“Life’s a Journey, Work’s Just a Detour” (And Dream Boards Really DO Work!)

IMG_3148This is my dream board. I started putting it together about a year and a half ago after watching ‘The Secret’ for the first time. One of the interviewees in in the film talked about his dream board and the manifestation of things he put on it, so I thought I’d give it a try. At first, I used construction paper, but a cork board, picture frame, heck–even your refrigerator will do! This is one I picked up at Target, and after I tell you the profound discovery I made about my dream board the other day, you will want to make or buy one for yourself!

One of my best friends came to visit me in Kansas City last weekend, and as we sat in my living room one night listening to an episode of my favorite podcast, “The School of Greatness” with Lewis Howes, his guest, Chris Lee started talking about dream boards.

“I made one of those!” I exclaimed to my friend, and went digging through my closet to find the rolled up green construction paper that at the time was my “dream board.” I packed it with my things when I moved from California, but had not yet put it up in my new apartment. I unrolled it and we looked it over.

Some of the items I put on that board had certainly manifested themselves in my life. But there were a few things that stuck out to me: the words “behind the microphone;” (I had been a weeknight on-air host for the last 6 months of my radio station job before moving to KC) a picture of Nashville; (I recently made a wonderful road-trip there to see one of my favorite artists, Yelawolf, perform) and a little clipping of a map with the phrase, “Life’s a Journey, Work’s Just a Detour.”IMG_3149

I wondered how that phrase applied to my life as I looked closely at the map behind those words. Then, I looked closer, CLOSER…

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The map on that little clipping was a map of Kansas City! I was manifesting a “detour” out here over a year and a half ago and didn’t even know it. Let that sink in.

I was sold. I am right where I’m supposed to be.

You are too, but if you want things to change, improve, pivot, you have to put those wants out to the universe. A dream board is more than a few magazine clippings on construction paper, it is a declaration of your mission, values and goals. It is a representation of an attitude of faith, trust and aspiration.

I don’t know the full reason of why I came to Kansas City yet, but the beauty of faith, trust and aspiration is that I don’t have to know everything! I am learning a little more each day and enjoying the journey as I go. Things like a dream board help us to visualize and keep track of our progress. They are great tools.

If you want to make one, I suggest getting a pinboard or magnet board of some kind. That way you can move/change things around more easily. Any magazines you have lying around will be sure to have words, pictures or ideas you can cut out, but printing pictures or writing mantras are great too. Whatever will represent your dreams!

One thing to remember – you can put all these great things on the board but if you never take ACTION, and don’t have the right ATTITUDE, you won’t get far. Take it a day at a time, and don’t stop moving forward. In the words of Norman Vincent Peale, “You can if you think you can.”

The moral of the story is that you should make a dream board. But diving deeper, every once in a while when we wonder if we are on the right path in life, the universe answers us in profound ways. Life IS a journey. For now, mine has me right where I need to be, in Kansas City.

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