{moodboard / MAY...}

i purchased two new books over the weekend, the fire starter sessions by danielle laporte and the happiness project by gretchen rubin. i'm very excited to start reading both of these books. as i was thumbing through the fire starter sessions, there was one particular quote that stood out for me...

knowing how you actually want to feel is the most potent form of clarity that you can have.
generating those feelings is the most creative thing you can do with your life.

before reading this quote, it never occurred to me to first think about how i want my life to feel and then think about the things i will do to attain that feeling in order to create the kind of life i want to live. i always thought about the "do" first - what do i need to do, what actions do i need to take. enter the monthly moodboard. every month (every first monday starting in june), i will create a moodboard which will depict in visual form how i would like to feel. my aim is to select images that help me set realistic goals and convey a feeling. i'm hoping this exercise will serve as a visual reminder to ensure that my actions are aligning with my vision.

this is how i would like to feel in may: inspired, calm, and grateful; acquired through:
  • getting lost in creating
  • healthy eating and cooking
  • practicing kindness and taking care of myself
  • lots and lots of inspirational reading
  • slowing down to enjoy life and all the little details

what does your may moodboard look like? is there anything you're hoping to accomplish this month?

image source: food shot via sweet paul / "be kind to yourself" print found via the veda house / beg bicycles

16 Send Me Your Thoughts:

  1. Hi Theresa

    Thanks for sharing your book purchases, I shall pin them to remind me to have a closer look. It's also difficult to answer the question of how you would like life to feel like but perhaps that's just another form of procrastination. Over the last few weeks, I have been aiming to make a note of every situation where I've felt really good, sort of elated and warm and fuzzy. Once identified, the task is to experience more of it, either in those situations or strike up new, previously unfound ones.

    My moodboard for the month covers the 30 day challenge and I have to say that I'm finding it really difficult to stay focused. The person in my head keeps talking me out of some of my thoughts and randomness which aparently is a thing we all suffer from. Again, it's just a question of identifying when that happens, so you can acknowledge when it occurs and not be frustrated by it.

    Your moodboard is very inspiring, so go have a fun time experiencing it all xx

  2. What a great idea! I love moodboards, especially when they're personal. I read a book once called "Feeling Good" which was really clinical and not as readable as a lot of other self-help books, but it basically espoused the same logic as the book you quoted above. Our thoughts determine our feelings, so if you walk around thinking things suck, you'll be in a bad mood. It's all about choosing to think positively and acting on it. But with a bunch of clinical study results and boring bits in it, haha. I've known a few people that have read the Happiness Project and loved it, so maybe I'll go pick up a copy!

    I'm actually surprised I was able to type all that without drooling all over the keyboard at that deliiiicciiouusss looking poached egg salad. My goodness, that looks yummy!

    Happy thinking, lovely girl! xo

  3. Mmm yes that poached egg looks good! and i love that box of paints and that bicycle picture!

    Eckhart Tolle's power of now totally changed how I view the world and took away an enormous amount of stress from my life. And what I mean by that is that all the stress was in my head and it was nothing but worry.

    I keep meaning to do another moodboard as I've not done one since BYW. I hope we get to do another one!


  4. Ohhhh Theresa! The Fire Starter Sessions is AH-Mazing! I bought the online version of it a few years ago and worked through it in a few days! It is so inspiring and practical and really does start a fire!

    I hope you'll love it!....and you may know this already but she also co-wrote "Style Statement" which is very similar and also amazing!

    Happy reading/discovering!

  5. This is a super idea, T! I do sooo many moodboards for work but never for my life. Duh! Why didn't I think of that? :D

    Reading through your list of goals at the bottom of your post, I really feel like you and I are on a similar journey. Can we be moodboard buddies? Let's check in with each other regularly and see how we're doing, shall we? :) xoxo

  6. I think this kind of self awareness is truly what will carry you lead your most authentic and happiest life!
    I've been listening to a few podcasts that all agree to this way of being. I use it for instance when I know I should move my body but it's the last thing I want to do. I simply think about the feelings I have after a work out and how great I feel. It's all the motivation I need (usually) to get my butt off the couch!

    I love your idea for putting together all of the ways you want to feel onto a mood board! It's like sending your thoughts, ideas, and emotions out into the world and bringing them into your conscious for when they present themselves to you in your world. Amazing!!

  7. Hi Theresa-
    I hadn't heard about the Fire Starter book, so you'll have to let me know how it is. Hope your May is great! Teri

  8. You are full of good ideas Theresa! I love this monthly mood board concept. It's sure is a nice way to set some abstract "feeling" goals for the month ahead.

    After university I applied to grad school. I wanted to go into behavioural neurobiology research since I had a beautiful experience in a lab as an undergrad. But as I held my acceptance letter in my hand, I felt strange. I had worked so hard for this, but something was telling me no. I couldn't get the vision of my supervisor (of the lab where I did the research for my thesis) sitting up in his office, hectically applying for grants all the time, while we the students were doing the "cool" stuff down in the lab, out of my head. I realized I didn't want that to be my reality. And chances are, that's what it was going to be if I continued down this path. So I didn't go on to grad school. Instead I thought long and hard about what I wanted my life to "feel" like, what it should "look" like. I discovered that fundamentally, I was looking for more control over my career and freedom to express my creativity. And that's how interior design came about. A whole new world has opened to me since then, and even though my career path is still developing and I'm not sure what the future will bring, somehow it feels completely right. I am now focusing and building my to do list and working on it everyday.

    It feels really nice to know that there are people out there who understand that, the thing about "feeling". Thank you for that :)

  9. HI there...I find myself here via Holly at HvH (thank you, Holly!). Wow, I love this vibe board idea of envisioning values and feelings. I have pinned up random images and words literally with clothespins on a string in my office. Reminders of what is important to me: family, art, the ocean, etc. Yet, the practice of doing one every month would be great-just to keep in alignment values and action. Thanks for this and your lovely spirit.

  10. @SAM - I love your idea of making a note (mental or otherwise) about the moments you get a good feeling doing something. Not only would the action help you remember the moment (and hopefully have more of them), but it would also keep you present and aware.
    Good luck with the 30DC. Hang in there. You're probably going to have a breakthrough.

    @ERIN - Hm, I'll have to check that book out. Or did you just give me the gist? I love how self-aware you are at your age. It's refreshing. I wouldn't hang out with my 25 y/o self. Ugh, she was a horrible human being. ;)
    Oh, if you like that egg shot, you must check out the entire Sweet Paul mag. Get ready for some major drool.

    @ANNIE - Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now, right? That book is definitely next on my list. I remember you mentioning it to me before, so I need to get to it.

    @KINGA - OH, it's so nice to hear from someone that's read The Fire Starter Sessions and loved it. I really can't wait to delve into it. I'll be sure to share my findings when I'm done.

    @CHI - Yes, let's definitely be moodboard buddies. It's always good to use the buddy system in exercises like these for accountability.

    @LIZ - I've definitely used that mind game trick on myself when I'm dreading exercise. That's a good one, for sure!

    @TERI - I only just heard about The Fire Starter Sessions myself. (I can't even remember from where now.) Laporte's back story is pretty interesting and the book seems full of wise advice. We shall see...

    @HOLLY - Ah, great story! You present a great example of how this 'feeling' theory works in real life. I'm so glad 'the feeling' then directed you to the path your on now. I am hoping for the same sort of breakthrough. Though I know it doesn't just happen to fall into your lap; It takes some work and digging.

    @CHRISTINE - Welcome, Christine. So glad you joined the conversation. We always kind of think about these things either at the end of the year or the beginning of the new year, but a year is a long time and I find myself forgetting. So, I thought checking in monthly would help keep my feelings/hopes/goals top of mind. A monthly checkpoint.

  11. Okay. We must be telepathically connected. I bought the Firestarter Sessions on Monday at the suggestion of a friend and started reading it Monday night! Seriously - crazy coincidence!!!!!I love the idea of making monthly mood board and your May board is gorgeous! Let's catch up over coffee soon!

  12. Love your moodboard! You know I have a thing for moodboards. I am a total believer of visual stimulation. I create moodboards for my creative projects but never really thought to create them for short term goals as it pertains to how I'm feeling and where I want to be. Thanks for opening my mind up to something new : )

  13. Sorry to be late to this party:)another great and thought provoking post of the lovely T...

    Never heard of the Firestarter sessions so will look into that. Thank you. The Happiness project and The Power of Now are happy residents of my library.

    Mood Boards are a great way to get into knowing how we want our life to look and feel like. I must admit I've never done a 'feel' only board. That would be interesting and would challenge my analytical mind.

    Your May feeling list looks great. I wish you many fun, inspired, calm and greatful days ahead...

  14. this is such a great way to start each month. rather than have one new year resolution...why not have 12!! i'm more of the type to go with the flow...but i am really loving this idea. i may have to do it for myself so i can have a strict goal each month! but, i certainly wouldn't mind using your may moodboard for the entire year :P can't wait to see june's moodboard!!

  15. Oh I love the mood board and the idea of taking control of your actions and feelings...

    My mood board wouldn't look so happy. I don't know why but May made me feel overwhelmed, tired, frustrated and sad so far but last night after a good cry I told myself there is no reason to feel that way, I should go back to my usual happy and optimistic self and stop whining and that's what I'm doing now ;)

    I put both books on my reading list!

  16. I've been thinking about reading the happiness project. I can't wait to hear what you think about it!


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