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Here is a little something that is fun to do and helps you to get focused. Christine Schaap, author of "Bring It On:Women Embracing Midlife"talks about it in her book and they also mention it in "The Secret"...Vision Boards. I have been doing these for years...I guess it is because I am very visual...it is a collage of sorts. In "The Secret" they use vision boards as a way of establishing your dreams, goals and anticipated successes. Many successful people use vision boards to establish a visual strategy, while being pleasantly surprised at how they see their dreams and desire coming in to fruitition within five to ten years.Schaap uses vision boards for the same thing...but it also uses them to pinpoints your likes/dislikes, desires, goals, your state of being. This is what you need to do:



1. Buy a large piece of foam board...poster board is okay too...but the foam board is more substantial and you can eventually frame your Vision Board more easily this way.

2. Pull out all your old Oprah, MORE, Vogue, Glamour, Cosmo and magazines with your hobbies and interests.

3. You will need scissors and a glue stick.



Set aside some quiet time and start clipping pictures, quotes, poems, words that fit the way you're feeling, where you want to go. The pictures can be just pretty one's or one's that visually show your dreams, desires, hobbies, the things you love or things you don't. Place your pictures in an envelope. You do not have to do your vision board in one sitting. I collect pictures, words and quotes all the time and place them in my collage envelope for my next vision board. I have created about four vision boards over the past 13 years. The changes that occurred within me and where I have come from are displayed in these collages...it is amazing at times to look at them again. In one of my vision boards I can see where my MLC actually began...it was about ten years ago...the picture I placed in the middle was one of a door knob with a "Do Not Disturb: Wife and Mother of 5 Currently Regaining Sanity" ...all around this picture were pictures of women pulling their hair out, holding their heads and then with big letters above these pictures the statement "MOM TIRED AGAIN". Growing out of this main piece of the collage was all the things I wanted my life tolook like. It has been in my 50th year that I have discovered that many of the those things have indeed have come true.



So this is where you start...find a main picture or statement that shows where you are at the very moment that you are creating this collage. Break the collage down into sections or categories...like your state of mind, your family, your beliefs, your children, your husband, your dreams, your hearts desire, your goals for the next five years. You can start gluing immediately or just save up the pictures till you have the time to spend in creating your collage.I save them up because I find putting it all together at once is very therapeutic.

The vision board is on the same line as when you write things down in lists or journal your heart's desires...but this time it is one visual picture when it is all completed.

This is my most recent vision board:



http://fabulously40.com/main/show_picture/336



Even if you are not artistic or creative this is a simple assignment that can bring great results...it allows you to focus or pinpoint the direction you are going or where you are stuck. I placed a picture right near the middle, right under the words "the gift" that represents my H and I...the poem is fantastic...a reclaiming of our love anddevotion to one another The whole left side is the direction I want my book to go, underneath are my goals, the upper right hand corner is the celebration of my 50th birthday, which I have not really done yet...but will. On a whole, the vision board is a statement of the direction I am taking. At the center is a picture of a woman delicatelybalancing onball symbolizing how I lived my life up until my this past year, while announcing underneath "Welcome to Your Next Chapter: Act II : Enter Smiling".
My H framed this vision board and it hangs in my office to remind me every day that I can not stop working on my hearts desires....in fact that is the name of this collage..."Heart's Desire".



If you have any questions, please ask...try this...it is fun and helpful...AND...In the end you have a great art piece. When I made this vision board...I did it with my 8-year old daughter. We both had great pieces of art...hers is hanging in her bedroom....doing this together was filled with great bonding moments for she and I....because she asked me questions about the pictures and the words and I got to show a side of me that she had not seen before. I cherish this time we spent together...and even now she stands in front of my board and says "Mommy, tell me about the Gold Dress Gala again" or "Tell me about why you like Audrey Hepburn again" or most importantly the other day she said "That lady in the purple dress...I want to be that lady one day with all those words that are next to her." I hope and praythat I am liiving my life as an example so she canalso become the elegantlady in the purple dress.



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      JOEY Robertson wrote Feb 21, 2008
    • I’m on my way to the store!  That is, if I can get out of bed!

        

      Excellent writing and advice.



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      Br0wnbeauty wrote Jan 28, 2009
    • I LOVE vision boards/collages.  They remind me of the biblical scripture “write the vision, make it plain“.  I have not done one in a while.  Perhaps I can create one this weekend.  One way to use the magazines I cannot seem to let go.

      Thank you for sharing!



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      Unlockingdreams wrote Jan 28, 2009
    • I bought my poster board before Christmas, it is still lying here, I haven’t pulled out first thought of what I want to do with it yet.  But now more than ever, I am determined to do this.



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      Br0wnbeauty wrote Jan 28, 2009
    • GREAT!  They are a lot of fun to create.  It is amazing how our dreams/visions manifest once we put things down on paper.  So put on your favorite music, make your favorite drink or snack and enjoy. happy



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      Julie Castell wrote Jan 28, 2009
    • I have a box of pictures to put in albums, items for my Obama scrapbook, quotes...I’ll add this to my list of to-do’s.  I need to make time to do it, maybe my 15 yr. old neice will do one with me.



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      Waxwing wrote Jan 28, 2009
    • I don’t have a vision board, but I have kept a binder for well over a decade. I pull out pages of magazines that remind me of dear friends, of looks or people that I admire, of places and quotes that make me feel peaceful....

      I look through it at least once a week before I go to bed. The interesting thing has been that as I get older, I understand it more : it is not about aesthetics, but rather who I am and what I value.

      It really is wonderful.



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      Joesangel wrote Jan 30, 2009
    • This is an awesome idea! I have stacks of magazines. I am addicted to them, I am afraid. Can’t seem to quit buying them.  Books, too. I have articles I save and pictures and a box full of words.  Once when my husband was out to sea I “wrote” him a letter using all clipped words from magazines. The letter ended up being like a little booklet.
      Actually I have done about 3 or 4 of them for him. The other guys were amazed that I would spend so much time doing that for him!  I am going to do this for myself!!



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      Br0wnbeauty wrote Jan 30, 2009
    • Okay, now I know that I am not alone.  I too enjoy reading...okay I LOVE to read, and I have books and magazines galore. I treasure my books!



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      Joesangel wrote Jan 30, 2009
    • Oh brown beauty...you are definitely not alone. My books are precious to me! I just enjoy looking at them on the shelves and I mean shelves. I love going to Borders but I have a hard time saying no to myself. Even when I know I don’t need another book or magazine. It truly is an obsession! I LOVE to read too!

      Donna



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      N Parham wrote Feb 20, 2009
    • I will admit that I am a book lover also.  I have just about ran out of space to store mine.  I also love reading magazines.  A great place to find good books at a discount price is the Goodwill.  In TN on the 1st Sat of every month the Goodwill has 50% off on everything so I have purchased a lot of books during this time.  There is nothing like a good book to relax you.



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      Br0wnbeauty wrote May 17, 2009
    • I just wanted to share that I completed my vision board about three weeks ago.  It took a few months but once I got started, I could not stop until I finished (I spent several hours but it was worth it).  I had so much fun.  I plan to get it laminated at Kinkos.  I also took pictures of the board, one to carry in my planner, and one to place on the bathroom mirror.



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      Br0wnbeauty wrote May 17, 2009
    • i am sad that the Borders near my home is going out of business (last day is June 5th), bowever, books are now 40% off, magazines 30%.  I have been going to the bookstore at least 4-5 days per week for the past 2-3 weeks, getting some real good bargains.



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      Br0wnbeauty wrote May 17, 2009
    • I have pretty much run out of space also happy



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      Br0wnbeauty wrote May 17, 2009
    • am sad that the Borders near my home is going out of business (last day is June 5th), bowever, books are now 4 off, magazines 30 .  I have been going to the bookstore at least 4-5 days per week for the past 2-3 weeks, getting some real good bargains.  

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      Br0wnbeauty wrote May 17, 2009
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      Br0wnbeauty wrote May 17, 2009
    • I just wanted to share that I completed my vision board about three weeks ago.  It took a few months but once I got started, I could not stop until I finished (I spent several hours but it was worth it).  I had so much fun.  I plan to get it laminated at Kinkos.  I also took pictures of the board, one to carry in my planner, and one to place on the bathroom mirror.



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      Cuddlz wrote May 24, 2010
    • I love to read! When I was growing up, the kids in the neighborhood played dress up, played outside games and sports - I? well I could be found at the local library, reading. Now I have a kindle and download books from the library for free! When I have trouble sleeping, it’s the MP3, with audio boooks, also free from the library and I don’t disturb hubby! Somethings you never outgrow. Reading is one of those things!estatic
      This will be a definite on the board I will start and who knows where it will take me! Exciting!



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