HOW to create an eco-friendly vision board to celebrate EARTH DAY!
Blogger note, during the past few months, one of the most requested posts on this author's Amazon.com blog has been "how to create an eco-friendly vision board. So I've repeated and updated this step-by-step post in celebration of Earth Day 2014
Good news, Joyce Schwarz, author,being contacted by various recycling organizations and foundation to set up workshops across the nation to show why creating Vision Boards is eco-friendly.
Pictures for your eco-board.
One of the fun ways to get the right pictures for your eco board is to make a list of those pix you'd like to see on the board such as: a) a home garden you are planting b) a method of composting you are starting in your group/family c) Past pictures of your family in the outdoors -- climbing or hiking or enjoying the earth at places you've visited --yes, even if they are near and part of your home town area. They don't have to be at an exotic location
TRAVEL -- another option is to gather some travel brochures at your local travel agency or from the travel section of your newspaper or favorite website and put those on the board planning on where you'd like to visit that IS eco-friendly.
VOLUNTEER WORK - do a bit of research and see what local groups need volunteers to help with eco-friendly work in your location. Make a call while you're creating your board -- don't wait until after the weekend or until tomorrow morning. Most groups have answering machines or voicemail or you can email them expressing interest. DO IT NOW1 Add a picture of the group's logo or pix of those past volunteers helping out humanity and the earth to your board.
DECORATE THE BOARD with natural embellishments, consider adding dried flowers or leaves, add a twig or sprinkle it with sand from your last beach visit (spread a layer of glue in a circle first and the sand will stick of course!
MAKE AN ECO-PLEDGE -- draft up an eco pledge that you type up or handwrite on a brown bag and put it on the back of your Vision Board to remind you of what your family is pledging to do that is eco-friendly for 2009 & beyond.
Set at least one day a month aside to catch up with eco-tasks like recycling, composting etc. Maybe you choose the 3rd Saturday of the month or it's the afternoon after church on the second Sunday. By setting a specific date you'll keep your eco-pledge and be living your eco-friendly live you envision on your EARTH DAY VISION BOARD!
Here is an example of how really visioning what you want out of life can help with your lifestyle decisions. ENJOY. Any questions, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or add your own comments to this blog post!
Easter for many people around the world represents a time of renewal and even rebirth.It's a time to celebrate a new season in our life - a new Spring and time to leap forward to the future of our lives!
Easter is more than bunnies and eggs and PEEPS -- it's a time for renewal so why not create an Easter Vision Board see www.visionboard.info for details.
Recently I saw a quote that was quite thought-provoking and I wanted to share it with you hear. It seems to apply no matter what your religious background or spiritual leanings are: Reveerend James Forbes, senior minister emeritus of the Riverside Church, believes that: "Easter is about the triumph of life. Out of struggle, conflict and even moments of destruction, life emerges. "
WHAT GIVES US HOPE?
Perhaps it's valuable to listen to Rev Forbes since he also is the co-chair of Partnership of Faith, an interfaith group of Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim clergy. On a more serious note in a recent article on NBC.com Rev Forbes explained that Easter, "is a time when all of us look to our traditions --how do we bring spiritual values to our lives. Amidst terror, tyranny and fear, what gives us hope. All of this is about Easter. It makes us us want to keep pressing on."
is about Easter. It makes us us want to keep pressing on."
The air is fragrant with Joy:
We just have to look at the flowers in the parks or even at the local supermarket garden centers and we see that as one of our greatest poets said "Henry Wadsworth Longfellow "the full-blossomed trees fill all the air with fragrance and with joy."
CREATING AN EASTER VISION BOARD:
Using the keywords from the notes above I've selected the following as power words or key words to use to guide us in creating an Easter Vision Board. If the word Easter does not fit with your beliefs you can call it a Spring Vision Board or a Renewal Board.
The keywords I've selected are: RENEWAL, HOPE, JOY, REBIRTH, TRIUMPH & of course GRATITUDE since we know that all of life springs forward from being grateful for what we have and who we are today before we can move forward to create even more good in our lives.
MATERIALS YOU'll NEED FOR THE VISION BOARD:
1) Get some kind of a flat surface to lay the materials on -- such as a poster board (maybe choose a colored one -- yellow or green to truly express hope to all of us. A 14 x 22 size is good and will give the entire family space to contribute to the design.
2) Gather together some marker, crayons or colored pens.
3) Stickers -- are often included with egg coloring kits or may be added into Easter Baskets so gather up some colorful stickers if you ahve some. IF not see if you have any colored gold stars adhesive kind or other decorations like glitter etc. You could use decorations for cookies too ie colored sugar etc just make sure to cover your final vision board carefully with plastic wrap or frame it so little critters don't go tasting your board in the future.
4) Start in the center -- take a picture of the family or pull one from the family album that shows them all dressed up for Easter or another spring event. Or pick one showing the group on a family hike or in a garden. Place the family picture in the center to tribute what you know is most important -- family and friends -- people over stuff!
5) Add the power words -- by eaither writing them large in colors or by making headlines on your computer and pringing them out or look at the Sunday newspaper you may easily find headlines or adds that include he words HOPE, Renewal, Joy etc.
6) Handprints -- a fun way to make a gorgeous design that will be treasured forever is to have the youngest family members use fingerpaints to print their hand prints on the board and 'sign' their names if they can or with some assist from older family members.
7) Can't bear to eat the chocolate bunny -- take a picture of him and add him to the JOY section then you'll remember him/her forever. Use the silvery or colorful paper the bunnies and chicks are wrapped in to embellish your board -- you can cut them into star or flower shapes if you wish.
8) Dried flowers -- do you have big cetnerpiece set for the holidays-- then make sure to dry some of the flowers and add them later in the week. Remember your vision board is a work in progreess.
9) Plan for the future -- how can your family give back. Do you donate an hour or so at a soup kitchen each month. Do you help with boy scouts or girl scouts or at your local church -- then add pix of those experience too
10) Music score -- do you have a favorite song or a poem that inspires all of you -- then add it to the board too. One of ou may want to calligraphy some of the opening words to make it stand out better.
11) Cut out flowers from a magazine and add a great bouquet of flowers to the board or turn it into a virtual garden of delight.
12) Gratitude circle ask everyone to tell what they are grateful for such as being a family, surviving a bad flu this year or for our troops or family members or friends serving their country overseas or in-states this season.
You can add any or all of these with using a glue stick or white glue to your board: *colored grass *ribbons *designs made with a favorite nail polish, thumb prints in a circle of life, favorite quotes, inspirational sayings, or copy a bible verse or a verse from your own psalm book or from the Koran or whatever religious book you cherish and add it to your board.
Be sure to sign your board on the back and to date it. Then take a digital picture of it and share it with your family around the world and give each member of the family or friends that help create the board a small copy of that picture to put on a keychain or to add to their desk in a small frame.
May your weekend be filled with hope and joy and a sense of renewal this springtime.
To see more instructions on how to create vision boards for every season, sign up for THE VISION BOAD quarterly newsletter at www.visionboard.info
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Hollywood2020.net blogger Joyce Schwarz, bestselling author THE VISION BOARD book by Harper Collins Publishing who is also founder of the social community www.facebook.com/womenintribalart will be on hand at the Preview opening of the San Francisco Tribal Art and Textile Show set to launch at Fort Mason, San Francisco.
Hollywood2020.net blogger Joyce Schwarz,bestselling author of THE VISION BOARD book and public speaker and social entrepreneour who is the founder of the largest community on Facebook for Women in Tribal Art willbe on hand at the Feb 6 opening of the SFO Tribal Art and Textile Show at Fort Mason.
Schwarz will be on hand at the reception inviting attendees, galleries, sponsors and museums and artists around the globe to take advantage of the SF TRIBAL SHOW SPECIAL membership deal for joning Women in Tribal Art for free for 90 days.
For details on becoming a member of WOMEN IN TRIBAL ART go to: Join Women in Tribal Art
For info on the Tribal Art & Textile show go to: http://www.caskeylees.com/SF_Tribal/SF_Tribal.html
Women in Tribal Art founder, Schwarz looks forward to covering the show with news reports, interviews and blogs so that new members of Women in Tribal Art and the social media following of more than 5000 followers will gain an insider view on how art and life visioning fit together in the modern age.
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How to Create Your Own Gratitude Shadow Box
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Take a moment right now and look at yourself -- your hands,
your feet, and your face -- with the same kind of admiration
you might bestow on one of the most precious sculptures
in the Louvre Museum in Paris
Think about this --you are irreplaceable,
which makes you priceless.
GRATITUDE JOURNALS AND GRATITUDE LISTS:
Many of you may already have gratitude journals that you keep daily
or write in weekly.
Some of you are aware of the power of keeping a list of things
you are grateful for, and some vision board creators
even add their updated gratitude lists
to their current vision boards.
That's why Joyce Schwarz says that there is great power
in creating a gratitude board for your life and doing it along
with your family. It's especially appropriate at this time of the year.
GRATITUDE SHADOW BOX
Bestselling author and founder of The Vision Board Institute, www.visionboardinstitute.com says there is no better way to celebrate
the true meaning of Thanksgiving and counter
the commercialness of Black Friday
and any doldrums of post-Thanksgiving weekend!
Gather the family together for a few quiet hours and create a GRATITUDE SHADOW BOX, a fun variation on a classic vision board!
(See a sample Gratitude Shadow box here (above) as seen
in THE VISION BOARD book by Joyce Schwarz,
(box created by Renee Troy courtesy of Joyce Schwarz
private collection as seen in THE VISION BOARD book)
Create your GRATITUDE SHADOW BOX (tm) IN FIVE EASY STEPS:
1)Begin by locating an old shadowbox in your garage or one
that you can find on sale at your local craft or picture frame store.
Clean out the old shadowbox.
Consider spray painting it with a metallic gold
or silver color if it needs to be freshened up.
If you want to get fancy, you can cut different fabric squares
to fit the background of each section of the box.
Consider velvet for one and gingham for another or
use a bit of colored
wrapping paper in another.
Or a broach from grandma who just passed on this year
but is here with you in spirit.
Go ahead and put that great pix of the Turkey in the center!
Did one of your daughter's hair barrette’s lose a rhinestone,
add it in a square for her.
Add one of dad's tie tacs or even the wishbone from the Turkey :)
Add the first holiday stamp to come in the mail. Place a dried flower from that table arrangement in a special corner.
4) Let each family member arrange one of the squares
in the shadowbox and join together
Gratitude Shadow box
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How to Make a Back to School Vision Board JOYCE SCHWARZ
By Joyce A. Schwarz
YOU CAN GO BACK TO SCHOOL AT ANY AGE...and now with President Obama's encourgement lots of moms are looking at finally getting their degrees.
PLUS BABY boomers are looking at school and continuing education as a way to increase their options in the job market.
For most families with children fall and before the start of the new term in January is the time to shop for clothes and to prepare for the new year ahead. But for many kids and even for adults (moms and dads and single people, even the thought of saying goodbye and heading back into the classroom causes jitters and nervousness.
WHAT WILL THE NEW SCHOOL TERM BE LIKE? Will I do well? What will the new classroom be like? Will it be different now that I'm starting high school or college?
How will I deal with kids/people in my class? Statistics on back-to-school students: more than 85 million in almost 100,000 different schools in the US alone: All those questions are quite common for the approximately 85 million Americans going back to school ranging from nursery school through college this fall (statistics courtesy of the US Census Bureau and the National Retail Federation.
BACK TO SCHOOL ACTUAL NUMBERS: From data supplied by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Retail Federation, here’s a look at back-to-school 2009, by the numbers. Approximately 85 million: Children and adults enrolled in school - nursery school through college 19 million: Number of students in colleges and universities this fall $548.72: Amount the average family with students in kindergarten through high school will spend on school merchandise this season $47.5 billion: 2009 back-to-school and back-to-college expenditure in the U.S. shopping 98,793: Number of public schools in the U.S. in 2006-2007 7.2 million: Teachers in the U.S. in 2008
BUT CAN IT BUY SUCCESS? So with all that money being spent -- $47.5 billion in back-to-school and back-to-college shopping who is looking at how kids and adults can succeed in their upcoming school year?
That's why we're encouraging families and the more than 7.2 milliion teachers in the more than 98,000 public schools nationwide to vision their best possible new year by creating a Back-to-School Vision Board.
You can create a 'back-to-school' vision board for those students in your family heading back to the classroom this new term. Bestselling author (http://tinyurl.com/seeinsidebook says, it works for any age from kindergarten to post-gradute work.
What's a Vision Board? A vision board, is a visual map of what you want to create in your life. With a back-to-school vision board you can actually immerse yourself into the school year and visualize the positive results you will create this semester.
Here are the top 11 steps to take in making a Back to School Vision Board:
1) Get into a quiet space and do some life visioning -- about the WHY of your life and what is your WHY about going back to school. Make some notes of your session.
2) Use your notes to create some POWER WORDS that can guide you to selecting some pictures from magazines or a vision card deck if you have one.
3) These pictures selected then will become your defining images.
4) Put those images on a posterboard if you are making a hand-made vision board along with some of the power words you discovered in your visioning session.
5) Immerse yourself into the next semester even if it is your first going back to school after being out 20 years or so
6) Take a picture of you in front of your new school and add that to your Vision Board
7) Take a picture of you holding a diploma or a simulated diploma from the school of your choice.
8) Once you know your WHY -- put that into some power words and add those to your vision board
9) Add some embellishments such as pictures of the books you'll be studying, your last report card if you have one or mock up a report card on the computer to show that you are getting all A's and B's.
10) Immerse yourself, body, mind and spirit and all senses into your vision.
11) LIVE YOUR VISION!
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