Daily Life, Musings of sorts

The Power of a Vision Board

May 3, 2016

My vision board has helped me invite so many new experiences into my life. I wanted to write about it today because I updated it on Sunday. This is my third vision board, and while it is not something I look at every day, it is there on my wall, to remind me of what I am working towards, and see how far I have come. A glance sideways while I am getting ready if you like, it is always there in the corner of my eye and beneath me while I am sleeping. A few years ago, I sat in my school friend, author and coach, Rebecca Campbell’s workshop. She urged me to write down 10 things I would do if I was not afraid. So I did, and then started a board with it.

My list on that day, at the beginning of 2014, when I had five seconds to write what I wanted to do without hesitation, looked like this.

  1. Live in Thailand
  2. Start a Blog
  3. Get another cat
  4. Enter an ironman
  5. Write more
  6. Do more art
  7. Start own business
  8. Move to another country for a year
  9. Volunteer overseas
  10. Jump off something high

Today, the same list looks like this

  1. Live in Thailand
  2. Start a Blog 
  3. Get another cat
  4. Enter an ironman
  5. Write more 
  6. Do more art
  7. Start own business
  8. Move to another country for a year
  9. Volunteer overseas
  10. Jump off something high

Reflecting on this board which has been up for 12 months, I have done a lot of stuff without actually planning. This is what my board looked like back then. I had images of travel experiences I wanted to write about, growing old with The Ginger Hunk, bloggers I admire, statistics I wanted to break, a children’s book , another cat and my business card.

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Since that time, I’ve ticked off a lot of stuff I had on my vision board, and replaced it with my OWN shit. Not imagined shit anymore. Yoga in Bali. Hitting 3,000 readers. A freelance trip to Bali with my own fancy villa. Another cat. Stuff I dreamed about.

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When it was time to update the board I brought the things I had been ignoring front and centre. The children’s book is calling me to get it out there loud and clear. I need to work on my self- belief and the barriers I’m putting up around myself to getting this done. I want to be in Conde’ Nast Traveller with The Ginger Hunk, and more than anything I want him to be healthy. My list is still there. I’m not sure about living in Thailand, but I know I want to spend more time in Asia and that is what the bangles represent. The girl running represents my trail run, and the couple on the top, health and love. I’ve taken all the bloggers off because I no longer want to compare myself to other bloggers. Back when I started I wanted to be Mrs Woog or Edenland. Both bloggers I love the shit out of and admire just as much. But I am not them, I am me, so why try and be something I am not? So this blog will remain what it is, me. A mixed bag of life, travel, cats and musings. It exists because I feel suffocated if I can’t get the words out, and if you get something from it then that is awesome. Let’s see where I can get with the new vision in 12 months or so!

Do you have a vision board? 

Think it works, or airy fairy?

Linking up with Jess for IBOT 

Ashleigh XXX

 

 

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  • That is so awesome how you’ve crossed things off without even trying! I love it when that happens. I’m more of a list person of what I want or need, then I find it a year later realising I did exactly that. I remember reading somewhere if you do this it will naturally happen. I haven’t done it for years. I do have a blank pin up board in my office so maybe this is exactly what i need to do 😉 Thanks for the inspiration Asheigh xx

  • I’ve never had a vision board but I remember back in India, I had a board with inspirational quotes. I also had a motivational quote when I was in my final year at uni here. However, you’ve given me an idea. Maybe there’s something to this after all. And if I’m feeling so muddled in my head currently about life, this could be a start.

  • I’ve tried to create a vision board but instead I seem to put together something that shows some of my life journey … not sure what to look for to create something for the future, not the past!!!!

  • I really need a vision board – right now I have these little cloud-shaped mirrors above my desk, so you could say I have my head in the clouds.

  • Hugzilla

    I really need to do this. I’m too flakey, so this kind of focus is what I need!

  • I like the idea of them but I’ve got to admit, I’ve never done one!

  • I’ve never been a vision board kind of person. They just don’t work for me really, but I’m glad it does for you. It’s awesome ticking things off a list. 🙂

  • I like the idea of a vision board but my desk has been in my bedroom for the past few years and it would make the walls look too busy. But… when I move and have a study I definitely want something like that. Not sure what I’ll call it but it will be about my dreams and aspirations.

  • Love this. My vision board is to the left of me right now, on the wall beside my bed. Like you I do not look at it daily but I do regularly look at and connect with the messages and intent of what I want in my life. So happy to discover your blog. Off to explore (I am a dog lover with 2 rescues but a traveler who lived in Bangkok in the mid 90s)

  • Good for you! It’s wonderful to start achieving your wish list. I tend to set one or two main goals each year – mainly to give me a benchmark for saying ‘no’ to things. Otherwise I end up completely overwhelmed! #TeamIBOT

  • You go girl. Well done it’s all happening for you because of you.

  • Go you! You’ve achieved so much. I haven’t got a vision board but think I need one! A few of my friends have made vision boards and they totally work, I don’t know how, they just do! I’m getting to the pointy end of my 101 things to do in 1001 days project but when that’s done, you’ve inspired me to get vision boarding!

  • You are amazing 🙂 So proud of you x