Manifest the Vision 2018: More Than Just a Workshop

Photo Cred: Angie LM Vasquez Photography

Every year since 2014 I have facilitated my annual vision board workshop. What initially started as a gathering of me and my closest girlfriends has evolved into something bigger than I've ever imagined. Women from all over the NY/NJ tri-state area await anxiously for me to host my workshops. This year more than any other, demand has been overwhelmingly high. So much, that I had to add two more workshops in order to accommodate all the women who want to attend.

On January 7th at the Mott Haven Bar in the Bronx, I hosted the first workshop of the year. The ladies came focused and ready to work, but more than that they allowed themselves to be open, vulnerable, and truly connect with each other. What always surprises me about these workshops is that although the workshop is primarily centered on setting goals, developing systems for implementation, and creating strategies that will help keep them focused and on track there is also a healing component that happens organically as a result of the women I attract.

The room somehow transforms into a safe space where the women feel comfortable to share their most intimate experiences. Women who walked in as strangers, leave as friends. One of the attendees revealed that she had been involved in an abusive relationship for the past 12 years. She broke down in tears as she recounted how that relationship broke her, how she had lost herself, and how this year she was reclaiming her power. It was an unexpected moment, but the other attendees were so moved by her vulnerability that each felt compelled to share words of encouragement and spoke life back into her.