3 Tips for Hosting a Successful Vision Board Party

3 Tips for Hosting a Successful Vision Board Party

Get Your Supplies Together
Vision boards are an excellent way to visualize your best life, goals, and dreams. Vision boards are a creative way to generate a visual of the things that you want to see manifested in your life, and a way to provide yourself a daily reminder of why you work so hard, and what your outcome will be. Creating a vision board does not have to be a tedious process. This can be a fun opportunity for a girls night, wine, and some creativity
Here is what you need to host your vision board party:
-Poster boards/Paper or Cork Board
-Magazines
-Scissors
-Glue
-Snacks
-Most Importantly Some Good Wine/Vino
Have a Method to Your Board
There is no right or wrong way to do this. I tend to divide my poster board into sections by category. Divide you vision board into 9 different sections.  The top three sections of the board (from left to right) should be prosperity, reputation, partnerships/love.  The second row should be family, health, and unity.  The third row should be self-improvement, career, and travel.  You can see a visual example of several options on Pinterest.
It is important to remember that you can change or update your vision board as much as you deem it necessary. I typically opt for the cork board version of the vision board because it is easier to modify. If you are hosting the vision board party and would like to utilize the cork board, it may be more cost-effective to collect those funds from your guests in advance, or request that they bring their own if they would like to use that.
Get Digital
Don’t have the time or resources to buy supplies for everyone? Get digital with your vision boards. There are several different ways that you can complete a vision board digitally by downloading simple apps from App Store from Apple or the Android Market. I particularly like the Success Vision Board Application by Jack Canfield, the creator for chicken soup for the soul. You can also create one online at www.dreamitaliave.com.
Remember the law of attraction! Hang your vision board somewhere you will see it daily. Use it to inspire you and generate positive energy at the beginning of your day. Live and work towards your dreams every day.

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Goal Setting: Top Five Ways to Make Sure You Are Accomplishing Your Goals

Goal Setting: Top Five Ways to Make Sure You Are Accomplishing Your Goals

The beginning of a new year is a common time to reflect on the previous year, and deciding what goals you would like to accomplish in the next 365 days. This is not a time to be shy about the things that you want in your life.  Be bold, intentional, and brave when setting goals for yourself.  The sky is not the limit; it is simply the view.  Although we tend to start out highly motivated and dedicated to the goals that we have set, we have got be honest with ourselves and realize that often that ambition can fade, and nothing gets accomplished! I want to share with you five methods I utilize to keep myself grounded, motivated, and a realizer of my goals.

Find Yourself a GOAL MATE

What is a GOAL MATE?  A goal mate is someone that you have a great connection with that supports, motivates, encourages, and enables you to manifest all of your wildest dreams. It does not matter how far-fetched they may seem, your GOAL MATE will not only hold you accountable but encourage you to jump in and get dirty neck first.  Whether you succeed or fail at accomplishing a goal they are there to pick you up if you break your neck for real (just kidding), brush you off, and send you on your awesomely merry way to attempt your next goal.  Keep in mind, that in order to be a good GOAL MATE, you need to reciprocate the same energy and tenacity that your partner(s) give to you.  It’s important to keep each other focused, interested, and motivated.

Make Clear, Objective, and Achievable Goals

Be clear and intentional about the goals you are setting.  It is also important to be specific.  Think about where you want to be with your finances, health, career, and love life. Self-love included. Be realistic with your timeline and remember that there are only 12 months in a year, but that is a valuable time that can be leveraged to generate a better you.

Make a Vision Board or Host a Vision Board Party

This is an annual tradition of mine. Each year I invite my GOAL MATES, friends, neighbors, co-workers over to craft vision boards. This is inexpensive and so much fun. All you need is magazines, scissors, glue, posters, your imaginations, and perhaps some wine!

Set Mall Quarterly Milestones

Hold yourself accountable. Think about where you want your progress to be after 3,6, and 9 months.  I like to review my goals monthly.  This keeps it relevant in my mind.  You should review your goals quarterly at a minimum.  Think about what is working for you, and what you can switch up.

Look at It

If you do not see your goals periodically, or place your vision board somewhere that you can see it every day. I have my goals on my vision board, iPhone, iPad, and posted in my locker at work.  Don’t forget the plans you have made for yourself.  Utilize these tools, go forth, and prosper!

Jazmin Nicole is a military officer, obstetrics nurse, advisory board member of Black Nurses Rock Inc., and the founder/CEO of Jazmin Nicole & Co.

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National Association of Indian Nurses of America Biennial National Conference

From the National Association of Indian Nurses of America’s second biannual national conference, held October 22 and 23, 2010, in Houston Texas. Pictured (from left) are the Executive Advisory Board: Vice President Ann Verghese, Secretary Lydia Albuquerque, Treasurer Ammal Bernnard, Past President and Advisory Board Chair Sara Gabriel, and President Omana Simon. The conference’s theme was “Transforming Health Care through a New Lens: Opportunities and Challenges.” Keynote speaker Jean Watson, Ph.D., R.N., endowed Chair in Caring Science at the University of Colorado, shared her vision of holistic caring in nursing practice.

The NAINA is a professional resource for Indian nurses, established in 2006 to address their unique professional, social, cultural, and political needs. It hopes to serve as the official voice of Indian nurses practicing in America and is currently working to “achieve acceptance and recognition among other associations like American Nurses Association (ANA), National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Associations (NCEMNA), Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI), [and] International Council of Nurses (ICN),” says the organization’s mission statement. The NAINA is calling for Indian nurses to unite under the umbrella of the organization, particularly the state-level Indian nurses association found throughout the country, including California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

The NAINA plans to promote political and professional awareness through its website, www.nainausa.com, and through newsletters and other publications.

Organizations Unite to Increase Seat Belt Use Among African Americans

In a keynote address delivered to a recent meeting of the Blue Ribbon Panel to Increase Seat Belt Use Among African Americans, U.S. Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.) informed the panel that the seat belt campaign was vitally important, not only as a safety issue but also as a health initiative nationwide.

Congressman Conyers called for civil rights, faith-based, student, community and professional African-American organizations to work together to seek funds from public and private sources to make the campaign effective.

“As one who is working on universal health coverage and injury prevention, I am very pleased to see the Panel energizing this campaign to save lives,” Conyers states. “We need to break old habits.”

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A study by Meharry Medical College, the historically black health professions institution in Nashville, showed that if more African Americans would buckle up, 1,300 lives could be saved every year. Statistics also indicate that failure to use seat belts is the number one killer of African-American children age 14 and younger and the number two killer of African-American men ages 18-25.

This study, which demonstrated the overwhelming impact of auto crashes among African Americans, led General Motors, the nation’s leading automaker, to join the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil right organization, in a car seat campaign on behalf of low-income families.

The car seat program, initiated through the leadership of NAACP President and CEO Kweisi Mfume, began in Michigan where the NAACP Detroit chapter, led by its President, Reverend Wendell Anthony, distributed 20,000 child safety seats. The NAACP, General Motors, the United Auto Workers (UAW) and National Safekids are the main program partners. In order to receive a free seat, parents watched an educational video and received a hands-on demonstration on correct car seat installation and use. A 25-city campaign will continue the initiative to increase car seat use among low-income families.

In Conference: NSNA

In 1952, during the American Nurses Association and National League for Nursing joint convention in Atlantic City, a group of over 1,000 student nurses from 43 states voted to establish a national membership organization that would provide America’s nursing students with their own independent, unified voice. The rest, as they say, is history.

Half a century later, a racially, culturally and gender-diverse crowd of more than 3,250 nursing students, faculty, nursing leaders and dignitaries gathered to celebrate that history at the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA)’s 50th Anniversary Convention Celebration and Alumni Reunion, “Embracing the Past, Envisioning the Future,” held April 3-7 in Philadelphia–appropriately, one of the nation’s most historic cities.

The convention featured a variety of special commemorative events, including the premier showing of the association’s 50th Anniversary video, that made it clear that the NSNA has been a leader in embracing equal opportunity and cultural diversity in nursing virtually throughout its history–from the creation of its Breakthrough to Nursing (BTN) minority recruitment program in 1964 to the election of its first African-American president, the late Cleo Doster, in 1976 and its first Hispanic president, Aurora Hernandez, in 2000.

During a panel discussion with past NSNA presidents representing the 1950s to the present, moderator Mary Ann Tuft, the association’s former executive director, recalled that during the turbulent decade of the 1960s, members of the still-fledgling NSNA had already become very activist in the areas of civil rights and other social concerns. “The issues [nursing] students discussed were hunger, welfare, the poor and the disadvantaged,” she said.

One of the most significant projects to emerge from this era of activism was the Breakthrough to Nursing program–which in 2004 will celebrate its own 40th anniversary of recruiting racial and ethnic minorities, men and other underrepresented groups into nursing education programs and eventual nursing careers.

Two driving forces that spurred the growth of BTN in the Sixties were the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the severe nursing shortage of 1968, explained 1968-69 President Florence Huey, RN, MA. “Even though the civil rights legislation mandated racial desegregation, in the South especially there was still a great deal of segregation. What NSNA did with its BTN project was address both that problem and the shortage of nurses, by focusing on recruiting minorities into nursing. We established the goal that at least 15% of professional nurses should be members of [racial and ethnic] minority groups.”

The past presidents’ dialogue also revealed that even before the “We Shall Overcome” decade, NSNA was actively supporting multicultural outreach and creating global partnerships to advance nursing education and health care in disadvantaged countries. Phyllis Halverson Johnson, the NSNA’s third president (1954-1955), noted that in 1954 the association presented Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia with a gift of funding to provide books for a nursing hospital in the African nation. Also during the 1950s, NSNA members collaborated with the American Bureau for Medical Aid to China on a major project to raise funds for the construction of a dormitory for nursing students in Taiwan.

A Call for Cultural Understanding

Flashing forward to the present and future, the NSNA’s continued commitment to cultural diversity in the 21st century was evident at the convention in such education sessions as “Culturally Sensitive Caregiving and Childbearing Families,” “The Experience of September 11: Middle Eastern Nursing Students in an American School of Nursing” and the plenary session “A Passion for Globalization of Health Care–Commitments and Challenges,” by Afaf I. Meleis, RN, PhD, FAAN, president of the International Council of Women’s Health Issues, and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

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Introduced as “a renowned international scholar with a passion for globalization,” Dr. Meleis, a native of Egypt who was raised in a Muslim household, commented that student nurses in the U.S. are growing up in more culturally diversified communities than ever before, and that it is imperative for nursing education in America to address global issues and culturally competent care. She challenged students to fully prepare themselves for a global future by developing an international perspective, a global consciousness of health care issues and a greater sensitivity to cultural differences–not only those of their patients but also those of their nursing colleagues.

“We develop an international perspective,” Meleis declared, “when we embrace diversity to the fullest, when we engage in experiences that protect diversity and when we, individually and collectively, address questions in our daily clinical work such as: ‘How different is the [experience of] pain for this Vietnamese patient from this Yemeni patient? How different is it [from your own experience] for a Filipino colleague in Philadelphia to be far away from his or her family in California?’”

Meleis also urged nursing students to avoid falling into the destructive traps of cultural stereotyping and marginalization. “It is not culture, not color of skin, not sexual preference, not religion, not cultural heritage that marginalizes people,” she stressed. “It is ourselves and how we react to those differences [that marginalizes others].

“There is a myth, for example, that foreign nurses [working in the U.S.] are ‘different,’ that they don’t share our values or patient-care practices, and we marginalize them through this myth,” she continued. “We make them different from us by undermining their values.” In reality, Meleis pointed out, a recently published study clearly reveals that “practice values of international nurses are very congruent with those of U.S. nurses”–and also dispels the equally harmful myth that “foreign-educated nurses don’t burn out” like their U.S. counterparts do.

The Egyptian-American nursing leader encouraged students to enhance their global and cultural awareness by learning about health care models in other countries, participating in international conferences and getting involved in global human rights issues and health care policy-making. “Ask yourself at the end of every single day,” she concluded, “‘what I have done today to demonstrate tolerance of diversity, and passionate intolerance of stereotyping and marginalizing?’”

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