Motivation Monday: I Got The Compass, Now I Created The Map

6 May

Vision boards. I think Oprah started this. I have no idea. I’d heard so much about them, both positive and negative. Positive being they inspire change and dream chasing. Negative in that they remind you of what you have yet to accomplish and that you’re so far off your mark.

Glass half full, half empty.


You send the vibe out there in the universe in hopes that it boomerangs right back at you and gives you the courage to keep taking steps forward. Manifest your destiny … that’s why you do it. Maybe clarity.

Maybe people do it as a reminder, too.

I was one of the few on Earth that had yet to make a vision board. I had goals. I had dreams. Still have them. I know what they are, didn’t think I needed a reminder. But I spoke to a buddy of mine and she felt so much excitement and energy talking about her vision board and how the dots were connecting, that I gave it a second thought.  And then a third. And then I jumped right in and did it.

Most people take care of this business on January 1st. Ready for the year with their resolutions and their dream map. I didn’t create a map, but I had my eye on the yellow-brick road and a compass in my hand. I knew my dream and my direction. I still do. But I never thought to map it out with pictures on a board, never thought to look at it occasionally or on a daily basis. But you put your kinetic dream energy out there and it re-energizes you.  It clarifies your vision and the universe helps conspire with those who dream. I always enjoyed that bit from the Alchemist. This whole vision board seemed like an Alchemist kind of thing to do.

It was something new. And I made a pact with myself to try something new every month. That was the deal. You can’t be in the same place you were 365 days ago if you try something new every month. And not just try for the sake of trying, I mean really give it some thought and give it 100.

So I did.

Last month, I dove into my try-something-new project, and created my first vision board.  I have to admit it was a little overwhelming narrowing down this inspirational epic masterpiece. But everything is a work in progress and I imagine I’ll keep tweaking it as the year goes along. But I finally have a starting point and it felt good to visualize my dreams. I wasn’t sure it would. I guess it all depends on your head space for the day. Is it going to be a positive uplifting catapult, or a I’m-not-there-yet-look-where-everyone-else-is-feel-crappy scenario?

Now I should have researched and found examples of vision boards before creating my own, but I didn’t. However I did find information on the layout, and maybe this is just one kind of flow. I learned that there’s a Feng-Shui flow to this layout, stuff that supposed to help optimize your energy.  There might be more out there. But this one worked for me and helped me get started.

There are nine categories or fields that people essentially put out there: Career/Life/Mission; Marriage/Love/Relationships; Family/Community; Prosperity/Wealth; Well-Being/Health; Helpful People/Travel; Children/Creativity; Knowledge/Self-Cultivation; and Social life/Reputation/Fame. Now when laying out my board certain categories had more weight than others, and my definition of some of these terms may be different than someone else’s. For example my board there was no need for fame, it wasn’t something I aspire to, but I do care how my family, my kids see me, what their perspective is on me. So while these categories helped narrow down some pictures, they also helped define terms that work for me and my road. Because I’ve got to remember, everybody has got their own lane, and I’m in mine, so I can’t freak out when someone else is speeding down their road. They got a different destination, and a different motor.

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So I’m curious … does everyone have a vision board and I’m the last one to have discovered it? What other ways are there to layout your dreams? Do you use a huge bulletin board, or an 8 1/2 by 11 inch notebook, or a shoe box diorama? What other kinds of layouts do people have?

The research continues …

Buen Camino my friends!



9 Responses to “Motivation Monday: I Got The Compass, Now I Created The Map”

  1. ksbeth May 7, 2019 at 1:35 AM #

    I think these are such a good idea and need to create one

    • The Guat May 7, 2019 at 7:54 AM #

      I couldn’t decide on this one for a while, but my friend made some really good points and since this was the year of continuing to make your own momentum… I tried something new to keep moving forward. You can always start small like I did or tackle it head on 🙂 thanks for stopping by and reading.

  2. Sorryless May 7, 2019 at 9:07 AM #

    I’m not surprised you’ve created one. That’s how your crazy magnificent brain works . . always looking to create and to learn and to grow.

    I love that idea too . . chill when you see someone speeding past you because THEIR road is different. We would be wise to remember that one, bookmark it. Stick to our lanes, tend them well.

    Brava amiga!

    • The Guat May 9, 2019 at 10:05 PM #

      Dude. I have to remind myself of that on a weekly basis 🙂 maybe the fact that I finally created the vision board will help me stick to my lane and stop me from being a looky-loo and causing traffic jams. Always trying to grow though 🙂

      • Sorryless May 10, 2019 at 7:58 AM #

        It’s all about moving forward and not looking back . . or sideways.

  3. susielindau May 10, 2019 at 6:08 AM #

    Is that your board? Super cool!
    I bet everyone in Los Angeles has one. LOL! When I blogged about it, most people weren’t aware of what it was. Vision boards came about after The Secret with The Law of Attraction. I totally believe in that!
    I made one on foam core so I can update it. This is a great reminder to pin a few more photos that better align with my purpose and goals.
    Happy Friday! (((hugs)))

    • The Guat June 1, 2019 at 9:13 AM #

      Hey Susie!! Sorry for the late reply! I’m just catching up 🙂 but YES this was a great new adventure to take on and you know what? A lot of people here and in New York probably gave multiple ones 😉 so I’m late on this wave but it’s how I roll sometimes. And even those this vision boards rocks it’s not mine 😉 but it’s getting there. Have a GREAT WEEKEND!!!

      • susielindau June 2, 2019 at 7:18 AM #

        Hey Guat! Great to see you!
        My kids looked at mine and said it didn’t show exactly what I wanted in my life. It was inspirational but vague. I reworked it, added more photos of the life I picture in my mind, and can’t wait until it all unfolds! I should add a photo of a beach since I’m overdue for a trip. 🙂

        • The Guat June 2, 2019 at 11:16 AM #

          YES! I have a picture of a special beach on mine 😉 Beaches make for excellent vision boards and they’re specific:) Glad to see you too!

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