Can You See Your Dreams?

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It’s easy to have  dreams, but its entirely something else to actively go after those dreams. Sometimes you need a little motivation to push through all the obstacles.  In my writer’s group we have a tradition of making something called a dream board, which helps everyone connect to their dreams using the basic principle of “seeing is believing.”  This is a powerful philosophy that keeps us motivated to not only write, but to live the life we’ve always imagined.

I keep my dream board tacked to a bulletin board above my writing desk where I am sure to see it every day.  Aside from being a highly visible dream monument, it’s also one of my favorite craft projects.  I made it using a standard piece of 8½ x 11 card stock, various magazines, rubber stamps, stickers, pages from an old book (I rescued it from a trash pile at work and found it was already missing a number of pages, so I recycled it to my craft closet), leftovers from my scrapbook drawers, and little glue.  The result is this collage of dreams, (click on the image for a full-size view):

In the center is a reminder to abide in my philosophy of optimism with the saying “My glass is half full.”  I cut the glass out of an advertisement in a magazine, which was also used to cut out all the letters and words.  Even though it has a “ransom” look to it, the message is still there!

On the left side is a reference to my love of books to remind me to read as much as I possibly can.  Reading isn’t just a hobby, but also an important part of the writing process.  Writers feed off one another, published and unpublished alike. Reading is how I learn what makes a novel tick and how I figure out what defines my point of view.  Under the books is a string of words that I clipped from a bunch of magazines.  They can be linked together in a number of different ways and have multiple meanings.  Much of the poetry I write is inspired by this portion of my dream board.

Scattered throughout the board are a number of other phrases that serve as motivators to be bold, creative, and aware.  I can be a little timid at times, so I need a little push to act with the same fervor that fires up my imagination.  The presence of these words has had an amazing effect.  I can honestly say that I feel stronger and truly believe in what I’m doing.

On the right, there’s a reminder that writing is a daily process.  I used a TV Guide to create a complete week and then assigned a verb to each day.  If I dream, imagine, listen, inspire, create, hope and believe  . . . I can do anything. Even write a novel!

Below the days of the week, are references to long-term dreams of traveling and living in London for at least a year at some point in my life.  I found a little plane in one of my travel magazines and a London “button” in my scrapbooking supplies.  This year I toyed with the latter dream by going on a three week sojourn to London, which has only intensified my goal of staying there for a full year.

To keep my focus I put the word “writer” in large foam sticker letters, along with the phrase “I am.”  Sometimes I need to remember I’ve always been a writer and its not up for negotiation.  You can’t shake something that’s part of your soul, but its all too easy to let a dream go dormant.  My dream board stares me in the face every morning when I wake up and it watches me as I go to sleep.  I have little choice, but to let my dreams flourish.

What would you put on your dream board?

c.b. 2011

37 thoughts on “Can You See Your Dreams?

  1. What an AWESOME project! I love it! I definitely want to make one for myself when I go back to school this year. It’s a way to inspire yourself and give yourself a little pat on the back for continuing to write and maintain your goals.

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    • Thanks! 🙂

      I didn’t want my dream board to be something I made and then forgot. Dreams are too important to collect dust in a closet or a drawer – they must be seen and have the freedom to breathe.

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  2. I love the notion of ransoming my dreams, my half full glass. I wear a silver bracelet that reads “take your wildest dreams seriously”! I’m inspired.

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  3. We have a very large white board in a room that used to be my office – it covers an entire wall. Most of it lists my ideas for writing projects (no one has touched it so far). One section is dedicated to our Family Dream Board. There are stick characters for each of us with a list of each of our dreams (not my dreams for my kids, but their dreams). I think it’s important for kids to be forward-thinking and positive about their possibilities too.

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    • How wonderful that you do this for your kids! 🙂 In my career as a teacher, I’ve found kids are more confident and more willing to try new things when they understand the idea of “possibility” not only for themselves but in everything else as well.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you around again!

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  4. Love those dream boards. Have you noticed that sharing them gives them even more strength? Mine is more pictures…heathy food, exercising, money, organizing, inspiration, books, art, travel…and although I look at it every day your post has made me look at the pieces individually. I’ve accomplished more this year than I realized. What a great feeling. Thank you, Friend, for the reminder.

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  5. The first thing to catch my eye (other than the glass in the middle) was the days of the week. I love that, and I love that you assigned verbs to each day. Great idea and a great creative project! I might have to do one, too, and hang it above my writing area (though… I would probably waste a lot of time gazing at it when I should be writing!). Thanks for posting!

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  6. I don’t have a dream board for my writing (…yet?) but I have one for releationships. It was a lot of fun to make.

    It’s so important to use things that really appeal to you (I have a Japanese “maneki neko” on mine, to invite prosperity) and it looks like yours does that wonderfully! Thanks for sharing.

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    • I like the idea of having a dream board for relationships, (I might just have to do that, too!). Relationships are such an important part of life, from the ones we have (and want to keep strong) and the ones we want. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. simplydelete

    This is such a totally awesome idea! I love the idea of putting your dreams out in the open, because not only does it make you realize them, it has you realize them everyday whenever you look at the board. It’s a good reminder to keep you on the right track. Maybe I’ll attempt something like this soon. Not exactly sure what would be on it, but I do know that writing and reading would be two of them 🙂

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  8. Your dream board is so, so beautiful! Ours would look very similar, but mine would look much less professional. You have a real eye for balance and use of color. I love that your dream board greets you in the morning!

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    • Thank you! 🙂 I’m sure yours would be fantastic, too! Its one of those things where you don’t necessarily have to be crafty because your dreams do all the work! They are beautiful no matter how they end up on the board.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you around again. 🙂

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  9. I’ve absolutely loved the idea of making a dream board! I’ve already heard about it, but honestly, I guess I had never seen an explained one!
    It really pushed me into creating my own dream board. Just like you said, it’s too easy to let dreams go dormant. I think I’m truly close to face that dormancy, and I don’t like it – not at all.
    Thank you for such an inspiring post! I guess that dream board will allow me to figure out what do I really want to do and help me to fight for it.
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

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    • Stay inspired and fight for those dreams! 🙂 Never, ever give up. Please share your board when you finish making it – I would love to see it.

      Thanks for the congrats (I’m still trying to process that it actually happened!). 😀

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  10. Love the dream board – I did something similar with my intentions for the year, and what I wanted to bring into my life in 2011. But to wake up and ‘see my dreams” every morning is totally inspirational. I’m off to the craft table now…..

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