2013 Vision Board

I finally, finally and just in the nick of time (since I have to go back to my paid work tomorrow) finished my 2013 vision board. Liv Lane describes the practice this way, “Rather than waiting to ‘see what happens’ in 2013, creating a vision board allows you to see what can happen in 2013.”

I couldn’t get a very good picture of it, and it’s too big to use my scanner, but here’s what I came up with:

2013visionboard
New Year, New You

“The new year is always the perfect time to make a commitment to yourself to increase your daily fitness and live a healthier life. This year, make another commitment to find new ways to slow down your busy life and create a little peace and serenity.”

Free, free, free, free, free.
(Freedom is my guiding word, my intention for 2013,
to feel free, free from and free to).
Walking in the park…shades of gray.
A thousand shades of gray.

Making space,
radical self-acceptance,
beautiful you.
Dreaming. Comfort.
Change your space, free your mind.
Relax. Open. Deepen.

Path is simple: to root in purpose.
“Your purpose is about discovering and nurturing who you truly are, to know and love yourself at the deepest level and to guide yourself back home when you lose your way,” (Kris Carr).

To tread lightly.
To remember.
To be outside.
To step off the path.
To play.
To live.

The art of living knows no bounds.
Free, free, free, free, free.
Truly joyful.
Truly memorable.
Truly original.
Dream.

Images: The image of the submerged stump in the lower right corner for me represents that the growth you can see, the life that is visible is only part of the story, that there is so much more below the surface.

treestump

This year I intend to continue sinking deep into my body and the present moment, running and practicing yoga and walking in the park and meditating and getting naked.

There is an elephant on the lower left side, like Ganesha, a protector and remover of obstacles. Art, light, writing, and strawberries, (I’m planning a berry bed that will run the entire length of the front of my house). Arrows and a strip of map, a path, direction and movement.

The picture of the woman on the typewriter is a tiny bit of magic. I originally had a picture of a woman in sitting meditation, but felt the board wasn’t done, it needed something that represented my desire, my longing, my aspiration, my intention to write and publish. I opened up an issue of Taproot and started to flip through the pages, and there she was, the turquoise of the typewriter so perfectly matched to the blue of the water below it.

What is so magic about it is that hat looks suspiciously like one owned and worn by my good friend Sherry Richert Belul. If it’s not you, Sherry, please don’t tell me. The thought that it might be her/you, that she/you might represent the friendship and support of a collective of kindreds, of like-minded artists and warriors, of all those in my tribe, including all my kind and gentle readers, gives me so much joy.

P.S. Magic update: If you read the comments, it turns out that IS Sherry in the picture. How cool is that?!

5 thoughts on “2013 Vision Board

  1. Sherry Richert Belul

    Yay! I love this post for many reasons. But two in particular: one is that it reminded me to create my own 2013 vision board. (yes, yes, yes! Must do this. ) The second is that I am ON it! (Yep, that’s me in the faux leopard hat, typing at Maya’s typewriter in Youngstown, Ohio. One of my fave moments of 2012.) 🙂

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    1. jillsalahub Post author

      Holy wow, Sherry! I knew it was you, but at the same time couldn’t see how that was possible, that the perfect final picture to complete my vision board, selected at random, could really be YOU. Serendipity.

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  2. Lissa @ lafcustomdesigns

    This is so cool, Jill. Love your vision/dream board. I hope all your dreams come true! I have done these for a number of years and have the last five years posted on my wall in my bedroom. I think I need to move them to my library/meditation room though. In fact, I want to rearrange several rooms. It’s just such a big undertaking … I’ve been dragging my feet … and escaping into photo art. ;->

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    1. jillsalahub Post author

      I’m curious, having done a vision board for the whole year for the first time with this one, how do yours “turn out” when you revisit them at the end of the year? Do you find you’ve manifested those things? Are you ever disappointed, “wrong” somehow?

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      1. Lissa @ lafcustomdesigns

        I don’t know that I can say I manifest everything, but some things manifest ever so quickly … 2004, I got the new car on the 4th day; 2008, I got Kobi on the 9th; 2009, I had travel and went to visit friends of my parents in the summer; 2010, there were helping hands that I had no idea what they represented and during a challenging year at work when I was certain I would lose my job, my former husband said, “Lis, you aren’t going to lose your house and you’re not going to starve; we will help you.” I didn’t lose my job that year, but at the end of 2011 and this year, he was there to bridge the financial gap … I always have healthy food on my boards and I’m forever challenged to really do anything about for the long haul. I often have long term dreams of a cabin in the woods and I haven’t been able to realize that. Some things I think are just there for hope to keep going. Some things just to remind me that I like pretty things. I love doing dream boards. Over the past several years I’ve had a few dream board parties … I invite several friends and we do them together. Last year I passed and I missed it. This year it just didn’t come together with my friends, but this coming weekend I will be meeting with one of them to actually get it done! It will be interesting to see what you manifest.

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