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Let’s do this 2013.

4 Jan

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This is the kinda post that will make some of you think I am insane, but I’m ok with it. Here goes…I am a firm believer in the power of vision boards! I’ve been making them for the past few years and I swear they are life changing. There’s something very powerful about setting clear intentions and seeing the images and words that correspond with them every day. It keeps you focused. It keeps you challenged. It also keeps the universe aware of what you are wanting to co-create.

Last year, Brian and I spent New Year’s Day watching movies, vision boarding and drinking champagne. It was pure bliss. We loved it so much, in fact, that we decided to do it again this year. After sleeping in until 10 am, we moved to the living room to do just that all day. Minus the hour walk we took on the beach. It was a perfect way to reboot for the New Year.

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I thought I would take a few moments to share some of my resolutions with you. The new year always feels like a fresh start and a new beginning and always puts me in a positive, excited head space.

I really want to get back into cooking and baking this year, especially with the new fabulous kitchen we will have in our new fabulous home. It would be a travesty if I didn’t, actually. I learned during the 365 til 30 project that being in the kitchen calms me. It’s also one of my favorite activities to do with Brian. One of them…

I want to start volunteering again. I didn’t realize how much volunteering affected my life for the better until I stopped doing it. I now know that when I am not giving back in some way, I find myself not as connected to the bigger picture and overly obsessing about my own life. I put volunteer as a big sister on my goal list for this year for the year when I turned 30 but haven’t gotten the ball rolling on it yet. It’s been six months. I have no excuse.

Have a fabulous happy wedding. I’m three months into this whole wedding planning thing and I can already see how it can become overwhelming and exhausting. I keep hearing horror stories from other couples about how you end up fighting all the time during the planning process and I do not want that to be our reality for the next ten months. I told Brian on our beach walk that I want not only to enjoy every single millisecond of our big day but I want to enjoy all the moments leading up to it.

Live a more healthy and balanced life. Lately, I have been feeling like I haven’t been making the best decisions for my health. Not just physical health but mental health. I haven’t been making time for yoga. I haven’t been meditating regularly. I haven’t been eating as cleanly as I could, and, with the holidays and vacationing I have been eating more sugar and imbibing more alcohol. So, as cliché as this sounds coming out of my mouth early January, I have decided to take a month-long break from sugar, gluten, alcohol and maybe caffeine, although I truly can’t imagine giving that one up…how would I get out of bed in the morning??? Lastly I am committing to myself that I will get to yoga three times a week and make time for meditation each day.

writing…writing…writing. Simply put, I plan on doing LOTS more of it this year. I want to finish my book and I want to get it published. I would love to have a few of my articles published in magazines. Oh, and I would die for a regular column. But most importantly I want to write every day. Even if it’s just in my journal.

Side note…did you notice the new heading on the blog just reads 365 til…?! I dropped the 30! Partly because I am already 30 and partly because the blog is so much more than that now. It’s 365 til everything in my life.

These are just a few of the things on my list (Frank) What are some of your resolutions?! Let’s keep each other motivated this year!

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2 Jan

My vision board for 2012 is finally complete! I LOVED making it. It’s always so much fun to find the images and words that correspond to what’s in my heart. When I look at my new board, it is very clear to me that I will be traveling a bunch (driving across the usa anyone?), working a bunch, that 365 til 30 will have a lot of continued success, that i’m going to Paris (hopefully for my 30th birthday!), working for both Explore & Takepart, moving into a truly spectacular new home by the beach, signing a book deal…and living happily ever after with Brian. Oh and if you happened to notice a few pictures of babies and kids (rather cute ones)…those are long term goals. I simply want to lay the groundwork for them this year. I truly believe that all of this is possible and that excites me. I just need to get back on the horse from my vacation brain. As much fun as the holidays have been…I am ready to get back to work.

What do you want to manifest for 2012? I’d love to hear!

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There is no chance, no destiny, no fate,
That can circumvent or hinder or control
The firm resolve of a determined soul.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox~

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30 Aug

I LOVE a good vision board! Nothing gets me more excited for what’s to come than imaging it in detail. For those of you who don’t know what a vision board is it may sound a little silly and I may sound a little crazy (especially after yesterday’s post stating I wanted to be Gwyneth Paltrow in my 30’s). But, I am going to risk ridicule and share it with you because I find vision boards to be a brilliant tool for gaining a clear focus on what I want to bring into my life.

A vision board is simply a visual representation or collage of the things that you want to have, be, or do in your life. It consists of a poster or foam board with cut-out pictures, drawings and/or writing on it of the things that you want in your life or the things that you want to become. The purpose of a vision board is to activate the Law of Attraction to begin to pull things from your external environment that will enable you to realize your dream. I feel like 365 til 30 is one big vision board for what I want to attract in my life.

The picture above is the vision board I made 8 months ago when I had no idea I would start 365 til 30 but when I look at the images on the board I see my 29th year in clear focus…I see 365 til 30.

{How To Make Your Own Vision Board}

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Compile your pictures. Start by going through magazines and compiling all the pictures that you can find that are relevant to your goals. Don’t evaluate the pictures or start pasting them onto your board. Just stack them into a pile. Make sure that each image that you put on your board resonates with your heart and makes you excited at the mere look of it. It’s also important when selecting pictures to include anything that is congruent with your goal, such as any changes in your life that might result from obtaining your goal. So if your goal is to have a six figure income, then select pictures of a lifestyle that is congruent with your six figure income. Asking yourself the following questions might help you design a congruent vision board:

What would you do differently when you realize your goal?
Where would you travel?
Where would you live?
What would you wear?
What things would you own?
What kind of vehicle would you drive?
What would you do for work?…Or would you work?
Who would you help?

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Sort and Cut. Go through your pile of pictures and select the ones that impact you the most emotionally. Cut the extraneous material away from the image.

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Arrange and glue. Start arranging your pictures creatively on your board. Don’t worry about being artistic—that’s not the point. The point is that your board should resonate with your emotions. Arrange your pictures in a way that gives you an emotional connection to your vision board. After you are satisfied with the arrangement, glue all your pictures in place. Additionally, you might want to add writing or drawing on your vision board if you feel that it would better resonate with your emotions.

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Strategic positioning. The most important part of having a vision board is having it in a strategic location that gives you as much visual exposure to it throughout the day. For most of us, this is in the office, but if that is not possible or appropriate, then try your living room or your bedroom. Some people I know mount their vision boards on the ceiling above their bed so that it is the first thing they see when they wake up and the last thing they see when they go to sleep. If you are sensitive to what others might say of your vision board, then be sure to keep it in a safe area where only you will see it. Negative criticism or justification of your dreams can kill the energy that your vision board releases.

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Update your vision board. Your vision board has to inspire you. It has to charge you with renewed passion every time you look at it and over time and as you progress closer towards your vision, you might find that some of the images or pictures on your vision board don’t really carry as much emotional impact on you as they did before. When this happens, you’ll want to update your vision board with new fresh images that do inspire you. You’re vision board is not a finished piece of art after its initial creation. It’s a dynamic piece of art that shifts and changes as your vision shifts and changes. Therefore, if you find your level of passion that your vision board gives you is growing weaker, then update it to bring fresh new emotions to it.

{Steps found on selfgrowth.com}

{I made my last vision board in a class with my amazing life coach…Maggi Sharf .Seriously, she changed my life. Trust me try her!}

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“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions”

Albert Einstein