What a treat! Kathleen Rockney, USANA Gold Director and good friend of social media, has agreed to share the following post with What’s Up, USANA? readers.
You might remember last August she shared her valuable list of tips to get the most out of USANA’s International Convention. It was one of our most-read posts in 2011!
So we’re extremely excited that she offered to write the following post, which takes you step-by-step through the creation of vision and gratitude boards.
Thank you, Kathleen!
Over 20 years ago, I put together a collage of photos of desires of mine and called it my “Treasure Map”. On it were several items, including the layout for a 5-bedroom home, that actually came to fruition within a few years of making it. WOW! I was hooked on the concept of visualization!
In the past few years, my mentor, Ruby Director Patti Roney, has stressed both vision and gratitude as ways to keep us on our paths. It took me a few years to finally sit down and actually make a version of what I’d done 20 years ago.
This time, using Patti’s words of wisdom, I wanted to honor those things that I’m also grateful for! Thus was the birth of my wall of Vision and Gratitude Boards.
Now, it’s time to “pay it forward” so I’d like to share the how-to’s, so you can do the same! And, at the bottom, I’ll share a final important tip that shifted me from wanting to make these, to actually doing it!
First, purchase 2-4 cork boards. You’ll want a minimum of two (one for vision and one for gratitude), but you may want to increase it to four if you feel that what you want to display simply won’t fit on one set. Some cork boards come framed (like mine), and some don’t. Either is fine.
But be sure to look at the cork board’s mounting instructions before you purchase your set, to make sure you’re comfortable with how it will mount on your wall. Also, pick up a package of clear thumbtacks.
Then, take the time to go through your own photos, plus magazines and catalogs, to find pictures that either depict what you’re grateful for, or what you desire. Be bold on the desire side!!! And, with basic computer skills, you can also print out pictures that you find online.
Next, take your gratitude photos, sayings, pictures, etc., and start to place them on the cork board that you’ve designated for gratitude. Don’t worry about empty spaces or symmetry or “perfection”. Just enjoy placing them on the cork board!
Once you like the look, use the clear thumbtacks to hold your collage in place. As you can see, my gratefulness spilled onto two boards!
Now that you’re filled with gratefulness, start placing your “desire” or “vision” photos, pictures and sayings on the board allotted for your vision. Again, don’t worry about perfection or empty spaces.
Once you like the look, pin it in place with your clear thumbtacks. I let my vision board spill onto another board as well, making one board about home and self, and the other about desired travel and getaways!
Now you’re ready to mount them on your wall. Follow the instructions that came with your cork boards, and get ready to mount them on your office wall or office “nook” wall, so you can see them multiple times of the day.
Find a perfect spot on your office wall. You want them easily seen by you as you work in your home office. You want to be filled with gratefulness and joy every time you look up!
I chose to hang my vision boards first (on the left) and the gratitude boards second (on the right). My goal? As I accomplish something, I want to move it from Vision to Gratitude!
My biggest “Ah-Ha” was that my gratitude board could have easily been my vision board of 7 years ago.
The Key Tip
Finally, the tip that moved me from wanting to do this to actually doing this — Set up a Vision and Gratitude Board workshop and invite your friends, family, and USANA team members!
One of my partners, Karen Sully, hosted our workshop in her gorgeous home, and she laid out scissors, paper cutters, and packets of stickers and sayings to help in our creations!
By having a set date, two weeks in advance, I used my time to get my boards, and gather photos and pictures. By the end of the workshop, I had 3 of the 4 boards pinned, and I was well on my way to having these posted for my pleasure.
One More Thing…
Now, do it! And please let me know how they turn out!
How About You?
We’d love to see your own Vision Board creations. Please feel free to post photos on the USANA Facebook page!