Monday Musings

I am starting a new weekly inspirational blog post series on Monday mornings in order to share with you the things I have found to be interesting in my life at the moment. It feels to me that after turing 30, and more recently 31, there seems to be life changing decision after life changing decision! I posted that thought on Facebook and the response seemed to be a resounding “yes us too”!

Glad it isn’t just me then.

My first recommendation is a book called THE SECERET by Rhonda Byrne and the follow on from that called THE POWER. They are based on the law of attraction / like attracts like and the power of being positive and how that can change your every day life. It is the art of being motivated. Professional athletes have been using the methods described in the book for years.

I recently watched an interview with a boxer and he described how he would spend some time calming his mind and going through the upcoming boxing match in his head. He said that he would imagine every move, every punch and eventually exactly how he would knock is competition out. This is known as visualising and you can use it in your own life too. And no, I don’t mean to knock your fellow wedding industry professional out!

Another method, which I love, is creating vision boards. I have always created mood boards for my professional life. When I was an artworker / graphic designer and I had a burning desire to break into the world of high end retouching. I obsessively collected tear sheets from magazines like Vogue so that I could study how skin, fashion and hair retouching was done. It motivated me to learn the tricks of the secretive retouching trade and I did end up retouching many images that graced the pages of those very magazines that I had added to my flip file a couple of years earlier. For bridal fashion shoots I create mood boards on Pinterest and have various folders on my Mac hard drive filled with inspirational images. It is amazing that what you keep looking at finally materialises because you don’t forget about it and it is at the forefront of your mind when opportunities arise.

If you are not using PINTEREST yet, I warn you it can be addictive but loads of fun! If you need an invite leave a comment below and I will use your email address to add you. As far a I know you need to be requested by a member to join. If you follow me on TWITTER or FACEBOOK you will know that the first board I have created in certainly turning into my reality. I now go to the gym every day during the week and love my Zumba, Yoga and Body Pump classes. I will go into more of this in future posts but please do ask any questions below and I will try to answer them for you.

Spend a little bit of time each day looking at your vision boards. Print some out and stick them up where you can see them often. They can be created the good old fashioned way like my Mom’s boards where she has cut images out of magazines and stuck them into a scrab book of sorts. Try not to put too much on the board and make it easy to absorb on a daily basis. I would love to see your boards!

I now have a PINTEREST board for Fitness & Healthy Eating:
 The Secret  vision boards using pinterest (1)

My Future Home:
 The Secret  vision boards using pinterest (2)

Travel Locations:
 The Secret  vision boards using pinterest (3)

8 Comments

  1. Sonia @wantthatwedding on June 18, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Oh god I so need that fitness board in my life! I’ve read the secret but think I need to read it again 🙂 great post Chanelle XxX



  2. Rosie - LoveLuxe on June 18, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I love Pinterest too! I’ve found since using it I start getting lots more creative ideas about all sorts of things. It’s like creating the inspiration boards sets of a flurry of new brain activity, I love it!



  3. Jacki Bruniquel on June 18, 2012 at 10:47 am

    So scared of pintrest!!!! I spend enough time on the computer as it is but love your musings! And you must go to Anchor Watt one of my favorite all time experiences xxx



  4. Rachie on June 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I love your mood boards on pinterest – I often look at them – they are fab! xx



  5. Chanelle on June 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks guys! @Sonia you could also get the DVD and watch it for a quick fix of The Secret. @Rosie me too, totally addicted to Pinterest! @Jacki I love your pin boards in your office – the ones with all the inspiration on them. I want that in my life. @Rachie so glad you enjoy my mood boards 🙂



  6. TJ on June 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Loving the blog, I have just started on pintrest. What a fab idea to use as a vision board. Looking forward to see how it all works! I will watch this space next week …



  7. Nicola on June 24, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I LOVE all these mood boards! Gorgeous everything! I tried creating an account though Facebook but it doesn’t seem to work! I would be very great full if you can invite me! X



  8. Chanelle on June 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Nicola thanks I have sent you an invite to Pinterest hope you enjoy it



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