Vision boards became popular years ago during the Law of Attraction craze and even Oprah shared them on her show. Which is where I first heard about the idea.
Oprah has been my idol for so many years, I’m pretty sure if she said rubbing dirt on my face would make all my dreams come true, I’d be asking just which kind of dirt I needed.
But when I first created a vision board, or dream board, I was a bit skeptical on just what it would actually “do” for me. But, I figured, what harm could it do?
This was when I was living in the first home I purchased by myself and my boys were teenagers. I’d left my job as a furniture salesperson a few months earlier and had a bunch of magazines from the store.
I had no idea what I was supposed to put on the board, so I just looked through the magazines and found photos and words that I liked and then glued them to a poster board.
Then I hung it up in my little home office and kind of forgot about it.
That was 2002.
That year I got my real estate license and went to work for a little Mom and Pop real estate firm. I worked my butt off and created a decent income right off the bat and was pretty proud of myself.
The next year was even better and I ended up meeting one lady in particular who needed her home sold in the country so she could move into town. I got the commission on the sale of her home and on the purchase of her new home.
On top of that, she had some cool furniture from her country home she didn’t want to bring into her new home and asked if I wanted it. She sold me her gorgeous leather sofa, chair and ottoman, as well as a cool over sized plaid chair for just $1,000.
My boys helped me move our new furniture in and I loved how it fit right in with my style.
A few months later, my youngest son was chatting with me while I was in my home office. All of a sudden he looked over my shoulder at my vision board and said, “hey, isn’t that our furniture?”
When I turned to look at my board I was surprised to see the exact same leather sofa set I had cut out of a magazine and glued to a board that was now in my living room.
So, yeah, I was a believer after that.
Funny thing is, I then “tried” to make it happen. I carefully chose things I thought I wanted, like getting to meet Oprah, and glued them to the next board.
And then waited.
I was so disappointed when by the following year, nothing really happened that I’d glued to that board. So much for that working.
But then I realized something very important. It wasn’t about gluing photos to a board of things I felt in my heart were not attainable. It was about finding the little things in life that bring me joy.
Since then I have been creating vision boards with that in mind.
Two years ago, I created this one:
Photos have always been important to me, and I knew I wanted my camera to go with me wherever I went.
I wanted to see the Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC. And I put an American flag on it because I was feeling patriotic.
I wanted John and I to go back to Ireland to visit and I also wanted to see Scotland.
And years ago, someone told us we had a heart over us. I liked that so much, I put a photo of John and me with a heart over our heads.
I added photos and words that meant something to me and inspired me.
And you know what?
All of this came true. Not only did I get to see the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC in 2017, but also John and I went back for the 4th of July to celebrate in our Nation’s Capital.
In the spring we vacationed in Ireland and Scotland.
And best of all, we have a heart over us again.
So I’m going to create a new one this January … I wonder what will be on it?