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How to make an Easter Vision Board with Joyce Schwarz, bestselling author, THE VISION BOARD BOOK

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

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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?

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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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For more information about creating vision boards, life visioning workshops and becoming a Certified Vision Board Coach contact: joyceschwarz@gmail.com


THE VISION BOARD Book Reading & Signing at Mystic Journey Bookstore Venice, CA on August 27, 7-10 pm

Please mark your calendars for a book reading and signing with best-selling author Joyce Schwarz, THE VISION BOARD: the secret to an extraordinary life at Mystic Journey Bookstore in Venice, CA on Thursday, August 27 from 7 -10 pm  We wll be featuring VIP's and celebrities who are featured in the book telling their true storeis of how a vision board changed their life for the better! Mysticpix

To preview a chapter of THE VISION BOARD book go to: http://tinyurl.com/seeinsidebook. Twitj

The event is FREE and open to the public but space is extremely limited. To RSVP, please email: thevisionboard@aol.com

More information and list of special guests to follow!

To find out more about the bookstore and claim your 15 percent off coupon go to: http://www.mysticjourneybookstore.com


The Vision Board book author Joyce Schwarz Explores Oprah's O Dream Board !

By Joyce Schwarz blogging at www.visionboard.info Yes, of course we HAD to be among the first to try out Oprah.com's new "O Dream Board' downloadable System.

See the boards that Joyce Schwarz, author of the bestselling book "THE VISION BOARD" Harper Collins Publishing, Collins Design, created using the O Dream Board system.

Joycedream1 Bestselling author, Joyce Schwarz, THE VISION BOARD book: the secret to an extraordinary life, Harper Collins Publishing is visioning partnering with Oprah.com and sharing her book with Oprah and her fans! For a free chapter of THE VISION BOARD book, go to: http://tinyurl.com/seeinsidebook

To order THE VISION BOARD book go to http://tinyurl.com/visionboardamazon

Here is another view of the board Joyce Schwarz created using Oprah.com's O Dream Board system. This time we turned the intentions on!

O DREAM BOARD link and summary of features:  

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link provided by www.visionboard.info (blog for THE VISION BOARD book by Joyce Schwarz.

The O Dream Board includes:

a) almost 600 free copyright free images from Getty Images

 b) intentions creator with intentions that you write yourself (like affirmations or what you intend to take action for or do to create your best possible life or envision your best life as Oprah says. With the ability to hide or display your intentions.

C) text box creator to add text to your board

D) Ability to upload your own pictures to the board from your own computer.

E) Ability to title each board your make with your own title at the bottom of the page

F) Ability to download O Dream Board to your computer.

G) Ability to take a snapshot of the board 1) with intentions displayed or 2) without the intentions displayed

H) create as many versions of the board as you want and store the snapshots on your own computer

I) Link to Walgreens.com to print your dream board as a photograph

m) Change the color of the fonts of the text and 2) change the size of the fonts and make them bold or italic.

n) Change the background of your text box with a handful of colors

o) Size your photos with just stretching or squeezing corners with your mouse.

P) make your board for Mac or PC (there is no Linux edition yet)

and MORE....that's just our first look. We'll be in touch with our contacts at Oprah.com to see what more they have in store. We do know that we've seen beta tests for the software on POWERFULINTENTIONS.com and on the Oprah.com site. So far we cannot find any press releases or promo other than what is on the Oprah.com website at this link: http://www.oprah.com/article/spirit/inspiration/odreamboard

Here are some screengrabs of the pages from Oprah.com we've included the URL so as to abide by copyright:

Dreamsamples Sample dream boards you can create using the new Odreamboard system on Oprah.com. Wallgreens

 



The Vision Board Booksigning @ LA YES NETWORK June 30 event Mahalo Conference Center, Santa Monica

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 30, Mahalo Conf. Center 902 Colorado Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90401, for the LA YES NETWORK:Business & Social Networking Event when author Joyce Schwarz, THE VISION BOARD: the secret to an extraordinary life (www.ihaveavision.org) will be featured at a book signing for her book that is featured in the new movie "BEYOND THE SECRET".

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LA Yes Group will dedicate the June event to business networking. All participants will get to know one another, network, pass out cards and make a short presentation about their business.

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Twitj Left, Joyce Schwarz, author THE VISION BOARD book: the secret to an extraordinary life will be conducting a book signing on Tuesday, June 30 at the Santa Monica Mahalo Conference Center for the LA YES group. For a free chapter of the book go to http://tinyurl.com/seeinsidebook.


The Vision Board book #1 Spiritual/mystical bestseller on Amazon Canada

yes, great news THE VISION BOARD book by Joyce Schwarz with the foreword by famous Canadian speaker and motivational author Bob Proctor is number 1 AGAIN on Amazon Canada -- for 28 weeks total for this year. Thanks for your ongoing support.

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For a free chapter of the book go to http://tinyurl.com/seeinsidebook

To buy the book in the USA go to http://tinyurl.com/visionboardamazon or go to more than 6,000 bookstores near you including Barnes & Noble & Borders & more!

Any questions or wish to book author Joyce Schwarz for speaking engagements email: joyceschwarz(at)gmail.com

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THE VISION BOARD BOOK by Joyce Schwarz featured in Canadian News Column

Canadiannews To see a full copy of this article which appeared in the Canadian news today, go to http://tinyurl.com/joycecanada

Twitj GET A FREE CHAPTER OF THE VISION BOARD book by Joyce Schwarz @ http://tinyurl.com/seeinsidebook!  

Joyce Schwarz, author THE VISION BOARD: the secret to an extraordinary life would love to share with you a free chapter from her bestselling book (now once again the #1 spiritual and mystical bestseller on Amazon.com Go to http://tinyurl.com/seeinsidebook for a free chapter of the book. To buy the book go to http://tinyurl.com/visionboardamazon


It's time to Re-vision 2009 Do a new Vision Statement & Vision Board!


Re-Visioning 2009: Make a new vision statement & vision board NOW
by Joyce A. Schwarz, www.ihaveavision.org and www.visionboard.info  

At this time of the year, many of us are looking forward to a great summer and we may also be looking at what we've accomplished so far in 2009.

That's why I recommend that you do a quarterly check up on your Vision Statement and Vision Board. I do mine at the start of each season: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring etc.

The most important tools to guide you through the transitions of each year are a Vision Statement and a Vision Board.

What am I talking about? A vision statement is a vivid, idealized description of the outcome that you want. Something that inspires ... energizes you, and helps you create a mental image of your target.

My personal vision statement is short and sweet “TO LIVE THE POSSIBLE DREAM”, a positive spin on Don Quixote’s famous “Live the Impossible Dream”.

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Some of you may be familiar with corporate mission statements or company mantras but all too often those come from the Ivory towers and are issued via memo.

Vision statements are much more personal – the concept started from the grass roots and spread across the world by people who want to realize their own personal talents and ensure that their life matches their values.

USE TO ENHANCE YOUR LIFE...and visualize the future: A vision statement can be used to enhance any part of your life, like family or career. It could also be created to visualize a new home or a specific project.

Here are some tips for creating your own vision statement:

*Summarize your vision in a powerful statement (1-4 sentences)

*Make sure it stands the test of time (think ballpark vs. small details)

*Suspend disbelief—anything is possible!

*Follow up with ‘inspired action’ (specific steps toward your vision)

*Post it somewhere you can see it daily (and update it quarterly)

*Consider starting with a wish list or bucket list of your dreams.

*Start with a sentence or two and pare it down to a short phrase

*Pick a power word like freedom and craft your vision around that word.

Where to get your inspiration for your vision?

Give a new spin to a classic song you love.

Rearrange an advertising phrase to inspire you.

See a favorite movie one more time.

Refer to a favorite quotation

Recite your favorite poem, it may offer a hint or two

Once you craft your vision statement here are some ways to use it to inspire you to create your create your best possible holiday season and lead into a new year to remember.

Post it where you can see it daily.

Carry a copy of it in your wallet or handbag.

Add it to your vision board.

Print it on the back of your business cards.

Use the power words in your new vision statement to update our current vision board or create a new vision board just for this upcoming season ie Summertime!

Twitj Joyce Schwarz: Author's Bio
Joyce Schwarz is the best-selling author of THE VISION BOARD the secret to an extraordinary life which has a preface by Bob Proctor and an afterword by Jack Canfield. The book has been featured in TV GUIDE, on Television networks ABC, NBC, CBS, CW in 52 different cities.

 Schwarz is also the founder of THE VISION BOARD Institute and has launched the world's first accreditation program for Certied Vision Board Counselors which you can find out more about by going to www.visionboard.info


SAY YES TO LIFE WITH A VISION BOARD by Joyce Schwarz, author The Vision Board book

SAY YES TO LIFE WITH A VISION BOARD by Joyce Schwarz, author THE VISION BOARD book
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In these days of economic downturn, you may hear lots of comments of doom and gloom. What we all need at this time is to say YES, to the great things and people in our lives!.

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By creating a SAY YES TO LIFE Vision Board you can do 'just' that!

MAKE A YES TO LIFE VISION BOARD!

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Some days it seems that everyone around you is in a negative mood. All you hear is "NO", "NO" or "NO WAY"!

So what can you do --well, JUST SAY YES!

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*SCROLL DOWN TO SEE 5 NO COST TIPS TO SAY YES TO LIFE TODAY!

Here are 5 NO COST WAYS TO SAY AND "SHOW" YES to the world even before you make your vision board:

1) Go to the park and take a ride on a swing -- go ahead act the age of your shoe size? Ever heard that before --my shoe size is 8 -- so I get to be an 8 year old anytime I want!

2)Eat dessert first! I just found out that October 28 --the launch date of The Vision Board: The Secret to an Extraordinary Life is NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY! Ymmm so I'm taking this opportunity to remind you to eat your dessert first that day -- it's only 19 days away! A little bit of dark chocolate is full of anioxidents so go ahead splurge every day with a bite or two of the most decadent chocolate you can find!

3) Put on your happy cap if you're having a bad hair day. I always keep a few of my favorite baseball caps with fun logos hanging as decorations in one of my closets! When I'm feeling a bit down -- I ALWAYS wear my sequineed black and silver baseball cap and I take it on trips around the world-- even on a ride on an Arabian horse in Petra, Jordan!

NO MORE BAD HAIR DAYS! Okay -- we'll have to get some SHARE THE VISION baseball caps to tie in with our website www.ihaveavision.org! More on that later.

4) Share a compliment-- say something nice today to someone you DON'T KNOW -- if life is a little cloudy-- I always make sure that I give a compliment or two to someone I see in a store or even in a parking lot.

It's easy --and yes, you can be sincere -- after all -- most people love to be told that their car is a beautiful color or that their T shirt is so much fun or that you love that gorgeous Olive green handbag that the senior you see at the post office is carrying.

You'll be amazed how much it perks you up!

5) CALL A PAL you haven't talked to in a few months or even a few years. Ask them the questions about their life and family -- be a good listener, don't spoil the moment by dragging them down with your own doldrums! Remind them of a couple of fun things you did together.

That's a great way to open the call --start by saying "remember the time we did....."

Now make a list of all of the great things you appreciate in your life and all of the great people and take some pictures of them or go through a magazine and begin to place them on a vision board.

What's a vision board? Most of you know a vision board is a visual map or depiction of how you'd like to live your best life possible and a way to pay tribute to the wonderful things you have and are creating in your life.

Take a poster board or a blank journal and paste some of these YES images in your journal or on your board. And add affirmations that remind you that you are grateful for what IS yes in you life and what will add more YES to your life in the future. Speak in the present tense (not the future) I am grateful for the wonderful home I have on a hill in the forest! YES I have that home now! See it experience it.

ADD MORE YES TO YOUR LIFE TODAY!



Author's Bio
Joyce A. Schwarz is the author of THE VISION BOARD, th secret to an extraordinary life. For a free chapter of the book go to http:/tinyurl.com/seeinsidebook


Let's Blow this Popsicle Stand --How any image can be interpreted with pix from Joyce Schwarz THE VISION BOARD author

How can you get the right image for your vision board? Well, we're coming up on father's day and this is the first one without my dad. So I decided to take one of his favorite phrases (considering it's Friday and very appropriate) and look at the phrase " LET'S BLOW THIS POPSICLE STAND -- which generally meant we were about to go out and get icecream or go to the movies or something fun! Not dissimilar to OUTTA HERE now!

Look at the pix I found quickly on Google images:

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Boy was I ever surprised when I looked up the origin or as they call the entymology of that phrase LET"S BLOW THIS POPSICLE STAND -- hopefully it will give you a chuckle and realize that there are a thousand images you can use to support your vision and hopefully your vision is a lot more positive than the derivation of this phrase!     ENJOY

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Legend has it that this term was first coined in the 1940's by a Jamaican named Antoine Cleo. Antoine Cleo believed that filling the area of a popsicle with deadly radiation, could be used against certain countries as biological warfare. He believed that the radiation had certain brainwashing chemicles inside of it and that placing the popsicles at stands at random areas could allow more people to buy the popsicles, thus was his plan for world domination.

However, his plans were soon foiled when a strange cult called the Kindred Spirits (The Cult leader was Later identified as a man named Dushka Deshvky) blew up all the popsicle stands in America, including killing the perpetrator, Antoine Cleo.

"Lets blow this popsicle stand" was then started as an inside joke between 4 teenagers, then it spread throughout the United States, the phrase from then on meant, "Lets get out of here fast, before something bad happends to us."

Now maybe after hearing this, we can walk away a little wiser about what this phrase means.
Source: Evil minds of the 1900's.

FOR A FREE CHAPTER OF THE VISION BOARD go to http://tinyurl.com/seeinsidebook.

To buy the book go to your local bookstore or get it on amazon.com at http://tinyurl.com/visionboardamazon


Create a Father's Day Vision Board by Joyce Schwarz, author THE VISION BOARD BOOK

How to create a Father's Day Vision Board By Joyce Schwarz author THE VISION BOARD book
by Joyce Schwarz 

This article will show you how to create a Father's Day Vision Board step by step that really enhances your relationship with your father no matter what is happening in his or your life or even if he has passed on!

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Father's Day is coming up and for many fathers and sons it is a time of joy and great fun and wonder to share the day with their dad and their offspring.


For other men and boys and girls Father's Day can be a challenging day because a) their relationship with their father is not up to par or their father has passed on or they are a new dad adn not sure how to form a real bond with their kids.

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How to create a Father's Day Vision Board step by step (basic version):

1) Gather together pictures of your dad alone and pictures of you with your dad -- if you have them from past albums or from old shoeboxes full of photos.

2) Get a large poster board or consider putting the pictures into a journal or even scanning them into your computer so you can take advantage of some of the computer vision board creation services.

3) Scan the pictures or sort through and pick out 5-6 pictures that just seem right to you.

4) Take some time and play some home movies or videos of you and your dad if you have them. Or do a short visit with your dad via phone if he's still alive and you are on talking terms. Or if he has passed on take time to go to the cemetary and visit his gravesite.

5) If you are not talking to your dad for some reason or have become estranged, take some time to revisit the good times you had with your dad via the movies in your own memory bank.

6) Make a list of 5 of the BEST times you had with your father, was it at an amusement park, was it playing ball with him, was it on a vacation, was it when he came home from work and scooped you up in his arms each night. Start with 5 you can add more or if more come to you start circling the best five that you feel warmest about inside you.

7) Make a list of the POWER words that come to mind when you think of your dad. What did he contribute to your life positively? What did he teach you that has helped you be a better person. If you can't think of anything because maybe you're angry with him or you were adopted or you never knew your father, you can do one of two things a) pick a father figure in your life -- a past teacher or a coach or refer to b) your heavenly father or c) put down those power words of great actions you just know your father would have liked to have shown you if he was able to such as LOVE, Warmth, Bravery, Courage, Perseverance, Humor etc.

8) Start in the center of the board by arranging a picture of you and your dad in a happy time. Or if you don't have a picture of your dad, use a picture from another father figure or a picture of you under the guidance of your heavenly father or the Universe which has guided you in the past and will again in the future. 

9) Arrange some of the other wonderful reminders of the good times in your life with your father in a circle around the center picture. If you don't have good time pictures then pick some out of a magazine or off of the Internet (be sure to get copyright free photos by looking for the term Creative Commons on photo websites).

10) Add the power words -- either type them up on your computer or add words that are the same out of magazine headlines or add power words that come with your Vision Board software program.

11) Add some embellishments-- add some stickers or add some glitter (yes glitter is fine for men too) or add some momentos from your dad and you -- maybe a ticket from a movie you both went to recently. Or maybe one of his medals from the service or even a note you have from your dad that shows his handwriting.

12) Paste or glue all of this on to your board or if you are making a computerized board scan it into your computer so you can move the pictures around.

13) Affirmations: -- add some affirmations about how you'd like to remember your dad if he's passed or how you'd like to resolve difference or have a better relationship with him. Such as My Dad and I have lots of fun together. My dad gives great insight to me. Speak in the present tense not the future and not the past (even if he has passed on).

14) Place your board in a prominent place where you can see it -- in your office or in front of your computer. If you're shy -- get a scan made of the board and use it as an inspirational picture for a screensaver or wallpaper for your phone. OR make a smaller version to use on a keychain and share it with your dad as a present.

You can also make variations of this MAKE YOUR OWN VISION BOARD with your dad such as a daddy and me board for dads with small children or a parents board for mommy and daddy and me. SHARE THE VISION

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Author's Bio
Joyce Schwarz is the author of The Vision Board: the secret to an Extraordinary Life from Harper Collins Publishing and she is also head of JCOM marketing and emerging media consulting service in Marina Del Rey, California. You can see more about Joyce Schwarz at the book's website at http://www.ihaveavision.org or go to www.joycecom.com