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Dec 31

Vision Board for 2021!!!

Posted to Creation Station by Tiffany Barker

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Christmas. This year has gone by so fast. With the new year approaching, lots of people are getting ready to make some goals and start the new year off right.

I have always been horrible at making a New Years Resolution. I would say I would do something and stick with it , and then as time passed I feel of the band wagon. I started thinking about the new year and goals. What is it that I want to accomplish for this next year? How can I start something and not give up on it? How can I make myself better??

I think we all want that, but for me I am a visual learner. I have to see it to accomplish it. I decided to make a vision board. I don’t know if you have heard of a vision board, but I can tell you it works for me. A vision board is something that you place somewhere that you will see and look at everyday. It can be filled with pictures and quotes to help you accomplish the goals that you are wanting to set. Now you may be thinking that that sounds pretty silly, but I will tell you from experience it works!!

My sister had told me about them in a time in my life where I was really going through a lot and I felt like nothing was every going to change for me. She told me to place pictures and goals of things I wanted no matter how silly it sounded. I desperately needed a new car, better job, etc. So I made the vision board and as I looked at it my sister told me to think on those things in a positive way and believe that they would happen for me. I have been known to be pretty negative so this was a great exercise to think positively on those things. Now it’s not like I made wish and a genie came and granted it. It was more of me being positive minded and saying that I could accomplish those kinda things in my life. Believe it or not the car came and so did the job. 

A vision board can really help you think positively and help accomplish goals that you want to happen. By seeing them visually, you are more likely to accomplish them than to just say you want to do something.  Even celebrities have used them. Even Ellen Degeneres made a vision board about wanting to meet Oprah and it happened.  The more positive we are the more positivity comes back to us. Think about it, when you smile at someone, they usually smile back. When you are kind to someone, they are usually kind back.  When we are negative, how often do you feel like you attract negative things. Things seem awful at work and in relationships, life just seems to drag you down. Its all in the way you act and in your attitude. A vision board is a way for you to be positive with yourself and think positively about things that you want to happen for you. 

So what do you want to change about yourself or have happen this next year?? I know I have some goals that I want to try to do everyday. Whether it be working out for 30 mins a day or even making sure you spend more time with family, put that on your vision board. You can place quotes of empowerment or things that will make you smile. This is your board. 

Here is a link on how to make a vision board and make it successful of you


Whatever you decided to do, make sure you are Kind in the new year and love fiercely. Life is way to short to not do those things. Have a happy and safe New Year everyone!!!


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Feb 10

February Self-Focus: Meditation

Posted to ERC's 2020 Year of Self Care by Shalla Bennett

Meditation is a real buzz word these days.  You hear it everywhere.  There are classes and apps to help you meditate.  But, the great thing about meditation is that it is free.  It is a self-care practice that you can do on your own with no financial investment.  Plus, there is no wrong way to meditate.  It's just a way of relaxing and giving your brain a break from stress.  According to the Mayo Clinic article, "Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress," When you meditate, you may clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.

The emotional benefits of meditation can include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage your stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions
  • Increasing imagination and creativity
  • Increasing patience and tolerance
Let's get started on meditation as a great self-care practice for the month of February.  Try out this 20 minute video on Mindfulness Meditation. Take 20 minutes at work, in the morning, or before bed to listen and to focus on yourself.