Since twenty years Marie Willey keeps a black and white postcard showing an old house. It´s been her dream house ever since. Now she is living in a house very similiar to the one pictured at the old postcard. She still keeps the card, leaning against the mantelpiece in her house... This I read in an article a few days ago.
I´m convinced that a concrete vision helps us to get what we want to achieve. But how to create such a vision?
I often feel drawn into many directions at the same time, I want to be an independent artist, I want to be a successfull business owner, I want to be a mother to a child, I want to live in the desert with no neighbors around me, I want to live in a vivid city with cultural life, etc. etc.
While I was travelling in my mind to the NMAC foundation a few days ago, again so many overwhelming ideas and dreams were brought up, it was all confusing. But I also recognized that at the end I could divide all these unsorted thoughts, ideas, wishes into three categories: my life, my art and myself.
I decided to make 3 books (shown above) which shall help me to sort my head out. I began filling the pages by writing, scribbling, gluing pics in - it becomes a collection of my ideas and dreams but in a categorized way.
The next thing I made is a vision board. I used a simple cork pinboard, which I painted white. This will be the place to visualize the essence in pictures, which I´m hoping to find and therefore to create an image of my personal vision.
For sure this all is an ongoing process and needs time to develop. I also know a vision can change due to living circumstances and some slight corrections may be neccessary. But doesn´t that make a pinboard to the perfect vision creating tool? :)