Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal that will enable you to attain the success you seek. ~Mario Andretti

Hello! Welcome to the first part of the What it takes to be a Warrior series. The fact that you have come to Recovery Warriors tells me that you are ready for change.  Welcome to a tribe of warriors who are here to do the same!



This video series is not meant to replace the advice of a physician, therapist, nutritionist or psychologist. You should not rely on any information or suggestions here to replace consultations with qualified health professionals regarding your own specific situation. We actually highly recommend seeing a treatment professional, they will be a very important companion on your journey to recovery.

Time to create a vision board!



4 Steps to a Vision Board


Put on your favorite music and prepare your workspace with a variety of magazines, glue, colored paper, tissue paper, glitter, stickers, a piece of poster board or cardboard, and a pair of scissors.  Begin this project with a variety of magazines. If you are going to create a digital vision board make sure to check out the video above for some tips.  You can make one in Polyvore, Powerpoint/Keynote, Photoshop or whatever software that works with images and text.


Look through your magazines and allow yourself to find inspiration.  Color combinations, a motivational sentence, or a word may pop out at you and give you a feeling of excitement or pleasant contentment.  Cut the images and words out.  Place them on your poster board. Don’t worry about how all of your images and words fit together.  Just place them on your board in any order.  Listen to your gut and stop thinking.  Let your creativity take over.

PLEASE be aware of cultural expectations while you are looking through the magazines and pictures.  This is not a time to paste pictures of the perfect partner, sexy models, status symbols, and other cultural ideals. 


When you are done going through the magazines, begin to glue the images and words to your board.  You may want to begin with the larger images to create a backdrop for the words and smaller images.  Allow yourself to organize your board in any way that speaks to you.  Have fun with it!  Your vision board is a constant work in progress.  Feel free to add to it as you find more parts of life that inspire you.


You may want to make a frame for your vision board.  Then hang it in a place where you will look often.  I like to make a new vision board each year, because my dreams, interests, and awareness change.  The vision board helps me to realize how far I have come each year.  Living a happy life begins with hope for a brighter future and inspiration in the moment.  Let your creativity guide the way!


Bethany Hamilton is a true warrior and heroine and proves how an unwavering commitment to a dream can lead to success.  I recommend this video if you want some inspiration.  Make sure to keep a box of tissues by your side, it is a real tear jerker.

I’ve learned life is a lot like surfing. When you get caught in the impact zone, you need to get right back up, because you never know what’s over the next wave… and if you have faith, anything is possible, anything at all. ~Bethany Hamilton



Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes… but no plans. ~Peter Drucker