"Create a Vision Board ... pictures of what you want to attract. Everyday look at it and get into the feeling state of already having acquired these wants"
- Rhonda Byrne, Australia Author, most famous work THE SECRET
A few months ago, I got up the courage and joined a club that I have been wanting to join for some time, Toastmasters. There are literally hundreds of clubs in Calgary, but I chose one that was conveniently located at the Calgary Real Estate Board and one that was attended by both realtors and others who were looking to improve their speaking and leading skills. My second speech was about my entrepreneur activities back when I was a small business entrepreneur in Beijing, China, and at the end of the 8-minute speech I ended with a very timely quote, “A goal without a plan is just a wish”, by Antoine de Saint Exupery, the author of the LITTLE PRINCE. Interesting, as that is what I was hoping I could have before heading into the New Year for 2017.
Having my daughter with me full time during the holidays, we came up with a plan for her time off school, in between festivities with family and friends around Christmas Even, Christmas Day and other events. We decided that we would have a rather chilled New Year’s Eve and stay at home, followed by an even more chilled day on January 1st creating and making Vision Boards for 2017. We both sort of started to think about the basic design and concept a few days before, however, not really collecting the paper bits and photos etc. until the morning of.
A few weeks ago, while at Ikea, I had purchased a discount ‘AS IS’ frame and so we took that apart, Hannah using the back board for her board and me using the clear plexiglass with matte frame to mount my vision. We also made use of images off Facebook and the internet, printing out photos that we would want to include to represent different ideas, people, concepts, etc. Cutting and pasting was also the theme of the day as we went through birthday and Christmas cards and cut out words, names and cool images that meant something. We didn’t really have any limitations, as there is a ton of resource around us and we didn’t buy a single magazine!
As there is no rules really to creating a vision board, we just did what looked and felt good at the time, taping images on to the core board and then when certain parts overlapped. Hannah’s has a lot more definition of space between her images, whereas mine is more like a collage with very little space between images. In fact, none at all.
We mounted the boards on to our walls, mine in my office in front of where I sit at my computer and Hannah’s in her bedroom downstairs. We will be viewing this boards and images on a very daily basis, which is the very point. I tried to focus on my career, such as being a realtor and a cross cultural consultant, in terms of success and reminding myself about where I am going with the career part of my life. Another part is all about my daughter and our dog, Lucy. The third would be the interests and ‘loves’ that I have in my life, for example, reading and attending the opera, art and enjoying nature. The space is quite limited and so must use certain images to represent entire genres of my life, in some cases.
Overall, a very successful activity for mom and daughter to work on together, especially that the weather was not really suited to being outside. What is your vision for 2017?