Before you create your Dream Board you’ll first need to narrow down what your dream or passion is. I did this in January 2011 when my husband and I attended an all day “Dream Workshop”. Basically we identified our passions, wrote down a specific dream for the future, listed the things that were holding us back and the tasks we needed to complete before realizing our dream. The following is a snippet of what came out of the workshop from my journal.
Passions: What are the things you’ve done in your life that you were most passionate about? What things made you feel more alive while doing them? What things would you be doing even if you weren’t paid to?
Decorating my home and making it as beautiful as I can.
Planning my wedding-researching vendors, deciding color scheme, creating invites and favors, etc.
Teaching people a new skill
Scrapbooking-designing how pictures will look on the page
My Dream is (be as specific as possible):
To start or become part of a non-profit that brings beauty to run down non-profits (i.e., women’s shelters) that focus on human services. I will do this by becoming an interior decorator/designer.
What is holding you back?
The Doubter-negativity, worry, feeling out of control, helpless, unorganized
What are the steps you are going to take in the next month that move you forward toward your dream and are specific and measurable?
By March 1st I will determine what interior design school to go to by:
1. Interviewing sister’s friend who is a designer
2. emailing sister-in-law’s aunt who owns a home decor store
3. email designers from the schools I’ve been looking at to find out how they liked the programs
Based on all this info I’ll decide where to go to school.
The next entry in my journal was dated 2/21 and said:
Well I did it! Less than one month from attending the dream workshop and identifying goals for starting a career as an interior decorator I have signed up for a certificate program.
Two months later I started my program, started my blog, and found a non-profit that fixes up women’s shelters. Pretty incredible.
Prior to the beginning of 2011 I had no idea what a Dream Board was. What I did know was about the power of visualization combined with preparation. The first time I used visualization to make a dream come true was when I was 14 and wanted nothing else in the whole wide world except a horse. A tall order, I know. Now, horses are expensive and I really didn’t know if my dad would buy me a horse just because I wanted one. Not only did I spend all my free time learning everything I could about horses and talking to everyone I knew about horses, I also visualized myself riding my horse up and down my street. This wasn’t just something I thought about, it became so real for me that I could feel myself riding that horse and could see myself flying by on my galloping horse when I looked out my bedroom window. It seems strange to say this aloud, but it is truly what happened. Of course, I ended up getting my horse, Sassy. I was so prepared to care for a horse by the time I got her that it was as if I had always owned one.
Once you have identified a dream you’re ready to create your Dream Board. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be about career. It might be a dream you have to travel or lose weight or find the man of your dreams. Once again here’s my board. The title is “Dare to Dream”.
I used Oprah’s Dream Board program, but there are a multitude of ways you could do it. First I went through all the pictures and quickly saved any that spoke to me. Sometimes I wasn’t sure why I chose a particular picture, but when I went back and took a closer look it made sense. For instance, the picture of the green leaves at the bottom left has a ladybug on it that I didn’t see at first. The ladybug has special meaning to me and my family. I also created words that were inspirational to me.
The key to making your Dream Board work for you is to put it in a prominent place where you will see it on a daily basis. Maybe it’s your workstation or your entryway or kitchen. Whatever makes sense to you. I put mine on my desktop background so I saw it a lot. The other thing you want to do is tell people about your dream. The act of saying it aloud can make you feel more accountable to following through. It’s also a great way to find people who can help you. I recently ran into a lady I used to work with and told her about my passion for learning interior design. She told me that she doesn’t know what to do with her living room and would I be interested in helping her. I would never have been given that offer if I had kept my dream to myself.
If you haven’t created a Dream Board yet I encourage you to give it a try. I don’t guarantee that all your dreams will come true overnight, but it will help you to visualize what you want and open the door for people and experiences to come into your life that bring you closer to your goal.
If you have tried a Dream Board I’d love to hear how it worked for you. Share your story in my comment section or email me.
Have a great week.
Your Fellow DIYer,