Yesterday I taught a Vision Boarding workshop - which got me thinking it might be fun to share some of my ideas here on How to Create a Killer Vision Board!
1. Choose Your Backdrop - Before you get started . . . think about what you will create your "board" on. I love to use those giant poster-size 3M "post-it" sheets for my yearly Visioning . . . and they are HUGE and sometimes take a whole weekend to complete. Only have a couple of hours? I find that an opened up file folder is a more manageable size and has a nice weight to it - so this is what I have my students use in class.
2. Gather Your Content - Have some ideas about what you want to manifest in you life? In addition to saving magazines and catalogs you get in the mail, you might want to pick a few up at the store to supplement your stash. Another reason I love doing vision boarding with friends is because they always have different magazines than I do, and inevitably I find something super cool in their pile!
3. Focus on Your Feelings - It really is all about the feelings people! If you're familiar with Danielle LaPorte, she has a whole list of Core Desired Feelings on her website here. When you're searching for images and making your Vision Board . . . it's not so much about "stuff", as it is about how you feel when you get where you're going! Think about it . . . How will you feel when you get that new job/promotion? How will you feel when you meet the love of your life? How will you feel when you buy your first home? Focus on those feelings, and photos/imagery that bring about those feelings!
4. Pay Attention! - I was working on a Vision Board once (long ago), and felt compelled to fill in some space dead-center on my board with something long and skinny where there was some white showing through. I found this great pendant necklace in the shape of a key in a Nordstrom catalog which fit perfectly . . . BAM! Well six months later that necklace presented itself to me in the form of some volunteer swag . . . I can't make this stuff up! Granted it was totally the dollar-store/Mardi Gras version of the same thing but it was the EXACT necklace. I still have it to this day. I guess what I'm trying to say is be careful what you wish for - Vision Boards are powerful manifesting tools!
5. Do it Again! - Vision Boarding is very much part of what Martha Beck calls "Dreaming and Scheming" . . . so when you start to get the things you are dreaming about (the "Ideal into Real" phase), it's time to make a new one! You can do Vision Boards whenever the muse calls to you - but some fun times I like to do them is in January - for the whole year ahead, Seasonally, or Monthly on the New Moon - which is a great time for manifesting your wildest dreams.
I'd love to see your Vision Boards - sent me a note and attach a picture!
Love and Light,
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Last week I sent out the first of this years' monthly newsletters to my email list - Yay! In that newsletter I commented on the fact that I've gotten back to blogging in the last year - which feels so good! After some gentle prodding from a friend, I started my West Coach Blog last March and picked a cadence that felt right (once a week), and as such have been able to stick to it and write about topics that seem relevant and good for this space. I am loving it!!
But . . . did you know I used to have a different blog? Oh yes. About 10 years ago I bought a new camera and began blogging as a way to deal with life as my marriage started to crumble. It was my creative outlet, something pretty and lighthearted I could turn to when everything around me felt bleak. I showcased lots of my photography there, but as far as the written content was concerned well . . . one of my friends once related it to Seinfeld and said, "It's about nothing!". Ummmm right. And having a blog that's about nothing is not the greatest way to build a readership. LOL!
The truth was that I wasn't really looking for thousands of readers, but I did love that my friends and family could keep up with my comings and goings as I shared them - and from time-to-time I would write something close to my heart that I was really proud of. I actually really loved it.
So what happened over there? Well . . . the other thing I mentioned in my newsletter was that I had a stalker of said blog - which is the biggest reason why I stopped writing it! I know that sounds dramatic - but sadly it is true. I had left a job of almost 10 years on not great terms, and my former employer liked to keep tabs on what I was doing by reading my blog, and then send me hate email. It was not fabulous, and definitely not a motivator to keep sharing. In fact I was so driven to make sure he did not know what was going on in my life, that I just gave up on it altogether. For five years.
Yep - you read that right. For five years (FIVE YEARS!), I let that set of unfortunate circumstances keep me from doing something I loved - writing. Don't get me wrong, I tried to get over it. I tried forgiveness, I tried therapy, I tried "I don't care", I tried "everyone is welcome to my public space", . . . I tried a lot of things to push past the fear and in the end what it took was time.
When that experience bubbled up as I wrote my newsletter, I stopped for a moment and think about all the things in life that can cause us to stay small and not let our voices be heard. <--- (and of course that looks different for everyone - it's not just about writing a blog!)
So today I am asking you . . . How would you like to show up differently? What is keeping you Small? Is it Fear? Fear of what exactly? What is the worst thing that could happen? Take some time with your favorite pen and journal - and answer those questions (that last one especially!) - and let me know what comes up! Send me a note or leave a comment. OR schedule a free 30 minute call with me here - let's push past the fear and get your life moving in the right direction!
Love & Light,
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With the start of the New Year and embracing 2017, I've had several oppportunities to examine my values as a way of getting more clarity on how I want to live my life.
This exercise isn't completely new to me, but it's been so good to re-examine what my values are, and think about the questions posed as I jumped into the task, particularly this one: "Are these my principles, based on what I value deeply today, or did I inherit them?" (Thank You Lin Eleoff!)
Because not only are some values imposed on us by our families, but they can change over time - which is why I think it's good to look at them every couple of years or so. If you need some help getting started, here are two good values lists.
After looking them over - here are the values I most identified with . . .
Alignment, Awareness, Bliss, Community, Connection, Courage, Creativity, Economic Security, Emotional Well-Being, Family, Feeling Good, Freedom, Friendship, Guts, Grit, Grace, Happiness, Health, Honesty, Inspiration, Integrity, Joy, Kindness, Laughter, Love, Play, Positive Attitude, Presence, Self-Awareness, Service, Strength, Vision.
It's a great little project to really take a look and write down the words that most resonate with you - but then how do you remember them all? You create a VISION STATEMENT! I actually did this years ago, and what I love about it so much is that when I dug it up this week - it's still pretty much spot on. And with that I am sharing with you my short and long vision statements - circa 2009!
Short Vision Statement: I am nurturing, creative and true.
Living My Vision Is . . .
I ask for what I want and stand up for what I believe in - integrity shows through in all that I do.
I maintain a home that is comfortable & inviting for me, my family and my friends - equally a sanctuary for quiet reflection as it is a gathering place for lively entertaining.
I embrace motherhood - using intuition & wisdom to teach my children, accepting they will learn from me and follow their own path.
I choose work that has meaning and purpose, aware that my efforts are working toward the greater good.
I create abundance for myself, allowing me to fulfill my dreams of travel and adventure.
I volunteer for causes that are dear to my heart, knowing that being in service to others is a gift.
I acknowledge my spirituality by going to church, and reading work by authors that enlighten me.
I nurture my creativity, taking photographs, writing & following other artistic pursuits.
I exercise and eat healthy foods, honoring my body and all that it does for me.
I show up fully & speak my truth - creating quality relationships.
And I always remember that Gratitude is that fastest way "home".
(In this case "home" refers to that inner peace you find in your core - where all is calm & happy & bright . . . you know what I mean!)
If you're looking for some guidance on writing your own Personal Vision Statement, this is a great article. It's a fantastic exercise and a nice way to get grounded for the New Year, and for the rest of your life!
Let me know if you need any assistance - I'm available for complimentary 30-minute Coaching sessions here, and would love to help you with your values and envisioning your "Ideal Day" <--- another great clarity tool. Let's Do This!
Love and Light,
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I was talking to my BFF the other day about feeling stuck, and she said "You need to re-arrange your cells!" Wait Whaaaa?
To give you some history, we met years ago traveling cross-country to an art retreat - and it was pretty much instant friend chemistry. (See Exhibit A)
Since that time (seven years ago?) she has:
. . . become a runner, and run a marathon. <--- !!
. . . overcome her fear of heights and joined her son for an epic sky-dive out of a plane.
. . . gone to work at her local high school as a para-educator in a class for special needs kids.
Basically she's totally amazing and lives and breathes her life in a way that always has me inspired. So when she told me I needed to "re-arrange my cells", I Listened!
I've been giving it some thought over the last few weeks, and decided to come up with a short list of ways that I think are great for mixing things up - and getting your cells going in a new direction:
And there you have it! While I can't guarantee radical cell-rearranging results, I can say with some certainty that you won't regret trying and of these things, and you might actually really love them.
Something I heard this week that really resonated with me was:
Action creates Motivation creates Inspiration. <---- WOOOOW!
Are you feeling stuck? Do your cells need a little re-arranging too? Give some of these tips a try and let me know how they work by sending me a note or leaving a comment.
Love and Light,
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Am I really writing about Most Embarrassing Moments on New Year's Eve? Why Yes . . . Yes I am!
When my child was in first grade, I thought it would be funny to share with him my Most Embarrassing Moment - so I told him about the time I farted in yoga class. Imagine my surprise when just a few days later my good friend (and fellow mama of 1st grade twins) - called to let me know that my kiddo had proudly asked her if she wanted to hear about his moms' Most Embarassing Moment? She was ALL EARS. Oh my - what a funny day that was!
The truth is that while tooting in yoga class was indeed embarrassing, it wasn't actually my most embarrassing moment. Or should I say, I was able to let that moment go a long time ago. The most cringe-worthy event? That shame-filled story I kept to myself for years. It went something like this:
When I moved to Seattle just after college graduation in 1993, I got a job as a temp working with my roommate at Outdoor Research. Long story short, it was clear after just a few weeks that I needed to do something different, so I started looking for a new gig. This was long before the internet, which meant job hunting looked more like buying the Sunday paper on Saturday afternoon, and then going through the "want ads", and sending out resumes & cover letters on Monday morning. Phew!
And wouldn't you know it, one week there was a job posting for my dream job: Working for a company that designed and sold fashionable women's shoes. (Cue angels singing!) If you know anything about me you know that I am passionate about footwear - and the job description felt like it was written just for me! I can't remember exactly what the position was for, but I know it was an entry level office job - probably along the lines of receptionist or administrative assistant. With my college degree in Japanese? I was totally qualified! (OK in hindsight totally over-qualified but whatever . . .)
To add to the juicy-ness of the job-description, the office was located in an old warehouse building near the historic Pike Place Market. (Upstairs from the original Wild Ginger on Western - for those of you who are familiar with Seattle). The whole thing was so fabulous I could barely contain my excitement when I arrived for my interview.
Of course that's when everything went sideways.
The exact details of the question I was asked is blurry, but I was talking about my experience living in Japan, and describing how as a tall, blonde woman I struggled because I stuck out like a sore thumb in their homogenous society. <--- attempting to state that I would never fit in because I didn't have straight black hair. What came out instead of homogenous though? Was monogomous. Yup - not only was it off, is was way off.
Needless to say I didn't get the dream job, and I kept that little story mostly to myself for over 20 years. TWENTY YEARS - that's how big the sting of shame was. The bigger the stakes - I wanted that job so badly - the bigger the shame. * sigh *
Last year I was on the phone with my dear friend who teaches community college, and she made a comment about how she always tells her students to keep things simple during the interview process, something about not trying to use fancy words? And that's when it all came gushing out - and we laughed and laughed, and in just a few short minutes I felt about 100 pounds lighter.
To quote Brené Brown, "When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending." E-x-a-c-t-l-y. And you know what feeling comes with sharing your stories, and writing your own ending? FREEDOM.
Are you keeping any stories under lock-and-key for fear that you might actually die if you shared them? Is it time to release those along with all their associated feelings of vulnerability and shame? I encourage you to give it a try - the resulting lightness, joy and freedom are priceless!
Incidentally my word for 2017? Freedom!
Wishing you all a Happy Happy New Year . . .
Love and Light,
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