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Vision boards are just one of a multitude of tools you can use to proactively tune in with yourself. Space to reflect on where you’re at now and where and what you’d like your like going forward is the first step in living in alignment with your desires and values.
The thing about vision-boarding is that it’s a very personal exercise. There’s not a prescriptive formula and you can’t get it right or wrong.
Your vision board can have a little or a lot. It can be material or non material. It can hold space for a mixture of things you want to do, feel, have and be.
That said, if you want some tips to help you create your own board if you’re not sure what you need to get started, check out this post I wrote for Amanda at Gorgeous Presence a few years ago.
In this post I’m sharing some insights into what’s currently on my vision board for the rest of 2017 and beyond.
Today marks two years since Will and I jumped on a place to move from Australia to London. Yesterday I had my de facto visa approved (Will is a dual UK citizen – thank our lucky stars!) which is so exciting. If it hadn’t been approved, I would have had to leave the country today.
Before yesterday I was so chill about the whole thing. Maybe even too chill. But during the interview process (all four hours of it) worry set in after a turned up to the appointment without having signed all the forms (*facepalm*) then accidentally signing in one of Will’s fields when I was scrambling to do it.
They had some questions around our living circumstances as some of our documentation wasn’t clear. In my head I was planning my exit from the country (I would go via Paris, of course!). Luckily it all worked out, and here I am sitting on my bed and listening to the rain, still in the UK.
The past two years have been really challenging for us. We’ve had moving stresses, money stresses and work stresses. I’ve been through panic disorder and Will’s had six months of lock-jaw because he was stressed about my visa 😂😂😂. But we’ve stuck together throughout it all and our relationship continues to be strong.
We’ve also had so many great times. I’ve met wonderful new friends and reconnected with old friends who are also Aussie expats in London. We’ve travelled to Turkey, Italy and France, and we’ve visited Bath, Yorkshire, Stratford-Upon-Avon and The Lake District.
I’ve discovered a new passion and emotional language in photography and have been blessed to turn it into a business. I also keep thinking about volunteering. There’s an organisation that I know of that I’d love to offer help to – though honestly at this stage I’m scared of making a time commitment. Being an introvert I really guard my time very fiercely – too fiercely – and I often worry about not having enough time to do everything I need to do AND have enough time to recharge. Really, I know I can make time for what I prioritise. Anywho, the seeds have been planted and I’ve declared it here, so it will happen soon enough.
The culmination of all this – tying up loose ends and embarking on new beginnings – has been some reflection.
Moving forward, I’m calling in a year of creativity and ease. My focus is on tuning in after a few years or external madness. Maintaining positive habits like gratitude and continuing to support the growth of my self-esteem are big items on the agenda. That one’s a continuous journey, ha! More than anything I want to feel settled and like I’m making progress with my creative projects.
On my vision board for life, I have:
The first half of this year has been quite a whirlwind for me. My photography services took off far quicker than I’d anticipated, which has kept my schedule quite full. I have a few friends who really helped spread the word which allowed for it to get off the ground and grow on a purely referral basis. For that I feel very grateful.
The past month or so I’ve become more clear on how I want my business to feel and where I want it to go. Spaciousness, community and slow-living are at the core. I feel like I’ve learned so much about business and marketing over the past seven years – both through my previous job in branding and working in the online space.
However, I don’t want my blog to be a solely practical, ‘how-to’ space as it has been for the last year or so. Through my own continued inner work, I’ve realised that part of what makes me ‘me’ is my continued search for purpose, meaning and truth. What I value more than anything is doing work that feels meaningful to me and that has a positive impact for others. So I feel it makes sense that my writing reflects more of what’s going on inside my head as I continue to try to make sense of the world (I don’t think that will ever stop).
I’d love to continue working on my creative projects – that is, developing online programs and digital resources – and grow this further. Creating things brings me so much joy and is actually my dream business. I have a few ideas:
So on my vision board for business, I have:
So that’s what’s on my vision board for the next year. What do you think? I feel like there’s A LOT there, but I’m really excited to see where the rest of 2017 takes me and it’s nice to have clarity on what I want to experience.
If you currently have a vision board and would like to share what’s on it – or if you don’t have one but want to share what you’d put on it if you did have one I’d love to hear!