Written by: Angie Noll
I know… vision boards are so yesterday. But they’re making a comeback and for good reason! Apple even has a vision board app that you can install and play around with. I was never taken by the idea of creating a vision board – it seemed far too open, too exposed for my liking. I mean, anyone can see what you’ve pasted on it so your dreams are laid bare for everyone’s evil eye to fall onto and jinx! Just kidding - I simply didn't like the idea of a vision board because I didn’t want everyone to see what my dreams were.
In my mind, my goals were my private business, and I could dream of anything, from winning the lotto to secretly wanting to be an international spy, working undercover in Russia. But once you put it on a vision board, and someone sees it, you have to start explaining and justifying your dreams and defending them…. And then they really were jinxed. So I never made one, until we decided to immigrate to New Zealand. Once we received the permanent residency stamps in our passports, it was all suddenly very real and exciting and scary simultaneously. It was round about this time that, perhaps a bit belatedly, I thought about what we actually wanted to achieve while in New Zealand. I knew I had to make the move for spiritual growth reasons, but that was my personal business. Up until then, the general family plan of action was rather vague. It went something like this: We sell up our entire life in South Africa, hop onto an aeroplane and land in New Zealand. We stay with a friend for a couple of weeks until my partner gets a job and then….. That’s where it ended. But by now we had already sold many of our belongings, the house was on the market, the rabbit had been released in a lovely safe spot with other rabbits frolicking about and the cat had been rehomed. Clearly, there was no turning back.
I decided that perhaps a vision board would be a good idea after all, to gather everyone’s energy in one place and see what we were really aiming for with this move. On the first available Saturday, I sat my partner and eldest daughter, Chloe, and myself at the kitchen counter with pieces of white cardboard, magazines, glue, scissors and other colourful stuff. I delivered my speech on how good vision boards are for manifesting and for clarifying goals etc. Half an hour later, my partner’s vision board consisted of “Get a Job” and he had wandered off to do something else. Anything else, apparently. Chloe’s vision board had a picture of a dog and a horse on it. I was the only one who had actually made a vision board of sorts, but it wasn’t as much fun as I expected it to be.
This is what I learnt: Get your goals clear in your head before you bring out all the magazines, glue, glitter, scissors and felt tip pens. (Or the IPAD, if you want a modern vision board.) As I paged through one magazine after the other, I kept getting side-tracked and eventually demotivated because I didn’t know what I wanted. The picture of a lush green farm looked nice, but so did the beach and the ocean. Did I want an apartment in town or did I want to be in the mountain or the forest or by the sea? (If I had known that this was a moot point in Auckland, with the forests and beaches being pretty much everywhere, I wouldn’t even have bothered with a picture of my ideal living area.) Did I want a dog or a cat or neither? Did I want a regular job or was I going to work from home? What else did I want my new life to look like?
I know this sounds like such an egotistical question, but in our case, it wasn’t just ‘What else do I want.’ It was said in the context of, ‘We’ve just given up our entire life, with everything and everyone that we’ve ever known. Why are we doing this? What are we hoping to replace our old life with?’
I can’t remember what I eventually placed on that vision board, but I do know that Chloe got her dog and my partner got his job. (Actually, now that I think about it, my only true reason for moving halfway across the globe was for inner growth, a spiritual awakening of sorts. And I got that, even though it wasn’t on my vision board. Magazines don’t tend to have good pictures for “spiritual awakening”.)
Which just goes to show – Nelson and Chloe’s vision boards were not very full, but they each had a clear idea of what they wanted to manifest, which they did. To me, the most valuable aspect of a vision board is that they give our goals at least a 2-dimensional existence while we do the work that is required until it is the right time for our goals to show up fully in our lives.
Fast-forward 4 years later… Once again, I whip out a piece of cardboard to paste the images of my future goals on. I give a piece to Chloe, and now also to little Gabbi. While Gabbi misses the point of a vision board altogether, Chloe and I get to work on our respective boards. Chloe’s poster looks different from her first one in only one aspect – where the initial one had a dog and a horse, it now only has a horse. Many horses covering the entire surface of the board. It’s quite clear what she wants in her life. (The dog has already been manifested… :) My board has more detail than the previous one – this time I’m certain about what I want to create. I keep it in my sight, but private enough. Chloe doesn’t care who sees her board – in fact, the more the merrier as far as she’s concerned. (One week after doing our vision boards, we finally did find a horse riding class for her that is affordable and within traveling distance. I think she’s now sold on the whole vision board idea.)