Towards the end of 2008, I had a realization that despite all my spiritual growth there were still some major pieces missing from my puzzle. And as 2009 approached I wanted change in my life. I’d read and watched The Secret and was well aware of vision boards and their power. I’d made one of my own but the process in which I created it lacked the love and intention necessary for magic to happen. When my friend, life coach Elizabeth Barbour, told me about her New Year’s day retreat called “Design a Divine 2009”, in which the day would center around creating vision boards, I signed up immediately.
It turned out to be an amazing way to start the year. The weeks leading up to the workshop I spent thinking about what I wanted to manifest in my life. First and foremost was love. I’d come to believe that my heart was closed and I wanted something to open it. I wanted to reconnect with my husband and once again experience the passion that had faded since we entered parenthood. Next I thought about my career goals. I wanted to spend my days writing and building on my abilities in that regard.
On the day of the workshop we began with meditation. Afterward we were instructed to look through magazines and choose pictures that would represent our desires in 2009. We were also told to be open to the pictures that would choose us. After an hour or so of picture hunting, I began to construct my vision board using all the images I found. In the center of my board I placed an image of a huge pink flower. It was there to represent my desire to BLOOM. Who knew I was Owning Pink before I’d even heard that phrase?!? I placed a lot of pictures and phrases that represented love and my desire for closeness with friends and family. The corner of the board devoted to career contained a picture of an author I admire, a woman working on a computer, and lots of books. Other pictures represented health, wellness, and spirituality. The images that chose me were a picture of a train traveling down a mountain, a picture of a girl playing guitar, and the phrase “Something big is coming.” When my board was complete I was astounded by the beauty of it and the feelings it invoked within me.
For a year now the board has hung over my dresser in the bedroom. I look at it everyday, at least once. Some of the intentions have manifested and other images have become symbols for emotions or challenges I’ve encountered. On Valentine’s Day my husband and I had a long talk about our desires for our marriage and I can safely say that our relationship now includes as much love and passion as it ever has. I thank my lucky stars everyday for our partnership! I also now find that I am that woman at the computer, writing away. Among the many BIG things that came this year, one of them was starting my blog “Waiting for the Click.” After taking my step into the blogosphere I joined Twitter, connected with Lissa Rankin, and acquainted myself with this beautiful Pink world! My heart has certainly cracked open this year and many friends and spiritual companions have found a place in it. I am forever grateful for the lessons and gifts that 2009 has brought me.
On January 1, 2010 I will attend Elizabeth’s 3rd annual retreat. This year she has named it “2010: Begin Again.” I find that my goals this year are quite different then last year. The joy of having this wide open heart is that my highest desire is to see others experience joy, success, love, and peace. Unfortunately most (or all) of you Pinkies reading this will not be able to hang with Elizabeth and me on New Year’s day, but maybe you can hold your own “2010: Begin Again” retreat. You’ll be amazed at what you can invite into your life!
Make Your Own Vision Board
Here is a list of all you need to get started:
Happy New Year’s Pinkies! And as a friend of mine on Twitter always says: “See you on the flip side!” When we get there, I hope you will be basking in the joy of your own creations!
Here's to us,
Lissa's Note: Thank you Leslee! You rock, sister. I can't wait to make mine. Funny thing- we had just finished drafting your post, Leslee, when I saw that Pink Goddess Kris Carr, author of Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips, posted about Vision Boards too. Check out her fabulous post for more vision board inspiration.
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