never forget.
Every dream needs to be kept alive. Every goal needs to have a vision in order to secure its success.
A vision board is one of the most rewarding and inspiring ways to help make a dream or goal a reality. The visual reminder creates excitement and keeps us motivated. The process of creating helps us flesh out the details and direct focus in tangible ways.
Creating a vision board should be fun, not stressful or overwhelming.
A vision board should represent a journey that captures our senses and ignites our passions which initiated the goal in the first place.
A vision board should create energy and introspection and direction for goals and dreams.
The best way to start a vision board is to start collecting. Begin collecting words, quotes and pictures from magazines which inspire and invigorate the senses. Gather textiles, colors, nature, inspirational snapshots, and anything that helps create focus and direction for your goal, anything that breathes life and beauty and excitement for the journey. Dive into your imagination, experiment with your own creativity. There are no boundaries in creating and no limits to reaching our soul’s desire.
Arranging each piece on a bulletin board or poster board and placing this in a prominent place where it can be viewed and revised is key to keeping focus and staying motivated. No one has to understand your board, and there is no right or wrong way. Add your own flare and make it yours. It just needs to be personal and reflect you and your goal.
If you are reading this, then chances are you’re looking for ways to stay motivated to accomplish your goal. Whether it’s a week away, a month away or a year away, it’s probably going to take a lot of hard work and dedication. So, as you begin your vision board journey, have fun, be creative and let it inspire you through moments when resolve is lacking.
Your adventure will be so much more meaningful, and you will reach your goal!
What comes to mind when you think of creating a vision board?
Where can you place it to serve as motivation?
What words or quotes inspire you?
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