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Adios 2016: My Visual Survey of 2016 and wishes for 2017

 

Following up with Gala Darling’s post about her visual survey, I have answered back in visuals as well.

Many have stated this year as glad to be over due to being dreadful, upside down, sideways, topsy turvy and so on.  But it’s important to also note the good as well as the bad. To question how we can grow from it or how we grew from it and what we can do next.

Many highs and lows in my life, growing can be as they say growing pains. But we need this in the process to become our fully grown beautiful self.

The beginning of this year I was living alone and now I am sharing a new home with my loving man. We have had our ups and downs by adjusting to our quirks but in the end I have learned and loved so much from it.

So here we go with mine below and in Gala’s words if you wish to do a summary visual, “have fun with it. Add questions in if you want! Post your answers on your blog or Facebook, or even email them to your friends!”

2016 SUMMARIZED IN ONE PICTURE… 

Up and down and all around

AND… 

seeing the light but seems so far away and tiny to enter into

MY BIGGEST INSPIRATION IN 2016 WAS…

OPRAH!!! With her Super Soul Sundays to Supersessions I have learned and been enlightened

HOW I FEEL ABOUT THE REMAINDER OF THIS MONTH…

reminiscing and enjoying our current mother nature

MY 2017 VIBE…

not caring what others think, be confident and attain my dreams/vision

HOW I FEEL ABOUT MYSELF…

loving myself

HOW I FEEL ABOUT MY LOVE LIFE…

Joy, laughter, united, only eyes for each other

MY CAREER GOALS…

self entrepreneur

HOW I WANT TO DRESS ON A DAILY BASIS…

AND LIKE THIS…..

WHEN I’M FEELING UNSURE, I’LL REMEMBER TO CHANNEL THIS…

my inner fighter, my inner universe, my inner mother nature

AND THIS….

I WILL SPEND MORE TIME……

traveling

AND…..

reading, cuddling, my safe-haven

HOW I’M GOING TO ROLL INTO 2017…

with love

HOW I’M GOING TO FEEL AT THE END OF 2017…

in charge and conquering my dreams/visions in a colorful life

This was a ton of fun! And in Gala’s ending words, “If you end up doing this too, please let me know — I’d love to see your answers.”

With TLC,

How to get a Passport to get Closer to your Dreams of Traveling

travel-poem2I have many travel ideas that vary from taking an RV across the US vising every state to traveling all over Europe with my old college friends leading the way (which note I haven’t talked to in years).

Saying these plans to myself and out loud can seem at times irrational. Some reactions are of a surprised look along with a fake smile, or a look of knowing I won’t make it without even so much a smile, or just the mere rolling of their eyes is enough of a message.

My own mother gives me a look of sheer terror saying to me my thoughts are crazy and don’t I want to settle down. My answer is of course I want to settle down but I don’t have to settle down in one spot but settle all over the world with my significant other.

But I have wondered as of late, maybe I deserve these looks of disbelief. Sure I’ve traveled here and there but they have never reached my grandiose made up travel plans. So I have decided to take actual steps leading to all my travel dream destinations.

These beginning steps are not out of this world yet rather mundane and may seem common sense. But these steps are needed, to solidify dreams, to see the progress you make. Small steps lead to the big picture.

First Step: Get a passport.

Side Note: If you are renewing a passport but is expired more than 15 years (like mine, missing by one year!) then you will need to present yourself in person and offer more documentation as you would as applying for the first time. I had the luxury of my mother always setting me up with my passport, heck she even has my birth certificate! But I am a grown up and grown ups do their own responsible tasks right!??. If renewing then you fill out a different form and all your documents can be mailed off. 

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Steps:

  1. Take the picture. This picture can be taken at your local drugstore or post office. Be sure not to wear a white, or very light shirt for you’ll seem to have a floating head that is taken in front of a white background (great for Halloween spoof). Take advantage of this picture taking by gettin your hair did, putting on your favorite lipstick or chapstick and an outfit that screams you! You’ll be seeing this picture for a while so why not do it the best you can.
  2. Have your documents ready! I had the mistake of not having my birth certificate and having to go through steps with my mother to get it into my hands. They do not accept a copy so be sure to bring your actual certificate along with another form of identification such as a drivers license.
  3. Fill out the documents. Visit here to fill out and download your DS-11 paperwork. Be prepared to provide your parents information such as birth dates, your most recent passport book number (if you have one), and emergency contact information.
  4. Show up in person. At the end of filling out your paperwork the site will lead you to a list of location nearest you of where to submit all your items. If possible choose a cool location! I happen to choose the Travis County building which is a historical courthouse built 84 years ago.
  5. To receive the routine of 4 to 8 weeks you will pay $110 if you are 16 or above. You can have it expedited in 2 to 3 weeks by paying a bit more. Be sure to have it as a check or money order because they do not accept cash or a card! The processing fee of $25 will be paid to the department and can be paid in cash, card or check. Payment details are here.

After this step is accomplished check it off your travel goal list! You will feel relieved, accomplished and ready to move on to the next step as you get closer and closer to your travel dreams.

To wrap it all up in a bow, how about you do a drawing of this step or write about it in some artistic way once completed like I did above? Further showcasing this step will let the Universe/God know that you are ready to take on the work to achieve what you have always desired.

 

With TLC,

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How a Flower can give Power

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Flower Power, My Carnation Piece

Flower Power. Do you feel power when seeing a flower? Do you give power to the flower for it to grow? Flower power has been a term many have used over the past decades but do we ever stop to really think how flowers make us feel?

These stunning plants give us beauty as we walk along the sidewalk, as we gaze over the stretched land driving to our destinations, in the center of our table, our neighbor’s front yard. Do we stop to smell the roses, to thank mother nature for creating this beauty for us to enjoy?

I explain further as to how and why flowers give us power and to the world itself.

Flower is a good Feng Shui. It is recommended to have fresh flowers inside the home to give liveliness inward to outward. Lately I’ve been following this recommendation. I find carnations do the best for me. They seem to live the longest in a vase. Inspired by their willingness to thrive I created a piece about this flower (above).

And if you head over to Holistic Space you see a list of seasonal flowers to use around your home throughout the year.

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My backyard sunflowers

Not only do flowers do wonders inside but thrive well outside, giving you a reason to step out more often than not. I was lucky enough to have sunflowers grow in my backyard just from leftover spilled sunflower seeds from my bird feeder. Last year I had over a dozen but this year was just one. From a dozen to one it still had me be in the moment by looking at them in awe. Try to have a bird feeder not only will you might have flowers grow from it but will have birds coming near and far, making you appreciate life itself.

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My front yard rose bushes

I planted pink roses in my front yard that bloom through out the year. They have sustained both droughts and floods. Rose have a delicate beauty to them but just below the petals is a thorny stem. The same could be said for us.

Most of the time to get to our inward delicate true self we put up walls and barriers that we force people to get on over to reach the beauty. Can go even further to say that life in general is like this. If you really want something then you will find a way to get over the wall. The wall is there to stop the people who really don’t want it and the ones that do to make the win that much sweeter.

But just like any other plant you need to provide tender loving care. Stats have shown the most successful plants that thrive are from caretakers that talk to them. When you talk to your plants you emit carbon dioxide in which they need to live. But there is something deeper than just chemicals, mentally when we talk out loud to someone or a plant we feel good afterwards and who knows the plants may too.

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The last flower piece I’ve done as of late is a daisy. A simply drawing with a simple short rhymed poem. Grow bright like the daisy, don’t die away from laziness. Flowers keep growing each and every day even if its just a minuscule.

In our own lives we need to remind ourselves to keep growing, keep learning, keep doing, keep making a step into making our dreams true. Cultivate it, feed it and see in awe how it grows.  In my life I set up reminders to write at least twice a day if only for 15 minutes each. A reminder to draw if only a quick outline, to meditate in the mornings, to read a chapter from the bible at night, to exercise, etc. All this doing/growth I feel points me to the sunlight, to the right direction in blooming into my full potential.

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Fill Yourself with Unlimited Powers (Used Leftover Carnations)

My dad’s favorite flower was the bluebonnet. I remember how he would light up talking about it, plant them every year and stop by the side of the road to see them. I wish I’d given him bluebonnets to him as a gift to enjoy. Giving is one of the most powerful medicines. From a vase of a dozen roses to jut one wildflower, give it to someone you love for no real special occasion other than to show them you care.

I end with a handful of Instagram profiles who emit the flower power. Check them out by clicking on their photo posts below!

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With TLC,

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10 Reasons Virgin Mary can be a Role Model for Women

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Virgin Mary made out of metal and glass (at a corner store in east Austin,TX)

Ever since Easter has passed, I think of how Jesus came to be, how he was able to rise again.

Of course he came from God but God needed a vessel, who was Mary. She was a strong sturdy soul who could carry this weight, the weight of the world all inside of her to hold. God was there along the way but let’s face it this is a heavy responsibility that I would have double thoughts about because you don’t see God there physically holding your hand along the way. Instead you have to have faith which she sure did, she accepted without questions or hesitation.

As I commute from work to home I see the Virgin Mary displayed around me at corner stores and front yards of homes. She shines her graceful face holding a cool demeanor looking over us as we commute in this thing we call life. I must confess I don’t attend church on a regular basis, find myself having mixed beliefs and not set on one religion.

Although I do believe in a higher power and do call this higher power, God. This power I believe is within us all, it is love and some of us just need to reach further within to bring it forth. After attending this past weekend to an Easter service at a 125 year old church, I was overcome with a feeling of love and beauty all around.

Mary brought forth her love from within to bring forth God’s son, who would sacrifice himself to forgive our sins. She sacrificed in a way by knowing she would be giving up her son for the betterment of the world.

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My drawing of Virgin Mary using leftover dried flower petals

I have 10 points below of why she is our role model and how we can implement some or all into our own lives to accomplish our dreams.

Had her son while still a virgin (this has been argued but I’m going with the story I knew as a child). Joseph planned to divorce her after learning she was pregnant but because of Mary’s strong believe to carry this baby and of God’s will he decided to stay with her.

In our own lives we will come across something we strongly believe in but at times our loved ones might be against it but if we believe in it with our whole heart then continue on and I am sure the ones who really care about you will stay on board like Joseph did. 

Angel Gabriel appeared to her to announce that she was the divine selection to be the mother of Jesus. She responded, “I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done unto me according to your word.”

Signs can come to us in dreams, billboards, music like a guardian angel. Up to us to have our eyes open to see these signs and interpret how it will help you in life to lead you to your dreams coming true. 

A member of the early Christian community in Jerusalem.

Become a member of a community that supports your passion, your beliefs and that will help guide you along the path of life. 

She married Joseph and accompanied him to Bethlehem. No place in the inn she conceived her son, Jesus in the manger.

If you are traveling, going on your path to accomplish your dreams and come upon an obstacle find another way to conceive it. 

Many churches believe she is not only Mother of Jesus but Mother of God.

As we follow our destiny, we will find that you’ll gain a larger group of loved ones that you will give to and vice versa. 

First follower of Jesus.

Follow others that you believe in, that will also help you in your own life even if no one else is following them. Or can see it as your own passion that you are trying to achieve, get it done even when you have no followers, viewers, Facebook followers, they will come eventually. 

She asked Jesus to provide wine when it ran low at a wedding. She believed in him and she was to be a witness to the glory of her son.

Believe in others even when they don’t believe in themselves. Or let’s say your own business hasn’t produced results, push further by creating another product and see where it goes. 

She approached Jesus when he was left behind at the temple. She wanted to and did protect Jesus from getting himself in trouble with the leaders.

Protect your baby, your own dream business, when there are naysayers protect it and shield it from them until it can shine bright on it’s own and succeed. 

Mary’s concern for helping the poor like them. The Letter of James states that her and her children believe that genuine religion means taking care of people like them.

Not only do we help ourselves but seek to help others who are in need. I find when we help others we get much more in return than we ever expected.  

She witnessed her son Jesus being crucified. 

There might be something or someone we hold close to our hearts that we lose but if we know it’s time is up, let it go for this will make room for something so much better. 

 

I hope you enjoyed! From being inspired by her I drew her. I find myself continuing my passion of art. So you too go forth and create your passions into reality!

 

With TLC,

 

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References:

http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/2014/12/16/10-things-i-wish-everyone-knew-about-mary-mother-of-jesus/35458

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_%28mother_of_Jesus%29

 

 

How to Get Luck in Your Life

Drawing of Lucky the Dragon by Me

Drawing of Lucky the Dragon by Me

Above is my drawing I did for St. Patrick’s Day. I wanted it to be of a fairy tale mystic feeling using a dragon sleeping on a bed of four leaf clovers because how much more magical is that!

As the day came to an end, I thought of all the stories and myths behind this day. I feel that we can be lucky in all of our lives. We do not need to find the leprechaun at the end of the rainbow or a four leave clover to have luck.

Luck is within ourselves waiting for us to find it and bring it forth. One way finding your luck is meditating to be still to where you can find your innermost needs that your heart has been yearning for.

Another way is to write down what lucky incidences have come your way that day. Where it feels like a serendipitous/ah ha moment coming together too perfectly to be a coincidence.

Just recently I had a lucky moment during the SXSW festivities here in Austin,TX. My coworker and I decided to walk around during lunch to take advantage that we are located downtown where it was all happening. We stumbled upon an event that my coworker had heard by mouth that morning about it being fee and free cappuccino. We couldn’t say no to…yummy coffee!

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SXSW Event – Speaker – Chris Guillebeau

I had no idea what the event was for when all of a sudden I saw their slide show about an author who was going to speak about finding what you were born to do. It all clicked it was Chris Guillebeau who has been interviewed by some of my favorite people like Marie Forleo. Sure enough he soon stepped on stage at the event and was talking about his new book, Born for This. I couldn’t believe we were hearing him speak for free and not only that he handed out a handful of free books that he autographed himself. Come to find out he was originally to speak earlier but he had to be moved to a later time, the time I happened to be there. This was a truly magical lucky moment.

Me receiving my free autographed book - Photo by Rafael Marquez

Me receiving my free autographed book – Photo by Rafael Marquez

So write down, take a photo or draw your lucky moments that you “stumble” upon and feel free to share with others! It’s like a leprechaun steering you to your pot of gold just need to look out for the signs!

I plan on writing a review of this book after I am done reading and next week to showcase all the free SXSW festivities that I attended!

 

With TLC,

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A Compilation of My Art Works for International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate this day I would like to share some of my top art works that I believe help empower/showcase women in the shining spot light. Hope you enjoy!

 

Eleanor Roosevelt Quote

Eleanor Roosevelt Quote

Wednesday from Adams Family

Wednesday from Adams Family (used reused ground coffee beans)

Super Hero Woman (reused ground coffee beans)

Super Hero Woman (reused ground coffee beans)

Spider Web Lady (reused coffee ground beans)

Spider Web Lady (reused coffee ground beans)

Frida Kahlo quote with my self-portrait

Frida Kahlo quote with my self-portrait

Rosa Parks Drawing

Rosa Parks

Cheetah Banana (reused banana peel)

Cheetah Banana (reused banana peel)

Love Yourself Ink Drawing (made during Valentine's Day)

Love Yourself Ink Drawing (made during Valentine’s Day)

I Love Me (reused chopsticks and fallen flower petals)

I Love Me (reused chopsticks and fallen flower petals)

I am Strong (quote from bible)

I am Strong (quote from bible)

 

 

With TLC,

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Wonderful Things Around the Web

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Illustration and Poem by Me (reused used coffee ground beans)

As the month of Love and Black History has passed I would like to showcase items around the web that honored these themes. The links listed below fall into categories such as relationships, self-love, fun date ideas, music and role-models.

♥ Sarah Wilson writes how Thich Nhat Hanh teaches to welcome the emptiness and fill it with ourselves rather than finding an object to fill it for us.

All the wonderful things that you are looking for–happiness, peace, and joy–can be found inside of you. You do not need to look anywhere else.”  — Thich Nhat Hanhu

♥ This lady, Jessa Crispin finds happiness within herself through a sole journey in Spain discovering the stories behind the historical women in the past.

♥ Baggage Claim sorts out the luggage of being in a new relationship approaching it with new eyes instead of already predicting it will go down like past relationships.

♥ Here are signs that say your man is a good one by Huffington Post and discovering if you are heading in the right direction.

♥ While you are on the right track with your partner check out these adventures you two can go on to celebrate Valentine’s day or any day of the year!

♥ Positively Present did a Find the Good February where you find the good all around and in you. Every week she wrote a blog post with a theme to find the good in it and welcomed all to join. It’s not February anymore but doesn’t mean you can’t practice some of these activities.

♥ Go on this journey of Aisle’s engagement, first post is the story of their first date and how it led down the road to him proposing.

♥ A white man seeking to find friendship through black people as he finds himself slowly more and more being surrounded only by white people.

♥ An African-American author, Octavia Butler who passed away recently but left behind her journal entries of her vision for success and from it to help other African-Americans along the way.

♥ Gala write’s about unearthing your seduction into full mode without shame.

♥ Why Queen Bey’s new music video, Formation is the national theme for all Blacks and for all others to stand at the bleachers cheering on. Gala also writes her take on it as a white female.

♥ Saying thank you is like saying I love you which will improve your relationships.

♥ Zen Pencils does a comic based on Robert F. Kennedy’s extract from his speech he gave after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

♥ I also wrote a post in honor of Black History Month an ode to Rosa Parks and how we can learn from her actions to gain equality.

♥ ZenHabits gives a guide how to let go of attachments and why and another great post of how to become the world’s greatest lover by loving all without judgment.

♥ Luvvie wraps up Black History Month as saying one of the Blackest Black History Month Ever.

♥ And I recommend to watch Straight Outta Compton if you haven’t already! I was a little late to the party but when I saw it, it was a party to remember!

Vantastic Videos!

 

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7 Ways to show Equality like Rosa Parks

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My Drawing of Rosa Parks. Used Pencil and Watercolors

As Black History month comes to an end I would like to shine the light on one of the most influential role models in history, Rosa Parks. She helped pave the way to gain equality for all. I am still in disbelief how we could treat other human beings this way just because of color, of race, of being different. When it comes down to it we are all the same, we are all humans but just come in different colors like a crayon box.

Many of us will never know the experiences people faced head on with racism and inequality in their day to day life. I am forever grateful we have evolved where I am able to go anywhere and do about just anything like everyone else. Even though we have grown from it there is still work to do because of lingering inequality we face even if ever so slightly.

I myself have experienced this in my personal life, not as much as others but it has stayed with me forever, making me aware we do not all look the same and are treated differently because of it.  I am half white and half Hispanic but with my brown skin tone many would assume I am full Hispanic.

I faced this realization of inequality in middle school on the basketball team. One day the coach had split us up into two lines interrogating us because someone had stolen an item from the gym. One line consisted those who were thought to have committed the crime and the other line was innocent. I was part of the assumed guilty group and as I looked down the line I saw all were of color, Hispanics and Blacks. Turns out none of the assumed guilty had done the crime.

This has never left me, had dented my self-confidence and put up a shield at that time which has taken me time to put down.

Below I list the top equality attributes/deeds done by this extraordinary woman and how we can implement this in our own lives. Let’s not forgot our history for we do not want to repeat it, treat others equally in the present and pave the future for others to live in an equal loving world.

Photo by NY Times

Photo by NY Times

1. Rosa Parks stood her ground or we can say literally sat her seat no matter what anyone told her. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks paid her bus fare and sat at an empty seat in the first row in the “colored” section. Her row was directly behind the ten seats reserved for white passengers.

Soon all of the white-only seats in the bus filled up and to make room for the next group of white passengers she was ordered to move back to have room for the whites. Three others moved but she did not knowing all along this was wrong. She felt, “they had endured too long, the more we gave in, the more we complied with that treatment, the more oppressive it became.”

Lesson: No matter if someone tells you you are wrong or others follow suite, follow your heart and at the end you will win in victory.

2. After being arrested for a so called crime she had her trial on December 5th where the WPC came together to protest by distributing over 35,000 leaflets reading, “We are asking every Negro to stay off the buses on Monday in protest of the arrest and trial of Rosa Parks. If you work take a cab, or walk but please children and grown-ups, don’t ride the bus all Monday.

Lesson: When you stand up for what you believe in for the betterment of all then others will rise, will support or at least you will make an impact/touch others in some way to move in that direction.

3. Parks became active in the Civil Rights Movements with such leaders as Martin Luther King and member of the NAACP as secretary. Parks investigated the gang-rape of Recy Taylor, a black woman from Abbeville, Alabama where she helped to organize the “Committee for Equal Justice for Mrs. Recy Taylor. The Chicago defender would go on to say it was “the strongest campaign for equal justice to be seen in a decade.”

Lesson: If you are passionate about something join a group such as a Meetup or Facebook group that have like minded folks where you can relate to each other. As a group you are stronger by putting your heads together for ideas to move your passion/ideals forward to the community.

4. She was honored for her actions in later years but suffered during those times by being fired from her job as a seamstress in a local department store along with receiving death threats. On the other hand it opened doors for her where she served as a secretary and receptionist for John Conyers, an African American U.S. Representative.

Lesson: During the times when she was working towards equality she faced many hardships but kept moving forward not giving up. The road to what you are meant to do in life will not be smooth and easy, it will be tough with bumps along the way but have faith for this is only a test of strength to keep going into achieving more than you could imagine.

5. Her past was growing up in a poor family, having to drop out of school to care for her grandmother. She recalled going to elementary school where the school buses took white students to their new school but black students had to walk theirs. She preserved to attain her degree where at the time less than 7% of African Americans had a high school diploma.

Lesson: Let’s not have our past be a crutch or form our present and future selves but let it be a learning tool to overcome those obstacles to become our better selves from it.

6. After going through all these experiences she wrote her story, in 1992 she published Rosa Parks: My Story, an autobiography recounting her life in the South. Later she continued her passion by publishing, Quiet Strength in 1995 which is of her memoirs.

Lesson: When you go through hardships in your life share them with others through a positive creative tool such as painting, music, writing, comedy or however you like to express your feelings. This way you are showing others they are not alone and to help give them confidence to rise above for what they believe in as well.

7. Her legacy continued even after her death by celebrating her through memorial ceremonies. A commemorative U.S. Postal Service stamp, called the Rosa Parks Forever stamp was created in honor of her. Shortly after President Barack Obama unveiled a statue honoring Parks in the nation’s Capitol building. Her legacy lives on and lived a long life at 93 passing away quietly in her home.

Lesson: Remember we only have a short time here on earth so let’s make the best of it. Follow what’s in your hearts, for you at the end and others will know you followed your true self and not that of others.

One of the top 5 regrets of the dying is that they didn’t follow their true selves but instead tried to please others. Rosa Parks rose above following her belief not letting anyone tell her otherwise. Keep this in mind yourself when confronted with an obstacle to stand up and show your rights.

With TLC,

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Sources: Wikipedia and www.biography.com 

How and Why to Make a Vision Board

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I admit I was a skeptic at first, thinking why would I do a vision board, it’s just superstitious. The more I thought about it though the more my perception changed of this project. I always loved crafting things together so began to see this project as right up my alley.

I have done a couple different vision boards that are now almost like fun hobbies that I now recommend anyone to do! It gets your creative juices flowing, has you start thinking of goals you want in life and with some action behind it these vision aspirations can turn into reality. I feel now it is my duty to share with you my boards along with giving you some direction into creating your own!

The above board is my original creation but through the last couple of years I have added on more imagery into a finalized product I am happy with. Quite a few of these images have and are coming into fruition. Below are the steps I followed and hope you do as well. Let me know how it goes!

Very first step: Rough Draft Plan

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Write out a rough draft plan of your aspirations, goals and dreams you want to aspire to and don’t be afraid to go big! The bigger the better! A couple of points I laid out for my board was family, friends, love relationship, children, home, traveling, job, hobbies, spirituality and health.

First step: Blank Canvas

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You need a blank canvas/backboard to be your sounding board. I used a black poster board but you can use anything you have on hand or a quick trip to the dollar store or hobby lobby will get you what you need. Could get a cork board, poster board, canvas , sketchbook or just a plain legal sheet of paper (my second board was made out of this).

Second step: Images

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Collect images along the way, keep your eyes peeled of what draws you in. Most of my images are from magazines and computer but I also drew out my images. Other items that can be used are books to get your inspirational quotes/wording, construction paper to cut out shapes, tissue paper, images from computer to print out, fortune cookie slips, flash cards, post cards, greeting cards, dried flower petals. The more colorful the better!

Third step: Tools

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I used a few simple tools but thinking outside the box is encouraged. Scissors, pencils, pens, markers, paints, Mod Podge, cloth, lace, glue, tape and anything that pieces the images together into a whole.

Fourth Step: Layout

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I liked placing my images in order from what I wanted to accomplish first to last along with writing out quotes and descriptions next to the images. Once the layout is done then you’re ready to glue/tape/mod podge, thumb tack it however you want together. The second vision board above shows you a clear direction of what all I want to accomplish throughout my life but really is like a full circle of life.

Fifth Step: Location

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I have set up my board around a couple of places like my office space, in the bathroom and now currently on top of my bookcase that is somewhat of an alter surrounded with a few of my favorite pieces. The best place is where you know you’ll be viewing it on a regular basis.

I find physically putting your dreams together into a finalized creative piece gives you a stronger sense that your dreams are closer to coming true. Of course I don’t believe just looking at a board will make everything into reality. You also need to put action into your vision but action that feels good to you when doing it along with trusting the steps will fall into place.

Think of it as a fun goal setting planner that you then follow through with and you will slowly realize all that comes into your life is what you had aspired to since the beginning. Let me know how your process goes and show pictures of your work!

Bonus: A little poem quote I made below to get you goin!

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With TLC,

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10 Ways to Love Yourself

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Photograph by Me (taken in a public bathroom)

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I think of how we put so much energy into how we’ll celebrate for our loved ones or what our loved ones will surprise us with that we don’t think of the most important person, you. It took me many moons to realize that the most vital action is to love you which in turn helps you love others wholeheartedly. I thought what better way to show self-love than to give you ideas of how to celebrate you on Valentine’s day and any day of the year! Let me know if you implemented any of these activities and the outcome of it. Feel free to comment! : )

Do a Self-Portrait

I did this with just dry-eraser markers on my mirror and topped it off with a selfie. Write an inspiring quote next to your drawing and draw it out with whatever you have whether it be markers, chalks, pencil, paint or anything else that you have laying around your home. I shared this on Instagram so feel free to show off your master piece!

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Love Letter to Self

I admit this one was a hard one for me. Hard to admit how wonderful I am because I feel there is a stigma that if we show/say how great we are we get labeled as conceited, full of ourselves or we will get denied by others. I am the hardest on myself but slowly though I’m learning to take notice of my put down thoughts and turn it around by saying to myself like I would to a friend “Elisa, it is OK and it will be OK, things happen but just know you are wonderful.” Writing this down is even more powerful, take out that pen and paper to write down all that you love about yourself. Show it off or keep it in your nightstand to reread it whenever you want. Trust me you will feel good inside.

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Have a Grateful Journal:

I have a few journals (I love journals!) where I write down all that I am thankful for in my life with drawings not only that but write down feel good words that describe me or that I strive to be. You don’t have to go by this exact model but just writing down a few items you are thankful for makes an impact in how you feel, makes you appreciate what you have in the present moment and is a great start or end of the day.   

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Showcase Your Baby Pics:

I picked out a few of my favorite baby pics and blasted them on one of my past blog posts. Go through your albums or throwback pics you may have been tagged with and post/repost them on social media like Instagram or Facebook to share with others. You’ll get lots of ooos and aahhs feeling like you are a child again remembering the great memories you had.

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Favorite Part of Body

My favorite part is my skin tone that I feel glistens great against the sun in the summer! OK I felt a little cheesy writing that down but we need to show our vulnerability! Whether it be your smile or your whole body, showcase it and tell us why it’s your favorite part.

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Pamper yourself 

Give yourself a gift that makes your body and soul feel good. I have done a bubble bath, painted my nails and given myself flowers. I painted the ones below for an Instagram challenge where I wrote a letter on each nail to mean; “You Are Mesmerizing to See” Might not have made much sense to anyone else but all that matters if it does for you. It was nice to see this message on my pretty painted nails every time I looked down.

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Go on a Date with Yourself

I usually go out on my own for lunch where I work but I feel its a stronger statement to go out for dinner on your own. Try not to be on your phone the whole time and just take in what is around you savoring the smells, sights and food!

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Meditate

Take some time alone whether it be at a park, in your backyard or in your bedroom. Can be from a minute to however long you want. Below is a park I go to for nature, just to lay on the grass, close my eyes, breathe and you might even catch a rainbow like I did! Also here is a link to a guided meditation that I use to help me focus.

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Post Up Selfie without Makeup! 

Now this was scary! Not that I wear that much makeup but I don’t usually post up selfies because at first I was against it but really why not celebrate how you look. I think selfies are a way to boost yourself up when you need a pick me upper. So whether it be with makeup or not take the best angle of yourself and show it off!

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A Motivational Quote to Yourself on the Mirror

I’ve started writing little motivational quotes or cheer sentences on my bathroom mirror. My current mirror message says “Everything is falling into the right place as it should. Thank You God” I feel it helps start my day in the right direction, keeps me going knowing it is all coming together perfectly. Give it a try on your bathroom mirror, body mirror in your bedroom, makeup mirror or any mirror that you see daily to cheer you on for the day.

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Bonus! Check out Small Seed’s post about an activity project they put together to promote self-love for this month. I’m diving in and hope you do as well! Let me know how it goes or if you have any other ways that you show self-love in the comments 🙂