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I created an actual poster-sized vision board a few years ago but I always take it down when company comes to visit. For those unaware, a vision board is a poster where you highlight things you want in the near future. People generally cut and paste positive words, goals, pictures of what they want and put it up somewhere visible. Researchers say the act of seeing what you want will activate your subconscious mind to conspire with the universe and make it happen. It has the same effect of speaking positive affirmations to create what you want and to invoke change.

It can get rather deep. And, I feel weird letting my friends and family know one of my goals is to be able to do a head stand in my yoga practice, to “eat pray love” in Malaysia, buy a house with a heated pool in the living room and have a baby. It is all way to personal and the poster board is like having a billboard in your living room.
I remember times when I forgot to take it down and friends would look at it and question everything. I felt exposed. I truly believe things you justly desire should be kept to yourself. Sometimes other people will leave their own opinions, fears and stink on your awesome life aspirations which will derail you or even prevent you from trying. And, the meaning and the mystery is all in the attempt and effort.

With all that being said, I decided I needed something a bit more discreet. So, I decided to use a quaint little wooden box. The box was a bit larger than a recipe box. I can pretty much leave it on my dresser unnoticeable. Plus, if I have a really inquisitive friend coming over I can always stash it in a drawer or under my bed.
Gathering the materials and creation of the box was actually the best part. I used an unfinished wood box, leaves from outside, paint, wooden gift tags, decorative paper, sharpies, wood pendants and some cut outs from my Yoga Journal Magazine.

The first thing I did was paint the box gold with acrylic paint and let it dry. Then, I wrote out in cursive one of my favorite Hafiz poems with a sharpie on the tan decorative paper. Before I wrote out the poem I measured the paper to the lid making sure it fit. Then, I used modge podge and glued the paper with the poem on to the lid of the box. So, it will be the first thing I see when I open the box. The poem goes as follows:

“Even after all this time. The sun never says to the earth. ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights up the whole sky.” -Hafiz

After pasting the poem, I went outside and picked three fall leaves and glued them to the box. Then, I used the sharpie and wrote out the words: bliss, awareness and love onto three different wooden gift tags and pasted them to the box.

Then, I grabbed my Yoga Journal and cut out a few yoga poses I love and glued them to the box. I also found a beautiful flower shaped wooden pendant, and pasted that on the box along with a small yoga symbol cut-out and centered it in the middle of the pendant. After I had every side of the box beautified with something meaningful to me I used modge podge as a sealant and sealed everything up. It only took a few hours to dry.

It sits on my dresser. And every day I look at my box, it makes me smile and reminds me of my intentions and visions. I have had a year filled with change and just seeing the words bliss, awareness and love keeps me grounded in all my life shifts. It is amazing how just seeing inspiring words or beautiful images can warm your days and make them more joyful. I would also suggest doing this with close non-judgemental friends, family and even your children. It really is a wonderful exercise. It personally gets you closer to your life affirmations even if one of them is to have a heated pool in your living room.

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