Dream board day is around the corner, Sunday the 21st to be exact. What is this day?
In short, about 8 to 10 yrs ago a really good friend of mine at the time introduced me to her family tradition of creating dream boards (or vision boards) on the summer solstice, the first official day of summer and the longest day of the year. Not only did I love the dream board idea, I loved that it wasn’t part of the New Year resolution category and that it was half way from and to it so there was a course adjustment place on the timeline of this dream journey thing. I’ve created a dream board every year since then and, they work! I have achieved and acquired countless things, accomplishments, goals and dreams as a result of creating these dream boards.
What are dream boards?
Dream boards are basically collages made from magazine cut outs of pics that represent a goal, item or achievement or dream of making reality. You can make one or several (I usually do one with several themes). You can make independently themed dream boards such as one for health/fitness or career or material items, whatever. It’s your dream(s) so you get to be the artist, the designer, the architect, the mastermind of your dream board! Here’s a few examples from the early day when I was still searching for who I was and what the heck I wanted:
Here’s my 2013 dream board where I break it down for you:
It’s 2015 but a lot of the visuals here are part of my daily life now, minus the yoga which I’m having a tough time returning to after a wrist injury but the sun, the movement, the “live in the moment”, that’s all real now, not a dream…which leads me to the next question.
Why are they helpful?
When you place your dream board somewhere where you’ll look at it everyday and spend a few moments to really envision having the things visually represented on the dream-board each day, you tend to get them. Sometimes you don’t get exactly what you wanted but a variation of it, a representation of it such as these examples of my past dreams:
Top pic (yellow) – in 2010 I wanted an awesome body. So one day I quit smoking and hired a fitness trainer and in 3 months I had an awesome body (that journey here). I didn’t get to keep that great body as in 2011 I became ill and in 2012 I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease (Hashimotos Thyroiditis) and I’ve been up and down weight wise ever since. Now in 2015 I am going to go for it one more time.
Lower pic (closet)– in 2010 when still living in Savannah, I had a fascination with this lower photo. Something between the shoes and the wood floor and the elegance of it, I felt extremely pulled to it.
Turns out a year later we moved to Wiesbaden and there was a fabulous designer shoe shop down the street I passed by almost every day. After a year of “one day I’ll buy those”, I finally saved up a ridiculous amount of money for glamorous shoes I had no where to wear and I bought them just because I loved them, because I rarely did that for myself (view shoes here) And, oddly enough, the Wiesbaden flat we ended living in had the same wood floors as in the photo. Totally unexpected on both counts and very cool in the way they manifested.
Other times you get exactly what you wanted, such as these examples when I dreamed up the desire for a “brave art show” and a couple years later, ART PORN was born and shown! Be careful what you ask for. Or be prepared!
The lettering on the window before a Savannah HOA demanded the sign be removed, despite curtains covering the inside artwork that a non-erotic art exhibition would not require. Read about that by clicking this photo.
And this year, 2015, I created “Savannah Buzz” with the above “Art Porn” controversy (read national or local headlines) as heaven forbid PORN end up on the window as per the HOA association.
It’s so Bible Belt expected ART PORN had controversy; but that they fell for their own embarrassment-in-the-making with the term “art porn” rather than the art work itself really shows the silly nature of America’s South with sexuality.
I didn’t even start baiting and the school of conservative fish took – so, so easily they took.
THEN… there’s the road trip.
Originally I had hoped for a road trip to the Carolinas, the mountains but it didn’t feel right so instead chose to face some fears and I took my 17 y/o daughter on a mom/daughter Florida coast road trip 3 weeks before the dream board deadline came! Plus, it “brought together” an unexpected surprise of my reconnecting with my estranged family and long lost friends. That was a bomb of a surprise in this mix between Savannah’s Buzz and the Road Trip.
And the awesome trench coat. I really wanted one for years and was saving up when, as a generous surprise, my best friend bought one for me as a birthday gift after seeing it on my dream board.
So, in some cases, you’re totally responsible for making your dream happen and in others, life gifts it in other ways. It may be “Law of Attraction-ish” but this stuff works, people. It works. It doesn’t work unless you do though. Remember this Picasso quote: “Inspiration exists but it has to find us working.” Inspirations are dreams.
The trick to making dream boards work:
When your dreams are wishy-washy or “open for interpretation”, life hands you such dreams. They may be okay or good but not quite exactly what you wanted. Only you get to decide how much control (focus) you want on your dream journey, and note, it’s okay to change mid-journey. These dream boards really help the visual understanding of what you really want and sometimes we think we know what we want but we really don’t. As Tony Robbins says, “Clarity is power”.
Must I do them on June 21st, Summer Solstice?
No. You can pick a day out of a hat, really. Do what you want when you want, but I suggest finding one day a year that is always, no matter what the circumstances, the day you make your dream board. It will make a direct improvement and difference in your life. It helps you stick to it, like a holiday.
How do I begin making one?
Easy. Buy magazines, get scissors, poster board, glue sticks, some snacks, feel good music and pick a day to go through the magazines and cut out what strikes you, moves you, motivates, excites or thrills you. When done place it on the poster board in a way that suits your collective vision and glue it together. Put it up somewhere that you’re forced to look at it each day like in the bathroom or by the coffee machine/ fridge, by your bed, and so on. BIG TIP: trust your intuition in this process.
I’m confident that in one year you’ll have achieved at least one of the represented photos on your dream board. When your goals, wants and desires stare you in the face x amount of times a day, you either let the board fall when the tape wears off or you begin checking the pics off this year’s bucket list.
Now, these boards aren’t no miracle workers. You are. The boards just remind you of your purpose along the way.
Let me know how it goes for you. :) ~ Tatiana
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