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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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 :)

  12. i've always loved the emerson quote.

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

  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

  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. :)

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

  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.

  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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