Vision Board parties are the new in thing. I’ve heard of vision boards, but didn’t know there could be something like a vision board party, nor have I ever attended one. When The Blogger’s Advocate announced they’d be hosting one, I initially didn’t think I would attend. I mean, I was (and still am) on a tight budget due to trying to save up for a camera, so parting with N3000 (I was one of the first 5 in Abuja to grab a ticket) didn’t seem ideal. Still, I bought a ticket, and as the day drew closer I found myself getting more excited and curious as to what it would be like.
As it turns out, I kind of went overnight from being an attendee to an organiser, so things were experienced from a whole other dimension! I’ll break them into categories.
Planning, Decoration & Administrative Stuff
Did you know, to decorate any part of Millennium Park, you need a letter of approval from Salini Nig. Ltd.? Now you know – and this piece of information was graciously provided by Demi of Demi Akin. I never thought I’d be going to an office – located at Wuse – with a letter because of a vision board party. In the end, nobody disturbed us, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Apart from these, I didn’t really do much on the planning side of things. It was at a public park, so there weren’t too many issues involved. It was all down to quantities – did we have enough materials? How many extras e.g. mats, tables, etc., were needed? In the end, it all came together.
For the decoration, I had pictured what the set up would be like from the get-go. I attended the DA Picnic two weeks or so before, so I was filled with so much inspiration. Unfortunately, the area used for the DA Picnic was completely soaked, so Tonye, my partner-in-crime for the day, conveniently found a shady area close by. The more I touched the equipment we were working with, the more things came together – suddenly we thought about hanging the souvenir totes on a ribbon line surrounding the letter board,
After profusely sweating (to the point where I wasn’t motivated to beat my face anymore) and some running around, we were good to go! I also made a pinata courtsey of Suzelle DIY! That was definitely a stressful but fun experience – shoutout to Mide for helping out.
Network and Reflection Session
Most people came way after 12.30pm (as expected) so the event started more at 1.45pm. Tonye, being the TBA Abuja Rep, was shoved into the Anchor role while I
reclined at the back worked hard on the pinata. We first did a little network session, then got to the meaty stuff.
There was a reflection session where reflections on 2018 were made, and people shared stuff about their challenges – mostly blogging/content creation wise. Sike stepped in at this point and explained how she was able to use random spots to position her phone so she could take pictures – she was trying to help Winnie with her challenge from 2018. It was quite interesting! Waiman, Nkechi, Isioma were among those that contributed. I wish I had contributed too, but generally, I suck at group discussions, so life goes on.
Vision Board Time
After talking on the past, it was time to strategize and plan for the future. And so, we got to making our vision boards! Or, let’s say everyone else got to their boards while I ran around taking photos
and shoving Bon Bons down my throat. I’ve come to accept that sometimes I let my camera get the best of me and am content with clicking away at events, though I wish I had started on my board – I, after all, was attending the event for that purpose, right?
I did like seeing how the minds of others worked, and there were some lovely end results once it was time to go home! Tonye was a great host, and Sike made an awesome co-host. I was just glad in the end it wasn’t a catastrophe, because as I was rushing there by 11, it seemed like it would be – for starters, my Taxify driver didn’t know how to get to Millennium Park #boybye and his drive not only wasted my time but cost me N1600.
Safe to say I’m not going out for a while! Right now all I can afford is
Speaking into Existence
I’ll tell you one thing though – I am not letting this year pass me by without becoming the custodian of an upgraded, advanced camera. Other things may fail, but this goal is one I will work fiercely for. Oh yea, I want to start exploring the world of healthy eating too. Wish me luck! And thank you to The Blogger’s Advocate for the opportunity! To view more photos, search #TBAvisionboardparty on the gram – and I hope you join us for the next event!