What are your dreams?
When was the last time someone asked you what your dreams were? In fact, when was the last time YOU considered what your dreams were? In a world where burnout and exhaustion are running rampant, what would it be like to transport yourself into your imagination to get back in touch with the life you really want to be living?
While we’re talking about that… have you ever paused to check in with yourself to see if the life you’re creating is the one you actually want to be creating for yourself? Or is it the product of other people’s “should’s” in your life, obligations, responsibilities, other’s desires and preferences, etc.? (PS – if it’s the latter, it’s almost surely a straight shot to misery… I would know, been there done that).
More than ever I’m meeting more and more people (women especially) who are coming into a beautiful space in their lives where they’re realizing that they’ve been living their lives for others, out of obligations, etc. Sometimes overnight they find themselves with the realization that they now have the freedom of choice on how they want to go forward. A blank slate. Instead of it being a beautiful opportunity full of ease, choice and freedom, to some it can feel like sheer panic, terror and stress. Believe it or not, we’re very familiar with the feelings of chaos and stress. Ease? Freedom? Getting to choose for ourselves? Maybe not so much. When we’re so use to living life for others or within the constructs of limitation (work, family, income, etc.), what happens when those constructs go away and we’re left to build our future according to our own desires?
An integral part of The How to Human Experience, this virtual 2 hour dream board (also called visionboard) workshop for individuals, businesses and organizations of all sizes helps you create time to find clarity, focus on your authentic life, visualize ideal outcomes and learn techniques to make your vision board even more powerful. In the world of Zoom and workshop fatigue, this option helps to infuse some childlike fun back into your life in a way that connects you back to yourself (and connects your team together in a different way!), while giving you the chance to remember and become inspired by your own desires. When was the last time you felt excitement in your body for your own life?! That’s the secret sauce to this human thing!
*Please note that this workshop is self-paced as it is recorded, so take it in your own time. Hit play and pause as many times as you need to, taking as much or as little time as you want to progress through! Again, you have this workshop FOREVER. Take it today, tomorrow, next week, come back to it each month, it’s your oyster!
So what exactly does this workshop look like and why is it so much different from the typical visionboard workshop you might have already been to? Most visionboards and visionboard workshops are focused on one thing – the creation of the visionboard. This means that right when you walk in you’re already diving into magazines and gluing things on your board before you’ve even really given any thought to what you want your life to look like beyond certain external, top-of-mind goals.
The focus of this workshop is the journey – we don’t even touch materials until halfway through the workshop. This workshop is about guiding you to take time out of your busy life, put yourself in a little bubble and really do a deep dive into yourself by yourself to rediscover the you that may have gotten lost somewhere along the way in the midst of our seemingly never-ending list of adult responsibilities, relationships, kids, careers, etc. We start with intention setting and a guided meditation from one of my very first mentors HeatherAsh Amara to get ourselves fully present for the creation process. We then go on a guided adventure through journaling prompts where you and your journal do a deep reflection into your desires, wants, needs, who you want to be, what you want to do, what you want to have and more importantly – why do you want those things?
Then we get to the actual dream board creation process, which is guided step-by-step. There’s no right or wrong way to create your dream board, each person has full reign over their creation. Materials can be plenty or scarce. Creations can be on posterboard, walls, mirrors – I’ve even had someone paint on a canvas. It can be bold and colorful, or black and white. There are truly no rules in this workshop.
Materials You’ll Need
What you’ll need for this workshop is completely up to you. You’ll definitely want something to write in/on like a journal or notebook and your favorite pen/pencil/marker to write with. The only other materials you’ll need is what you want to create your visionboard with. As I mentioned above, you can do this on posterboard, a blank wall with tape or other adhesive, on a mirror, on a canvas, a corkboard, your magnetic refrigerator, the sky is the limit with possibilities. You’ll also want a place to draw images from – this could be magazines, it could be printing photos from Google Image searches, it could be from Canva, you could draw, write, paint – again, the possibilities are endless. If you’re going the magazine or printing images route, you’ll want a pair of scissors handy and also your favorite adhesive. For magazine and paper images, I’ve found Elmer’s No-Wrinkle Rubber Cement to do the best job at keeping the images from wrinkling.
A note on the “what to make your visionboard on” piece. There are a lot of ideas out there to do your visionboard digitally on/with Pinterest, Canva, etc. and have it either live there online or print out a collage to place on your phone or desktop. While I get the intention behind these ideas, and totally support you in doing that if that’s what feels right – I don’t love it. Here’s why – there’s something magical that happens when you’re able to physically take down a desire from your board because you’ve accomplished it. It’s gratifying and it leaves your board with only the things you haven’t done yet. Also, distractions. Having something live digitally means you need to look at your device, which means you’ll most likely get distracted by texts, emails, social media and notifications of all kinds. Your desires deserve your full attention and presence, so having something offline is so powerfully potent in this regard (in my humble opinion). It helps you really connect back to yourself. All that being said, again – go through this process in whatever way feels good to you.
Take INSPIRED Action
Because most dreams don’t often just fall into your lap by wishing them into existence, we then learn to bring our dream board to life by taking inspired action towards actualizing your dreams.
You might just be so inspired by getting back in touch with your dreams that you want to create a separate dream board with your partner/spouse and/or kids or for super specific areas of your life, like your work, dream living situation/dwelling, travel, etc!
I’d love to be your guide through this fun process, want to come play? Hit the “Sign Up” button below and off we go!
For businesses and organizations – if the sound of this workshop makes you excited to learn more and bring to your group, please message me so we can set up a time to get your team in on all the fun!