Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Vision Board 101

"Your brain will work tirelessly to achieve the statements you give your subconscious mind.  And when those statements are the affirmations and images of your goals, you are destined to achieve them!  Creating a vision board is probably one of the most valuable visualization tools available to you"

A lot has been changing in the best year, especially in the last month.  Jim went into the hospital on 4th of July and life's been a whirlwind ever since.  Seeing him so sick really got me thinking about what I wanted to do with my life and that's what led to me finally making a vision board.
I had wanted to do this for a while but the procrastinator in me kept it on the back-burner.  Having so much time to myself at home to think, and having a mother with an endless supply of crafting tools, I grabbed everything I needed and got to work.

Here's what I started with:
Here's the finished product:

If you want to make a board you'll need:
*a poster board
*old magazines
*scissors  (crafty ones make it more interesting)

To make a board is so simple and so fun!  Go through the magazines, find pictures of things you want in your life and words that you want to focus on.  Cut out the pictures and words, then arrange them on the board and have fun laying everything out then gluing it down.

Once it's done, what do you do with your board?  Well, I hung mine on the wall opposite of where I sleep.  Every day when I wake up, it's the first thing I see, and when I go to bed it's the last thing that I see.  Sometimes I'll sit in bed and just look at it, reading the words I've chosen, looking at the imaged, and trying to internalize the ideas, empowering myself to move forward and become a better me.

My board is focused on second chances, powerful words I want to focus on, as well as friends, family, and a home.  Ultimately, I want to power through these hard times, have a happy family, strong friendships, and a place to call my own, while still having fun traveling and being playful.
Have you made a vision board?
What's on yours?


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

It has been forever and a day since my last post.  So much has gone on since early July and while I have a lot on my mind and plenty to write about, I just haven't been driven to share anything.  
 But that's all about to change!
Back in mid July, Shane from Whispering Sweet Nothings hosted a giveaway for a blog facelift- something I had wanted for a while but didn't have the money to invest in.  Of course, I entered the giveaway thinking it would be amazing to win but really never thinking I would.  10 days later I got an email saying I WON!  What????  I never win anything!  At least not until recently!  I've been on a hot streak with blogger giveaways and I could not be more grateful, especially for this win!
Today I can look at my blog and finally feel like I've kind of got something special going on here, something that's important (at least to me,) and most of all something I want to share with the world!
As soon as Shane emailed me to let me know I had won, Ashley from The Grits Blog emailed me my questionnaire and bum the ball was rolling!  Having little to no experience in the designer/programmer world I felt a little silly when I simply didn't know the answers to her questions but Ashley could not have been nicer with walking me through each step and helping to guide me to the best answer for my blog.  The result is magical!  The colors are bright, the design is fun, I'm so excited for y'all to see this new lay out and have an over all more fulfilling experience as a blog follower. 

Shane, thank you so much for hosting this giveaway, it truly was a dream from true to win!
Ashley, thank you for being so sweet and kind to me, so professional and helpful, and most of all for making my blog look absolutely amazing!  This has helped to reignite my passion to write, I cannot express how unbelievably grateful and excited I am!

Can't wait to get back in the saddle and start posting regularly again!
Let me know what you think!  I hope you all love it as much as I do!
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