When’s the last time you did something creative for yourself? It’s been so long, I can’t remember. During a random conversation with an industry friend and colleague, we discussed a creative vision board workshop, which she recently attended and found both inspirational and enjoyable. I’m always looking for inspiration in my work and personal life. Naturally, this piqued my interest. While lying in bed, wide awake with my mind racing, a usual occurrence, I experienced a eureka…”creating a vision board would be a great subject matter for my next TrendIncite Xchange meeting.”
My sister, a member of my TrendIncite Xchange group, graciously agreed to host a creative vision board workshop with an intimate group of 10 members at her NYC apartment. Boards, magazines, scissors, and glue sticks in hand, Michele Curcio lead our workshop.
Based on the Bagua map, Michele briefly explained the Feng Shui concept and how it applied to our exercise. Our blank, white 16″ x 16″ boards had nine quadrants, each representing a personal aspect of our lives. Top left to right: Wealth, Fame (how we want to be perceived), Partnership (relationship-focused), Family, Health, Children, Education, Career, and Helpful People.
We were instructed to select words and images from magazines that represented our creative vision for what we wanted to accomplish and focus our energy on for each quadrant for 2013.
Feeling like a kid again in elementary school, I leisurely and giddily flipped through magazines, tearing and cutting words and images that inspired me or caught my attention. It was so hands-on, so tactile and so rudimentary. But wow, what a cathartic exercise!
For me, the challenge was to sort and artistically apply this visual content to each quadrant. After I laid out the information, I hesitantly glued it to the board. I felt like I was making a commitment. At first, I thought this feeling stemmed from wanting to make the board look artistic. However, I realized it wasn’t about the aesthetics of the board. It was about being focused and clear on what my vision was and making the commitment to achieve these goals or at least try to.
Two hours flew by and all 10 of us were thoroughly engaged and immersed in the exercise. It was this creative and inspirational “me” time, which made each of us in the TrendIncite Xchange group reflectively focus on ourselves through our personal vision board. We so often forget or don’t make the time to do this. At the close of the workshop, Michele led us in a focused meditation to channel our energy and help us visualize the boards to achieve our goals. Let’s see what happens in 2013!
“Michele Curcio’s presentation was successful. I was very inspired and enjoyed myself.” – Gabrielle Marks
“The time spent creating my board gave me a vision of a very balanced self for my future goals. The trend exchange group and the atmosphere was very inspiring!” – Janice Hart
“It was fun clipping random words and pictures with no set direction as to where they would be placed exactly on my board. Then I found it very inspiring that all of the words and pictures found their way into the designated categories so easily..and then some, as I ran out of room!” – Missy Mazelon
“This was a very enlightening evening! I found that the search for words and images that reflected my life goals presented the opportunity for me to do a much-needed assessment of where I am now both personally and professionally. And this is something that people rarely take the time to do. I love that when I look at my board it is full of color, and is a virtual mini-capsule of me. I had a blast doing the vision board!” – Karen Dubin
A few additional quotes from other TrendIncite Xchange members…
“So far the purple (abundance) is working, new projects are coming in! Still waiting for the age appropriate fella to show up!” – Judy Galloway
“The vision board session allowed me to take time out my hectic schedule to focus on what I want to focus on for 2013. I am excited to see evidence of some of my wishes coming to fruition already.” – Helen Kim
“The create your own vision boards presented by Michele Curcio was a great event with lots of positive energy flowing throughout the evening. My goals have already started to unfold.” – Danielle Milata