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HOW TO MAKE AN EARTHDAY VISION BOARD from www.visionboardinstitute.com

 Earth Day with your family, office mates and school class is to create a Vision Board.

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

 

Shown above is Aras Baskaskas, $1 million CBS Survivor show winner who is featured in THE VISION BOARD by Joyce Schwarz talking about wellness and Yoga and the environment.
  
 
CARBON NEUTRAL:
 First we want to assure that the book itself --208 page, 4-color throughouts, hard cover, 100 color pix IS "carbon neutral". A quick check online shows that News Corps, who owns Collins Desing, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishing does buy eco-offset credits.  The Vision Board: The Secret to an Extraordinary Life 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
REMIX: RECYCLING MAGAZINES & OTHER PRINT MATERIALS

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.

 
Be assured by creating Vision Boards using images from old magazines and other printed material such as direct mail flyers, invitations, posters, wallpaper and even newspaper clippings, you ARE RECYCLING! 
 
There are several regional and national programs organized just to recycle magazines (more on those later, especially the ones from the MPA (Magazine Publishers Assn) and the City of New York.
SO TO START CREATING AN ECO-FRIENDLY VISION BOARD:
A) Gather old magazines, newspapers, printed materials including greeting cards, cartoons from newspapers, grocery circulars and catalogs in a large basket.
B) Be sure if you purchase any new background paper or materials that they are recycled too. Recycled posterboard is available but you may want to create your board using such eco-friendly materials as flax or organic cotton fabrics or even the back of old paintings or posters you already have on your wall--continuing the recycling circle.
C) Gather up found objects, paperclips, broken jewelry, ribbons from a birthday party or wedding shower, stamps and stickers from envelopes (you can re-attach with a glue stick later)
D) Be sure any paints or marker pens you use are also eco-friendly. In fact considering buying a whole pack of these and sharing them with your neighbors so that they can create an eco-friendly board too!
 
Or use natural materials. I've seen vision boards created with charcoal, withwaters colored by natural herbs & flowers and almost water-painted onto the board.
 
Or even consider painting (with eco-friendly paints) a large bolder or old board you find near your garage>
E) Consider making your own recycled hand-made paper from old paper --the back of old posters, the back of leftover wallpaper or even on the back of an old awning or window shade! 
F) If you're framing your board, be sure to recycle an old frame that you have in your house or garage or to pick one up at a flea market or thrift store in your neighborhood.
 
G) Gather the raw materials together. Spread out an old blanket or tablecloth to cover the creation area (a table or an area of a floor or even do it outside on your patio).
 
H) Begin by making a list with your group of the Eco affirmations they would like to keep in the next year and for the rest of their lives!
 
 
Examples include:
I recycle everything I can.
I am recycling my kitchen scraps too now.
I turn off the water when I brush my teeth.
I have a filter for my tap water.
 I am simplifying my life.
I buy only what I absolutely need to live.
 I make my footsteps on earth as light as they can be.
I recycle for others when I see an opportunity.
 I make sure what I buy is carbon-neutral.

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: joyceschwarz@gmail.com or add your own comments to this blog post!

 

 


Make an Easter Vision Board by Joyce Schwarz, bestselling author, THE VISION BOARD book

How to make an Easter Vision Board by Joyce Schwarz bestselling author THE VISION BOARD book

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!

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 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?

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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:

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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:

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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.

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KEYWORDS FOR THE VISION 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.

 

 

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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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How to make a Happiness Vision Board by Joyce Schwarz, bestselling author THE VISION BOARD and keynote speaker

Joyce Schwarz, author The Vision Board shows how a Vision Board is Key Secret to Happiness

By Joyce Schwarz, Author, The Vision Board, Collins Design, www.visionboardinstitute.com

Author of THE VISION BOARD Joyce Schwarz explains why a vision board is key to your happiness today and tomorrow! Amazon.com: The Vision Board: The Secret to an Extraordinary Life ...

A new study by the Los Angeles Times shows today that Happiness is based on 50 percent genetics, 40 percent intention and 10 percent circumstances. Wow that's kind of amazing when most of my clients say that they are happy or unhappy based on life's circumstances.
That's where the creation of a Vision Board can really be key to your happiness today and tomorrow. Why?
A) By creating a Vision Board you release past conditioning and open your inner self to new opportunities -- like being happy.
B) Be sure to include Happiness as one of your 'intents' or 'intentions on your Vision Board. So many people just put stuff like Diamonds and Cars and Houses that many forget that peace of mind and happiness are PRICELESS.
C) Search for defining images -- images that 'resonate' happiness to you -- it might be a sunrise or a sunset or a picture of you on a mountain top. For me it's a picture of me in front of the Great Hall of China -- if I can get there from the housing projects of Cleveland -- I can get anywhere! Post these images on your Vision Board-- already have a board -- add these images with glue tape or even just a thumbtack.
D) Clone your Vision Board -- yes don't just post it in a back closet-- bring it out where you can see it and bed sure to make copies of it that you can use as digital screensavers and maybe even on a keychain clasp. One of my clients even uses her Vision Board as the 'skin' for her laptop!
E) Do things that help you be happy -- you know be a kid again -- go ahead and have an ice cream cone, skip down the street , go swing in the park, wear your goofy color socks or even mismatched socks -- after all if it makes you happy and counters any bad genes why not!
For more information on Vision Boards and happiness see chapter 7 of The Vision Board by Joyce Schwarz. To sign up for a free newsletter go to www.visionboard.info And check out the official website for the book at www.ihaveavision.org
Email: thevisionboard@aol.com for speaking engagements or interviews with Joyce Schwarz, JCOM, www.joycecom.com author, futurist and strategist for Hollywood celebrities, VIP's, TV personalities and launch strategy for more than 75 venture funded start-ups.