On today’s podcast, Russ & Mika are talking about vision boards have helped them plan for their future.
Today’s episode is a pretty straightforward look at vision boards: what they are, how to use them and how they visualize your goals
These vision boards aren’t just collages made from magazine cutouts, they’re manifestations of the life you want, and how you’re going to get there. Russ & Mika talk about some of the things they’ve added to their own boards, why material possessions are okay to throw on there, and how they use boards independently, and as a family unit.
In this episode, you will learn:
• How vision boards give you the clarity to move forward
• Using vision boards to reflect on progress
• The power of intention
• The importance of putting thoughts & goals down on paper
Mentioned in this episode:
• Russ Perry on Instagram
• Mika Perry on Instagram
• The Sober Entrepreneur by Russ Perry
• The Russ Perry Show
• Picklecon 2019
• Florentine: The True Cuisine of Florence by Emiko Davies
• Amy Porterfield Podcast
• Healthish Co water bottle (discount code MIKA10 for 10% off & free shipping!)
• Design Yourself by Kareem Rashed
• Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits
• “The Boxer” – Simon & Garfunkel
• Hummus & raw broccoli
• 5 Minute Journal
• You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
• Tesla Model X
Do you have questions, comments or suggestions for this show? Send us an email at Hello@GoodtoBeHomePodcast.com!
Russ Perry: I’m Russ Perry.
Mika Perry: And I’m Mika Perry, and you’re listening to Good To Be Home.
Russ Perry: Good To Be Home is a weekly exploration of entrepreneurship, family, marriage, sobriety, and how we balance our business and life.
Mika Perry: From our family to yours, thanks for joining us, and welcome to our home.
Russ Perry: Hey, everyone. Welcome to another episode of Good To Be Home. I’m your co-host, Russ Perry.
Mika Perry: And I’m the other co-host, Mika Perry.
Russ Perry: Today, we are talking about vision boards. Now this kind of seems like a older term, but I’ll tell you what, Mika and I have been using vision boards for years, a long, long time, and it is a fun process. It’s an easy process. It’s a different kind of planning process, and we’ll get into it in just a minute.
Mika Perry: But before we get started on that, let’s get into our reading, listening, eating and loving. I typically don’t start us out in that. Go ahead.
Russ Perry: No.
Mika Perry: Okay.
Russ Perry: After you.
Mika Perry: Thanks. All right. Reading. I recently spent a Sunday afternoon on the couch with soup cooking, and the kids playing, and it was so beautiful and idyllic. And I read a cookbook called Florence by Emiko Davies, Davis or Davies. But Emiko is actually my maternal grandmother’s first name, Japanese. And this is a half Japanese author who now lives in Florence and Tuscany and shares so much on the food of Florence. Many of you may know that last summer we spent the summer in Florence, so now it’s become a very special place for us, and just thinking about the food makes me so excited. This summer while we’re in London, we are going for a couple nights back to Florence, and honestly, it’s because of the food. I want to go eat.
Russ Perry: And maybe to have not kids around just for like a day or two.
Mika Perry: Yes, we are going just the two of us. Anyways, on to listening. Amy Porterfield. You know who she is Russ?
Russ Perry: I do.
Mika Perry: Yeah, do you know her personally?
Russ Perry: We almost sponsored her. But she’s been a trailblazer for online businesses, marketing. She’s a huge brand.
Mika Perry: Yeah, crushing it with online courses. She has a great podcast, and I have been listening to it because I am also creating some online products on education around organizing. I’ve really been enjoying her episodes, lots of good ideas. I think there’s a lot of … She does a lot around course creation for herself. I will have to admit, one day I was being cynical, and I was like, does she have kids? Is she a mom? Because how did she get all this done? She doesn’t. But it was just like, wow she’s doing a lot. So I’m taking bits and pieces here where I can fit into my life to kind of-
Russ Perry: She’s also been a full-time entrepreneur. Like, she’s been doing it full-time for years and years and years.
Mika Perry: Right, no, I’m not saying that she has like all this time in the world so she can just do whatever she wants. I know she is like working.
Russ Perry: No, she had. She does have all the time in the world. And she’s put it into her business.
Mika Perry: Got it. Okay. Well, great, great podcast, and she’s doing some good stuff. Eating. I am drinking, I’m changing this, water in my Healthish Co water bottle, and I’ve shared this on Instagram. It is a company called Healthish, and it’s this plastic water bottle, BPA free, but it looks like frosted glass with a gold cap on top. And it has markers for hours of the day. You fill it up once and that gets you through until 1 pm. Then you fill it up again, and on the other side of the water bottle, there’s markers for the rest of the day. And so the idea is to get … If you drink to these it’s a liter a day, and that’s always my goal. And so this is just a very stylish way of doing that.
And I’m not getting any commissions or anything on this, but I wanted to share with you because I asked them for a discount code for the listener here. It’s Mika10, and that’ll get you 10% off with free shipping. And after I shared it on stories a lot of people posted that they got it too and they’re loving it, so-
Russ Perry: Did you get one for me? Because I really want one.
Mika Perry: You know what, I’m going to make another order and get them for a bunch of people.
Russ Perry: I used to use hair ties.
Mika Perry: Yeah, a lot of people do rubber bands, hair ties, they write it with a marker like a sharpie. So this is just a more pretty version.
Russ Perry: Right.
Mika Perry: And lastly, I am loving my new assistant, Kira Jones. So Kira, you have been a loyal podcast listener and now part of the Mika/Perry brand here. And I have just loved having her in the office with me, keeping me accountable, taking care of the things that she can off my plate, really really amping up my Pinterest presence. So she’s just been a huge help and just the last few weeks of having her so thanks, Kira.
Russ Perry: Awesome. Well, my set here I’m calling it the throwback edition. So I’m having themes to my sets here. What am I reading? A book that I discovered in college called Design Yourself by Karim Rashid. He is a industrial designer living in New York City, he’s from Europe. And this guy wrote a book in the early 2000s that changed my life quite literally. It was the first personal development book I ever read. It’s out of print. I recently scoured online, bought a few extra copies, because I didn’t even have a copy anymore because I always gave it away. I even gave you a copy when we were first dating. And I just love this book. He tackles every area of life, and his sort of thoughts and philosophies on it. Very very cool book.
What am I listening to? Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits, just reminds me of my childhood. My mom would always be listening and she would always be listening to like females 80s pop artists, like Annie Lennox and Eurythmics, or folk. So this is in the folk category, specifically the song The Boxer, which is like really … Just really emotional for me. I like it.
What am I eating? Hummus, but with raw broccoli. So you want the crunch of a chip, use raw broccoli and your hummus.
Mika Perry: Nice, we go through a ton of broccoli at the house.
Russ Perry: Yeah, and tons of hummus too.
Mika Perry: Yeah.
Russ Perry: And then finally, what am I loving? For the first time in many many years I brought back the Five Minute Journal. Now I’ve recommended it, but I’m loving it because it is the easiest way to get started with daily journaling. I actually have only done one. And I haven’t done one since that first 2015 timeframe when I did it, and so you can find it at Paper Source, you can find it on Amazon. It is literally five minutes a day, for journaling, evening and in the mornings.
And you do gratitude in there as well. It’s just a nice way to keep focused on that and not get too overwhelmed by a blank page. So that’s it, you want to get the list, you want to get a full recap of everything that we’re talking about, head over to goodtobehomepodcast.com.
All right, Mika, this is going to be a straightforward episode, because it’s not a complicated topic. What is a vision board?
Mika Perry: All right, so a vision board in its simplest form is just a visual representation, whether it’s on a physical board or a digital board, of things that visually represent what you’re striving forward.
Russ Perry: Right. We did our first one in 2014, ’13? A while ago, and you brought it up, found it recently.
Mika Perry: Yes.
Russ Perry: And it was crazy how much how that happened?
Mika Perry: Yes. So Russ and I, when we lived in this tiny apartment as a family of five, we just had another baby, you were getting Design Pickle launched, I was trying to figure out what I was doing. And we sat down, I remember one night, and created these vision boards. And how we did it is instead of you know, I think when you’ve heard of vision boards, it’s like cutting out things from a magazine. We did like the more updated version of where we just take screenshots of things online, and then copy and paste them into a document.
Russ Perry: Right, otherwise it would have been like, all things from Ink Magazine.
Mika Perry: Yeah, and I think that’s just a time consuming process. So this is a little bit more easier and streamlined. And we made it an activity. And the goal was at the end we would have this visual representation of what we were working towards, and save that as a screensaver on our computer.
Russ Perry: Desktop picture.
Mika Perry: Desktop. Okay, desktop, the background. And so we did that. And so the other night, I pulled those up because wanted to reflect. I think that’s a huge key point in any goal setting, or vision boarding, is to go back and check, like check-in, see where you’re at, reflect upon it. And I was looking at it was like, oh my gosh, I have accomplished, whether materially possessing these things that I wanted, or attaining certain things that we were going for. Like it was just like, check, check, check, [crosstalk] check, check, check everything.
Russ Perry: Right.
Mika Perry: So it was just absolutely mind blowing, and really exciting to see these representations come to life.
Russ Perry: Yeah.
Mika Perry: And manifested.
Russ Perry: Now for the record, I would argue, for at least for me, maybe for you to, this has not been my desktop screensaver for four years straight. Like we had it there, we set this vision, we had it, and then it kind of fell by the wayside. But this is what is amazing about the power of intention, as well as just being patient. Is by visualizing things, your mind, when you actually see something, either you imagine it or you see a picture of it, your consciousness knows it’s a picture, but your subconscious doesn’t necessarily know.
And so what can happen is you can find yourselves, manifesting I guess is the term, things that you believe and think. But what you’re doing is you’re putting these ideas and these possibilities into a closer realm of possibility. And then decisions, or non-decisions, or opportunities that you would have never noticed that are always there, you actually start to notice and take action upon. So for example, if I’m envisioning and I visualize this type of home I want to live in. Well, if I see a home that’s kind of similar to that, and I realize that that’s down the street from my house, well then, I’m going to be more likely to work hard to pursue that outcome.
If I never got clear on that in the first place, if I pass by the thing I could have wanted, it just passes by, it just glosses over me and I never actually notice it in the first place. So there’s a lot behind visualization, manifestation. There’s books, I never read The Secret, but it’s like apparently about all this. I just think it’s one of these things where it just gives you clarity of what you’re working towards.
Mika Perry: Well that’s like anytime you start noticing or thinking about something, if it comes into your sphere of life, you notice it outside more. Exactly the same example with the house. I know when I became a parent, I started to notice kids and strollers everywhere.
Russ Perry: Right.
Mika Perry: Before then, I didn’t notice because it wasn’t part of my life. I hadn’t thought about it. And once it became part of me, then I was like, oh wow, I’m noticing it everywhere. I think there’s a few things factoring in for vision boarding and kind of, you know, putting it out there that makes it helpful and real and worthwhile.
One, is just the power of writing or putting something down on paper. You and I are big list makers, journalers, putting things up and out there so you can see. And so what I will say is, it doesn’t necessarily have to be pictures of things, it can also be words.
Russ Perry: Right.
Mika Perry: Like, time and again, things that you and I have written down or put up on a board, it comes true. Now whether that has to do with the energy you put out there in the universe, you know, like the book, You Are A Badass, that kind of talks about that. Is like, the energy you put out there is what comes back to you. Some people may say it’s karma, people think it’s destiny. I kind of think it’s like a combination of all that, but whatever it is, you put it out there, and it’s not only like … It becomes real because you’re accountable towards it. The energy is out there. It’s a really powerful thing that we almost can’t explain.
Russ Perry: Right.
Mika Perry: But we are here to say when we put them up on a board, a whiteboard on a piece of paper, in a vision board, it kind of comes true.
Russ Perry: Actually, I can explain it. Here’s why. I believe God wants us to have everything we want. Like, I believe he’s up there and he’s just like, I’m ready. Like, I got it all lined up for you. But, he is not going to give us anything unless we’re clear on it. And so when we sit down, and we put things into motion, like a list or vision board. I like vision boards a lot, because I’m a visual person. And you can get really specific with it, where words it can be left up for interpretation. But when we get to that point, then it’s finally God saying like, ah, thank you. Now I can start putting things in motion to help you get there. Because he’s not going to do the work for you, but he most certainly has the capacity to make those things come into fruition.
And so I like to just believe that it’s like, if we don’t do that then we’re just wandering around wasting all this time and energy. But if we sit down and we get clear, then it can happen. And this is why your specific vision board, mine too, went by the wayside for a few years, then we pulled it back out and it was like, oh my gosh this all happened. With because we put it in motion. Like we got clear on it.
Mika Perry: Yeah., so it’s not necessarily it doesn’t have to be like this daily reminder.
Russ Perry: Right.
Mika Perry: But it’s the clarity, like the vision board was a visual representation of the clearer clarity we achieved in what we were going to work on in the coming years.
Russ Perry: So I just did this recently, in real life where there was a house that, you know we just got into our house, we’re not going to be moving anytime soon. But it was a cool exercise of a different neighborhood, different part of town, a different lifestyle, if we were to live here. And I just went and drove by it, just to see, just to visualize it, just to look at it, and get that feeling with it. So you could put it on paper, but you also can do this in real life.
And our current house I used to run by all the time, and I would visualize myself being there and living there. And it happened. So there’s a lot of practice, different ways you can do it, but back to the specific vision board task. Screenshots and then you compile it all on one sheet. We did it as a couple, which I also highly recommend. Doing it with someone. Now you can do it independently, but the fun part was doing it on our own and then revealing it and sharing it.
Mika Perry: Yeah, we had our own boards, but we did it together.
Russ Perry: Right. And that I think is because as a couple you are both independent creators for a life together. Doing it together, yeah I can see some possible benefit, but do it as an individual first and then maybe have a third family one. Or do it with your kids and have something that’s a blended thing.
Mika Perry: I think that’s a great point about kids, this is something kids can definitely do.
Russ Perry: Oh yeah.
Mika Perry: Because they may not be able to express in writing what they’re trying to achieve, but if you’re doing goal setting, that’s something we’ve talked about before in our staycation that we do annually. We do goal setting as a family. And our oldest uses words, but that might be a good idea for next year to think about is to use maybe pictures. And we do encourage Reece to write, or to draw. So instead of doing drawings, maybe have the magazines, or have a computer ready for her and guide her in screenshoting some things that represent what she wants to achieve.
Russ Perry: Absolutely. When I’ve trained people on this we’ve done different processes, but there is kind of a hesitation sometimes to feel that this is a very materialistic process.
Mika Perry: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Russ Perry: And I just want to just say, feel no guilt about it. Because you can put things like a symbol of a church, or a symbol of a project or something that could represent the meaningful things beyond a car or a house or a trip. But still anchor it in something visual. That’s very very important to you being able to see yourself. Because what the process is you’re trying to train your brain is to say, this is possible. I can do this.
Mika Perry: It’s mindset training.
Russ Perry: Absolutely. And I like to have shorter term, real life stuff on my vision board. Like a car, or a cool outfit, or I don’t know whatever. I think you had a purse or something. Like you just had real stuff. Are those things in the grand scheme of life and legacy that important? Not really. But what that is, is a reflection of the value and the growth that I’m having.
Mika Perry: Exactly.
Russ Perry: In life. So I have a Tesla model X, like I’ve been dreaming about that since they first came out. I got that when my business was growing and thriving as a result of the value from the business, not because I saved every penny I could every have to put towards that car.
Mika Perry: Mm-hmm (affirmative). Yeah, you created a business for hundreds of people to be employed by, and then also a service that thousands of clients are using to improve their business.
Russ Perry: Right.
Mika Perry: So I agree, the material things you put on there I think people can feel a little bit vain, or materialistic, and we’re putting like a purse up here, or a house up here. And that can be very money focused. But again, that is a representation of the value you’re creating. And in the path of serving people and doing bigger, greater, purpose driven things in your life, you are going to collect material representations along the way of that.
Russ Perry: Absolutely. Yeah.
Mika Perry: And also, who doesn’t like nice things? I put nice things on my board because I love nice things, it makes me happy.
Russ Perry: I think my mom kind of is uncomfortable with nice things.
Mika Perry: Your mom?
Russ Perry: Yeah. I don’t know.
Mika Perry: I mean some people are. That’s the thing is that I know that I’m not.
Russ Perry: Yeah.
Mika Perry: I am comfortable with nice … I am very comfortable with nice things. But my mom isn’t either. And so I would be interested in see what if they were to do a vision board what would be on there.
Russ Perry: Absolutely.
Mika Perry: But I guarantee for someone like that, they are still going to find material things that represent something that’s important to them.
Russ Perry: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Mika Perry: I put a picture of just kids in uniforms with a very English looking brick school building. And what that represented for me was that I wanted it to be in a position to be able to choose our education for our kids. And have them go to a really nice school that possibly had a uniform, because that represents a type of school that I would want them to be at.
Russ Perry: Right.
Mika Perry: I also put Bible verses on there. I put numbers on there. I put destinations of places we wanted to travel to. And these are all just visual representations of things that I want in our life.
Russ Perry: Awesome. So Mika, someone’s curious and they want to see your vision board, how would they do that?
Mika Perry: We thought about, should we share this? And I was like, heck yeah. Let’s let people see what’s on our vision board. I think you might laugh at some of the things that are on mine, but I will share this to our email subscribers. So how you can get on our list and join our community even further and deeper, is to go to goodtobehomepodcast.com, there’s a place in there right on that main screen for you to input your email. And we will not only send you the monthly recap of our reading, listening, eating, and loving, but I will send out an extra email with our vision board.
Russ Perry: Awesome. I got to find mine, if I can find mine in time. It’s somewhere in the cloud.
Mika Perry: It is, yeah.
Russ Perry: Somewhere. [crosstalk].
Mika Perry: I remember what it looks like. So we will get that out to you and you can take a peek.
Russ Perry: Awesome. So this is straight forward, I hope you can find some time in the next week, maybe this weekend to sit down and create a vision board. It’s not complicated. It’s not hard. You can do it in an hour or two. Pinterest is your oyster to find pictures of stuff that I know a lot of the things we found on Pinterest and took screen shots.
Mika Perry: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Russ Perry: Copy and paste it all into a document, and then take another screenshot, save it to your computer, print it out, put it where you can see it. And share it with us. We’d love to see what you create. You can send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mika Perry: Or put it on your Instagram stories, that would be so fun to see.
Russ Perry: Oh my gosh, yeah.
Mika Perry: And don’t be ashamed of what you put on there, be truthful and authentic, and show the world. Put that energy out there, that this is what you’re striving for. And I think it’ll really encourage other people to see you doing that to, whether its immediate family, or if you do share it online. I think it’ll really just send that positive intention, you know, the snowball rolling.
Russ Perry: Awesome. All right everyone, thanks for joining us together this week at Good To Be Home. If you need anything else don’t hesitate to reach out, and we’ll see you next week.
Mika Perry: Happy vision boarding. Bye.
Russ Perry: Take care.
Thanks for listening to this episode of Good To Be Home.
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Russ Perry: See you next time.