Magic Mirrors

Magic Mirror (M.C. Escher)

Magic Mirror (M.C. Escher) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Remember in Beauty and the Beast when the heroine sees her father is ill and rushes to his side?  She sees it in a magic mirror.

The same mirror draws her back to the Beast in his castle.  In fairy tales, the magic mirror shows things from a far part of the world or sometimes from the soul (think Snow White).

When I look over my sink into that shiny piece of glass I see neither Thailand, nor an invisible corner of my heart, but still, I’ve made myself a magic mirror, of sorts.

Another common term people use for this is ‘vision board.’  Whatever feels more inspiring to you will be most effective.

Don’t freak out.  This isn’t woo-woo.

I think of it like visual New Year’s resolutions.  I’m sharing bits of my own board/mirror in this post.

The magic mirror in fairy tales captures the heart and mind of the hero through a visual tease – something beyond the hero’s current reach (think Alice Through the Looking Glass).  It awakens hope, anticipation, and imagination.

I can almost always use a little more of that sweet stuff.

It took me four sit-down sessions with magazines and scissors to build my vision board.  Now, when I sit in my chair and write, I can look at my wall and see little glimpses of the future that I hope for

Nothing is set in stone.  I don’t believe I’ll definitely reach 100% of the goals on there, but I do hope I can expect a heroic adventure as I seek courage to go after them.



Have you ever made a vision board?

Do you have questions for how to make one?

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About Elise

Elise Stephens began her career in writing at age six, illustrating her own story books and concocting wild adventures. Stephens counts authors Neil Gaiman, C.S. Lewis, and Margaret Atwood among her literary mentors, and has studied under Orson Scott Card. She dreams often of finding new ways to weave timeless truths into her stories. Her novels include Moonlight and Oranges (2011), Forecast (2013), and Guardian of the Gold Breathers (2015), a finalist for the INDIEFAB Book of the Year. She lives in Seattle with her family. Follow her on Twitter @elisestephens and Author Elise Stephens on Facebook.


Magic Mirrors — 4 Comments

  1. I love this, Elise! I made a vision board a few years ago.

    It hangs in my closet, and come to think of it {which I haven’t recently} I’ve been ticking things off of there.

    I adore the forward thinking here, girl! not woo-woo at all! {Although that is fun to say! :)}

    • Thanks, Galit! Your closet is a great place, since you’ll see it every time you dress! Glad you don’t think it’s woo-woo (and yes, I totally love saying it!). Some practical minds flinch away from this sort of stuff, but I tend to get excited by it, and want to convince everyone that’s it’s awesome and helpful!

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