I love mine, created only last weekend in a hotel room of all places, and today I’m going to share with you how I made it. First of all, just in case you haven’t heard of its original source of inspiration the Vision Board, see here for more about that. You will need to understand the premise of both before you get started.
So, the Vision Book itself is where you need to start. You could either use a notebook, an art book, a scrap book a photo album or even blank pages that you holepunch and then put into a file or ring binder. My book of choice comes from here (this link takes you to the exact one I used) and these are also the same brand as the ones I give out on my Raw Coach Training. They’re tactile, sturdy, have a really quality feel to them and the pages have enough weight to be able to hold many images and not be see through (very important for me!).
My new Vision Book is square with a white cover (see picture; the scan makes it look rectangular but it's actually a perfect square). I chose this because I wanted something compact to create within and also to feel as if I had a blank canvas on the outside as well as the inside. This was because when I came to create it I was at a place where I felt that I was open to a completely new perspective on things in my life; I just needed my inner/ higher self to be able to come through and guide me as to what images I chose.
Coming to clarity and creating simplicity for moving forward were my key intentions for this particular Vision Book, and I recommend you get clear on yours before you start as they will inform everything...
After I was clear on my intention for this particular book, I then decided how I wanted my book to play out – i.e. what areas did I want to focus on in my life right now and in what order?
I started by leaving the front inside cover and first page blank, with the intention of coming back and writing a letter to myself or an introduction once completed.
My second and third pages (which create one large landscape page together) I chose to be about TheRawFoodCoach.com. On the left hand side page I chose an image which embodies the journey I want to take my clients and readers on mixed with their own common focus and desires, and on the right hand side the images and words I chose were all about me and my role within the business. This proved to be especially helpful as it brought something fully to awareness that is very important to me that I hadn’t previously acknowledged enough to benefit from and manifest externally. (This sounds cryptic I know, but these things are also highly personal!)
The fourth and fifth pages were all about a new web site that may not even see the light of day until 2009. It will be KarenKnowler.com and will be based much more on my Living Magically philosophy. I have had the seeds of an idea for this for a very long time (years in fact) but it is only now that I am starting to get what this site really needs to be about, both for those I serve and for my own personal and professional journey. This is hugely exciting and will be a very different web site to TheRawFoodCoach.com BUT will still have a significant raw foods focus. So again, I used the left page to inform me about where I am taking my readers and the right hand side to explore the overall energy of the site and my role within it. Colours are tremendously powerful and the actual images I chose for these two pages have, I think, actually informed what the web site will look like and even how it will function.
The sixth and seventh pages were about me and what I want and need on a personal level. The left hand page was the “essence” of the energy I want moving forward and was incredibly simple, and the right hand page has really lovely pictures of the different aspects of me and those I will bring through as I enter this chapter of my life.
And finally, because this is as far as I’ve got so far, the last two pages were about my career on a much larger scale. This much is staying highly top secret but basically it took the best of what has gone before and created a kind of pinnacle for the vision I have of my work on an external level.
I still plan to do more pages and spreads over the coming weeks. It’s a good time to do it as I’m just six weeks away from my 36th birthday and I find that birthdays are a very good time to do this kind of work, as are spring, autumn/fall and New Year.
When it comes to doing yours, you might choose to take the more traditional route and do one page each for:
- Health & Body/ Image
- Friends & Social Life
- Intimate Relationship
- Community/ Service
- Spiritual Growth
- And whatever else seems appropriate
Of course there are no rules. You decide what’s important and then just go for it!
For me, when I came to create my VB I had limited supplies on me. Normally I have about 50+ old magazines to hand but as I was away with limited luggage I had just six along with my sharp scissors and glue stick - very Blue Peter! Having limited resources was a blessing; I had to be creative. It was also a conscious choice as I didn’t want to complicate things, I just wanted to find the right words and pictures and make it happen!
When I was done I created my cover. The cover could come first or last; I chose to do it last as I wanted it to tell the tale of what was inside. My cover is pictured at the top of this article. As you can see I kept it very simple. I will talk you through it so you get a feel for how these things work:
Colour of cover – white
As explained I chose this colour book as I wanted a fresh start and not to bring any particular “colour” to the party as I was looking for completely new information. Usually I would pick a pink or purple cover as these are my favourite colours, but you can choose either your favourite colour or one that is symbolic for your focus; for example red and purple are the colours of abundance; green can mean a fresh start; blue for peace and so on.
Main image – girl on a raft in a pretty outfit
This is a perception thing – you may see her coming towards you or moving away to the other side. For me I saw the latter right away, and she represents me. At this point in my life, and specifically last week while on retreat by creating the VB I had already made the decision to change my life and this image to me represents pushing away from the old and setting off to live life on the other side of the lake. I am also a sucker for mixing fashion with nature! Both are passions of mine. I love these kinds of images. I am not the kind of girl to go into the forest in old trousers, hiking boots and a baggy jumper : ) So this image perfectly represents me on a number of levels.
The wording – "Juicy K"
This is fun. The picture on its own felt a little barren and a bit too calm; this is not who I am! I am very much a mix of profound and fun and so the cover absolutely had to portray this.
I felt that the words I chose essentially said “This is the story of Karen’s Juicy New Life” and Juicy K became the shorthand for that. Of course those words had to be in purple!! And the little heart was a 3D sticker that I added when I got home, as love is my signature note for everything I do.
So that’s a brief overview of my VB and how you can create one also. Of course this is my way of doing it but I strongly encourage you to bring as much imagination to your VB as possible, both in its interior and its overall creation. I'm sure in the future I will take this a lot further and make it include pop-ups and fold-outs and the like, but for this time I wanted it very straightforward to achieve my aims of clarity and simplicity, which I did.
I will share one more image with you below now but won’t share what it relates to! I'd love to share more but all of this is very personal and while I'm pretty transparent as a person, there are some things I really must keep quiet!
If you make one and you're happy to share (it can be anonymously) I’d love you to email me a page or two when you’ve done one for me to share with others here, if you’re willing. They are hugely exciting and inspiring when they speak of dreams and belief that those dreams will come true. Everyone should have one!
As you can tell, I just have a huge passion for these things and they have phenomenal power in so many ways. I know these things will come to pass, because I want them and am prepared to make them happen. Are you ready for this level of power and passion in your life also? This step is HUGE in saying YES! to what you want in your life.
Re Vision Book versus Vision Board, if I had to choose I probably prefer the book format as boards can get a little unwieldy if they're very big and also, unless you work or live in a locked room, they get seen! Personally I like mine to stay a secret, and a book is a very compact and beautiful way of achieving both aims, as well as being easy to keep clean and in good condition for the future.
Happy Vision Book~ing and please, let’s see it when you’re done!