Success isn’t worth much if it doesn’t bring you pleasure and make your life better.
Kate White – Author, Career Expert, Speaker
Right now, this very moment, what do you want the most? is a question I ask myself daily because I navigate my life and career decisions based on how I want to feel “ The primary objective is to always feel good. I learned this from (my mentor in my head) Danielle LaPorte who often talks about the importance of tapping into your core desired feelings – a holistic approach to life planning.
My feelings map out every move I make in both my personal and professional worlds. I don’t know about you, but I want to wake up feeling alive each day. I want passion to fill each bounce in my step. I want to feel good naked. I want to walk into the office feeling inspired. I want to live life to the fullest and be courageous enough to explore my curiosity.
:: I crave fulfillment. I know you do too::
My closest friends know that I am a vision board fanatic. I create at least three per year with a consistent theme of This is my life and my dreams are worth it. I don’t need to ask for approval or permission to be happy.
Yup. Straight like that. Because my vision board is not just a fantasy it’s my future and I take it very seriously. I’m one of few people in the world who lives in a world of yes. I truly believe that there is no lid on my potential and I wish others would come to understand this simple concept too. Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience life in the way they have been told to. When you discover who you are and what you want, something magical happens and you create a space where bullshit and negativity simply cannot exist. You break the rules, create your own path and never look back. This is where I am at in my life today. If you haven’t crossed over to the other side, the thought seems scary, I know. But you have to push through your fear in order to experience your breakthrough.
You can write a thousand lists and make a million vision boards, but if you don’t clearly feel what you want to experience, it will never manifest into form. Pauleanna
I can make any non believer, a believer. Here are 10 of my thoughts that have become real things [by putting action behind my faith and using vision boards].
1. I’ve attracted successful mentors into my life. Shannon Boodram, Shannae Ingleton, Stuart Knight, Bryan Brock, Rakia Reynolds, Bea Arthur + more (Google them! My mentors are freakin’ awesome!) all came through my power of thought. Before they even knew I existed I envisioned myself speaking with them, learning from them and excelling in my own endeavours as a result of their advice… and BOOM it happened.
2. I launched a successful business + brand. Some people probably don’t even know that I co-owned my first company at age 19 as a fashion stylist and personal shopper for professionals in the music and entertainment industry. It wasn’t until about 2010- ish when I begun creating my personal brand. I had a large vision of building an empire but started very small. Prior to starting a business of any kind, I volunteered a lot, asked questions, watched documentaries, and read many books so that I would be ready when God presented an opportunity in front of me. Here I am today living my dream.
3. I’m a media darling. I’ve been blessed to make multiple expert appearances on Rogers TV, Global Television, MTV Canada, ESSENCE magazine, Vibe Vixen, Product Magazine + more. My debut novel, Everything I Couldn’t Tell My Mother was featured on The Queen Latifah Show website also . My next big dream is to make an appearance in O Magazine or the OWN Network, TedX, The Social …. and I’d also love to work behind the scenes with notable women in television like: Shonda Rhimes, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Mara Brock Akil + a few others. Bruh, I’d even work as a janitor if it meant I could get into their writers room – Ah, the dream.
4. I caught the travel bug. Back in May 2014, I took my first work trip (as a personal brand) out to Washington DC to speak at Conversations Her Way. I later was invited back again by the Uniquely You Summit in September. Furthermore, a church invited me to Nigeria for a conference later that November, but due to the intensity of the Ebola virus, my family doctor advised that I stay home. 2015 afforded me business opportunities in New York, New Jersey and Philly and 2016 is looking even better.
5. I’m an (low key) actress. I have no dreams of winning an Emmy award, but I do admire the confidence of on-screen professionals. Acting helps me develop my skills as a speaker and builds my mental toughness. So I re-connected with an old friend, Janelle Morgan, Founder of Morgan Model Management. She is now my talent agent and helping me navigate the industry. On another note, would you believe me if I told you that a Hollywood talent agent scouted me for a TV pilot on VH1? Yeah yo. The vision board is totally real. On another note, I also just finished the screenplay adaptation to my novel and one of my dreams is also to become a TV writer so being in the industry allows me to learn a ton.
6. I’m a Best-Selling Author. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had dreams of becoming a professional writer. But it was never enough for me to just be a writer. In anything I do, I want to be the best. So after dropping out of college, I created a vision board and wrote down my goal. In 2010, at the age of 22, I became a nationally published journalist who has been published in every major Canadian newspaper. I wrote about everything from world issues to politics, fashion to travel, human interest to environment and my fave, celebrity features. I later went on to write my novel, Everything I Couldn’t Tell My Mother and at age 26, became an Amazon best seller in two weeks. Debuting at #16 in Kindle in the Children’s Girls & Women’s books category and #47 in Paperback and Hardcover Fiction books.
7. I leased office space of my own. No baller boyfriend. No rich parents. No grants. Years ago I set out to prove to myself that I could build a sustainable business. May 2016 is when I got my new keys. Cheers to bigger dreams, bigger deals and a space my team can work in. Super excited.
8. I purchased a car. Almost 3 years ago my sister was driving my car and got into an accident which totalled it. In my head I thought, damn where am I going to find money for a new one? Till this day, I can’t even tell you how and why. But last year I was able to gather enough funds to buy a Mazda for my mom, sister and I to get around. God had my back on this one.
9. I hired an Entertainment Lawyer. I was interviewing lawyers because …. well you just have to wait and see. After receiving a few quotes of upwards of $2000.00 I was feeling discouraged and defeated. One Sunday morning I was watching a sermon by Paula White on YouTube. She is my go-to when I need a pick-me-up and I was inspired to hold on to my faith. Girl, on Monday afternoon I had a meeting with a lawyer from Los Angeles (a referral from my mentor Shannon Boodram) and he agreed to help me for a fraction of the cost. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas! None other than God and the power of my vision.
10. I purchased an investment property. This is a goal I really wanted to achieve before the age of 30. With the help of my Realtor Aaron Charles, my financial advisor and my vision board, I put down funds on a pre construction stacked townhouse in Richmond Hill.
Bonus: I have an optimistic attitude. No matter what happens, my vision board gives me hope and that is very hard to maintain with so many distractions, negative media messages and naysayers. All I have are my dreams and judging from the above results, I have more faith than ever that they will come true.
p.s Watch this video on Steve Harvey’s thoughts on vision boards. Super inspiring.
Peace & Love,