Little did I know that a hot hectic day in the middle of January would mark the birth of something so special. It was just a little thing that became a big thing without me realising it was even happening!
After a disgustingly early start for school holidays, (we already had 2 hours of football training done and dusted before 10.30am) I was foraging under Berry’s bed, discovering missing school hats, dirty washing and random Lego pieces in preparation for the arrival of 3 excitable 12-year-old boys. It wasn’t until sometime later (probably before the tenth pizza and between shouts of ‘Marco’ and ‘Polo’ from the pool) that I realised I had doubled booked myself.
I had been invited to attend a vision board session hosted by Veronica Smith from The In8 Parent, but had also planned a multiple sleepover for Berry on the same night. Thinking that Veronica probably wasn’t expecting a vision of chaos with my pre-teen entourage in tow, I called Excel-Man to bail me out! Needless to say feeding, entertaining and refereeing the rowdy crowd while I went to a ‘women’s thing’ was an underwhelming prospect!
So that’s how I left the house, harassed, hot and feeling like it was all too much like hard work!
I had not given the vision board a second thought all day, and I was totally un-prepared for what was to come. In a weak effort to show some enthusiasm I’d armed myself with scissors, glue stick and coloured pens, but I was ready for a passive sit-back-and-zone-out session where other people did the talking and I nodded thoughtfully.
But…it turns out that you have to create your own vision!!
Faced with a table of magazines, a blank sheet of card and a bowl of Cadbury’s Favourites I sat back to flick though the pictures, eat some chocolate and chill for the first time that day.
I really didn’t have a clue what I was looking for!
Having just discovered that a vision board was a personal, flexible, visual creation, representing your hopes, dreams and goals I felt a bit
So I decided that I’d just cut out pretty pictures. I way was too tired to think about hopes, dreams and goals.
And then something happened.
I didn’t even notice
inspiration seeping in.
Cutting, sticking and creating
a vision of me and all I want to be.
A Vision of Me
Without realising it, I had started to shed the layers of mother, wife, teacher and friend. Pictures began to form a vision of me.
My vision board didn’t get finished that evening, but it began germinating.
I watered it with hope, fertilised it with dreams and I left it in the sunshine of opportunity.
A vision was growing.
For the next few weeks I collected magazines where-ever I went and when I had the house to myself one afternoon I set about completing my vision board. It turned out like this.
And now the vision board sits right in front of my desk, and while I write I look up at it and pause.
It affirms what I want in life.
It reminds me to connect, grow and create.
It inspires me to be passionate in all that I do.
It speaks to me of fulfilment, love and family connections.
My vision board is who I am, and who I will be, and I love it.
Links you may find useful
If you’re interested in creating your own vision board here are a couple of useful links:
- Website with lots of examples and ideas for making vision boards – Make A Vision Board
- Blog showing how to engage children in creating a vision board – vision boarding with kids