Creating a vision of the future

I wrote this post last Wednesday. Then we had a massive wind storm and lost power for two days! I have a generator but we had no internet so I just did art stuff for two days. Sometimes it’s fun to be forced offline. But now back to my previously planned thoughts… :).

If you’re looking to make a change in your life, it helps to be very specific about what you’re looking for. At times in my life, I’ve desperately wanted someone else to make a decision for me to help me head off in a new direction. And you know what? That never happened. When I’ve made big changes it’s because I pondered them at length and then came up with an action plan.

If you’re thinking, “I want to make a change but have no idea where to head,” give yourself time to ponder how you want to feel rather than think through the how or what. When you ponder a feeling, you’re thinking with your heart. You still have to come up with a plan for how to get there, but use the feeling as your true North to set your direction.

Creating a vision board can help. If you’ve never made a vision board, they’re great fun and quite mysterious. All you need is a stack of magazines or old calendars that have cool art and words. And then just start paging through and ripping out pages, keeping anything that catches your eye. It helps to set a time limit; you can tear for as few as 20 minutes. If you don’t have magazines or old calendars, check with friends or at the library. Someone you know would desperately like to get rid of a few stacks!

Once you’ve pulled some intriguing shots, you need something to glue on. I find it helps to give myself a small space to fill, say 8-1/2″ x 11″ or even smaller, rather than fill a poster-sized space. But the art and words you pull will help dictate what size your vision will be.

Now you get to edit. Take your stack and make a second pass through keeping just your favorites by asking who wants to be on the page and where.

Trim your art to have just the element or elements you love. When you have your pieces cut out, play with them on the poster to see where they want to land. Don’t give this a lot of thought. Just pull, trim, shuffle, and glue till your page is “done.” Then take a deep breath to see what you’ve come up with.

What does that board tell you? Are there secret messages showing up that you hadn’t thought of before you started this? Is the feeling you were looking for showing up on the page? Does this give you an idea of where you’re headed? And is there maybe a clue about how to get started?

I love creating a vision board about once a year. Here’s one I pulled together from old art books last spring before I decided to set off on a writing quest in 2020. Did the Universe understand where I was headed before I did? Well yes, apparently, it did. 🙂 And, by the way, this vision board is huge – about 2′ x 18″. That’s what the pictures told me to create.

I think I’ll hang this in my car as I travel and see how many things appear along the way. FYI: Be careful what you wish for. Am I headed to the moon? 🙂

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