A Useful Vision Board
Welcome to my vision board. Here I
will be journaling
about every step that leads up to my ultimate goal of living
in British Columbia. I will list the challenges I'm facing, as well as
the progress I'm making. For
updates on my progress, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.
If you have read my About
page, then you know how passionate I am about living in British
Columbia. So, that's the first subject that goes on my vision board. I
have faith that this will help me realize my dreams. Having faith is
the first step to realizing your dreams. That's what the Laws of Attraction have thought me.
British Columbia Dreams
would say that this dream started around 2004-2005. We were going on a
trip to Oregon in September 2004 and for that I had bought a guide book
about the Northwest Pacific. That's when I first learned about British
Columbia. Since it was in Canada, and we used to live in the US back
then, I focused on Oregon, a beautiful West Coast state that took my
As 2004 turned into 2005, and Bush won his
second term in the US, I started to grow edgy about living in the
States. My plans of moving to Oregon from Atlanta turned into moving
out of the US and immigrating
to Canada. First we started with
researching the official Canadian Immigration Web site, and then we
sent out job applications, mainly in B.C., but also in other provinces.
Getting served with a deportation notice from the US
in the meantime, helped make the process become urgent.
a form of vision board to visualize our arrival in Canada as permanent
residents, I used two Canadian flags sent to us by a friend in B.C.
(whom I had met online), which I hung on the wall across from our bed
in our bedroom. Every night we looked at the flags and prayed and
visualized about Canada as our next country to settle in. Every morning
it was the
first thing we saw when we woke up. And as you can tell, using the
Canadian flag as a vision board helped... We arrived in Canada as
permanent residents the following year (2006). How we did it, is
Something obviously was not completely in harmony with my B.C. dreams
vision board, as we ended up in Saskatoon instead of B.C. That
something was rather a "someone": my husband... and myself. He was
scared to start a
new life in an expensive place like Vancouver, B.C., and at some level
I may have been agreeing with him. He was more
attracted to Saskatoon. Since it was thanks to his skills
that we could immigrate to Canada, and he got the job offer from
Saskatoon, and it was also easier to get into Canada through the
Immigration Nominee Program, that's where we ended up.
husband unfortunately is still my biggest challenge to overcome so far.
He still has that fearful attitude about B.C. Even my
kids were opposing me at first, but I was able to strike a deal
with them: I promised that I would not force our family to move until
2011 when my older daughter will start going to University and my
younger daughter will start attending High School. That way they won't
have to quit their current schools, where they have made lots of
As for my husband, I think I will leave it up to the Universe
the power of my vision board) to generate the outcome I long for.
I have exactly 2 years from today to
summer 2011 to see if his attitude changes. By then we will have stayed
for 5 years. I think that is enough sacrifice on my part.
the meantime I'm secretly visualizing that I can start making frequent
trips to B.C. to explore the cities I like and decide which one I'd
like to settle in. It's not just what I
would like in our
future neighbourhood, but I'm also
keeping in mind what my daughters and husband would like. We generally
like the same things in a city: not too crowded or dense, but also not
too quiet... maybe a sort of a cross between Saskatoon and Vancouver is
what I'm looking for.
We like Saskatoon's small city feel, but we miss the tasty food
and entertainment of a big city. My husband likes the prairielands of
Saskatoon (yes, I admit, they are charming) and I like the beautiful
mountains of B.C. (even he likes them). Great schools are important for
my children's education. Considering all of this, I have narrowed my
search down to... (drum roll, please): Abbotsford!
It has everything we want: prairielands with breathtaking mountain
backdrops; a thriving city with a mixture of many immigrants, which
translates into lots of authentic international restaurants; an even
bigger, cosmopolitan city (Vancouver) at an hour's distance to enjoy
whatever may be lacking in Abbotsford; and did I mention the
breathtaking scenery? Not to mention its close proximity to some
fantastic resorts, such as Whistler and Harrison Hot Springs.
However, Abbotsford was not the only city on my radar. I was also
considering Pitt Meadows
and Maple Ridge.
These two cities are right next to each other and are known as the
horse capital of
Canada... I love the sight of horses! Just as much as I like to see
I have recently created vision boards (and other boards) on Pinterest
and on Houzz
to help me visualize and focus on all my big dreams. I get
chills of excitement when I fantasize about my biggest dream: my dream
house! Here are guidelines on how to make your own vision board if you
want other ways of creating one. And if
you need inspirational quotes to get you going, you
can find a healthy dose at Brainy Quote.
Here is a beautiful
video with quotes to remind you that you should
carefully watch your thoughts and feelings, as the Universe is paying
close attention; you don't want to send the wrong message, so
this video daily if necessary (as part of your vision board routine),
to help you along with inspiring
thoughts and feelings of gratitude:
Though I haven't quite reached all my goals on my vision board (yet), I
am making progress, and here are my updates:
- Oct. 1st, 2010: After more online research,
I've come to the conclusion that Pitt
Meadows or Maple Ridge might be a better location for me
than Abbotsford. But I still haven't had an opportunity to visit any of
the locations. :(
- June 16, 2011: After
careful consideration, I decided Abbotsford
is after all still the best choice. What
played a major part in deciding on this city is its University of the
Fraser Valley, where my daughter will be pursuing her Bachelor of Fine
Arts degree. So... it's been decided; this
August, 2011, we are moving
to our dream destination!! :) I am so excited and can't
wait to get
- Sept. 17, 2011: I am in
Abbotsford! I arrived
on 31st August in the late afternoon... and the first thing I saw as we
parked the car by Super 8 motel, was Mt.
towering over the
city... It took my breath away! :) I'm busy settling and adjusting to
my new surroundings, but the toughest part is finding a job... and
having to miss my husband as he is back in Saskatoon until he gets a
suitable job offer here. Once he gets here,
life in Abby will be better...
I Chose to Live in Abbotsford, BC