How To Successfully Host Your First Vision Board Party

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The year is almost over and I'm already getting mentally ready for the end of the year. Holiday season is right around the corner and then we all will slowly drift away from holiday pies and gift giving into the inevitable my-life-is-gonna-be-super-lit-next-year mode. (Yes, I'm getting ready for all the inspirational posts and three full days of working out at the gym before February comes around and things go back to normal.)

Personally, I'm super excited to get my vision board party on with my best girl-boss friends. Vision boards are done best as a community (in party form with Lauryn Hill playing in the background and an unlimited supply of wine nearby) because you'll get the benefit of sharing your ideas with friends and building your team of cheerleaders supporting you in reaching your goals - plus there's wine.

Once you have all of the vision board party planning out of the way, your date is set and all of your BFFs have invitations in their inbox, what happens next? What do you do once they arrive at your house and are mid-way through their second glass of wine?

There are three key pieces to hosting any super successful vision board party that you'll need to make sure it's fun and engaging, but not too overwhelming or structured.

Let Your Guests Introduce Themselves To Each Other

I love to start vision board parties by giving each person the floor, one at a time, to share both who they are, their experience and their goals. I love when event hosts allow for full introductions to the entire room because you get to know a little bit about everyone in the room. Without formal introductions, you are basically meeting people by chance based on what time you walk in to the party or who you randomly lock eyes with while getting your second brownie at the dessert table.

This is the best format for introductions at a vision board party because you can be more intentional about who you talk to before you leave. For example, if you're struggling to get a job in a certain field, but someone else at the party works in that field, you'll learn that during the introductions and you can make sure to chat with them at the party.  (Side note: This is also why it's important to limit the number of people present at the event - it's much harder to do introductions for 50 people than it is for 8-10.)

Make Sure Everyone Knows What A Vision Board Is

While vision boards have gotten a lot of good press from celebrities and influencers sharing their great experiences using them, some people won't know what a vision board it so it's always good to give a brief introduction to vision boards. You can share your experience or bring an old vision board to share with the group. You can also take some time to talk about different types of goals you can put on your vision board. Vision boards are very versatile and don't only have to speak to your professional goals and relationship goals, but they can be a guide for anything you want to accomplish for yourself.

Leave Room For Eating + Building + Networking

The best part of any event is that feeling you get at the end of the night when you walk away having met someone interesting or getting some great advice that was life changing that you can immediately apply to the issues you are facing. When I went to my first vision board party, my life was in a very sad place but I met women who assured me that they've been through similar issues and encouraged me to keep going. They didn't see me the way I saw myself at the time, they saw my potential and I could feel the love and excitement about goal-crushing in the room. In order for anyone to get that experience at your event, you have to give them breathing room to meet and chat with the other people in the room.

At the end of the night, your guests may not walk away with a completed vision board (and that's been true for the last 5 vision board parties I've been to) but they will walk away with new friendships, a clearer idea of what they want to accomplish, and positive vibes to last them for days.

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How To Plan An Unforgettable Vision Board Party

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So, you're ready to start planning your first vision board party? Congrats! You're in for an incredible experience - and looking forward to a miraculous year, I promise. :)

Vision boards are effective in helping you reach your goals because they help you to start envisioning the future that you want for yourself. Hosting a vision board party makes the creation of your vision board a group activity where you can let your hair down, chat with friends and make long-lasting connections. My favorite thing about vision board parties, though, is not the food or the wine (gasp!), it's the sharing of success stories and ideas that occur between guests as they share their goals for the year. 

I have tips for days when it comes to this whole vision boarding thing (we even do a vision board conference) and there's certainly a way to create an unforgettable experience for your vision board party guests. Here are my top vision board party planning tips. 

 

Curating The Right Guest List

Just like any party, the most important element is the people in the room! Interaction between the guests you invite is what makes all the difference between an epic party where people met new besties and that awkward party of wall flowers where everyone is silently working on their boards and you can hear a pin drop.

To start, you want to invite people with diverse backgrounds. For example, don’t just invite all your entrepreneur or side hustler friends, invite your friends that are students, corporate queens and do-gooders holding it down at a nonprofit. This will ensure that the ideas shared are met from different perspectives around the table - not just head nods and repeat strategies. New ideas always leads to additional conversation and that's the best thing you could have at your event - engaged guests. 

Also, don't be afraid to invite people from different age groups. While more experienced + seasoned friends can give you words of wisdom, younger friends will bring a breath of optimism and lighthearted naivete that only the youth can truly offer.

Finally, invite your friends who are happy to share information with others. If you have those friends that don't want to tell anyone what they're doing or how they've achieved their goals - they might be right for this kind of event. Having an abundance of givers (rather than takers) will ensure that everyone can benefit from others in the room - and that the conversation keeps flowing. 

 

Having The Right Drinks.. (and food, too, I guess)

I truly do believe that it really doesn't matter what you eat at a vision board party. At our first vision board party, we had barbecue chicken - no dessert, no sides (the other attendees forgot to bring a dish) and we still had an amazing time laughing and swapping battle stories.

The only thing you truly need to have an amazing experience is good wine... and it doesn't have to be fancy wine, either. It just has to be good. You'll want to go with a crowd pleaser (aka. something sweet that keeps people drinking and talking... drinking and talking.)

Pro Tip: Don't try to be cute and put the wine on a expertly-designed pinterest-ready table on the other side of the room - put it right in the middle of the table that you're creating your vision board on. If the wine is close by, no one has to get up. They can stay engaged without skipping a beat. Just sit back and let the magic happen. 

 

Getting The Right Materials

You can find the materials you need to build your vision board pretty much anywhere. I think it's crazy how the most simple things in life can create a massive change for you, if you use it the right way. 

To build your vision board, you'll need to decide the foundation you're going to build it on. I like to hang my vision board on the wall throughout the year so I use a cork board with thumbtacks (this also caters to my frugal side because I re-use that same cork board every year (going on three years strong). A cheaper way to create your vision board is to simply get a poster board, scissors and glue. If you're a big journal person, you could also glue your vision to the inside of a journal to inspire you as you write in it.

Then, you'll need  to get magazines, but not just any old magazines. I like to be strategic about the type of magazines I look through when building my vision boards (because some definitely are better than others when it comes to over-the-top quotes and boss images. 

With the right people, the right drinks (and food) and the right materials you're well on your way to creating a vision board party to remember! 

Happy Creating! xoxo

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July 2017 Blog + Traffic Report: How We Juggle Community Building & Product Creation

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Each month, I learn more about what I want out of Thrive Lounge and what I can do to be my best self - for myself, my daughter, my career and Thrive Lounge all at the same time. Rather than staying up with the #TeamNoSleep night owls forcing myself to complete each task I put on my to-do list, I've become a master of triage. I've started to decide on what the two most important things for me to do today are - and then only doing those two things. That comes with the exception of Sunday, of course, when I do all of my bulk activities like blogging and social media.

Throughout the year, I've been slowly ticking things off my list for VisionCon and I'm super excited for all the progress I've made. It's definitely not a fast process, but it's a great learning process for me and a great community builder. #IHaveFriends

Here's the latest Big Wins and Epic Fails from my latest Thrive Lounge adventures. 

THE RECAP - July GOALS:

 

Secure a Location for VisionCon

OMG! You guys... finding a space for 100-200 people in Washington, DC during the summertime is the struggle because everyone is either on vacation or mentally on beach mode - but I've been moving on it and that's all that matters. :) This month, I've seen three spaces and gotten quotes from at least 6 - they got back to me with prices that I will be able to afford next year. #SpeakItIntoExistence (Side note: If you email these expensive places and let them know you will not be giving them you're hard-earned 10K, they might email you back and say they will give you a "special discount" which would bring the price down to your target. *rolls eyes*)

 

Start Reaching Out To Speakers

Let me tell you the best thing about doing good work in the community and documenting the change you have made is that people WANT to work with you. I've had some amazingly brilliant women reach out to me to become speakers for VisionCon and I definitely feel like I have my work cut out for me. We'll be announce speakers mid-October once we get a SPACE!!!

 

Prepare Talk For Blogger Week

O.M.G. While I love giving a good talk and sharing what I've learned in my many, many (MANY) failures, giving a talk takes up a lot of time. I scrutinize my work like crazy, try to make sure I'm telling the story in the best way possible, make sure I'm not speaking in circles (because I do that sometimes) and try not to get too "interview voice" because the corporate queen in me takes over sometimes - even when I'm not trying.
 

PAGE VIEWS:

Last Month: 888
Goal: none set
Actual: 1,425 (60% higher than last month)

EMAIL LIST:

Last Month: 353
Goal: none set
Actual: 506 (43% higher than last month)

Instagram Followers:

This month: 398

1,425 Page views, 398 Instagram Likes, 506 Email List

TOP TRAFFIC SOURCES:

62% SOCIAL MEDIA

  • 87% Pinterest
  • 6% Facebook
  • 6% Instagram
  • 1% Twitter

30% DIRECT LINK

6% ORGANIC SEARCH

2% CAME FROM RANDOM PLACES ON THE INTERWEBS

 

TOP PAGES VISITED THIS MONTH:

 

EMAIL LIST:

A few months ago, we started a Meetup group for influencers in the DMV area (My Instagram is LIT | #LitIGDC on Instagram) and that is growing very well. With very little promotion on our end, meetup.com has been critical in growing my local reach with very little additional work on my end. Our email list has also benefited heavily from adding a relevant freebie with every blog post. This way, as I get more traffic coming to my site through Pinterest, I also get more people signing up to receive the freebies through my ConvertKit forms. (Insider tip: If you're looking to level up your email strategy, sign up for ConvertKit here.)

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

We were originally tracking our Facebook following, but after blogging + social media sharing for the past few months, we've realized that our target audience (at least locally) is on Instagram. This is where we meet local people who are movers + shakers and that's where we've chosen to have our fun conversations with friends and connect. So, it's no surprise we've stopped tracking our Facebook following (a platform we don't really use to connect) and started tracking our Instagram following. :)

 

WHAT ELSE HAPPENED THIS MONTH:

Mid Year Check In Brunch was a success

We hosted the largest brunch meetup to date with Savvy&Fly and Startlight Social. (Side note: If you missed out on this one, no worries! We do these twice a year. Just get on our mailing list and we'll keep you posted on the next one.)

We started DC Content Creator Collective meetup group

DC Content Creator Collective is an accountability group for content creators in the DMV area. You know we're all about taking these online conversations offline and into the real world where we can see someone smile, learn about their experience through their eyes (rather than through a computer screen). This group is all about having a support system of people all going through the same content creation struggle! :) We'll discuss content planning, implementation, editing, delegating, profitability and really everything in between. Join us here.  

 

Started planning Visualize Your Victory

The latest in our fun + fab events, Visualize Your Victory is an elite costume event where guests will arrive and act the entire night as if they have already accomplished their 5-year goals. On a gorgeous rooftop overlooking the city, you'll walk the red carpet and smile for the paparazzi, dine on hors d'oeuvres, sip to your heart's content at our open wine bar and enjoy live painting + conversation with the city's most accomplished women. 

Join us in limitless thinking and engaging your mindset to shift from the ordinary into embracing success and abundance. Register here.

 
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  • Have A Successful Blogger Week Talk
  •  Launch Visualize Your Victory to local community groups
  • Curate elite attendee list and activities to create a stunning event

 

WHAT WE LEARNED:

The past month, I've seen a huge growth in my email list and page views to the website. This is a bittersweet victory because while I'm FINALLY starting to reach an audience beyond the DC Metro area, I still don't have e-products to provide them with a more in-depth dive into personal development and goal-setting or any way to really engage with this broader audience. On the bright side, while we have not been able to provide additional value right now, we are able to continue to engage with our audience through our email list so when the time is right we know where to find them. :)

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