When Pinterest first launched, I thought of it as an appendage to Facebook - a sort of scrapbooking site for crafts-oriented folks - and I was really resistant to join in. How wrong I was!
Thanks to the urging of Kris Prochaska, a visionary writer and coach, I'm happy to say that I've now fully embraced Pinterest and find it to be a great way to connect with the entire world and refine an ever-evolving "brand".
Pinterest is basically a high tech cyberspace Vision Board
I created my first vision board in 2000. I had no idea what I was "supposed" to be doing, but the artist in me loved to create collages so I happily ripped through magazines, tearing out images and headlines that resonated with me and depicted those things I wanted to attract - how I wanted my life to "look".
2000 Vision Board
Seeing is believing! In time, the images and phrases on that first inspiration board came into my life; became my life.
In order to keep moving forward, I created a new board in 2007 which, interestingly, looks way more philosophical and travel-centric than the first one. And has lots about Paris! Makes sense.
2007 Vision Board
Fast forward to now: after opening Piacenza Design in late 1999, garnering a NW Design Award in 2006, experiencing intense involvement with my local professional design organization, Northwest Society of Interior Designers (serving as President 2009-11), and meeting a zillion wonderful clients and colleagues - some of whom have become treasured friends - I found it was time to create a new vision board, cyber style.
No more tearing out magazine pages, but "pinning" them, instead, on my boards! Here's the first page of my cyber inspiration board:
Piacenza Design on Pinterest
....and these are some of the incredible images to be found on my boards - that have been "pinned" from myriad sources. Just a tip of the iceberg!
And, of course:
Pinterest is a fabulous way to connect with those of like-minded aesthetics and, for businesses, a great way to gauge the market.
In order to attract what you want into your life, it helps to have clarity...
Creating inspiration boards, either old-school or electronic, nurture and refine those visions.....