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Creating a Vision Board for 2014: Make Your Dreams Reality!


Yesterday we enjoyed a fantastic New Year’s day dim sum with our “family”. I love how our family not only includes our most immediate family members but also our long-time family friends and their family. We were a total of 14 spanning three generations, and all indulging our love of dim sum and good cheer. Following our brunch, we braved the winter wind a few short blocks so that we could escape into movie theatre land where we cozied up to one another with popcorn in hand and watched ‘Frozen’. I have to say that my children aren’t particularly adept at sitting through a feature length film yet, and since they only watch a few select kids’ shows on netflix that have zero plot twists, they had a really difficult time watching some of the upsetting and scarier scenes in the movie. All in all though, it was a fun one to watch.

Since the past week and a half has really been at odds with my goals and aspirations for the year, I am hoping to anchor myself with a vision board. This was suggested to me by my coach and I think it’s a fantastic idea for anyone to implement.

What is a vision board? It is a visual board that can either be made with magazine and paper clippings or done virtually on a personal board on Pinterest using images culled from the web. The items that you post onto your board should be a reflection of what inspires you and what represents your dreams and vision for the year and beyond. If you aren’t sure where to start, just post those things that most intrigue you first. Slowly, you will discover what your true passions are.

Once you have the concept of your ideal life forming on your vision board, review it everyday to help you visualize your full potential and achieve your dreams.

What do you want your ideal life to look like? How do you live, breathe and move in this new vision for yourself? What images appear when you think of your ideal work/life balance, your ideal state of health, your ideal social and family life? Are there specific places you want to visit? Specific activities you wish to experience, or specific people you want to meet? What are the things you most wish to accomplish? What inspires you to become your best version of your self?

Use the most beautiful pictures, photographs, hand-written notes, and inspirational quotes you can find and set your heart and spirit free!

Here are some great articles for more info on how to create your own vision board and make 2014 your best year ever:

Martha Beck’s, How to Make a Vision Board – And How it Can Change Your Life on Oprah.com

Jayme Barrett’s Manifestation Board: How to Design a Blueprint for Your Dreams.

Happy vision boarding ūüôā

-M.

Kids’ Summertime Fun with Inukshuks and Rock Art


Sunday afternoon turned out to be the perfect day to spend doing an indoor activity with the girls. The rain finally came down in thick sheets after weeks of a heat wave and dry spell.

With our bag full of rocks which we recently collected at our local ‘Cherry Beach’, we decided to create our very own miniature Inukshuks (also known as Inuksuk and Inuksuit (pl.)¬†by the Nunavut and Government of Canada through Indian and Northern Affairs Canada).¬†¬†To be culturally respectful, I will refer to them as Inuksuk (singular) and Inuksuit (plural) from here on in.

According to Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inuksuk, an inukshuk, for those who are not already familiar is a:

‘..stone landmark or cairn¬†built by humans… used by the Inuit…. and other people fo the Artic regions of North America for [the purposes] of navigation, as a point of reference, a marker for travel routes, fishing places, camps, hunting grounds, places of veneration, drift fences used in hunting or as a food cache… The word inuksuk means “something which acts for or performs the function of a person”. ‘

For more intorductory info on the Inuit usage of Inukshuks/Inuksuit, you can check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inuksuk as well as http://www.inukshukgallery.com/inukshuk.html.

J’s kindergarten teacher introduced her class to the ‘Inukshuk’ and other rock art¬†in the last few days of school, after they had gone to the beach for some fun in the sun and sand. Here is¬†a piece of J’s¬†personal rock art that¬†she¬†created with some of the collected rocks.

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Unfortunately, we missed the original ‘Inukshuk’ building activity as we were returning from a camping trip in Killbear (more on this later!) with the family around that time. However, we did happen to see a lot of examples of ‘Inukshuks’ along the driving route, and were eager to make our own when we returned.

Here are some examples of Inunnguat (pl.)¬†or Inunnguag (sing.),¬†which is essentially a rock sculpture depicting a human¬†figure and that¬†is commonly mistaken as an ‘Inukshuk’:

Inukshuk, 95. Photo credit: www.cbantlerart.com

 

Inukshuk –¬†Kuujjuaraapik January, Inuksuk in the vicinity of Kuujjuarapik, Canada. Photo credit: Nicolas M. Perrault

Before we started creating our own ‘Inukshuks’, I was not aware of all the potential types of rock sculptures that are often misrepresented as Inuksuit (e.g. the Inunnguat pictured above). For a more complete appreciation of Inuit rock creations that the Inuit of North America have created and used as markers for thousands of years and what the Inukshuks are,¬†you can¬†watch this short clip by Peter Irniq, an Inuit cultural activist, which explains the meaning of an Inukshuk in What is an Inukshuk here: : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKQ97rOwBH0&feature=related¬†

 

Here are some photos of the miniature Inuksuit we created:

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If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to build your own Inuksuit , I also found this clip 2010 – How to build an Inukshuk (@hofstadlyceum.nl) quite enjoyable to watch:¬† http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf25KoI6CnY&feature=related

Happy Inuksuk building!

“You are on the right path.” (Traditional meaning of Inuksuk.)

 

 

A New Day – Paolo Coelho Quote and Postcard Image


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