At the last meeting of our WomenHeart Group, we gathered stacks of old magazines, pictures, postcards, quotations, scissors, glue, and used our imaginations to create individual Vision Boards. Andee and Annie brought some 9 x 12 boards that, when finished, could be hung on the wall. We had an hour and a half to create a vision of our lives.
Better than a resolution, a Vision Board is a reminder of what’s essential in your life. The idea came to us via our HeartSister Caridad. In addition to heart disease, Cari had several other serious health issues. She told us about her Vision Board. It had words of encouragement, pictures of loved ones, and a photograph of the beach – a place Cari associated with peace and serenity. The first thing every morning, she would look at it. It would lighten her load and help her start her day with feelings of thankfulness.
In January 2017, we had our first VB party. At the end of a delightful evening, we shared our completed projects. Here is Cari with her Vision Board along with Annie de Velasco, Andee Weiner, and me. What a lovely moment.
This year, the inspiration for my Vision Board started with two books. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, by Sarah Ban Breathnach, is a book I read years ago and decided to revisit. Each day there is a passage to read, and each month she suggests small activities to enrich the reader’s life, called “Joyful Simplicities.” The second book by Jennifer Ashton, M.D, was published recently and titled, “The Self-Care Solution.” Dr. Ashton set in motion personal monthly challenges, which would help improve her life.
Why these books? For years I’ve been reading “how-to” books. And, yes, I often learned how to do something better. Alternatively, these books dived into how to better care for me, physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.
My vision board (shown below) is hanging in my office, which is currently filled with clutter. Is it any wonder it has the words “less clutter” prominently displayed? Looking like a title at the top of a page, I’m reminded to “Enjoy Life. It has an expiration date.” My blog is noted, as are the two books starting me on my journey, and my self-care monthly challenges. In my first month, I delved into meditation. That was so satisfying, I’m continuing it daily.
One thing that’s difficult to read in this picture, but really spoke to me are the words, “Instead of focusing on a to-do list, start a to be list. Things I want to be: Happy, Calm, Loving, Healthy, Awesome.” As an A-Type personality, I’m thinking not being driven by my to-do list is going to take some extra work.
So there is my vision for 2020. It is said, visualization is a powerful mind exercise. I’ll have to get back to you next year and let you know how strong my vision is.
In the meantime, here are some suggestions for your Vision Board. Focus more on how you want to feel — not merely on things you want. Use pictures, words, photographs, even trinkets. There aren’t any rules. Come back next year and let me know how you did.