Jolie Guillebeau: A Guided Visualization for Your Ideal Day

joliegheadshotMeet Jolie Guillebeau, artist, blogger, and soulsister. Jolie has built a life based on intentional living and non-conformity — and I got to tell you, it ROCKS.  Jolie and I finally met face-to-face at the Soulsister’s Retreat this July. Whilst we were together she lead us through a guided visualization at one our teach-ins. In just 15 minutes she’d helped me access several important realizations that are guiding my life, right now as we speak. Ready for your ah-ha moment? I give you Jolie Guillebeau…


What’s Your Ideal Day?*
*Undying gratitude to Pam Slim for reminding me how important this really is. 

A few years ago, my husband and I were at a crossroads. We’d been working overseas for 4 years and knew it was time for a change. We felt like we could go anywhere and do anything. Really. It was exhilarating to think of the possibilities, but honestly, it was mostly overwhelming.

We thought about spinning the globe and putting our finger down somewhere, but we were afraid we’d just end up in the middle of the Pacific, thousands of miles from land. So we asked a few questions. What do we really want? What are we ready to try? Where do we see ourselves a year from now?

Then we found a variation of the Ideal Day exercise. There are many versions out there, but the basic premise is that you imagine your perfect day, in minute detail. Once you have that, you know where to begin. You have something to work towards. A North Star, if you will.

When we first did this exercise, I pictured myself living in a large city, walking or biking everywhere, including to my own painting studio. At the time, we were living in Africa, I was teaching high school English and riding around in Land Rovers. All of these things seems so far out there, that I thought of them as nearly impossible.

Last year, I realized as I was walking to my studio in Seattle, that I was living a version of my earlier ideal day. Of course, since then my ideas have expanded and grown a bit.

I’ve recorded a version of this exercise to help you visualize this. Take a few minutes some time over the next couple of days and listen. Be surprised by what you see.

Important: Be sure to write down the details from your visualization, so that when they’re realized you can go back and celebrate!  I’d love to read about your ideal day in the comments, too.


Find Jolie’s musings about life at her blog, or purchase her beadwork, paintings, and limited edition prints at her on-line shop. Thanks for being here! 

Jen September 10, 2009 at 2:20 am

I passed this visualization exercise on to a couple therapist friends the other day. It’s such a good one!

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