Today marks the final day of the school year for my daughters, so summer at our house begins this afternoon! The coming days will involve sleeping in, swimming pools and ice cream. My kids and I usually float through summer and reach fall with some regrets: We were going to go here, see this, do that, and now it's too late!
So this year I'm taking a creative approach to help us spend our carefree summer days with more intention.
Mind Mapping Summer
Wikipedia describes mind maps as visual diagrams to organize information. Mind-mapping takes list-making to another dimension, which is awesome for people like me who like to categorize or for people for whom graphics and visuals improve their grasp of a concept.
To mind-map summer, I started at the center and added our values around the center cloud.
Since I am naturally a list-maker and since I often run out of space when I branch out from those first branches, I simply added a bullet list under each category. I used colorful pens just because I like colorful maps!
Heart Mapping Summer
What I call a Heart Map differs from a mind map only with its specific central theme and category labels. I center my Heart Maps on my Word-of-the-Year, and from there I branch out with my Heart Ventures, the activities I most love to do. As you can see, for 2014, my Word is Open, and my Heart Ventures are connecting, creating, learning, exploring and moving.
Each bulleted list includes activities I can do to live "Open" throughout the summer.
This Heart Map will spend the summer fixed to the fridge where we'll see it every day and can cross our intentions off the list as we experience them. Now that I'm seeing it here on my screen, I'm feeling an urge to create a Vision Map that will reflect my summer Heart Map (a reverse of what I described in Explore: Mind-Mapping your Vision Map) ... and maybe that's what I'll work on during the upcoming Vision Mapping Workshop! (Sounds like it's time for me to start collecting images!)
You're invited to create your
custom Vision Map at the upcoming
Summer Solstice Vision Mapping Workshop!
Create a visual map or “vision board”—a collage of images and words—to reflect your goals, intentions, feelings and dreams for the year ahead. Bring a sense of possibility and leave with a personalized visual map to guide you through the second half of 2014! Space is limited. Click here for more information and to register!