Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How to Get Anything You Want: the Be Specific edition

"We did it (despite the patriarchy excoriating our every move)!"

How do you get anything you want?

Put it on your Dream Board.

"But I did that already, Mahlena." 

 Has it worked?

"Not yet."

Then let's do something different.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Who's in Your Head?

Is it Rose's grandmother?

I recently watched Get Out, the best motion picture of 2017 until I see The Fate of the Furious.

Since the release of the movie's trailer in 2016, countless (meaning I don't want to Google them and count) thinkpieces and pontifications have been written, recorded, and distributed about multifaceted meaning of Jordan Peele's masterpiece.

Now you get to read my take, specifically as Get Out relates to Dream Boards.

"Oh, I see what you're doing."

If you haven't seen Get Out, please schedule a time to see the movie, purchase your ticket, then continue reading my post.

If you have seen Get Out, let's talk about it! Tell me your thoughts in the comments!

Back to you and your Dream Board and how it relates to the movie.

 "This better be good."

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Why I don't use magazines to make Dream Boards

To build their Dream Boards, many people use magazines to cut and paste pictures and bring their visions to life.

I no longer do that.

Here's why:

1. Magazine pages are mostly ads.

2. Most magazine ads feature women who are "young, thin, white, beautiful, carefully groomed, and polished."

3. I am not a young, thin, white woman.

"But, Mahlena; what if I am a young, thin, white woman?"

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Welcome to I Have A Dream Board!

Here's the latest video from I Have A Dream Board, explaining what we do and whom we would like to help.

Thanks for watching!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How to Build a Dream Board that will Help You Make More Money

"Do you want to make more money? Sure, we all do."

As I write this post, I have been watching O.J.: Made in America for over seven hours this "Presidents' Day" weekend. It's a compelling film. It's also very long.

How does this relate to making money through your Dream Board?

Well, in the documentary, Mr. Simpson decides to make money from his jail cell by writing autographs and having his management team sell his signed products to fans. He made over $3 million signing football cards while incarcerated so that he could fund his $50,000 per day defense team for his murder trial.

Then, after the civil case against him was ruled, Mr. Simpson had his family and associates hide his assets so that the court could not sell them to pay off his debt.

Most of you Dreamers (I hope) are not currently in the same situation as Mr. Simpson. Yet, we can draw lessons from his actions:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The "I" in "I Have A Dream Board" also means "You".

"Me?" Yes, you.

Over the past few weeks, I have been connecting with family members, friends, colleagues, associates, acquaintances, and strangers asking them if they would be interested in the topic of this website: Teaching people how to achieve their personal and professional goals through creating Dream Boards.

Most of the people who I have emailed haven't responded. And some people replied to my email with, "No, thank you." But what I learned from the majority of the No responses was that these people had already created Dream Boards that have worked for them. I will take that as a good sign that Dream Boards will work for other people, too.

And, some people responded Yes. Hooray! My goal for this month is to have 100 people on my I Have A Dream Board email list by February 28, 2017. I am approximately a third of the way there.

Back to the title of this post. You. I don't want this site to be all about me, and what Mahlena is doing with her life. (For more on that topic, visit Mahlena.com.) I would like to feature other Dreamers and your boards and your journeys to getting what you want.

If you have a Dream Board, or you are in the process of creating one, and you would like to talk about it here, please email me at iHaveADreamBoard@gmail.com. Your Board doesn't need to be super special or have a bunch of pictures and words or make complete sense. The idea is that by sharing your Board (or even the concept of your Board), you are putting that energy out into the universe about the things that you want. You will also be giving others the courage to think about what they want, and why, and inspiring them to start on their Boards.

Thanks for reading!