Monday, February 1, 2016


"To cause to become real or actual"

How is it already February? One month of 2016 already gone and it makes me realize I really need to snap to it if I’m going to achieve all my goals for the year.

At the end of December I wrote an article for BookBub  that listed books to help with keeping those New Year’s resolution.  I currently have a stack of the books I included at home to read through, and so far I’m happy with the books I chose—they’re really great; inspirational, motivational, with concrete ideas for reaching those goals and living your best life.

One of the themes I’ve noticed in the books I’ve already read is about the importance of writing down your goals rather than simply thinking about them, and then breaking those goals down into long-term and short-term steps that will ultimately lead toward their achievement. 

In addition to books, there’s an endless supply of quotes about the importance of writing out your goals.

“Goals that are not written down are just wishes.”

“People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.” –Brian Tracy 

“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.” –Greg S. Reid

“Setting goals is the first step to turning the invisible into the visible.” –Tony Robbins

“Seeing your goal written in ink on paper will have a powerful effect on your mind.”

“Something magical happens when you write down your goals. It changes the way you see your situation.” –Dave Ramsey

Just to list a few, hah!

I love writing down my goals but in the past, I didn’t take the time to break them down into action steps or keep the list someplace visible. Often, I’ll fold it up and put it somewhere in my desk, sometimes forgetting about it for a year or two. When I find it again, I’m often pleasantly surprised how many things I can check off. To me, that shows the power of simply writing down the things you want AND it shows the possibility; If I achieved some of my goals just by writing them down then basically forgetting about them and going about my life, imagine what could happen if I took a more proactive approach, broke those goals down into steps, and kept everything visible so I could check my progress on the regular! It’s an exciting possibility.

And so, I definitely plan to follow through this time and gave myself a homework assignment to write my own goals and steps, as well as joint goals and steps with my husband. 

In addition, I’ve mentioned before how important I consider thoughts to be—I truly believe in the power of positive thinking and manifestation. Even after you make your list of goals and steps, if you stare at it and think “I’ll never be able to do this” or “it’s not going to happen,” I’d go so far as to say well, then, it’s NOT going to happen. At least not as easily as it could. 

“Everything in your life is a manifestation of your imagination. You’re making it up as you go along—what do you want to make?”

“I recognize the power of my thoughts. Whatever I think can be conceived.”

“With an open mind I can accept that anything is possible.”

Put those two things together and you’ve got a definite recipe for materializing those goals.

“While intent is the seed of manifestation, action is the water that nourishes the seed. Your actions must reflect your goals in order to achieve true success.” –Steve Maraboli

Anyway, I’m a fan of arts and crafts, and so, when I was browsing Pinterest and came across a manifestation box—also called a creation box—someone had made I knew I wanted to make one too!

Inside the box you put pictures, items and writing that represent things you want. For instance, you could put a picture of a car you want, houses you find appealing, places you want to go, the types of relationships you want in your life… the possibilities are endless, really.

Here’s an excerpt from the Hay House about creation boxes (Louise Hay is known as one of the founders of the self-help movement and offers healing techniques and positive philosophy to help people create more of what they want in their lives):

“…if it feels appealing to you in any way, clip it, and drop it into your Creation Box. And say, as you drop it in, Whatever is contained in this box—IS!’

When you are away from your box, continue to gather more pictures, and then drop them in when you return home. If you witness something you would like to experience, write a description of it, and drop that into your box. The more things you find for your box, the more the Universe will deliver to you other ideas that match them. And the more ideas you drop into your box, the more your desire will be focused. And the more your desire is focused, the more alive you will feel—for this Energy flowing through you is what life is.”

The full article can be found here.

To create my manifestation box, the first thing I needed was, of course, a box! My original plan was to go to Michael’s to find a plain wooden one to paint and decorate which is how a lot of the other boxes I found were made.  But then I found a cute box on sale at Hallmark, and realized I was much more interested in decorating a box that already had a design I liked over painting one—I love to scrapbook, and the latter option felt more in line with that hobby.

Next I wrote out the word “manifest” and glued it to the top, along with a couple of phrases I took from my scrapbook supplies. 

(since taking this picture and reading the article by Hay House I also added the phrase “Whatever is contained in this box—IS!” to the top as recommended.)

Next I decided to add more motivational words and phrases on the inside of the box. Before scrapbooking became all the rage, and before there were aisles dedicated to the craft in most stores, I used to cut images and words out of magazines and use them in my photo albums and for art projects. And so, I decided to go back to those roots, and pulled out some old issues to take phrases from (Seriously. I still had a couple of issues of Seventeen magazine stashed away from 2007!).

As you can see, I had some “help” from my adorable kitten Hermione (a recent surprise from my fantastic husband!) 

Finally, I glued a piece of ribbon on the box to tie it shut.

And voila!

I’ve already placed a number of items inside, and I can’t wait to place some more! I’m using it as an excuse to go on a magazine-shopping spree at Barnes & Noble, too. Helloooo Town & Country, Southern Living, The English Home, Condé Nast Traveler, Vogue etc…

Have any plans to make a creation box of your own? What are some ways you work to materialize your goals and dreams?

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