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Living the dream is published on the 27th of every month by Tania Basheer of Blue Sky Coaching.
by Tania Basheer, Publisher

10 Steps to Creating an Inspiring Vision Board

Vol 8, Issue 2
27 February 2012

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'The adventure of life is to learn. The goal of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The secret of life is to dare. The beauty of life is to give. The joy of life is to love!'  

- William Ward

Next month's feature:

10 Things to Include in Your Business Strategic Plan

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Hi! from Tania

Hi there,

Guess what's happening this week? My home office built-ins are going in! I can't wait to have everything filed away. Oh, no! I just realised, that means lots of filing in store for me. Ouch!! I know, I'll create a Vision Board to help me get stuck into it. It's how I put together the kids' nurseries, so I'm sure it will help me whip my filing into shape too.

We also had a lot of fun this month celebrating Holly's 3rd birthday. The kids went to see a great stage play called White and then came back to our place for a SpongeBob Squarepants-themed party (including dress-ups), which was also great, because it gave me an excuse to throw sand and a few sea creature ornaments into our kids' blow-up wading pool (instead of cleaning it for swimming) and make that part of the party theme. Of course, we had a few fall-ins and wet bottoms by the end of the day.

Enjoy your week!

Warm wishes,


Tania Basheer - Publisher
Living the dream e-zine

Feature: 10 Steps to Creating an Inspiring Vision Board

What's your vision for your life? What would you like the rest of your life to be about?

I really liked a quote I read recently by Louise Hay, 'Let the rest of your life be the best of your life' and that quote inspired this month's article.

Taking the time to get really clear about what we want, whether by visualising it, writing it down as a goal, or representing it in pictures in the form of a Vision Board, is a powerful first step to making what we want a reality.

According to Christine Kane, author of The Complete Guide to Vision Boards e-book, the idea behind creating a Vision Board, is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to go, your life changes to match those images and those desires. Vision Boards add clarity to your desires and feeling to your visions.

The following are 10 'how-to' steps to creating your very own inspiring Vision Board:

  1. Prepare your supplies and yourself: Gather everything you'll need to get started - a poster board (Target sells nice matt-finish ones), a big stack of different types of magazines (such as O Magazine, Yoga Journal, Parenting, Money, Fast Company and nature magazines), glue (such as a glue stick) and some soft, beautiful peaceful music. Now, take some time for clarity and stillness - sit quietly, light a candle and play some soft, peaceful music to connect with your deeper self. Get clear about your intentions for your Vision Board. With lots of kindness and openness, ask yourself what you want. Be with any images or words that come to mind. This process gives a chance for your ego to step aside just a little so you can more clearly create your vision. You can go even deeper in this ritual by journalling about what you desire. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself: 1. If money, people's opinions and judgements, and fear were not factors, what would I want to be, do or have? 2. What beliefs or things would I have to let go of if I were to create this in my life? 3. What would I have to believe, in order to be, do or have these things?
  2. Flip and rip: Now you can start to flip through the magazines you've gathered and rip out anything that delights or calls to you. Don't ask why, just get the images! Let yourself have fun looking and pulling out pictures or words that strike your fancy. Make a big pile of images, phrases and words. 
  3. Sort: Sort through the images and begin to lay your favourites aside in a pile. Use your intuition here and notice if any images don't feel right. Trust yourself enough to set those aside and not use them.
  4. Arrange: Lay the pictures on your poster board. As you do this, you'll get a sense of how the board should be laid out. The options are endless.
  5. Three different types of Vision Boards: 1.The 'I Know Exactly What I Want' Vision Board. Do this board if you're very clear about your desires, you want to change your environment and surroundings and there is a specific thing you want to manifest in your life (i.e. a new home, or starting a business). With your clear desire in mind, set out looking for the exact pictures that portray your vision. 2.The 'Opening and Allowing' Vision Board. Do this board if you're not sure what exactly you want, you've been in a period of depression or grief, you have a vision of what you want, but are uncertain about it in some way, or you know what you want to change but don't know how it's possible. Go through magazines and tear out images that delight you. Don't ask why. Just have fun and be open to whatever calls to you. Hold that same openness and ask yourself what this picture might mean. What is it telling you about you? If you don't know what it means but you still love the image, then put it on your vision board anyway. It will have an answer for you soon enough. This goes deeper than just getting what you want. It can speak to you and teach you a little bit about yourself and your passion. 3. The 'Theme' Vision Board. Do this board if it's your birthday or New Years Eve or a significant event has started a new cycle (divorce, job change, new business) or if you are working with one particular area of your life, for instance, work and career. This board has clear parameters and intent. Before you begin, hold the intent and theme in mind. When you choose pictures, they will be in alignment with the theme. You can do the theme Vision Board on smaller pages, like a page in your journal.   
  6. Paste: After you've arranged all the items in a way that works for you, paste everything onto the board. Take your time doing this.
  7. Decorate: When you're done pasting all the images on the board, add some decorative touches. You can paint on it. You can write words with gel pens. You can add glitter.
  8. Optional but powerful - add YOU! Find a fantastic photo of yourself looking radiant and happy and paste it in the centre of the board.
  9. Display it: Put your Vision Board in a prominent place where you'll see it regularly. You don't have to do this, of course. Some people are a little shy about their dreams. But here's something Christine Kane suggests might help you get over your fear of looking stupid: 'The women (who attend my retreats) who experience the most success with their boards are those who hang them in their offices, or on their bedroom doors, or even on the walls of their walk-in closets!
  10. Act: Taking conscious action in your daily life is a key component of this process. That means being open, listening to your inner guidance, keeping an eye out for opportunities and moving towards them. Take a few chances and be willing to make a few mistakes. For example, if you pasted up pictures of healthy food, then read a book about going vegan. If you pasted up pictures of beautiful living environments, then begin to make your current home beautiful. If you cut out a picture that reminds you of starting a business, then hire a coach to help you fulfill your dreams. 

If you'd like to read more about Vision Boards, you can get a copy of Christine Kane's Complete Guide to Vision Boards e-book here.

Read more tips: 10 Ways to Get and Stay Motivated10 Ways to Get the New Year Off to a Great Start; 10 Ways to Keep the Small Stuff from Taking Over Your Life;  10 Ways to Change Your Life with EFT; 10 Ways to Make Time for Your Life; 10 Ways to Create an Exceptional Life; 10 Ways to Create a More Balanced Lifestyle.

For more business and life coaching tips to help you achieve your goals and create and live the life you've always wanted, visit: www.blueskycoaching.com.au/ezine/index.php. To find out more about how you can work with me personally, visit: www.blueskycoaching.com.au, or call me on 0411 471 941 or (08) 8338 3134 or e-mail me on tania@blueskycoaching.com.au.


Use EFT to Help You Create Your Vision for Your Life

What stands in the way for you of creating your ideal vision for your life? If it's negative thoughts, feelings, behaviours or past experiences, then EFT can help you to quickly dissolve those barriers to your success.

Visit my EFT website now for details about how you can learn EFT quickly and easily anywhere, anytime (no matter where you might be in the world) and start making positive changes and enjoying life. While you're there, remember to enter my monthly EFT competiton for your chance to WIN my EFT home study package, valued at $97! 

I'm also available for personal consultations, speaking or group workshops by prior arrangement, on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays between 10 am and 5 pm. Please call me on 0411 471 941 to discuss your needs and/or to book in a time.

Tania Recommends ... Hopes, Dreams and Wishes Journal

What are your goals and dreams for 2012?

On New Years Day, I was quoted in the Sunday Mail - in an article in the Sunday Magazine - Get a life (makeover), talking about the importance of and power associated with the simple act of writing down your goals. You've done that, right? If you missed the story and would like to read it, click here.

And I can't imagine a more beautiful place to capture and nurture your goals and dreams than in Intrinsic's Hopes, dreams & wishes journal.

With insights discovered over a lifetime of seeking the answers to overcome challenges and achieve her dreams, Intrinsic co-founder Adele Basheer has created a journal that will have you living your most magnificent life.

Intrinsic's latest Hopes, dreams & wishes journal contains well-researched tools that enable you to harness your unique talents and strengths, create a vision and achieve the goals that will bring your dreams to life.

If you'd like support from me in realising your important business and/or personal goals and dreams, please email me or call me on 0411 471 941. I will stretch your thinking, hold you accountable to what you say you will do and support you through  any challenges that might arise along the way.

I'm available for a no-obligation initial session, in person in Adelaide, or by telephone on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays between 10 am and 5 pm.

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Enter now for your chance to WIN either 2 business or 2 life coaching sessions with me, plus a beautiful guided Hopes, dreams & wishes journal from Adele and Jamie Basheer's Intrinsic range, filled with inspiring tools to help bring your dreams to life. Prize valued at over $300!

From exploring what matters most and uncovering your unique gifts and talents, to creating an inspiring vision and bringing your dreams to life, inside the Hopes, dreams & wishes journal you'll have the tools that enable you to shine your light and live your most magnificent life.

We have the capacity to be our best selves and create a beautiful life. Be bold, be brave, be true to yourself! You have everything it takes to make your dreams come true.

New Year's Competition Winner: M.Lawson

Next Month: 10 Things to Include in Your Business Strategic Plan

Much like creating a vision for your life to help steer your decisions, a strategic plan is essential to determine and navigate the direction for your business.

Next month we'll look at what to include in a strategic plan to help you achieve your medium-term business vision, mission and goals.

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Vision Board Short Series



Would you love to have an inspirational vision board of your own? Then this workshop series is for you!

In this two-part workshop, creating your vision board will be easy as I step you through the proces of clarifying your heartfelt vision for your life.

The first session is all about imagination, clarity and planning your personal vision board.

The second session is for collating your beautiful life vision on your very own board.

Participants will be guided as to what general elements are needed to create their boards and each will then select their own frame/board and gather their own images for use in session two. This is to ensure that each board is a true reflection of each participant's personal vision and tastes. Some craft items, scissors, stickers, coloured paper etc. will be provided.

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