the secret weekend

A couple of years ago, Mark and I decided it was time to be alone for a weekend, so we sent the children to their aunt’s house, and told everyone (except my sister) that we were going out of town. The twist was that we stayed at the best hotel ever–our own home! It was sneaky and fantastic.

After a night of watching all the movies we never get to watch, we woke up on Saturday morning, whipped up some lattes and watched a documentary called The Secret. Many of you are probably familiar with it, because the book and the movie have been out for a few years now. It’s an inspirational movie about declaring your desires or life goals and sending them out to the universe, so they can be realized. Believe me…I tend to be a wee bit on the sceptical side, but I loved the positive message and the “just do it” attitude. Hey…if Oprah did a show about it, it must be good!

We broke for lunch at our favorite on the White Rock beach, where we enjoyed food, wine, and conversation! When we returned home, I showed Mark how to create a vision board. We moved the furniture in the living room and sat on the floor with stacks of magazines around us. We each clipped piles of photos of anything that appealed to us. Then we designed our own collage of  the pictures on big pieces of bristol board.

When you create a vision board, it’s so much fun to see patterns develop and you gain clarity about what it is you might be having difficulty putting into words. Mark and I each recognized our own patterns developing, and when we finished, we shared our boards with each other. It was a fantastic way to get a deeper understanding of each other’s goals and dreams.

I always like to include words of inspiration. I just love the beautiful little drawing of a tree with this saying:

“Out beyond all ideas of right doing

and wrong doing

there is a field

I’ll meet you there”

by Rumi.

We still have our vision boards mounted in our walk-in closet and we look at them every morning. It’s a good way to start the day, and to remind ourselves what we value in life. It’s also really fun to see what things have materialized and what things are still works in process. It’s time for us to revisit the Findlay Hotel and and create new boards.

I highly recommend a secret weekend and a vision boarding experience for everyone. Don’t get too “in your head” about it, just get a stack of magazines, some scissors and some glue! You’ll surprise yourself by how much fun it is. You might even find it very emotional, so don’t be surprised by that either, and just go with it–a very healthy exercise.


4 responses

  1. Nice post Jen…I love my vision board. Mine is hanging in the closet as well and when life gets hectic I try to stop and focus on the collage to get back into the place I was in when I created it.

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