I hosted a get-together with my friends—which I dubbed “Vision Night”. We set aside time to map out our year and create vision boards. Since this isn’t a typical night for us, I wasn’t sure how open they would be to the idea of manifesting our goals. A normal outing for us is dinner at a fun restaurant, drinks at a bar, or an event somewhere in LA, so this was a bit of a departure. To my surprise they loved the idea. Not only were they open to the idea, but most of the women had created a vision board at some point. How did I not know this about my nearest and dearest?
The night wasn’t actually about manifesting. Visualizing alone won’t accomplish your dreams. Or we’d all be on our couch right now with our feet propped up waiting for things to happen. A vision board is just a starting point. You need a clear map of how you’re going to get there and then a little elbow grease.
I tried to keep the night as stress-free and low-key as possible so I requested a few things: scissors, glue sticks, old magazines and an appetizer, dessert or wine. I also requested that they think about their goals prior to the event and begin to cut out images and words from magazines and Pinterest that represented those goals. Once I had an idea of how many people were attending I headed to the store and picked up some snacks, poster board, and of course, more vino.
We spent some time going through magazines and cutting out images and words, then positioned them on the board, and finally glued them to the board. Then everyone had the chance to talk about their board. The beauty of this process is that we got to learn about everyone’s goals for the year. I found out that some of us have similar goals. Some were offering advice to others on how to accomplish a particular goal. And now we can keep each other on track throughout the year.
It turned out to be a fun night of arts and crafts. Crafting brought us back to our childhood and the champagne and vino reminded us it was still Girl’s Night. It will be interesting to hear about everyone’s progress throughout the year and maybe this will become an annual tradition.
Interested in hosting your own? Here are some tips for hosting your own Vision Night:
- KISS (keep it simple and straightforward): The point is to relieve yourself from stress so keep the guest list to a manageable number (6-10 people). You also want to make sure you have enough room for everyone to spread out their boards.
- Send out a simple email invite: encourage everyone to start thinking about their goals prior to the evening and suggest they start cutting out images and words that represent those thoughts
- Request guests bring scissors, glue sticks, old magazines, and an appetizer, dessert or wine.
- Pick up some snacks, drinks, glue sticks and one poster board per person
- Have everyone cut out the words and images and lay it out on the poster board before pasting
- Leave space on the board to add more throughout the year
- Go around the room and have everyone talk about their boards—it sparks great conversation, advice, and ideas
- Here’s a helpful Pinterest board with more vision party ideas http://www.pinterest.com/VickiLynnHale/vision-board-party-ideas/