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Imagination to Reality: Kavita's Vision Board Story

When watercolor artist, Kavita Rajput, attended one of my Vision Board workshops at Woolf Works a few months back, I knew that there was a compelling story behind her words of introduction at the beginning of the session. Recently, I spotted a Facebook post announcing Kavita's first upcoming solo exhibition and so, of course, I had to ask her to share more about her experience with Vision Boards. Here's what Kavita had to say: 

"I think I made my first ‘vision board’ without realizing it. I was still studying finance while nursing secret dreams of doing something more creative. My ‘vision board’ was a newspaper article about famous people who had successfully changed their careers to follow their passions. Doctors-turned-musicians, accountants-turned-award winning movie directors and so on… This little newspaper cutout was taped on the inside of my cupboard and I used to see it every single day.

Almost a decade later, while still working in finance, I made another one, this time, more consciously. It had amongst many other things, a picture of an art exhibition and another picture of a business card that read ‘Kavita Aras Rajput, Artist’.

And here I am, 4 years later… waiting for my first solo exhibition to open in two weeks, having made that transition from finance to art.

It’s not magic. But after you have experienced it, it does seem pretty magical! Having a vision board and keeping it in a place where you see it most often helps remind you of your dream on a regular basis. Your subconscious mind starts focusing on possible paths or people or actions that can help you get to your desired destination. And then, what’s most important, is to act on those ‘inspirations’. Make plans, set small goals and do all that you can with what you have. Taking consistent action, however small, in the direction of your dreams is really important because it’s these small determined steps that make big dreams come true!

I recently attended a “Creating your Vision” workshop by Aimee Barnes and I absolutely loved how she has organized it. She is a truly inspirational woman and her own story of achieving her dreams is nothing short of amazing! Aimee guides you to gain clarity on your goals, create your own vision board and to form a plan to make that vision a reality. I would have really treasured this guidance when I first started making my vision boards!"

Many thanks, Kavita, for sharing your Vision Board story. Kavita will be showing her work in her first solo exhibition, "Moments in Watercolour by Kavita Rajput," at the ION Art Gallery from March 14th to the 20th. Her work can be found at 
www.facebook.com/KavitaArasRajput and www.kavitarajput.com

The Vision Board workshop at Woolf Works is back this month on Saturday, March 14th. If you want to create a clear picture of your aspirations and design a road map to get you to your goals while sharing laughs, inspiration and good company, then I look forward to seeing you there! Secure your seat at http://createyourvision.peatix.com/

Do you have a compelling story about Vision Boards? Email me at aimee@tangramfitness.com or share your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to seeing you at Kavita's exhibition and at the upcoming Vision Board workshop.

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Event: Creating Your Vision for 2015

Creating my new Vision Board for 2015 and assessing the old one. I accomplished a few biggies this year! 

Creating my new Vision Board for 2015 and assessing the old one. I accomplished a few biggies this year! 

Around this time each and every year, millions of people all over the world begin thinking about what they want to achieve and what they could be doing differently to have a more authentic and meaningful life. Some lament about opportunities and goals that have passed by unfulfilled, while others focus on resolutions and new beginnings. Have you ever said to yourself, “next year will be different”? The truth is, without a vision of our dreams, as well as a process to make them come alive, it's extremely challenging to achieve our goals. 

As you may already know, five years ago my life and my health were in the gutter. I came to realize that if I wanted to change my reality, I needed to be clear about what my desired future looked like. So, I began the practice of visualizing, crafting stories that represented the me I wanted to be through pictures and words. My life has changed remarkably from those many years of being trapped in the gutter, and that change was due in large part to the ladder I built with my imagination, which allowed me to finally climb out. Visualization tools like Vision Boards were the rungs of that ladder.

Whether you're aiming to complete your first half marathon, launch a business, improve your health, build your dream home, trek around the planet or bring more mindfulness into your daily life, having a clear picture of what you want can help you develop a more positive frame of mind, map out your desired future and set you into forward motion. A Vision Board— a collage of images and words that represent your aspirations— is a powerful tool for goal setting and transformation.

On Saturday, Dec. 6th, I’ll be holding a 3-hour workshop that will teach you how to create your own Vision Board for 2015.  We'll also explore how you can set your vision into motion through process creation. This workshop is back by popular demand and space goes fast, so sign up early! All supplies, coffee and tea are provided.

The link to register is here: http://rock2015.peatix.com/

I wish you a bold, brave and bright vision for 2015! Hope to see you on Saturday, December 6th.

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