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My vision board after the class.
Over the past couple of years, I have heard so much about people making vision boards and how much they have really made a difference in their lives. I've always been one to set goals for myself, but I guess there is something about seeing them visually in front of you that makes you want to work harder to make your dreams reality. Back in January, I attended a Vision Board Workshop hosted by Life and Career Coach, Andrea Holyfield of Live Well CPS and again it was truly a liberating experience. I met a couple of great ladies who are also on a mission to create an exceptional life for themselves as well. We shared some wonderful stories and experiences that truly changed my life. Nothing like being among a positive group of women who are striving to better themselves and make better lives for their families.
During the workshop, we did a couple of activities where we first filled out a worksheet and ranked how we felt about certain aspects of our lives, such as our finances, career, appearance, etc. We were required to rate them on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest and whatever the number was we chose we had to explain what that particular part of our lives would look like it if were a "5." Andrea also had us to close our eyes and visualize our idea of a perfect day. This was the part of the workshop that got kind of emotional for some of us, including me. It really amazed me how this exercise truly made me see exactly how I want my life to be and it was so clear it was almost scary.
Once we were done with the exercises we begin to work on our vision boards. What I loved most about this part of the workshop was the fact that Andrea taught us how to arrange our visions on our vision board. She said it was very important that how we arranged them because it would make a difference in how we reacted to what we were seeing everyday. For example, she told us about one young lady that attended her workshop a few years ago and that she put the phrase "I am not FAT" on her board. Now I would think that was a very positive thing to say, but after Andrea explained the negativity in that statement it all made sense. All the lady was focusing on was the word "FAT."
Another interesting thing that happened during this workshop is that Andrea told us about the vision board she created back in 2007. On the vision board was her dream car, which was a 2007 Lexus ES400 (if I'm not mistaken). She talked about how she had driven around this old car for years and finally decided to purchase a new car for her birthday. To her surprise, she purchased the exact car on her vision board from 2007 and didn't realize it until she spoke to her accountability partner. Now that's POWERFUL.
Since the class, I have noticed that some of the things on my board I have been actually achieving. One of the things was losing weight and eating more healthy. As you can see below, I have lost some weight and also changed the way I prepare my food. It's truly amazing just how much my vision board has changed my life. Just think the year isn't even over yet and I still have so much more to accomplish. Two of my biggest accomplishments (below) have really started to make everything else on my vision board come into play. I'm so thankful I attended that class! Look forward to seeing more progress as well.
What my vision board looks like now.