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August 2011

Keisha Knight Pulliam from Cosby Show Uses Vision Board in New Nonprofit


KAMP KIZZY -- Keisha's nonprofit camp helps girls create self-awarness! 
Remember Keisha from the Cosby Show (see pix at left for how she looked then and right pix for how she looks today sharing the power of a vision board with her nonprofit organization and camp dedicated to empowering girls. 

Actress, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Keshia Knight Pulliam, recently launched her non-profit Kamp Kizzy to empower young girls. Kamp Kizzy’s kick-off included a two-day summer day camp at Spelman College (Keshia’s alma mater) for 130 girls ages 11 to 16 years old. Keshia spent the  Friends of Kamp Kizzy, Ludacris, Trina, actor Christian Keyes, and former Mayor of Atlanta Shirley Franklin, stopped by to show support and offer words of encouragement to the girls (as reported originally by freddyo.com).


Keisha Knight Pullman and her girl campers created vision boards and body image silhouettes at the recent Camp Kizzy. For more info go to www.kampkizzy.org

VISIONBOARD.info the official blog for the bestselling book THE VISION BOARD congratulates Keisha on being a role model for girls of all ages. And We encourage you to go to www.kampkizzy.org and get involved or make a donation.  

By Joyce Schwarz, author THE VISION BOARD book. To see a free chapter of the book go to: http://tinyurl.com/seeinsidebook  To see more about becoming a Certified Vision Board Coach go to: http://www.visionboardinstitute.com Thank you. 

HOW TO MAKE A BACK TO SCHOOL VISION BOARD by Joyce Schwarz bestselling author THE VISION BOARD book

What if you and your family could decide to make this the best school year ever for your kids? Well, now you can using an amazing, no-cost method called visionboarding. Best-selling author Joyce Schwarz, The Vision Board book (26 weeks as the #1 mystical bestseller on Amazon.com) explains how to in this blog post and an accompanying YOUTUBE VIDEO! 
For most families with children this 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 to the summer and heading back into the classroom causes jitters and nervousness.

What Will the School Year 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?
All those questions are quite common for the approximately 90 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.Total spending on school shopping is expected to reach $22.8 billion, compared with $21.4 billion a year ago. The number of survey respondents with children in the household between the ages of 6 and 17 grew to 26.8 percent this year from 25.2 percent in 2010.

  So with all that money being spent --who is looking at how kids and adults can succeed in their upcoming school year? It's Joyce Schwarz, author of The Vision Board: the secret to an extraordinary life, Harper Collins Publishing, Collins Design who is 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.
What's a Vision Board? A vision board, according to author Schwarz who is also a nationally known career strategist and author of another best-seller Successful Recareering, explains 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.

Schwarz has taught more than 10,000 students in her Star*Course classes on how to be a star in your own life and does corporate seminars for such diverse organizations as Boeing Corporation and the SBDC (Small Business Development Centers) and trains teachers and counselors around the world from London to Sydney Australia to become Certified Vision Board Counselors so that they can show groups how to create vision boards like the Back-to-School Vision Board focusing in on educational success and maximizing learning potential for kids, teens and adults of all ages.

How to Create a Back to School Board

In her talks to Educational Conferences , Joyce trains teachers and educational managers and execs  how to create a Back to School Vision Board but she agreed to share some of the key steps with us here too.

1) Get a poster board approx 17 x 22 of any color.

2) Gather together colored markers, and stickers and other embellishments that will make your board colorful.

3) Get your kids and family together and brainstorm about how to make this school year the best possible year. Have some juice and water and snacks available as treats during this session.

4) Come up with some "power words" that express your the results of your brainstorming session such as: Happy, Challenge, Wisdom, Productive, Great Fun and even teen phrases like Awesome.

5) Add some favorite symbols such as a) happy face b) sunshine c)or even a new eco-lightbulb that is a bright color

6) Look up 'school quotes' on the internet or in a quotation book fro your bookshelf and add some of inspirational quote such as these:

"When the student is ready, the master appears." ~Buddhist Proverb
"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." ~Chinese Proverb

7) Have the kids or the adult students in your family rehearse the first day of school and the ideal scene that they want to experience and come up with some key words that express that vision such as: exciting, Welcoming and enjoyable

8) Thumb through some magazines and pick out pictures that represent your key words and power phrases but also add pictures that just 'seem right' to express how positive this school year can be for both parents and kids and their peers.

7) Cut or tear out those pictures. If you can't find any magazines -- go onto a major search engine online like Google or even Flickr and search for copyright free photos or for those covered by what's called the Creative Commons License so that you canuse them without violating anyone's rights.

8) Get a glue stick or white glue and begin to arrange A) the pictures B) the quotations c) the phrases and power words on the board in a decorative and pleasing collage. It doesn't have to be fancy but it should be colorful and positive.

9) If your family is having trouble releasing any fears or negativity about the school year. Have the people experiencing those doubts write them down on little strips of paper and put them into a garbage pail and then make a ritual about disposing of them or under adult supervision even turning them into a small bonfire! Release that negativity before school starts.

10) If you have family pictures of the school you'll attend of fun pictures of school activites from last year's pix or your yearbook you can copy them at a copy center and add them to the mix too.

Going to a new school or starting college -- add some of the pix from the online websites (most schools have websites now or take a quick road trip to the area and add new photos to your Back to School Vision Board.

Put You on the Board -- most people forget to put themselves on the board, explains best-selling author Joyce Schwarz, but she adds this is important for you can actually immerse yourself into the positive environment by adding your own happy, smiling picture. Don't have a picture then try on the new school clothes and take some digital pix and add those to the board.

Display Your Board -- display your board where you and the students can see it -- in their room or in the hallway or even in the kitchen. You can do one for the family or one for each child/adult going back to school. Parents anticipating empty nests for the first time can also create a vision board for their new life ahead.

Be sure to look and talk to your board. Read the positive quotes and power words. After all you talk to your pets or even your plants-- why not rehearse how wonderful the school year can be.

Make a Portable Copy of Your Back to School Vision Board -- take the vision board to a copy place and get some scans done if they are too large to do with your home computer. Be sure to get color copies so that you can have the kdis put theim into the knapsacks or the adults into their briefcases. You can even do mini-versions so that you can stick a mini-back-to-school vision board in your purse or wallet or even laminate it and add it to your keychain or as a charm to dangle from your cell phone.

Free Chapter:
For a free chapter on visioning from author Joyce Schwarz go to http://tinyurl.com/seeinsidebook and to buy The Vision Board book go to http://tinyurl.com/visionboardamazon or get it at your local Barnes & Noble, Borders or Target shop or your favorite independent bookstore and in Canada at Costco stores.

For More Hints on Making Vision Boards: go to http://www.visionboard.info which is the official blog for Joyce Schwarz book The Vision Board and you can also surf on over to the official website at www.ihaveavision.org

For more information on vision boards, contact Joyce Schwarz @ joyceschwarz@gmail.com or call her at 310-822-3119 for her seminars, workshops or paid speaking engagements to your group or school. Schwarz can also provide information on how you can become a Certified Vision Board Counselor in  4 weeks or less.

How to Turn Any Day Into a Day for Vision Board Creation by Joyce Schwarz, bestselling author THE VISION BOARD book, www.visionboard.info

by Joyce Schwarz blogging at www.visionboard.info

Many people feel that a vision board which is a visual map you create to design a path to your best possible life (see www.whatisavisionboard.com) is created once a year at New Years and then just tacked onto a wall or thrown behind a chair after a week or so is the way they vision their lives. 

VISIONING YOUR LIFE is so much more then cutting and pasting pictures together in a pretty collage format. That's why I suggest that you create a vision board at least quarterly -- summer, fall, winter, spring,

BUT did you know that you can use a Vision Board creative session as a method to refuel your heart and soul? That's what I did recently when I created this FAITH VISION BOARD: 


Joyce Schwarz, best selling author THE VISION BOARD book created this FAITH VISION BOARD to help her refuel her heart and soul with what else-- FAITH! You can see how to create vision boards and do life and work visioning by subscribing to THE VISION BOARD newsletter at www.visionboard.info and by reading a free chapter of THE VISION BOARD book at: http://tinyurl.com/seeinsidebook  Email: thevisionboard@aol.com for more info on upcoming classes or private coaching with internationally acclaimed corporate trainer and speaker Joyce Schwarz. 

HOW DID I CREATE THE FAITH VISION BOARD?  Just the thought of creating a FAITH VISION BOARD evolved out of my teaching my AVR class (Accredited Vision Card Reader (TM) course : http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1737363501 

During the class last night I mentioned that one of the students in the class had been a coaching client of mine long ago and she had given me a necklace that had a mustard seed in it which symbolizes faith because a mustard seed which is smaller than a poppyseed or a dandelion seed can grow higher then most trees. 

Then coincidentally later last night I thought just for fun because it's a Friday (today) I would see what Naitonal Holiday it was -- you know like National Pickle Day or National Watermellon day etc. Well it turned out that August 5 is Naitonal Mustard day. 

So it dawns on me to look up the parable of the mustard seed from the bible and what do I find online is this succinct version of the parable (see pix below:  

This parable of the Mustard seed was inspiration for Joyce Schwarz FAITH VISION BOARD which is posted at www.visionboard.info blog for THE VISION BOARD BOOK.

NEXT I searched for more images and found these wonderfaul pass it on cards that show a Mustard Bush/Tree and the parable which I thought were really stunning so I took a screengrab of this too for my FAITH VISION BOARD (you can see more than 100 examples of vision boards in full color in THE VISION BOARD BOOK go to : http://tinyurl.com/seeinsidebook for a preview. 


In creating my FAITH VISION BOARD I also saw beautiful photos of mustard seeds and mustard seed fields so decided to add some of those to my FAITH VISION BOARD creation. 

The glofy of this Mustard seed field in full bloom reminds me of a Van Gogh painting -- one of my favorite artists so of course I had to add it to my FAITH VISOIN BOARD which was inspired by the power of a mustard seed to represent that even a bit of faith can grow and bloom an enhance your life! (by Joyce Schwarz blogging at www.visionboard.info) 

Mustardseed3 Seeing the tiny mustard seed against the outline of a hand is fascinating for indeed it is one of the tiniest seeds I've ever seen. How that seed could grow into a tallest bush or tree is truly a work of faith.

Mustardtree T0  look at the Mustard tree is just amazing -- there it is in its glory from seed to fruition -- the cycle of life continues. 

And I arranged all of these pictures, addes some gorgeous swatches of color in greens and whites and a few abstract painting kind of strokes and voila there was my FAITH VISION BOARD. 

Note I usually recommend that you put your picture in the center of the vision board to signify that you are living the vision. But this board's design was so powerful that I thought it was something I wanted to share with everyone so I left the center open there so you could add your own picture or just use the FAITH VISION BOARD as what I call a DEFININIG IMAGE to inspire you to truly BELIEVE! 

Thanks for reading this post. To find out more about beocming a Certified Vision Board Coach/Counselor go to www.visoinboardinstitute.com or email: joyceschwarz@gmail.com for info on upcoming courses in August and September. We now have more than 155 Visoin Board Coaches around the globe from Mainland China to UK to country of Lebanon and of course across the USA and Canada. 

Go Beyond The Vision Board Vision Your Future Using New Vision Card System by Joyce Schwarz, bestselling author THE VISION BOARD and corporate trainer and speaker

Yex, you can go beyond your Vision Board. If you are a coach, instructor, teacher or counselor you'll love the power of the Vision Card System (TM) developed by Joyce Schwarz, award winning corporate trainer and best selling author of THE VISION BOARD book which has sold more than 100,000 copies and is published by Harper Collins Publishing, Harper Design divison. 

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Joyce Schwarz, bestselling author of THE VISION BOARD book encourages you to go BEYOND YOUR VISION BOARD with her new VISION CARD READER SYSTEM (TM) To hear a free 1 hour podcast on how you can use these Vision Cards and the bonus audios to aid in your counseling, coaching and to answer such questions as: 

* What is really at the hear to fmy client's issues? 

*How do I get some emotional response from my colleague/friend/spouse

*What's the next step for me and my career

*Why is love not showing up for me? 

Then go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1737363501