I often write about visioning and the importance of having vision boards. The cool thing is that, more and more, I am seeing evidence in the press of business owners who realize that their vision board drawings or pictures have come to be. Consider Deborah Webster’s story about her business, Artspace, which was reported in a recent (December 19th) edition of The Islander Newspaper (Anna Maria Island, Florida).
As The Islander reported, “She had a vision. She put it to paper, and voila, it came to be.” Webster’s story begins back in 2004, when she was promoting visioning books at the school where she taught in Schenectady, NY. She told her students “Put yourself there – where you want to be.” She also started her vision book and started drawing scenes of the seaside, sunny days, white beaches, people relaxing and strolling. “I didn’t even know this place existed,” she said.
After 2004, Webster set the “beach” visioning book aside and became interested in studying Australian aboriginal art. She began making vision books in which she pasted pictures of kangaroos, koalas, and Australia’s coastline in her book. A few years later, in 2006, she was encouraged to apply for a Fulbright-Hays fellowship. But the destinations offered did not include Australia, so she almost didn’t apply. Her mentor kept encouraging her to send in her application despite the choice of locations, so she did. As she was applying, she was notified that Egypt, one of the locations, had been replaced with Australia. That winter, in 2007, she got notice she had won the Fulbright and she ended up going all over Australia.
Webster and her husband visited Anna Maria, loved it, and moved there in 2006. She saw the space above the island’s post office and realized she had seen it before in her vision books – a studio with 15 foot high ceilings, French doors that opened to a garden off the balcony, and a brick patio – which is what her business, Artspace, is now. “I wrote this in my visioning books in 2004 and this is 2012. It came true and I didn’t even remember it was in there. It just happened.”
I’ve had similar experiences. Doing vision boards (or books) sets a part of you humming, and step by step you begin taking the actions that lead to what’s in your mind’s eye. You can read more about giving yourself a gift of a vision board in my recent blog post here.