Hopes and wishes and dreams...

Many months ago, the fabulous and multitalented Sacred Suzie inspired us all to make boards of our wishes, our hopes and our desires, a sort of 'manifestation', if you will. In typical Claire fashion, I knew I'd enjoy doing this, but was deep in the throes of a particularly crazy workweek. So I wrote myself a post-it and said I'd get on to it when I had time to spare. At the start of my summer break I found the post-it and got to work! And below are my collages. They're a bit amateur (I like arts and crafts, but I do find them hard sometimes!) but I actually really enjoyed making them.

I just collected words and pictures that inspired me (so there's pictures of the beach at Findhorn, the Cairngorms capped with snow, a London scene, Maya Angelou, Dolly Parton, Audrey Hepburn, and other things), collected some quotes (a couple of which I've written out below) and words that reflect the things that I love, the things I think are important, or the things I hope to have... It was powerful to sit down and actually think about these things :-)




"Then you rose into my life
Like a promised sunrise
Brightening my days with the light in your eyes.
I've never been so strong,
Now I'm where I belong."
Maya Angelou, from Where We Belong (A Duet)
"I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it."
Audrey Hepburn
I also wanted to put in this poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson, which sums up a lot for me, but ran out of space! I have a copy of this poem on a wall in my classroom and a little framed version of it at home:
"Definition of a Successful Life
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived."
I love that poem.

This was such a relaxing, comforting and inspiring thing to do. Thanks for the cue, Suzie!
What would your collages hold?
Love,
Cxx
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17 comments:

  1. I love Audrey Hepburn's quote. I feel the same way.

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  2. No sure about mine, but I love yours. And the quotes.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this Claire! The quotes and poem are beautiful.

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  4. V.V. cool! Mine would definitely include the work "fuck" and some choice quotes that I will post on my blog...

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  5. Very well done and the quotes are indeed inspiring.

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  6. Lovely inspirations! It's always good to devote time to nurturing the positives of life.

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  7. I love the poem! I could reprint Emerson's entire essay Self Reliance on my blog and be happy.

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  8. I keep a board on the back of a small privacy screen. Most people don't know it's there. It has a few quick sketches, notes from my husband, fortunes from cookies, and a certificate from Locks of Love. Some of these are reminders of things I wish to repeat, others of things I don't want to forget.

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  9. I did one of those a few years ago. I think it might be fun to do again. I'll make a note of it.

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  10. Mine would include "think positive, act positive, headbutt Steve" among other things. I think life is too up in the air to really know right now, but I like yours a lot.

    Oh and much as I love you I'm not sure I can publish your comment on 'One Day' without losing a wee bit of my mystery. You rock.

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  11. I love that Hepburn quote!

    I've made a board with things I want to bring into my life...but it's a secret :)

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  12. i've always loved the emerson quote.

    that was an awesome idea/exercise for you to do! your collages look beautiful.

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  13. That epitomizes fabulousity. I love it.

    I actually once saw that Emerson quote on a greeting care in university and had it hung up on my wall for inspiration. Totally forgot about it 'til now. Thanks! :D

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  14. I'm so glad you enjoyed doing the process and got so much out of creating your dreamboard! Thank you so much for participating, it's awesome! I looking forward to launching it this Friday. :)

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  15. This is a great exercise and I've seen it work for things you want in life.

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  16. Hi Claire, I love collaging...it's almost hypnotic and you can learn so much about yourself while doing it.
    I love that Emerson poem too.

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  17. All the collages are so meaninful,and the quotes and poem are beautifully inspiring (and I agree with them so much!). Ilike the challenge Suzie give us monthly, to really put on paperwhat'sin our hearts and minds through images.
    Kisses from Nydia.

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Thank you for your comment - I do read them all but it may take me a little while (a couple of days) to respond during busy times. I love reading what you have to say!

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