Create your Vision Board

Check out yesterday’s post if you missed it.

As I talked about yesterday, once you have your Vision Affirmation Statement, let it guide you to help you create a Vision Board.

Take the words, phrases and word pictures you used and find images to go with them and create a board that serves as a visual reminder of your vision.

Here’s my Vision Affirmation Statement: I am living a peaceful and creative life that allows me to blaze trails and teach others by my own experiences. I am attracting more love, joy and authenticity into my own life while bringing inspiration and opportunities for connection to the people around me.

Then I took each set of words or each concept and wrote down some things that came to mind.

  • A peaceful, creative life: tea, a cozy corner, colors.
  • Teaching/trail blazing part: paths, trails, explorers, feet, maps, apples, a classroom.
  • Love, joy and authenticity: hearts, balloons, freedom (the beach).
  • Inspiration and connection: landscapes, light, groups of people, parties.

Do the same with yours and find the images in magazines, online or draw them yourself. Look for words and phrases, too.

I kept my affirmation handy and started going through pictures.

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This collage from House Beautiful inspired me. I wanted a layered look, too, so I started arranging and layering my favorite images.

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And here is my final version!

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The possibilities are endless! Enjoy the process and create something uniquely YOU.

Create your Vision Affirmation Statement

New Year’s resolutions, goals, a word or phrase…there are many options for the how to enter the new year with purpose and clarity. This one has to do with affirming what you want for 2014.

This is an exercise I did as part of a “The Story of Your Life Vision Board” class and I thought it might be useful to anyone looking for an affirmation of their vision for the coming year.

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Vision affirmations are all about stating it as though it is currently true and if you’re not use to affirmations, it may feel awkward at first, but you may grow to like.

So grab a pen and paper and get started!

Vision Affirmation Exercise

Exercise: {write down}

(1) What words describe the kind of life you want?

(2) What do you want people to say about you?

(3) What do you want more of in your life?

(4) What do you offer the people in your circle of influence?

My example:
(1) Peaceful, creative
(2) She was a teacher, she blazed trails
(3) Love, joy, authenticity
(4) inspiration, opportunities to connect

Now, like Mad Libs, use the above to fill in the blanks and draft your Vision Affirmation statement.

I am living a (1) ____ life that allows me to (2) ____. I am attracting more (3) ____ into my own life while bringing (4) ____ to the people around me.

My example: I am living a peaceful and creative life that allows me to blaze trails and teach others by my own experiences. I am attracting more love, joy and authenticity into my own life while bringing inspiration and opportunities for connection to the people around me.

You try it!

Of course you can go back to tweak your answers and give your affirmation better flow and meaning. Have fun with it until it sounds like something you can really believe in.

What do you DO with your Vision Affirmation statement?

  • Print copies to put in places where you can read your affirmation when you need it.
  • Use it to guide your decisions about what to say “yes” and “no” to.
  • Share it with loved one who will help you bring your vision to life.
  • Use it to help you create a Vision Board. Take the words, phrases and word pictures you used and find images to go with them and create a board that serves as a visual reminder of your vision.

Stay tuned! Tomorrow’s post shows you HOW to create your vision board based–and I’ll show you mine!

Do you have other ideas for what to do with your Vision Affirmation Statement?

I hope this helps you!

Do me a favor and let me know if you try it?

Leave a comment or hop on over to the FanTABulous Women Facebook page to share.

Happy New Year and I wish you all the best in 2014!

The #1 Secret to How I Built a Business I Love In Two Years

Two years ago, I came home to the east valley of Phoenix when our little family packed up and moved into my parents’ neighborhood in Chandler, Arizona.

When we relocated, our mortgage payment increased along with our our living expenses. Our sons were ages two and five and quite independent.

My husband affirmed what I had been thinking: It was time for me to find a job.

I had been “working” from home since my first son was six months old, but mostly dabbling in various direct sales companies and even running an Etsy shop for a couple of years.

It was time to get real.

But…I didn’t want to get a “real job” in an office or in a retail store. Having one son still at home during the day, I determined in my heart to become a work-at-home mom. I wanted to create a small business all my own and work from home so I could earn money to help our family while also parenting our sons, managing our home and volunteering within the community…and enjoy every aspect of it.

So I set out to build a business for myself. Boy, oh boy, has it been a journey! 

I am being absolutely vulnerable and authentic when I tell you that only in the last two months or so have I moved past being a “hobbyist” to actually turning a profit.

But I did it all in two years and with virtually zero capital (along with a very supportive and understanding husband by my side and a LOT of help from my parents, friends, extended family and cohorts).

In a way, I wish I had started sooner or could have sped up the process…but looking back, each obstacle, phase and success was another perfectly timed and vitally important step of my journey. I can honestly say that I have no regrets. 

Whether you think building a profitable home-based small business from scratch in two years is impressive or pathetic, if you’re still reading, I bet you’re wondering how I did it.

What’s the secret, you ask? I can summarize it in one word: networking.

 

Anyone who works as their own boss or works on commission knows about the power of networking.

There is a lot of power in the use of marketing and sales strategies, social media, honing your skills, personal development and the myriad of other areas of growth for a young small business—but networking is the one that fuels and propels them all.

See these business cards? They are just a small sampling of the cards I amassed over the last two years.

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I didn’t, however, merely go from meeting to meeting collecting cards! These cards represent hundreds of connections, contacts and resources shared. Many of these cards belong to people that I now call “friend!”

In my opinion, networking is a key component of any small business’s success. It took me two years to build my network to the point that it buoyed a profitable small business.

 

Yes, I’ll be writing more about this topic in the weeks to come and revealing the actual secrets to effective networking. I have a lot to say on this topic! Stay tuned!

What about you? Are you a master networker, a newbie or something in between? What do you want to know?

 

I have a confession to make

Oh, people have told me many times over the years that I am…but I just brush it off.

It has a rather negative connotation, is widely misunderstood and isn’t something to be particularly proud of.

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Some of the people who own up to it aren’t necessarily ones I want to emulate or be categorized with.

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Claiming it puts you into a box and, in my opinion, often just heaps more expectations upon you.

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There are a lot of good reasons to keep denying it.

But…it keeps coming up. And…

One of the core values of FanTABulous Women is “celebrate what you are good at and get help when you need it.”

 

The funny thing is, I’m still working out whether it’s something to celebrate…or something to get help with.

 

So I’ll just confess it to you, my FanTABulous Women community, so we can work through it together:

I am Tabitha and I am a perfectionist.

Pheeewww.

I said it.

I feel better now.

And I know that some of you are laughing and saying, “Well, duh.”

It seems that perhaps I’m the last to know.

P.S. There is a lot to say on this topic so stay tuned for follow-up posts, including “Yep, you’re a perfectionist.” 

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Tell me…am I alone? Are there other perfectionists out there? Do you love it or hate it? Do share!

 

Why I Have a Personal Purpose Statement

NEWSFLASH: I am not busy.

Yes, I have two small children (and busy boys at that).

Yes, I have a husband, a home, hobbies and a social life.

Yes, I have two home-based businesses, multiple social media accounts and five-plus blogs to run.

Yes, I teach a class once a week out of my home studio, using my own curriculum.

Yes, I serve in Marketplace Ministries, am active in the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and serve at Central Christian Church.

Yes, I volunteer and serve many hours every week.

I also get dressed every day (including makeup and jewelry), pamper myself regularly, craft my own greeting cards, make frequent trips to browse in secondhand stores, cook, clean, read magazines and regularly take my sons on exciting adventures.

BUT…I am not busy. I am living my life according to my personal purpose statement.

fantabulous women purpose statement

When approached about a new project or opportunity, I will never tell someone that I am ‘too busy’ to do it. I DO tell them that it is not a priority for me right now. I am not too busy to make time for what matters to me (and neither are you).

The fact is, to DO all of the above, I have to NOT do some things.

People have often commented to me: “I don’t know how you do it all.”

NEWSFLASH: I don’t do it all.

I ‘did it all’ back in 2008 and it resulted in resentment, stress and eventually full-blown anxiety and the occasional panic attack. I let the anxiety serve as a wake-up call to purge busyness out of my life and get back to the things that truly matter to me and to the people I love.

That’s when I started living by my personal purpose statement (PPS).

Let me tell you what I DON’T do:

I don’t maintain more than five close female friendships.

I don’t participate in a moms’ group.

I don’t exercise regularly.

I don’t watch more than an hour or so of television per day.

I don’t volunteer in my older son’s classroom.

I don’t send my younger son to preschool.

I don’t entertain regularly.

I don’t attend networking groups.

I don’t schedule meetings and consultations all over town.

I don’t promise regular posts on my blogs.

I don’t travel.

I don’t pay for manicures, pedicures, expensive meals out, an elaborate hair style or trendy clothing (except on very rare occasions).

I don’t have my boys in multiple extracurricular activities.

I don’t drive a fancy car.

I don’t have a fancy phone or a fancy tablet or anything fancy when it comes to electronics (except my three-year-old laptop we won at my husband’s company picnic).

There are a LOT of things I don’t do.

“But wait!” you say. “Some of the things you don’t do are GOOD things!”

Indeed. And yes, I would like to fit in exercise. I’d like to have my son in a Montessori preschool for a few hours during the week. And of course I’d like to get regular manicures and pedicures!

But those things don’t fit into my current season of life, my family budget and/or my personal purpose statement.

Of my personal purpose statement and my life, neither are perfect. But allowing my PPS to guide my activities, priorities and financial goals means that I can live a life of as much balance, peace and joy as this season of life can afford me.

Someday I hope to streamline my administrative duties, hire someone to help me clean the house and be able to write more while I’m on the go so that I CAN find time to volunteer in my son’s classroom, but today is not that day. I am OK with that.

I know what I’m about. I know what I can and should do–and not do. And that is priceless.

To learn more about creating your own personal purpose statement, attend my “Living an authentic life based on your personal mission statement” class OR schedule your one-on-one consultation TODAY!

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