Once a year our Business Group gets together for a meeting with a slightly different format- where we each create a vision board.
This is the process
Before starting- and with a big blank piece of paper (at least A3 size) in front of you- you need to visualise the question you are wanting to explore. This exercise is usually done at the beginning of the year, and so often the question will be related to the year ahead. My question I sat with in this session was, “Who am I in the world?”.
There are piles of magazines on the table in the middle and you then have to page through magazines in a slightly automatic, non-judgmental way, just pulling out all the pages with images that pop out at you, or appeal to you for any reason.
At a stage, the collecting of images is brought to a close and the cutting and sticking starts. You can use a small amount of planning here- grouping things together if that makes sense, but still using more right brain than the logical left brain.
In our group, we then each get a turn to present our vision boards to and explain what has come up during the process. I have done a board for at least the last 3 years. Sometimes they don’t seem to “work” or resonate particularly with me. This is what happened to me last year. The one I had done the prior year, though, really inspired and influenced that year.
What came up for me
This time, what really came up was the complete lack of “work”-type images in my board. I had been very open to finding some- I must admit I even brought along a few Toastmasters magazines (as well as other, more typical magazines!) with the decidedly calculating thought that there would be those kind of corporate-style images inside (picture a team around a boardroom table with someone doing a slick presentation!). But I didn’t find any! The appeal of corporate comes because of a realisation that, for me, getting dressed and looking good are more important than they are to many other people. I have noticed that my self-confidence and mood are directly affected by what I am wearing. This feels like a rather superficial aspect of myself, but I have decided to embrace and accept it, rather than to fight it. It is rather odd, though, that during this time when there is no real reason to dress up (for work), I am still planning my outfit and doing my makeup and hair. I had thought that perhaps this meant that a job with a corporate kind of image, may suit me. After the vision board exercise, I am realising that I don’t need to have a job that fits my style. My style is simply that- a style. A style that happens to be more put-together and polished than your average stay-at-home mom.
What DID come up on my board was yoga, parenting (teens!), art/creativity, minimalism, nature, running, a strong marriage and celebrating the everyday with an open mind.