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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

Portland Timbers

On Soccer & Persistence

I went to my second ever Timbers match tonight and took away a few little lessons as I watched. The first thing I learned/realized is that I don’t need alcohol to enjoy a sporting event. I mean, duh, but also, that’s just always been part of the tradition for me, so I never even think about it and grab a beer as soon as I walk in. Since I’m #dryJune-ing it for another 24 days, I skipped the beer line and got a lemonade instead ($7 for a lemon, ice, water, and sugar? BRILLIANT. Excuse me while I switch careers, because hello $$).

More on my initial reactions on a dry month another day — because don’t worry, I’m having them.

The other thing I took away from watching this match was the idea that for 90-minutes, both teams play a whole bunch of defense amounting to what ends up a pretty low-scoring game. And yet, they persist and persist and persist. Sean pointed out that soccer is a perfect example of staying with something despite “failure,” as these players, through the course of the game, are going to likely take — and miss — a lot more shots than they’ll make. I mean, ideally, that’s not the case, but it’s a game of defense, strategy, and some really technical legwork. They miss more than they don’t, but it REALLY counts when they make it.

I’ve been thinking a lot about failure lately, about setbacks and what we do with them. In fact, I’m working on some kind of book or guide on getting over and through these. Right now, it’s in the research phase. Mostly observation, where I’m seeing these little learning moments in every day life and considering how worth it it truly is to continue to persist, even when someone’s (or something) is focused intently on blocking us, even when it means running a long way over and over, and especially when it means accepting the assistance of your team around you.

Oh! And the Timbers won! #RCTID