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I created another vision board when I decided to make a big career move, leave my job and study full time. As much as I wanted to follow my passion and become a holistic nutritional consultant, I was finding it difficult to be a student again, get organised and stay focused. Enter the vision board. I have been working with the theory of laws of attraction for many years to help support me in my challenges and fitness goals.
What is a vision board? A vision board is a very powerful tool that involves a collection of pictures and words that represent your dreams and goals. The idea behind it is that when you surround yourself with images of how you want to feel, who you want to become, what you want to achieve, your life changes to match those images and desires. Basically, you are setting an intention for what you want with the support of images that resonate with your goals.
As you read this you might be saying to yourself that it all sounds a bit bogus. Well, think again. Research shows that vision boards are indeed, very effective. Just ask Jim Carey, Kellan Lutz, Ellen DeGeneres, Katy Perry, John Assaraf, Oprah, or Lucinda Cross, as they, and many other famous and highly successful people, have reported amazing success with this method. Olympic athletes are also known to create vision boards to help improve their performance. Jack Canfield, the author of the “Chicken Soup For The Soul” book series, is a big believer in the power of vision boards. Canfield has said that “Creating a vision board is probably one of the most valuable visualization tools available to you.”
So, where do you begin? First you'll need scissors, tape or glue, old magazines, printed images, and a large sheet of paper, bristol board, or a bulletin board. Start by writing down what you want to achieve. It could be improved health, more time for yourself, a relationship, financial independence, a new career, a vacation, a project you want to finish, etc. Search the Internet and go through magazines. Choose words and pictures that correspond with your goals such as wellness, happiness, joy, laughter, peace, prosperity, love, wisdom, and time. If you can imagine it, it can be part of your vision board and it can become your reality. Collect a stack of images, phrases and words. Go through the images and begin to lay your favourites on the board. Use your intuition, and as you lay the pictures on the board, you’ll get a sense how you want the board to look. You might assign a theme to each corner of the board, such as health, job, spirituality, relationships, or it may just be that the images want to go all over the place. Attach everything onto the board. You can colour on it, or write words with markers...it's your board, so design it which ever way you like. A very powerful step is to leave space in the very center of your vision board for a fantastic photo of yourself where you look radiant and happy.
Once you've created your board, it's important to look at it several times throughout the day, so hang it in a place where you will see it most often. Take note of changes in your life that reflect progress toward the goals you have represented on your board. As things begin to materialise, take the pictures/words off and put them in a box. This will become your box of accomplishments that you can reflect upon often.
This is Janice, inspiring change
Sources: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-rider/the-scientific-reason-why_b_6392274.html; http://www.lifehack.org/292677/how-creating-vision-board-will-empower-you-manifest-your-dream-life
(What motivates me to prioritize my health, and how do I make it work. Part 2)
Is it possible to eat healthy these days? I believe it is, and it’s not as difficult as one might think to live a healthier lifestyle. Sure, it takes some thought and effort, but I sum it up to doing the best we can with what we have, in the area in which we live.
When I consider my diet today, it looks nothing like it did 20 years ago; thank goodness, as my staple food was, admittedly, potatoe chips! Change doesn’t happen overnight; it’s a work in progress, and as I learn more about food and my environment, I constantly tweak my choices. I also adapt to my surroundings and make adjustments according to what’s available. When I moved to from Nova Scotia to Qatar, I quickly realized that I had to think outside the box, try new brands, read labels and ask the local folk about the produce that was available to me. With my interest in cooking, it was exciting to try fruits and vegetables I’d never heard of, experiment with spices that I had only read about, and taste dishes of which the ingredients had to be identified by the chef. Being a frugal shopper, I was happy to sample local products, which were a fraction of the cost of the imported and well known varieties.
I think, as a whole, we have become wiser to the relationship food and the environment has on our health and wellbeing. We are making smarter and more informed decisions before filling our grocery carts. With the Internet at our fingertips, we have the opportunity to learn about food; it’s benefits, how it’s grown, and the process it goes through before reaching our tables. Equally, the contradictive information out there can be mind boggling and it can leave us not knowing what to believe. It's up to us to dig a little deeper to find factual information so that we can make informed decisions about what we put into our bodies.
So, how to get started? We are all different and what works for one person, doesn’t necessarily work for another. Our eating habits stem from childhood and we have emotional attachments to food, cultural traditions, as well as family and social influences. The first thing we need is the desire to change. If we truly want to start living a healthier life style we will. I honestly think it’s that simple and with that frame of mind we will start moving toward our goals. We’ll become more inquisitive and selective of our food choices, and, as we learn more about the how food fuels our bodies, we will desire fresh produce over denatured food. When, one morning, we wake up and realise that we feel better, have more energy, as well as a more positive outlook, we will be motivated to continually improve upon our current choices.
Lack of energy, aches and pains, digestive complaints, illness and disease, are telling signs that the body is not in balance. It's up to us to pay attention to the warnings that the body is unsatisfied with our lifestyle choices. I think, deep down, most of us beleive that natural, whole food is what the body requires for optimal performance. As John Robbins, author of Healthy at 100, writes “We all have the tools to live longer lives, and to remain active, productive, and resourceful until the very end.”
This is Janice, inspiring change
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Welcome to my blog!
Everyone wants to feel great and be healthy! Well, it's really not all that complicated. I'll be sharing my knowledge, experience and opinion on health related matters to help you live a healthier lifestyle. But first, a little about me…
During my childhood and adolescence I was overweight and struggled with other health problems and emotional issues. In my late 30's, when I was teaching cosmetology, I suddenly noticed that it was difficult for me to hold my arms up long enough to demonstrate a haircut. Additionally, I couldn’t climb a flight of stairs without stopping a few times to allow the burning sensation in my legs to ease up, so I could continue. I finally had no choice but to stop working. After seeing countless doctors and having numerous tests, I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. One "specialist" reported to my insurance company that I was simply lazy and just needed to exercise. Me? Lazy? I don’t think so!
I had hit a wall. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired! I knew that my body wasn't designed to feel this way and I was determined to become healthy.
Fortunately, I found a holistic practitioner who discovered that mercury poisoning was at the root of my problems (there were other problems too, but that's content for several other blogs). Finally, I had support and a plan in place. I realised that it wouldn't be easy, but it was either sink or swim (figuratively), and I was drowning fast! I grabbed onto the life line, and with determination, I rescued myself.
I was inspired to change my relationship with food, and boy did we have a great love affair! I immediately noticed major shifts in how my body functioned! It was then that I got my hands on as many health books as I could...and so began my wellness journey.
I’m living proof that it’s possible to turn your health around and my own challenges have led me to becoming a nutritional coach. I offer nutritional and lifestyle support for people, like me, who are trying to find answers to their health challenges; for those dealing with existing health conditions searching for a better quality of life; and for those looking to implement preventative measures to help ward off illness and disease, in order to live life to it's fullest.
I feel great and I have more energy now than I've ever had! In September 2016 I took on the challenge of learning to swim (literally) and in April 2017 I completed my first triathlon. Not bad for a lazy person!
This is Janice, inspiring change