I really love a good Vision Board. Whether you want a place to pin your motivation, inspirational words, ideas for a future craft project, family pictures, or birthday card from a friend, these boards can spruce up your decor, and if you let them, inspire you to reach your goals.
A Vision Board That Works
If you're like me, you pin stuff to your board to get it off your desk (I need to remedy that problem). Seeing 'stuff' in front of you will not help you with anything. To have a board that actually will inspire you and help you reach your goals will require a little bit of work and reflection.
What do you want? Financial freedom? To be a full time artist? A healthy lifestyle? Time for yourself? If you were a full time artist, what are the words you would use to describe how feel? Free. Happy. Light. Fulfilled. Strong. Take some time for yourself to write those words down and look through magazines, books, art, Pinterest, etc., to find pictures, words, quotes that appeal to you and describe your intentions. If you find a picture that you like but it doesn't totally describe what your are looking for, hand on to it, but don't place it on your board.
Writing Things Down
What are small things you can do right now to create some of those feelings for yourself? Write those things down and actually take time out of your life to DO them. If one of your words is 'strong', write down an activity to help with your physical strength, or an activity to help with your emotional strength. Whether you have 5 minutes or 30, make the time to do these activities on a regular basis.
What's Stopping You?
If you have been trying to move into a healthier lifestyle for a few years now, you may know what some or your roadblocks are. When you hit them, you need to figure out why these are in front of you. What habits are in your way? What resistance are you meeting from people around you? Are you making excuses for yourself? Find out what your roadblocks are and start to break them down, heal, and fix them. This is for you, so putting in that effort is definitely worth it.
As you are moving along through life, feel free to make necessary changes and check in with yourself. You can't create a million dollar goal for yourself and spend your days watching TV. You are worth the time.
What Kind Of Goals Should I Pin?
Whatever you want!!! There is no limit to what you are capable of. Do you have a physical goal? Personal growth? A creative goal? A goal for your business? Give yourself realistic time frames to reach these goals whether it be 6 months, a year, 2 years. Push yourself to be better, but recognize your aren't Wonder Woman (or Superman). Not reaching your goal doesn't mean you failed, being a work in progress is a great thing.
I absolutely LOVE Halloween and love to dress up every year. But, I don't want to end up spending hundreds of dollars on a costume I'll wear for a few hours. This year, I have been trying to find a costume I could put together on a fairly small budget, from my own closet, or something that is primarily make up. I also want my costume to be creative (I don't want to end up dressing like anyone else). These are some of the ideas I pinned on my Halloween Pinterest board that I considered dressing up as this year.
Maleficent (Angelina Jolie version)
I really love the thought of dressing up as Maleficent. No, I wouldn't be as gorgeous as Angelina Jolie, but her version of this famous villain is really stunning compared to the original green face we are all used to. With the right contouring, you can get those insane cheekbones too.
Yes, clowns are creepy. I happened to grow up being incredibly scared of them (thanks, Goosebumps) so I like to think that if I were the one dressed as the clown, it might not be so bad. The options really are endless though. You can be as colorful, scary, pretty, or cute as you want.
These cats aren't the same as the cat you would have dressed up as when you were 3 years old. How pretty are these looks?! You have freedom with any animal to make it as adorable and cuddly, sexy and seductive, or elegant and beautiful as you'd like.
Fairy or Nymph
I feel like there should be a monthly holiday that would allow me to dress up like a fairy. The world would be a happier place! The costumes and makeup below are gorgeous and while you may not be able to get your hands on anything as intricate, they show how simple it is to put something like this together. Grab a few flowers and make a crown. Add some exaggerated makeup, a flowing dress and you are good to go!
Gypsy or Fortune Teller
I love the make up ideas for this one because it is all about framing those eyes! You can get incredibly creative like the picture on the left or do a simple smokey eye. Throw on a bunch of jewelry, get some henna drawn or temporary tattoos, tie a scarf around your head or waist and you are set.
If you choose one of these options for your Halloween outings, post your picture below in costume so we can see how they turned out! Happy Halloween!!!
One of the hardest things for me to see is someone trying to eat a healthy diet, and they have trouble sticking to it because of the boring food. Healthy food does not have to be boring! And one thing that makes a huge difference is good seasoning. I’m not talking about a BBQ sauce full of sugar, or a creamy dressing full of I-don’t-know-what, I’m talking about natural spices and herbs that can totally transform your meals.
I take a trip every now and then to one of my favorite foodie stores, Penzeys (no they aren’t paying me.. although, that would be lovely). They have locations around the country and best of all, you can order online (sometimes they add free stuff to your order). While it is nice to be able to walk in and smell what you want to purchase, sometimes depending on location, that just isn’t an option. So I am going to help out as much as I can and post about some of my favorite mixes that you can’t find elsewhere.
I always use this mix when I make salmon. It is really perfect for a lot of veggies such as zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, or a mix of veggies on the BBQ. You can use it to change up the flavor of your chicken, fish, or even on your breakfast eggs. Salt, shallots, chives, garlic, onion, green peppercorns.
This one is similar to Fox Point, and I sometimes use both at the same time (on my salmon). Sunny Paris doesn’t have salt so I’m more likely to go heavy with this one or use it when I want to control the amount of salt in my meal. Sunny Paris tastes great on vegetables, salads, and any fish. Purple shallots, chives, green peppercorns, French basil, French tarragon, chervil, bay leaf, dill weed.
This is one of my absolute favorites especially for this time of year. Great on roasted potatoes, pork, beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, or in a stew, it really adds some warmth and German oomph to any meal. If you’ll be drinking beer, it will probably work with your food. Bavarian style crushed brown mustard, rosemary, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, sage.
I always add this to my chili (which has been entered in competitions… it’s good, trust me) and sometimes I’ll add a sprinkle to a curried chicken if I want to spice things up a little. This would be perfect on beef, tacos, beans, and vegetables. Ground ancho, onion, garlic, paprika, citric acid, lemon peel, chipotle pepper, red pepper, jalapeño, cocoa, natural smoke flavoring.
Herbes de Provence
My mom made chicken breasts last week with this mix and some salt (that’s all) and it was so good! This one is perfect for chicken, stews, anything you want to roast, pork tenderloin, and soups. Rosemary, cracked fennel, thyme, savory, basil, French tarragon, dill weed, Turkish oregano, lavender, chervil, marjoram.
This is a must for chili. I am obsessed and use a ridiculous amount of it, but every person that has tried my chili wants the recipe and is upset when they can’t replicate it without Chili 9000. You can use it for fajitas, tacos, vegetables, and when you want your fish with a kick. Ancho chili pepper, cumin, garlic, cilantro, onion, paprika, cayenne pepper, lemon peel, Mexican oregano, black pepper, cocoa powder, citric acid, turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, natural smoke flavoring, fenugreek, cloves, fennel, nutmeg, white pepper, anise seed, jalapeño pepper, star anise, cardamom.
Roasted Garlic (very different from the regular Garlic Powder, so having both doesn’t hurt)
Hungarian-Style Sweet Paprika
Jerk (chicken seasoning)
You can find your closest location or shop online at www.penzeys.com