Tuesday, January 31, 2017

vision boards

Every year, I create a vision board. Sometimes, I go old school and clip out magazine images. However, and in the interest of the environment, I have been making digital versions.

I have a whole process now that includes saving images in a private folder that may or may not go into “the next” vision board.

Here is a simple process to creating a vision board that will help you reach your goals and ultimately for fill your dreams.

1.) Check yourself.
Any time is a good time to create a vision board...or is it? Just like grocery shopping on an empty stomach can land you a shopping cart full of junk, making a vision board in the wrong state of mind is a tragedy waiting to happen. You don't want your vision board to become a subconscious visual slam-book at your ex. So, clean your mind, your space, and your intentions. Ask if what you want is a healthy goal or something within reasonable reach. 
2.) Collect your images. 
This seems simple, and yet it's sometimes hard to find exactly what you are looking for. I find this difficulty is sometimes a reflection of when your goal is unclear. So save multiple images that represent one idea and don't be afraid to take your time. "Too many images to sort through" is better sometimes. And don't forget that some of your goals should be focused on the simple joys in life. 
3.) No worries. 
When do you know your vision board is done? You just know and if you don't, it's not done. Once it's done admire it, accept it, and don't worry about it. You've started the first step on the path to obtaining your vision. Don't obsess or worry. Just allow the universe to do its magic. 
4.) Reinforce your vision board. 
Look at your vision board in the morning and before bed. If you find yourself getting anxieties about your vision board, try to look at the vision board only when you are in your most positive healthy states of mind.

Think about small ways to get closer to each vision every time you look at your new creation. Think about the possible signs and opportunities that might come your way. Imagine what will it be like when you do reach your vision. As well as what it will be like after you "have it all". Keep a vision board diary (or goal list) to accompany your vision board. Most of all, have fun during the process and don't be afraid to make adjustments.

Remember: Vision boards are like a seashell that you create. It grows with you. When you've outgrown it, make a new one. That doesn't make your old shell any less beautiful. It just means you are ready for your next shell or stage in life.

Friday, January 20, 2017

a poem for creatives when they feel out of place

In Praise of Dreams
By: Wislawa Szymborska 

In my dreams 
I paint like Vermeer van Delft. 

I speak fluent Greek 
and not just with the living. 

I drive a car 
that does what I want it to. 

I am gifted 
and write mighty epics. 

I hear voices 
as clearly as any venerable saint. 

My brilliance as a pianist 
would stun you. 

I fly the way we ought to, 
i.e., on my own. 

Falling from the roof, 
I tumble gently to the grass. 

I've got no problem 
breathing under water. 

I've can't complain: 
I've been able to locate Atlantis. 

It's gratifying that I can always 
wake up before dying. 

As soon as war breaks out, 
I roll over on my other side. 

I'm a child of my age, 
but I don't have to be. 

A few years ago 
I saw two suns. 

And the night before last a penguin, 
clear as day. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

my favorite book of 2016

As it happens, I often find myself struggling to "find that new read". Luckily, Goodreads has their yearly Choice Awards -- which offers me a wide selection of new books to peruse.

I found the Storm and Silence by Robert Their in the Romance section as the second highest rated book at 44,591 votes. Interestingly, there was only 10,999 ratings in the book's profile page. Was there some sort of conspiracy? After some research, the answer became clear. Storm and Silence was Wattpad's Book of the Year for 2015 at 51 million views. I suspect Wattpadian fans of Storm and Silence joined Goodreads just to vote.

Storm and Silence was my Book if the Year for 2016 -- narrowly displacing A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. True, A Darker Shade of Magic was a richer written story. However, there was just something about Storm and Silence that delighted me.

Honestly, the cover leaves something to be desired. The setting of the book is in England sometime in the mid to late 1800s. Gentleman did not wear modern tuxedos. But remember folks, Robert Their is a self published indie author.

This story is what I like to call a "tension novel". Not much actually happens. This makes talking about the plot difficult (and yes, there is one). The magic of the story is all in the dialog and interaction. If that is not your cup of tea, I would advise against picking up this book.

The reader follows Lilly Linton, a cross-dressing woman's suffragist and Rikkard Ambrose, a scrooge-like business man who has some questionable business dealings. Lilly blackmails Rikkard into having her as his personal secretary. Rikkard agrees stipulating that she must remain dressed as a man. She spends most of her time being feisty and he volleys by trying to sabotage her so she'll leave his service willingly.

The book is definitely a young adult book that tends on the wordy side. This might put some readers off. But, I enjoyed it. The writer is a native German speaker. As such, there were a few times that I did not feel the language fit the time period. I attributed this to Their's German tongue and the lack of resources as an indie author.

Complaints aside, if you are looking for a book that is about a bossy-boss and a stubborn girl. Look no further! It is humorous, lighthearted and a feel good story with a dark side. I hope you give it a chance. I'm glad I did.