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How to create a personal Earth Day Vision Board by Joyce Schwarz

One of the most eco-friendly ways to celebrate 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 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 2009. ENJOY!

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.

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.

 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 
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.


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: or add your own comments to this blog post!

AN EXAMPLE OF LIVING AN ECO-FRIENDLY LIFE that a vision board solved for TV personality Aras Baskaskas the $1 million dollar winner of SURVIVOR

Today we are featuring the vision board created by CBS SURVIVOR $1 million winner, Aras Baskaskas when he was working with THE VISION BOARD author Joyce Schwarz with help by artist Annie Kaycora.
Note more info on Aras board is featured in THE VISION BOARD by Joyce Schwarz, Collins Design and you can sign up for a free newsletter at

Aras vision became even greener during the creation process as he decided to design his future dream living and working environment which will feature both his planned Yoga retreat center and a living area too.
By creating the board Aras realized he wanted to combo his life so that work and living would be in more harmony versus having two locations for those parts of our lives as many people still do.

Take a look at Aras vision above and read more about it in THE VISION BOARD by Joyce Schwarz, The website for the book is

For more information about designing your eco-board, email:

The Vision Board Rave Reviews A Look Back to the Future


"The Vision Board" by Joyce Schwarz Gets RAVE Book Reviews!

note this blog was originally posted on on 5:00 PM PDT, August 8, 2008, updated at 5:23 PM PDT, August 8, 2008 We are adding it to the official blog for THE VISION BOARD by Joyce Schwarz so all the blog posts can be searched in one location. Any questions, email us at

RAVE REVIEWS: VIP's, celebrities and other best-selling authors are  raving about this exciting new book from Collins Design, Harper Collins Publishing, fall, 2008.
Joyce Schwarz author "The Vision Board "book from Harper Collins, fall, 2008.
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Note some of the reviews have been excerpted for space in this post.  Two of the earlierst reviews are from  best selling authors BJ Dohrmann and Noah St. John. Thanks to both of them for their kind words, js.
" The real “secret” is in the pages of THE VISION BOARD book and the shooting star behind all the stars IS Joyce."  A Must read!  BJ Dohrmann, best selling author, Super Achiever Mind Sets – advises Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, T. Harv Eker, Lisa Nichols and, Mark Victor Hansen.  
"This beautiful book should be on the nightstand of everyone who wants to see their vision come to life. Dream it, see it, enjoy it!"  Noah St. John, author of The Secret Code of Success Harper Collins Publishing 2009 and founder of
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Twitj  by Joyce Schwarz at 1:23 PM PDT, April 2, 2009, (official blog for THE VISION BOARD book by Joyce Schwarz 

Great news, I had the honor of conducting a special webinar for Boeing employees today during a lunch and learning session.

It's so fascinating how many companies like Boeing really CARE about their employees personal development. Many actually have teams and co-leaders now like Boeing does!

Ever wonder what it's like to build the biggest airplanes in the world? THE VISION BOARD author Joyce Schwarz just presented a workshop to Boeing staffers who do just that. The topic of author/speaker/career strategist Joyce Schwarz presentation was PASSPORT TO POSSIBIILTY!

AND I'm thrilled to tell you that the Boeing team said THE VISION BOARD presentation was AWESOME! YOWZA
  The Vision Board: The Secret to an Extraordinary Life  linkhere click to see more about THE VISION BOARD book -- 208 pages, 100 color pix and tips/advice & interviews with more than 75 wisdom leaders including 7 of the teachers of the blockbuster movie THE SECRET!
 PASSPORT TO POSSIBILITY is just one of the webinars and workshops that Joyce Schwarz, author THE VISION BOARD book gives to corporations, trade groups and businesses around the world in person at your location or via webinar. For more details about booking Joyce Schwarz to speak to your group, email: joyceschwarz (at) click to see website here


What was it on? It was on a section that is actually in THE VISION BOARD book called PASSPORT TO POSSIBILITY!
Here's a peek into the presentation. For more info email: joyceschwarz (at)
Below, click on the JPEG to find out more about Joyce Schwarz and her Passport for possibility presentation! This is an actual slide in the presentation. NOTE copyright, Joyce Schwarz, JCOM,
Click on JPEG to see more info about THE PASSPORT TO POSSIBILITY webinar conducted by Joyce Schwarz, author THE VISION BOARD book

What the heck is a vision board anyway & why should I care? Joyce Schwarz, author THE VISION BOARD book ( explains how the concept of visioning and vision boards dates back to the cave man era during her corporate workshops and webinars for companies like Boeing. This slide is an excerpt from Joyce Schwarz presentation called PASSPORT TO POSSIBILITY. To book Joyce Schwarz to speak @ your organization or company or to do an online webinar: email: joyceschwarz(at)  

Are you a visionary? Could you be? Do you want to motivate & inspire your team or your organization? Email: for more info on her presentations, webinars and speaking topics including PASSPORT TO POSSIBILITY which Boeing rated AWESOME!

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YOUR VISION BOARD: how to use it to express an attitude of gratitude by Joyce Schwarz, author THE VISION BOARD book


by Joyce Schwarz at 7:05 PM PDT, March 27, 2009

HOW TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE WITH YOUR VISION BOARD….many of you may already have gratitude journals that you keep daily or write in weekly.

Others that are followers of Oprah & Abraham-Hicks may have a creativity or gratitude box to keep quotes and other inspirational material in.

 BUT one of my clients’ favorite ways to develop an attitude of gratitude is by creating a Gratitude Vision Board.

Artist Amber Coffey's defining image and inspirational quote on gratitude is featured on page 138 of THE VISION BOARD by Joyce Schwarz, for more information, go to and sign up for the free VISION BOARD creation tips newsletter.

If you already have a vision board, you can pin or tape your updated (recommend at least weekly) gratitude list to your board.

To peek at 20 pages of THE VISION BOARD book free go to

And to begin this weekend start with these suggestions for using your Vision Board to Express Gratitude:

 a) Morning gratitudes make them in front of your board,
b) Coffee break gratitudes, try to get out of your office and see nature and thanks the Universe for welcoming you each day,
 c) Try saying grace to at lunchtime; breakfast may be too harried and dinner may be rushed but take time at lunch to say grace and many clients say this quiet moment of whispering grace to themselves or aloud(if alone in your office) may help you eat more mindfully.
d)Count your blessings at the end of the day — see if you can get up to 10 reasons to be grateful for the day –even if it IS rainy outside.
e)Walk your talk…while you’re doing your evening exercise walk, begin and end the experience with gratitude to yourself and your God or Universe so that you remind yourself that developing an attitude of gratitude starts with YOU.

REMEMBER THIS:-- you are irreplaceable, which makes you priceless!

Thank you for this opportunity.

And as a bonus to see 15 more pages of THE VISION BOARD by Joyce Schwarz for free go to http:/
For more information about becoming one of the world's first Certified Vision Board Counselors (CVBC) email: joyceschwarz(at)

Amazon Reviewer says THE VISION BOARD book Combines "THE SECRET" with a personal art project!

 Inspirational book that combines "The Secret" with a personal art project., March 24, 2009

By  Bond... James Bond "007.5" (Denver, CO) - 

What you ultimately think of this book may heavily depend on whether you think the book The Secret and the concept of the "Law of Attraction" is a highly credible law of nature, a harmless self-help approach, or a bunch of New Age smoke-and-mirrors sleight-of-hand mind-bending distortions of reality.

The "Law of Attraction" states that if you intentionally and consciously work to attract more of the things you want out of life and less of the things that you do not want, you can co-create your own reality.

 By envisioning your own personal vision of your life and creating a vision board as a visual aid, you help to add to the "good vibes" in your life and expel the "bad vibes" that you have been thinking and attracting. And then, over time, both good vibrations and bad vibrations become self-fulfilling prophecies.

Others have talked about this concept over the past centuries. Sometimes, it is referred to as fate, serendipity, karma. In Deepak Chopra's book, The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence, he writes about synchronicities in life, how to have them work in your favor, and how vibration energy in one's body ties into quantum physics.

And prior to Deepak, there was Zig Ziglar's book See You at the Top: 25th Anniversary Edition, where he espouses weeding out one's own "Stinkin Thinkin" so that one can co-create one's own successes in life.

And before Zig was the whole Positive Mental Attitude craze and its endlessly marketed variations of that one concept.

Perhaps one of the earliest versions of this "ask and you shall receive" concept (of which the Law of Attraction is one of hundreds of corollaries) is a comment the French microbiologist Louis Pasteur, pioneer of the germ theory of disease, once made: "In the fields of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind." (Dans les champs de l'observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés.) I purposely adapted, with a generous dollop of artistic license, Louis' quote in its interpretation of "chance favors the prepared mind", just as many people have also interpreted the "ask and you shall receive" concept in countless ways.

 Except for Pasteur's quote, which was made in a purely scientific context, I see all of these as one long and varied continuum of interpretations that basically says that one must live life with goals, with vision, with defined values, with hope, with action, and intent. Otherwise, so many of us sleepwalk through large chunks of our lives.

This books helps to inspire, motivate, and instruct the reader in creating their own personal vision board.

As someone who has dozens of books that help me and inspire me to become better at oil/acrylic painting, stained/fused glass, and photography, when I first flipped through this book before proceeding to read it, it reminded me far more of an art instruction book.

In fact, the quality of the book's construction and richly colored photography of both amateur (made by non-artistic types) and professional (made by an artist) vision boards makes it as beautiful as some of my art instruction books.

 Because not everyone can be artistically inclined to create their own vision board by drawing, painting, or rendering their vision using graphics software, the book guides the reader in cutting out words and pictures from magazines to create a vision board that is basically an assemblage of collage, decoupage, and scrapbooking techniques.

 Most of the book focuses on what to include in your vision collage.
My one main complaint with the book is that some of the concepts are overhyped. To me, the book's subtitle of "The Secret To An Extraordinary Life", and the front-cover testimonial by Jack Canfield (also an author on the Law of Attraction) that "This book will change your life." present the material as something far more earthshakingly unique than I am willing to give it credit for.

In my opinion, hundreds of self-help books out there have helped countless numbers of readers just as much as they have been useless to other readers. Also, even though some people like the use of a visual aid to focus their thoughts, I prefer my visions, affirmations, and goals to be mainly in written form, in the format of a personal journal ....continued on