Arriving in the intimate office space I claimed my seat, one in which I didn't have to turn my head often, and looked around at this new meeting place. A plethora of magazines were scattered on all available surfaces, glue sticks and scissors stuck out of a plastic box on the work space; treats and wine were enticingly set out in a smaller office across the hall.
The leader began the vision board experience with an exercise of guided imagery, having us close our eyes, breathe, and visualize comfort places. Soft music played in the background during this portion of our evening.
I'd spent hours clipping quotes, pictures and anything that grabbed my attention from my own reading materials and had them neatly secured in a plastic binder. I also journal my goals each year and check off what I was able to complete or accomplish ... a little OCD but fun to look at on future occasions.
I was the oldest woman by a good ten years but settled into the activity fairly comfortable in that we were all working toward the same end. I had taken a picture of my current goals and looked at it for a bit before sorting my clippings into use or not use piles. This technique works for me and after completing the process a clear idea was formulated. Grabbing a glue stick I worked effortlessly and with direction while sipping on sweet wine. Unfamiliar rock-type music played in the background with some women singing the lyrics, accentuating our age difference, others silently focused, sharing intimate thoughts, with an occasional bout of laughter filling the air. It was a good night.
If you are not familiar with vision boards they are:
- Boards you create with magazine pictures, sayings, quotes, anything that speaks to you.
- You can either paste or use double-sided tape to secure these clippings onto small, medium or large poster boards.
- The vision aspect of these workshops is to create a dream scape of what you either intend to accomplish or wish to do for the year, or longer if you wish.
- At the end of the workshop, each person is asked to share their board and what in them was significant to them.
- More often than not, what is created surprises the "artist" and is usually an encouragement.
- These boards ideally, when completed, should be set up in an area of your home to view and keep you on task.
- Also, in my experience with vision board workshops, treats, wine, and music are integral parts to make you feel relaxed and cared for.
I am pleased with my 2017 vision board - and recommend this creative process for those stuck in a rut, wanting a little more direction, or plainly for the fun of a small gathering with similar-minded people.