Out with the Old, In with the New!

I have really enjoyed taking time this year to review my past year and create a vision for the new one. I want to share with you this creative experience of making a vision board because it was eye-opening for me.

Aside from being so personally meaningful, I have a renewed appreciation for Waldorf-inspired methods of learning. This whole experience reminds me of how artistic activity makes abstract ideas concrete and brings those ideas to life  in such beautiful, real and memorable ways! This is what the Lively Arts  do for us, for our learning and for our living; for both our children and ourselves.

When I went looking for inspiration for creating a vision board, I found this article by Martha Beck. Her words inspired me, particularly these words:

“the board itself doesn’t impact reality; what changes your life is the process of creating the images…” 

Isn’t this precisely how Waldorf education works on a deep, soul level? The images form in our beings and transform us. This comment refers to creating a vision board, but it could just as easily have been made in reference to Waldorf-inspired learning!

“When you start assembling pictures that appeal to this deep self, you unleash one of the most powerful forces on our planet: human imagination. Virtually everything humans use, do, or make exists because someone thought it up. Sparking your incredibly powerful creative faculty is the reason you make a vision board. The board itself doesn’t impact reality; what changes your life is the process of creating the images—combinations of objects and events that will stick in your subconscious mind and steer your choices toward making the vision real.”

And now to share my process.

Here is my “Exploding Box” review of 2013 that I made with the help of Jennifer Lee from Artizen Coaching.

And here is my Vision Board for 2014. You can include your children in this activity and invite them to make their ownOut with the Old, In with the New vision board, too.

If you want more specific instructions for making a board of your own, check out this article How to Create an Empowering Vision Board. Or this one The Reason Vision Boards Work and How to Make One.

As Waldorf-inspired homeschoolers, we focus a lot on bringing the arts to our children and incorporating them into lessons. But I find that my teaching is more inspired when I’m also doing art myself.

What art projects are you working on to “spark your incredibly powerful creative faculty?” It’s a message worth remembering that “what changes your life is the process of creating the images…”

If you want more ideas and inspiration for infusing your lessons and life with the arts, check out my article The Seven Lively Arts.

 

2 thoughts on “Out with the Old, In with the New!

    1. Thanks, Kelly. I really enjoyed looking back and looking forward through artistic activity. I’d never done that before and it was both refreshing and inspiring! A great combo of hands-on crafting and reflection. Happy New Year to you!

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