10 Things I’m Excited About Right Meow

No intro needed, this is just a fun one. Here are 10 things I’m excited about and super into right this second:

  1. In less than 2 days, I leave to spend EIGHT days in Minnesota with my friends and family. I usually just go for a few days at a time and happily spend that entire time in the ‘burbs with my adult fam and the little bbs. This time, I’ve got time and space for catching up with some old friends and their families and that excites me.
  2. On that note, I’m planning for an entire week of living in jean shorts, tank tops, and swimsuits. Plus sitting on the deck(s) drinking wine and whiskey and doing some writing, plotting, watching, scheming, thinking, breathing, and listening. But mostly living in jean shorts and tank tops, watching the little ones run around, and toasting my sister while we kick back and work on our Irish tans (not getting burned).
  3. I officially graduate from IIN in 9 days. I can’t believe a year has already passed since I started on this journey, and I am so proud of all I’ve done in this last year.
  4. Sunflowers. I’m just really into them right now.
  5. I didn’t make it a totally *dry* June, but! I completely changed my habits around drinking, which meets and exceeds my true goals by a million. I haven’t had a hangover in over a month. I went nearly two full weeks with zero alcohol and then minimal after that. Major shift. Lots of thoughts on that, and I’m still processing and writing them out. I’ll share them in some format later. But I’m excited about how good it’s been on this side.
  6. I’m making some serious headway on a personal project I’ve had in mind for years — a small, personal, and fun collection of essays. I hope to publish it sometime early next year.
  7. I hosted my first workshop this last week at WDS and I have plans in the works for more in the future here in Portland. I had so much fun doing the first one and can’t wait to do it again.
  8. Bras that fit. No, seriously. I have like, two bras that I LOVE and I have worn them OUT over the past few years. I just got four new bras that fit and fit correctly and I swear to Aphrodite it’s the best thing ever.
  9. Mussels. Nothing in particular about them, I just cooked them at home tonight (in onions, bacon, garlic, white wine, cream, and a f*ton of butter) and they were really, really good.
  10. Did I mention I get to see the fam in just a couple of days? My parents, the Official All-Time World Champions of Kitchen Dancing; my sister, who is my favorite human being on the entire planet, hands down, forever no question; her husband, AKA my favorite person to beat at Clue; their four children (need I say more? nieces and nephews are The Actual Best) and in a rare appearance, my grandmother and aunt, neither of which I’ve seen in something like 5 years or better. Fam bam thank you sir.

Those are 10 things I’m stoked on right now, in this moment. Tell me one thing you’re into right now. Favorite song, upcoming plans, happy moment. What are you excited about right meow?

vision board

Create Your Own Vision (Board) Workshop Recap, Tips for Creating Your Own, + A Starter Vision Board Kit

A few months ago, as I created my own most recent vision board (pictured above), I had the idea that I’d love to lead an entire workshop on doing exactly what I was doing in that moment. I looked around at the environment I’d created — a glass of rosé, a few magazines spread out on the table in front of me, scissors, glue sticks, paper bag trash bag next to me for all of the inevitable paper scraps I was about to create, and groovy dance tunes filling the air around me.

I thought it would be pretty amazing to re-create this environment and then also fill it with other people who were energetically focusing their attention on their own dreams, goals, and intentions. I happened to find the phrase “workshop” in one of the magazines, so I cut it out and put it up on mine.

The Universe Conspires

A short ways into the planning process (really, just costing out what I’d need to buy and supply), I asked an event-planner friend of mine if she could recommend a good venue that would be well-suited to making a giant mess of magazine scraps while listening to music and drinking rosé.

What happened next can only best be described as the whole “… and, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it’* thing.

She said to me, “I actually need someone to lead EXACTLY such a workshop at the World Domination Summit this summer.”

Whaaaaaaaaaaat?!

So yesterday, I did exactly that. And of all of the places to test run and essentially launch this idea (and my coaching business with it) into the world, I couldn’t think of a better, more engaged place to do it.

Yesterday, I led my first Vision Board workshop at the World Domination Summit.

Show up

Supplies, space, and the guest list would all be BUILT IN. The target audience could not be a more receptive audience to spending two hours thinking about visions and intentions and then arts-and-crafternooning about it in the middle of the WDS HQ. 

All I had to do was supply some of my own magazines and show up. 

Hey, sometimes that’s the hard part (the showing up, not necessarily the magazines).

So, I did! This was yesterday and I am overjoyed at how well it went. 

The attendees were inspiring, engaged, creative, and open. They were excited to share their visions and dreams and even more excited when they found pictures, words, and phrases that seemed to *coincidentally* align with ideas, words, and phrases they already had in their heads. 

*spoiler alert : not a coincidence! Synchronicity is everywhere when we start to align with our purpose and calling*

Here are a few photos from the event: 

We started with a little overview on what a vision board actually is.

We talked about the power of setting intentions, creating space for our ideas and dreams, and the momentum we gain when we spend dedicated time focused on these visions, and the exponential power and momentum we gain when we surround ourselves with other people holding the same space and energy. 

Then, we spent a little over an hour flipping through magazines, sharing our visions, and putting it all together. 

It was magic.

I can’t wait to do this again here in Portland, and eventually take it to other cities in the future. 

Can’t wait ‘til then?

Create YOUR Own Vision (Board)

Here’s 5 tips to get you started, including a link at the end to snag your very own Create Your Own Vision (Board) Kit (yay!).

  1. Choose 1-2 magazines that you know will resonate and 1-2 that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to. Example: men’s interest magazines have long spent more time, column space, and ad space dedicated to topics on success, wealth, and power. Women’s magazines are catching up — yes! Yay! — but the variety of both plus travel, fashion, cooking, whatever your interests are (cycling! birds! sports!) is a great place to start.
  2. Have a specific focus. Or don’t! You can choose a theme (Home, Travel, Health, Romance) and look for images and words in support of that theme. This is a great approach if you’re seeking focus. Or, you can create a more holistic vision board that represents multiple areas of your life. This is great if you’re seeking balance.
  3. Keep a trash bag or can nearby. I find that this is an excellent re-use of paper grocery bags. Scraps into the bag, bag into the recycling. 
  4. Don’t spend money on new magazines! Use what you have. Ask your friends to gift you their old ones. Shop garage sales, Goodwill, or thrift stores for old magazines at a major discount. The more you’re re-using and/or recycling the better. 
  5. Need a jump start? I got you! I created this super simple and also super fun Vision Board kit to get you started. Each kit comes with the actual supplies you’ll need (scissors, glue, board) plus 2-3 magazines, washi tape and other fun crafty accessories, and a vinyl pouch to keep it all organized. Get it, get it!

Have you created a vision board before? What visions have you manifested by keeping them front-and-center in your daily thoughts? 

*Paulo Coehlo, The Alchemist