The Magic Vision Board.
In 2011, my life fell apart. I lost everything apart from my two young children. After a previously comfortable existence, I was now a single mum living in a tiny apartment with mattresses on the floor. I rapidly lost ten kilos because I did not have enough money to feed us all. But children are the biggest motivators. Instead of weeping over what was lost, we would focus on what we had: each other, running water, electricity, friends, and so on. That small apartment was plastered with positive messages, and more importantly, a vision board. I added a number of photos and it still blows my mind when I look at it now. On my vision board I had::
1. A photo of the children’s school. I had withdrawn them from school due to a lack of funds.
Within a month, I had secured a job and then two more, and was able to re-enrol them. That was a happy day!
2. Next to a photo of myself with the children, I added a stick man and two more babies. I was dreaming of a big family with a man who truly loved us and who would be a secure father-figure. I wrote ‘I know that it’s on it’s way’ and every day, I would feel the love in my heart, even though I had no idea where I would meet him.
A year later I met that man and he is everything I could have hoped for. He not only fell in love with me, but he also fell in love with the children, and they with him. It’s now 2018 and we are married and have two more babies. In between the last two children, we had three failed pregnancies and even though people suggested we give up, we didn’t. I kept looking at pregnant women and felt nothing but love, and now our daughter is here and the other siblings love her to bits!
3. I also added a house that would feel like home.
Guess where we live now? In a house that my husband and I bought together, with a room for each child. No more mattresses on the floor!
4. Finally, my career goal: I added a photo of myself as a published author signing books at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.
Four years later, I was one of the winners in a writing competition at that same festival which lead to a contract with a literary agent and later, a publisher. This year I was invited back as an author, as my second book was about to be launched, the first one having been featured on bestseller lists in both the US and Australia.
When I sat down to do that vision board in 2011, everything felt unreal, but now it is real. Dream big and do not let anyone tell you to be ‘realistic’. If you believe, you receive. Thank you Rhonda Byrne and the whole team of The Secret for reminding us all to live our lives to the fullest!