Vision Board aka Dream Board and Treasure Map

“No self-respecting buccaneer would set sail in search of a buried treasure without a map. Why should you? A personal treasure map is a collage of your ideal life that you create as a visual tool to focus your creative energy in the direction you wish to go.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

Last week I shared my Project 200 vision board with you all. You can see this post HERE. Today, I will share my own vision board process. I first was introduced to Treasure Maps around 1992 after reading Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. I have done a few vision boards since then. Many of the things on these vision boards have materialized. I know that vision boards are a great way to be clear about intentions and goals and have a visual reminder of these that can be seen on a daily basis. So let me share this process with you.

“The best way to achieve your goals is to keep them top of mind, so you’re always looking for ways to move yourself closer to them – and a vision board is the perfect tool to help you do that.” – Jack Canfield

What Is Needed

  • A surface to glue images – I’ve used mostly large 24″ X 36″ poster boards. I think these can be found at Walmart or that type of stores. Any large cardboard will do. The one I posted last week, was done on poster board cut into a heart shape.
  • Images, words, phrases – I love harvesting these from magazines. The process of flipping through pages to find the right images/words/phrases is a very meditative activity. I have asked friends for their old magazines in the past, for this very purpose. Images, words and phrases can also be found on the internet and printed out.
  • Glue – I like glue sticks the best, Lepage or UHU stic are the ones I’ve used. It is important not to use a wet glue as this will make your images wrinkled.
  • Scissors – I use a regular pair of scissors and sometimes a smaller pair to fussy cut smaller elements. Fussy cutting is definitely not necessary though.
  • Time – Last but not least, I ensure that I set time aside without disturbances for this process. I tend to be slow so I may take 4-6 hours for the whole process. Sometimes I will do this in one session and sometimes I will spread over two sessions.

In Preparation

Sacred Space – First I like to create a sacred space for this process. For me creating a sacred space involves putting on meditative music, burning incense or diffusing aromatherapy oil and lighting a candle.

Visualization – Then I sit quietly with myself, closing my eyes. In my mind’s eyes, I visualize myself living the best life I can imagine. I visualized this with as many details as I can. I start with waking up in the morning and go through the day till I set my head on the pillow at night. What am I doing? Who is with me? What is around me? What do I see? What do I smell? How am I feeling? I spend a few minutes doing this. When I’m ready, I open my eyes and then write about my experience. What has come up for me through this visualization? What are my deepest desires? What are my wants? Needs? How do I want to feel?

Once I’ve done this, I’m ready to create my vision board. I’ve done vision boards before without going through this process and it was fine. However, I find that this process helps with clarity and makes this experience richer for me.

Creating My Vision Board

I take my stack of magazines and I flip through the pages, ripping any images, words and phrases that catch my attention. This is something that I do mostly intuitively. I try not to engage my mind in this process. I trust my inner guidance that has been activated by previously visualizing my best life. From this process, I gather a good stack of images, words and phrases.

Then I look at the images, words and phrases I’ve gathered. Keeping in mind what I have uncovered from my visualization and writing, I keep those that feel aligned with my wants, needs and desires and put the ones that are not aligned aside. I also keep in mind the size of the surface I will put these on.

I fussy cut some of the images, words and phrases and trim the others. I then arrange, without gluing, these on my poster board in a way that is pleasing to me. I prefer having some blank spaces here and there so that things don’t feel too cluttered and chaotic. Once I’m pleased with how I’ve arranged these, I glue each piece in place.

My vision board is now done. I write the date at the back. I now sit with it for a bit, admiring my work.

Activation

I hang my vision board where it is the most visible to me day in and day out. My present one is hanging in my bedroom by my side of the bed. I can see it first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I’ve sometimes placed my vision board in my art room too.

“Research has revealed that images or scenes that are accompanied by intense emotion will stay locked in our memory forever.” – Jack Canfield

It’s important to interact with my vision board on a daily basis, or at least a few times a week. I sit where I can see my vision board clearly. I look at all the elements and imagine these already being a reality in my life. I make this imagining as vivid as I can, adding sounds, smells,  and tastes as well as how I would emotionally and physically feel. Once I have done this, I release these and give thanks to the Universe for making these a reality. Then I go on with my day.

To be honest, I’m not very disciplined with this last step and it is certainly something I need to work on.

Variations

  • I do a vision board for all of my life stuff. Some people like to do different vision boards for different areas of their life, such as one for their personal life and one for their professional life.
  • Some like to use a corkboard and pin their images, words and phrases instead of gluing them on a poster board. Things can be removed, changed around as needed this way. Some people like to have a vision journal to which they keep adding items to.
  • Couples can do a vision board together as well as families.
  • Some people like to start the new year with a new vision board.
  • Some will do a vision board for a specific project or area of their life such as I have done this time around for Project 200.
  • There are places where one can do a vision board digitally online. These can then be used as desktop images on computers, tablets or phones. I personally would not recommend this. There’s something magical, for me, in the creating of a vision board with my hands.

More Ways to Activate Your Vision Board

  • Write affirmations from your vision board.
  • Keep a journal of the future.
  • Express your visions publicly.
  • Surf the internet for your vision.

To Conclude

There is so much information about vision boards on the internet. There might even be videos on youtube. I encourage you to create a vision board for yourself in any way that feels attractive to you. It’s a wonderful thing you can do for yourself. If I can support you in any way through this process, let me know. I would be happy to help in any way I can.

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward

If you can imagine it and dream it, you are deserving of it!

Project 200 Vision Board

I’ve made many vision boards over the years. It’s been possibly 4 or so years, however, since I had made one. I love the process of making vision boards. I love going through magazine images and words and intuitively pull the images and words that align with my goals and intentions. This is a very sacred activity for me. It is a journey within myself, to a place where all is possible. I feel my way through visioning. For me, it is not about what I want to get or to do, by rather about how I want to feel, to be.

This is the vision board that I have done for Project 200 last week.

A dream come true / Within reach

To be free of the food addiction, to be thin has been a dream for so many years. I intend that this dream becomes a reality. I deserve this. I’m good enough for this. I’m worth it. This is within my reach.

Reclaimed / Homecoming

I  reclaim my body from the burden of unecessary fat and food addiction ravages and restore it to vibrant health. I rejoice in this homecoming.

Can do energy

Good food filled with nutrients and a positive mindset provides me with very necessary can do energy.

Feel light

To feel light in mind and in body is how I intend to live the rest of my life. I shed all unnecessary thoughts and pounds so that I can achieve this.

Right on track

I’m right on track with my eating, with my body movement, with my mindset. I have what it takes. If I find myself stepping off track, I notice this quickly, and with self-compassion bring myself back on track.

Move your body

I create opportunities to move my body. I love feeling my muscle tighten and the blood flowing through my body. My body is stronger and healthier every day.

Health is happiness!
     It really is about QUALITY OF LIFE.   
          I AM mistress of my own fate!
               Today! 
                    YES! 


My vision board is where I see it many times a day, in our bedroom on my side of the bed. I see it first thing in the morning and I see it every time I go into our bedroom. I sometimes stand in front of it and take in its energy. This act recharges my resolution to make this project a success. YES!

Project 200 – January 2018 Update

It’s time for a Project 200 update. I’ll be totally honest. At about mid-month, I was dreading this update. I was mentally looking for a way out, wondering how I could be so stupid as to have started this project here, in the open, on this blog, for all eyes to see. It’s easy to share successes but a whole lot harder to share failures. I thought I could just delete all traces of Project 200 and hope no one would ask me about it. I even went so far as thinking of putting an end to my blogging days and closing my blog. None of this sat well with me. Then I realized these thoughts were all shame-based. This realization shifted my thought process. I’ve carried a whole lot of shame in my life and I’m still working on releasing remnants of that same. I do NOT need to add more shame to my load and as much as I possibly can, will do all that I can to NOT add more.

As I moved from feeling ashamed about gaining weight instead of losing weight and not adhering to the goals I had set for myself at the beginning of December, I was able to feel more compassionate about my ‘failures’. If the reality of losing weight, for me, was as simple as setting goals and doing the work, then I wouldn’t have been heavy for most of my adult life. I wouldn’t be where I’m at physically. I would be healthy, thin and would have a healthy relationship with food and my body. This isn’t the case. I struggle with a food addiction and I do not have a healthy relationship with food and my body. I hope and intend that I will be free from this addiction someday and that I will develop a healthy relationship with food and my body. BUT last month, I did not. In fact, this project has awakened my Rebel big time! She ain’t having none of this Project 200 crap!

The good news is… I”M NOT GIVING UP! I’m not giving up because I deserve a better quality of life than this present body is offering me. I deserve to feel light in body, in mind and in spirit. So the journey continues.

WEIGH IN and DECEMBER GOALS OUTCOME:

Weigh in on January 1st: 350 lbs

Reduce night eating by at least 50% – This did not materialize. In fact, I probably increased night eating by 50% at least.

Add a minimum of 15 minutes of exercising 4 times a week – I did not exercise at all.

Keep a daily journal – I didn’t do this either. I realized this is an unrealistic goal for me. I’m not a journal writer.

THOUGHTS and OBSERVATIONS on December:

I was very excited about launching Project 200. Yet instead of adhering to my goals for the month, I went in the other direction. The urges to compulsively eat, in the evening, were quite strong and I didn’t fight these. At the beginning of the month, I told myself that I had plenty of time. That is one of the lies I tell myself. There’s plenty of time. Later. Tomorrow. Then I didn’t care. I cared about the January 1st update I had to write but I didn’t care about losing the weight. I easily get into this non-care mindset. I have a strong habit of ‘checking in and out’ from life. Checking out usually translates into night binges, watching too much Netflix, etc., playing online games. I really want to change this. I ‘checked out’ in December. I’m grateful that the new year has rolled around, providing me with renewed energy to check back into my life.

I ate, ate and ate and I tortured myself with worries. I worried about my digestive system and the stress I put into it with eating too much fat. I worried about my heart and clogging my arteries. I worried about my knees and their ability to keep on carrying my bulk. I worried about the pain I anticipated when I next going grocery shopping because it has become painful to walk and stand for periods of times. I worried about snoring too loudly and waking up my husband. I worried that this was it, that I would never find freedom from this self-inflicted torture.

Writing all this feels important. A friend asked me how she could support me on this project. I wasn’t sure what to answer. I think I know now. To bear witness to my journey, in its ‘successes’ and in its ‘failures’, without judgments, is a way to support me. Empowering and healing thoughts and prayers sent my way, is also a way to support me. In gratitude.

 

My goals for January are: 

  • Reduce night eating by at least 50%
  • Eat smaller dinners 
  • Add a minimum of 15 minutes of exercising 4 times a week 
  • Create a Project 200 Vision Board 
  • Be still for at least 5 minutes per day, connecting with my essential self

See you all on February 1st with a Project 200 update!

Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year to you!

May 2018 be a year filled with our hearts desires and all that we need on our life journey as evolving and growing human beings.

May we be kind and compassionate with ourselves and all those we cross paths with, be it in our homes, our workplaces, on communities, on the street or our local shops. We all need and deserve kindness and compassion.

May we take time to be quiet in solitude, traveling within to rest in the heart of our own essential self. There is no better place.

May we love deeply and unconditionally and allow others to love us as deeply and as unconditionally. Love is a two-way street.

May we remember that each person’s life paths are as unique as they are and that includes us. Let’s honour and respect our journey and each others’ journey, knowing that we are all doing the best we can.

May we be grateful for the abundance that permeates our lives, remembering that the greatest treasures are not necessarily those we can see or touch.

May we make time to play, to laugh and engage in activities that bring us joy and lightheartedness. We don’t have to take ourselves so seriously all the time.

May we connect with our lives in a deep way, with mindfulness and presence. This our lives now, given to us. Let us cherish this wondrous life day by day, hour by hour, breath by breath.

Happy New Year my friends!