I don’t have a vision board

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I don’t have a vision board. *Queues shock, horror, disgust.* You could say I’ve lived life on the wild side! No vision board, bullet journal, essential oil diffuser, manicure, and monstera plant… And while I am probably a disgrace to most work-from-home women with an Instagram account, my vision board-less-ness has guilted me most of all.  A vision board is not essential or indicative of how successful you will be. But it is nice to have when planning, strategizing and believing for the best outcome in your life. And that’s why I’ve given myself the side eye for having a vision board on my to-do list circa 2014.

Why I don’t have a vision board


You’d think that all it took was a few hours of your time and some magazines, but nope. For the occasional crafter (that’s me) – there is a great deal of preparation  procrastination involved. The idea of the cleanup afterward, and getting lazy halfway through. The wondering where to put it since I have barely there office space. I’ve had every intention to create this elusive creature, as indicated by the magazines stacked in my bedroom for months. Only recently destroyed by puppy teeth and a sudden urge to purge – I had all the materials for a vision board clothed with food pics and Mediterranean colours. But what I made up in good intentions, I lacked in action.

Vision Board Workshops


Then I met Sonja McKaiser, the founder of The Creative Space With Sonja. Sonja  facilitates Vision Board Workshops from her studio in Table View (or West Beach if you’re using Google Maps). At first, I didn’t resonate with doing somewhere else, what I could do at home. But now I’m wholeheartedly convinced that Sonja is on to something.

The benefits of a Vision Board Workshop


She takes care of cleanup, provides all supplies and snacks too! But that’s not the only reason why the idea of a Vision Board Workshop is fantastic.  I may not have a vision board now, but I’ve created a vision board in the past. And if memory serves, my vision boards were always filled with relevant, yet random clippings. They resonated with me but didn’t get me closer to my goals. This is where Sonja’s guided workshop is perhaps most useful. She calls the workshop an investment that will help you get clarity on your goals. And for me, that whole bit includes getting enough clarity so as to create a vision board that is clear, inspiring and actionable. I don’t want a life-size Pinterest board.

I attended Sonja’s Vision Board Workshop on Saturday, 3rd November and it was marvelous. I’ve been busy with other things and it was the perfect me-time. It was my birthday month, and I could not think of a better time to get focused for 2019. But first, here’s a look at my year sans vision board.

A year without a Vision Board


Right now, my life looks a little different to the images and words I would have chosen for a vision board at the top of the year. While learning was certainly on my agenda back then, I didn’t think that 2018 would be the year I got back into the classroom. And with my dreams of homemaking and starting off on my own in full swing back in Jan, I didn’t think that I would leave my city life so soon to embrace suburban bliss a little longer. I didn’t plan on having a pet but now I have one of my own and foster her mom and siblings too. And like I hoped, this was a year I could focus wholly on developing my career and seeing to my health and the health of my husband.


Sometimes things work out according to the plan, and sometimes they work out better, or for the better. That has been my lesson this year.

Having a vision board is not the end all or be all, but if you’re curious at all, I’ll be back soon sharing about the process of creating my vision board in an intimate group setting. I also have special plans for my vision board so that it’s not in the way, or in storage, but somewhere I can see it every day. I’ll come with pics!

Photo Credit: Hey Beauti Magazine

Author: ashleigh

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