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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Vision of Order

ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time. [Order week begins here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]

Since posting my last Bliss Initiative for the week, which was:

Get in the mood for order - This is a really fun one.  To figure out just what is important to me I am going to leaf through magazines like REAL SIMPLE,  PARENTING, OPRAH and figure out what organizational tools I want to use and activities I want on our family calendar. I will be creating a vision board to foster the new organized way into existence. (Sample board found at Parentology.)

Some of you may be wondering , why a VISION BOARD is part of ORDER week? Well for me it all comes down to two things. First, you cant set up the priorities in your life if you haven't figured out what they are and second, taking a step towards the manifestation of your priorities is a great first step in any ORDERly plan!

Approximately two years ago my Sweetie and I created a Vision Board for our family. We had a specific goal in mind, which was to buy a house. Here is that board:

In that board we left room to add other things as they occurred to us, a Hawaiian vacation, better food more romance etc. You may notice the Barack Obama pin, if you are dissatisfied or happy with our President you can blame me since clearly I visualized the Election Outcome on this board!  Anyway, that board served its purpose; we bought our house, took that vacation... The type of board we created was VERY outcome driven and did the job for us.

This time around, I've decided I want to create a more "Opening and Allowing" type of board (refer to Christine Kane's great blog post for more clarification.) You see I have this feeling that I am ready to move into a new phase of my life. I want to do something that fosters community, includes blogging and has room for a full and creative life with my family. Unlike the outcome board above, I have no idea how to proceed so I will be using my new vision board as a tool to point me in the right direction. Vision boards created in an allowing way have the uncanny knack of speaking to our subconscious so I am really excited to see what shows up!

Great Vision Board Resources:

From Christine Kane - How to make a Vision Board

From BlissTree - The Family Vision Board 

I'm going to get started today and plan to reveal my outcome at the end of the week.
How about you? Interested in playing along?

Next Post: The SPACE of Order

My 13 bliss virtues are 
joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, 
romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, and surprise.

This week we are exploring Order. 
Next week is all about Passion.


  1. I've heard of vision boards, and have know people who used them, it's something I might like to try for myself. I have my current vision board locked in my little mind...LOL Perhaps it might leave more space there for other things if I create an actual board to post in my studio! :) Theresa

  2. I read Martha Beck's article on vision boards about 6 weeks ago and creating one has been on my mind since then... I'm definitely playing along on this one!


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Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

  • 1. TEMPERANCE - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  • 2. SILENCE - Speak not what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  • 3. ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  • 4. RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  • 5. FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
  • 6. INDUSTRY - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • 7. SINCERITY - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • 8. JUSTICE - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • 9. MODERATION - Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • 10. CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths or habitation.
  • 11. TRANQUILITY - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • 12. CHASTITY - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or to the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  • 13. HUMILITY - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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