What is a vision board

The Power Of a Vision Board

I am sure over the years you have all heard the words vision board. But what exactly are they?

The power of our imagination, by way of visualisation, can actively transform all areas of our life, including thoughts, emotions and life experience. This concept is a proven psycho-therapeutic reality. That is, the power of the imagination though visualisation is able to imprint our goals into our sub conscious mind – and we all know how our sub-conscious mind, when it is supporting a conscious goal, is able to work with us to achieve it.

Visualisation uses our imagination in a creative process that is both therapeutic and FUN. By exploring through imagery what we desire in our life, we are better able to “picture” it and thus clarify it in our minds.

I have created vision boards and mind maps for myself for years, each New Year I sit down and meditate upon the goals and dreams I have for the upcoming months. This year has been no different and now I have my art studio in South Tweed I am able to fully practise my manifesting. Owning an art studio has always been a dream of mine and now it is a reality, it still feels like such a dream, but I know it was due to a visIon board I created many years ago that I believe I have it now.

Vision boards are a powerful way to capture our desires and goals as images.

Often times vision boards are made up of collage to express our inner desires and aspirations, (though i usually also add in paintings and drawings/doodling).. Just as long as what we use is able to create an image in our minds, that upon reviewing we can connect to.

For me they are an incredibly useful tool that allows me to be able to manifest my dreams and goals, but I also find them a very therapeutic and creative thing to do.

As an art therapist I have found the use of vision boards, mind-maps and art journals  fantastic tool to be able to call upon when I am feeling overwhelmed and scattered, and likewise it is beneficial to many of my clients.

When I make a vison board it is a way for me to truly connect with my inner world and allow my sub conscious to tell me what I need to know.

I use vision boards a couple of different ways. The main one, and the one I actually love the most is the one where I allow my sub-conscious to tell me what I need.

I totally surrender to my intuition and follow my heart, not my head.

In this way I am allowing my subconscious to talk to me and tell me what I need to do.

Before I start the process

I Gather supplies.

You’ll need a board to stick things onto. I usually grab something firm enough from a hard ware store.

You’ll need scissors, glue, tape, possibly a glue gun.

Magazines, all kinds, from sporting to travel, interior design to gardening

Ribbons or anything decorative.

Black markers and felt tip pens.

When I create a vision board using my intuition, I gather images that I love, things that, as I flick through magazines I simply love the look of, whether it be a cool colour or a great picture, or maybe some wise words that sing out to me. I don’t over think it I just cut them out and put them in a pile. It’s so much fun just flicking through mags. pulling out things that I simply, just like!

You don’t need to know why you like them or stress that you need a reason why.

Once I have gathered everything I start to arrange them all on my board. I won’t glue down just yet, in case I want to rearrange.

Once I feel ready I will then begin to glue down. My aim is to  cover the entire board. I use images and words from magazines, but I also write words that come into my head or doodle and paint my own pictures. There is no rhyme nor reason, I just enjoy the process. it’s always about the process!

I zone out completely.

All of sudden I will feel like I have finished. And it is then that I may reflect upon my vision board. 10 times out of 10 I will see things of significance within the work I have produced. Whether it be a certain problem that I have going on, that I can now see an answer too, or maybe I have lots of a certain colour in my work. (The use of colour in art therapy is powerful and certain colours we use can reflect certain emotions).

Sometimes I may see a theme appear.  Lots of animals used, Or lots of photos of travel or perhaps it’s about people and I have added a lot of images of people. You don’t really need to over analyse it, it will be insightful but at the same time just accept the process. When we get thoughts out on to a page in art it becomes an external problem, therefore no longer an internal issue. Art therapy is a non-verbal way of communicating after all.

So there are other ways to create vison boards that are more structured I have spoken to you so far about a vison board that is made up by following our intuition and allowing our subconscious to take over.

Well the other way is by perhaps setting a goal or an intention for your vision board. Work out with yourself what you would like to achieve or manifest.

Maybe you would like to go on a holiday to the Greek islands or Heli skiing in the Canadian Rockies, perhaps you need a new car or would love to own your own house, boat or caravan.

Well in the case of wanting to go to the Canadian Rockies I would suggest that you start gathering images that reflect that perhaps Photos of mountains, of people skiing, of snow. Words that mean something to you. Make it connect with your soul, so that when you see it regularly you know instantly what it is your heart desires. The more you see a visual aid the more your brain will start to believe it to be true.

Vision boards do work, but it is important that you put them in place that you can see them daily and as often as possible, in this way you will Get your head believing it to be true.

The more you start believing, the more the universe will start to put you in the right directionand on the right path, Giving you clues and putting things in your way that you can’t ignoreand that will help you reach those goals. Although these things won’t magically appear,you aren’t suddenly going to own your own house when you wake up the next day, but you will start on the right path if you  listen to the ideas that seem to come from nowhere and follow them. Suddenly things will start to happen for you, that will get you closer to your goals. Things become easier to get and POW! one day you wake up and there it is, the money or the new car or the holiday you’ve been dreaming of going on suddenly happens. You have put into action the steps needed to make it so. The universe will always provide as long as you implement the ideas it gives you. They are always there, it’s just sometimes we miss the signs, ignore them or can’t hear them clearly enough as we are too ‘mind busy’. Being able to stop that babble is essential but that will  be another BLOG.

I really hope you get busy making your own vison board and setting some intentions for the year/years ahead. They are so much fun and so relaxing.

If you ever want help with it I run regular vision board workshops from my art studio in south tweed called Think Purple Art Studios so please come and play








you don’t need to be good at art to enjoy it

How many of you out there believe that you aren’t  good at art?

I bet the majority of you answered “me!” and also maybe  moved a little restlessly in your seat and maaaaybe even felt a little bit uncomfortable.

Well i’d like to just say that you don’t need to be good at art to enjoy it.

Being creative is a process that while we are in the flow of it takes us on a journey itto our inner world, it connects us with our intuition and our hearts, it is one way that we can practise self love and self care- renewing our spirit and it both relaxing us and challenges us. It removes the controlling logical thinking and allows us to simply “let go” and gives us an attitude of mindfulness.

When we are drawing, painting, dancing, writing poems, writing stories, singing, playing music (you get the picture) we are practising “present moment thinking” and learning to actively switch off our busy, fearful, over thinking ego driven left hand brain. This is vital if we wish to balance our minds and live more relaxed lives.

My husband returns from work most night  exhausted from a hard day  work as a tradie, he walks through the door and knows he needs a few moments to relax before he takes on the evening roll of writing quotes and doing mindless paper work, he takes himself off upstairs , picks up his guitar and spends a while just simply playing.

Now , is he doing this to become a great musician or join a band, no, he is simply doing it as he knows it relaxes him,  it is a way for him to turn off his brain,  shut down the the over worked logical thinking ego driven left hand brain and just stop for a while, be in the moment, and just thoroughly enjoy a moments peace from over thinking.

It is IMPORTANT to him.

This brings me on to my second question.

Those of you that answered ‘I believe i’m not good at art’, how many of you  believe that creativity is UNIMPORTANT and something unnecessary .

Let me ask then, did you feel this way as a child?

I bet you  didn’t , i bet as a child you loved nothing more than messing about with your imagination and creativity, whether it be colouring in, scribbling, playing with play doh, lego, smearing paint or squishing clay, i bet you can remember spending hours in the flow of art.

It was an important part of keeping us happy, contented and still and as a child it calmed and relaxed us.

Isn’t it sad then that as we grew older we accepted the fact that it was just a  “nice thing to do”.  and an unimportant thing to continue on with, especially if we thought and were told we were no good at it, there was no money in it or jobs in it.

Why is it that we are being told that our kids need to be creative, that the world needs creative people. that the world is moving so fast that we need the next generations to be able  ‘think outside the box’ .

SO, why is it then that  these are the same people that have stopped art in schools and have put creativity so far down the list of school priorities.

why if it is so important then are kids being taught the same things in school that  my generation were being taught and yet it has never served us.  This is frightening to me.

Making the arts high on our list of priorities is therefore SO important.

I am passionate about the whole process of art, i am passionate about getting as many people as possible to open up their eyes to be creative again, getting everyone to learn how to switch off their left hand critique and learning to listen to their own intuition and their hearts again.

It is vital that we balance our minds in order to lead happy fulfilled content lives, it is my belief that our greatest self-learning and self discovery is in the journey of the things we do, not the destination.

all that runs out of the think purple art studios in south tweed are entirely about enjoying the process of arts and craft allowing people to experience the freedom of their own self expression, there are no rules or ‘how to guides lines’ it is all about playing and having fun with all kinds of art materials.

You will learn to think outside the box and live a balanced happy life that flows.


I ought to list who has one !!

Today i thought i would start on my “ought to do list” you know the one , we all have it , the one that reads ” i ought to clean the house, empty the dishwasher, change the bed sheets, mow the lawn, jet wash the drive, put the washing out (that has sat in the basket for 2 days and probably needs washing again as it is going mouldy), the, i ought to bath the dog, clean the windows, wash the car, fold the washing that is strewn all over the spare room floor, make endless phone calls to insurance places and chase up on all that shit .re decorate the house , finish renovating the laundry, deck, paint back deck. go to coles, get dinner on, sort out endless signing of permission slips so winny can be allowed to do something else at school that doesn’t involve education!! AND THAT IS JUST THE HOUSE..

then begins the I OUGHT TO LIST at the studio.. Well that is just endless. i ought to paint the walls. finish those 5 paintings including a huge mural i started with great enthusiasm in November last year, finish painting all the old furniture. i ought to write my blog, I ought to write my newsletter, i ought to do up my fliers and get them to the printers then to the man who delivers them,. i ought to write up all the events and workshops i have coming up on facebook, i ought to chase up after school kids to get them in the art after school. I ought to reply to all the comments people have left me on facebook, messenger, email and whatsap with regards to events and classes, i need to write up letters for speeches and get in touch with community services and return their urgent calls. i ought to sort out and clean my storeroom, make orders, sort out graffitt event. etc. etc. etc.

I ought to be a better mother, wife , friend , i ought to be doing meditation every day ,listening to my angels, trusting the universe, listening to well meaning words from loved ones. practising what i preach.
i ought to be a better daughter and be there for my mum in the UK as she goes through huge things with illnesses and hospitals stuff.
I ought to fucking stop and breath and look around me more from time to time and smell the roses.
I could go on and on and on, but i am sure i am boring you all by now.
I sat down to write to you all , but this has just spilled out.
i know each and every one of us on here HAS THIS LIST i know i am not alone in this, so i am not looking for sympathy, i know what i need to do, stop, take time out, (haha never gonna happen with rent to pay)
i’m just having a fuckity fuck fuck day and wanted to winge at you all haha.

i have run so many small business in the past, but having a physical premises and the HUGE undertaking of that, is to be honest the HARDEST FUCKING THING i have ever taken on….

I love you all and i am thinking of you as we all battle our own ‘ought to do lists”today, while we run our businesses, run our homes, try and be there for our kids and not miss a beat. be good wives and daughters.

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