February in my Unraveling Journal
I have for you today my February pages.
February was all about visualization and vision boards for me. I used to create a vision board at the start of every season, but since participating in Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class, I have gotten used to creating a vision board right after my January pages of setting my intentions and outlining what my word means for me. So here are those pages.
For the first spread of my vision board, I reflected and responded to the past. I know vision boards are all about the future and what you envision it to be, but I really felt like I needed to address the past because the feelings were still there—not as often as they were then, but they come up for me from time to time, so I felt like I needed to address that. Except I put a spin on it.
This spread is all about letting go and forgiveness.
Because at the root of Heart is this ability to unfold and let go—of the hurt and the pain, but also of the person I want to be here who doesn’t want to be, And also me—letting go of past me so that I can step into future me.
So this spread is really about hope too.
And I think it’s really poignant to start with a spread like this because it’s about endings and new beginnings. It’s about coming undone only to be put back together again but this time stronger.
It’s what Liz Lamoreux refers to as The And Space. Dualities live here and I feel like my year will be a lot of that—push and pull—but ultimately a transformation into something so much better than I could ever imagine.
My second spread represents the feeling of my year.
And a few things I’d like to manifest or accomplish too. I like using images from magazines that evoke the feeling or look I want my life to be like. I tend to be attracted to very feminine images that look and feel very soft and ethereal as if my entire life looked like a dream.
For this year, I have imagery of a bicycle (hopefully I’ll learn how to ride this year), kittens in a basket (I really want a cat), and beautiful embroidery journals (to represent getting back into creative journaling and trying new things).
I also included a few word phrases in my collage to support my vision. These are bits that I snipped from books and magazines. They read:
- Be brave and let yourself be seen.
- The bees were still buzzing as suspiciously as ever. Some of them, indeed, left their nests.
- She was free to follow her heart.
- We plant a vision for loveliness, goodness, and love by sowing words of encouragement and wisdom.
- Made with love. Hearts and crafts.
The last spread is about following my dreams, letting go, and falling in love again…
Falling in love again romantically but also with myself and with life.
I used this gorgeous image of a couple walking through a lavender field that I clipped from an issue of Victoria Magazine. It paired nicely with some words I snipped from other books and magazines.
The focal point however is that lovely Mary Oliver quote I cut out of a Bella Grace Magazine. It reads,
When it’s over, I want to say: All my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
I feel like that is a lovely sentiment that supports my word Heart so well in the sense that it’s all about keeping my heart wide open to be able to experience all the wonders of life. It’s like living in that lavender haze, but walking through life like that always.
Just imagine waking up to a dream each day but that dream is actually your life. I feel like we all want that and that’s what this spread represents for me.
So those are my February pages: a three-spread vision board spanning six pages in my journal. And I’m absolutely in love with it.