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I know this is going to sound like a total first world problem to have, and I know it is, but I wanted to share it anyway.

For a few years now I dreamed of having an App for Photo A Day, and I worked at it for so long… which was hard because Luella was so young and I probably wasn’t in the best mind space to be working on a project of that size. Sure, I wasn’t the one doing the coding and the big thinking, but it was still a mammoth task, made harder by juggling a newborn and sleep deprivation.

And then in June the App was released and it was huge, emotionally and mentally. It was exciting and just so huge. It was released on a Friday night, and by Sunday night I was feeling a whole host of emotions, one being: what now?

I’m not great at being present, so I had to kinda sit myself down and remind myself to sit in it for a little bit and feel what it felt like to realise a huge dream and goal. To be present and just enjoy what that felt like.

So, I did that. Tried my hardest to feel proud and content about it launching and being successful {beside people being upset that it wasn’t available for Android and a few hiccups with it not working on some iPhone 4}, and I did. I was {and am!} proud and so happy. A month on, I decided that I need to get excited about something again, because as a creative person that’s when I’m at my happiest. When I have dreams in my head whirling around.

So this past weekend I sat down with a bunch of magazines, a blank piece of cardboard and got dreaming. Lacey sat beside me and made a vision board too. Was fun.

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I haven’t made a vision board for a little while, not before falling pregnant with Luella. If you’ve never made one before it’s basically a space where you collect images and words to represent what you want to happen in your life. In this instance, I was focusing more on blogging. I’ll be adding it to a bigger vision board in the coming days. The idea of a vision board is that you’ve got in front of you dreams, goals and things that you want to make happen. It’s also all about the law of attraction, what you think you create.

My goals and dreams aren’t very specific at this stage. Making an App was a goal that was really specific. I’m not sure what I really want to do, but I think making a vision board will help.

I grabbed my favourite magazines; The Collective, Frankie, Real Living and Yen, some scissors and some glue.
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Here’s a little bit more about my dreams/hopes/blogging goals:

One

Travel more. I used to not care about ever seeing more of the world, until I did a few trips and realised how amazing travel really is. Travel stories are my favourite to write, plus getting new experiences from travel just feeds my soul.

Two

Be a trailblazer. A trailblazer is “a person who is the first to do something; an innovator” and I like when I’ve done something new and exciting. I want to do more of that.

Three

Make a difference in people’s lives. I feel like I’m in a position as a blogger with a voice online to do good stuff for people. I hope to make a difference.

Four

My design career. I don’t really have a Plan B if the blogosphere dies. I think I’d either like to be a counsellor or a graphic designer. I think I’d like to explore a graphic design course when Luella is a bit older.

Five

More Scatter Love. Creating Scatter Love was so exciting for me. We’re working on the second range and it’s going to be more fun and vibrant.

Six

Dream new dreams. I want to have my head in the clouds and butterflies in my tummy.

Seven

Doing work I’m proud of. Working with clients has been a hard road to navigate for me. There has been stuff that I haven’t loved, and then there have been clients that just get it and the relationship is amazing. I want to do more of that amazing stuff. I’m feeling a big shift happening here for me, and how I do that business side of work.

Eight

The Clever Cookie School of Blog. Excited to finally be launching our school of blog and seeing where that goes.

Nine

Tessa White is such an inspiration to me. I like the way she thinks, and how she is so loving and nurturing towards the people in her business. With a lot of people online I see only dollar signs in their eyes, but with Tessa I see passion and doing things her own way. I like that.

Ten

If you have something to say, put it out there. As my audience has grown I’d held back a little bit because I’m out of my comfort zone. So it’s meant I’m not getting to write the stuff I love as much. I want to be braver in that aspect.

Eleven

No time for negativity. My skin is thicker than it used to be. But I have room to grow.

Have you ever made a vision board? What would you put on yours?

  • LOVE it! I’ve got notes and goals etc up on my home office walls but I love how you’ve put it together so creatively! Now, where’s my glue stick – mood board here we come

    • Yay! I’d love to see it when you’re done. x

  • I want to do one, although I fear I might spend too much time making it pretty. .. a bit like a revision timetable, you know?

    • Ha, I know the feeling. It’s hard to resist. I usually just put something pretty underneath – in this case it was a poster from Frankie and then slowly go about covering it up. For some reason that appeases my ‘perfect’ side!

  • planet8crafter

    Good on you for forcing yourself to reflect a little on your accomplishment. It can be a surprisingly hard thing to do!
    I’ve only recently made my first vision board – as part of a Right-brain business workshop for the small business I’m starting up. I found it really useful 🙂

    • Oh, I have that book. Did you make an accordion-style vision board?

  • I’ve had a huge tri-fold board leaning against my wall for nearly three months just waiting for me to fill it with things. I really just need to sit down and do it. Especially now that I’ve done something a bit crazy and wild and have dreams and goals I need to meet!

  • Good idea. Just do it!

  • Starting my vision board today!!! So excited!!!

  • Love that you (like me) continue to dream big. Thanks Chantelle! Reading this has inspired a post on my blog about my book writing plans. The first step is saying it out loud right? I mean the writing part, that comes later…. 😉

  • So inspiring! I actually wrote my dreams, wants and goals down a couple of days ago (in a notebook – they included little things such as finding a really cool hat as well as taking my camera more places and, er, other things I have forgotten already). But then thought I’ll have to look in the book every day and I probably won’t remember to do that. Clearly I need something more visible! Where is your vision board going to go?

  • This is so awesome! I love the way you dream, and dream big! I have wanted to make a vision board for ages but I’m all talk and no action. Seeing yours might give me the motivation I need. So far, I’ve stuck a picture of a place I want to work on the fridge. Does that count?!

  • [email protected]

    Oh how fantastic. I love this. I’m in – and I’ve recruited my assistant (ok so she’s 5, but she’s right into it)!

  • Jet

    I looking forward to the clever cookie thing ! Because I’m on the other end of the world I will have te settle with the oneline version but I really want to know what I can do with my blog. Maybe a vision board will help a little. I’m going to try to make one. 🙂

  • I LOVE this Chantelle. Thanks for sharing.
    You’d be an awesome Graphic Designer – you already have such an eye for creative detail and typography.
    I can’t wait to receive more info about Clever Cookie – very exciting.
    Claire x

  • Um , totally humbled and rather emotional reading that.. wait til I show you my vision board, will instagram it later x

  • Kaye Sayer-Mayers

    It’s such a great idea I have a board on my dressing table but I think making a really focussed one is also very useful – great tips and visuals!

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