I have three clients in the West Country. So what are the chances that two of them live 7 miles apart when I live 225 miles away from them! And that their names both begin with the letter “J”.
Since this was too much of a coincidence to miss, when I visited Jay1 recently to review her Vision Board and use Feng Shui to align her home with her vision, I called on Jay2 beforehand.
Jay2 made a Vision Board with me in February 2016. Prior to this, she and her husband had decided they were going to up-sticks and move West at the first opportunity, close to her favourite beaches.
There were three hurdles to overcome first:
1. He was still in full-time employment.
2. Putting their existing house on the market and selling it.
3. Sourcing a new home.
When I'd gone through Jay2’s Vision Board, we looked together at images of a grandiose house and extensive landscaped gardens with high chiseled hedges as in a maze. “I don’t know what that’s about”, she said “ we won’t be able to afford a place like that!”
8 months later I arrive on Jay2’s doorstep just as the sun is going down. But with just enough light for her to walk me through extensive terraced gardens with tall chiseled hedges and secret hideaways little people would just love to explore, and every turn in the path revealing yet another bird table. All this situated on their own private hillside which cascaded down to a stream at its base, lined with beautiful trees we imagined filled with daffodils and bluebells in the springtime.
HOW MANY OF THESE IMAGES DO YOU NOW SEE ON HER VISION BOARD BELOW?
As darkness descended we retreated inside the stone-clad home - Yes, like the one on her Board. The wood-burning stove - just like the one in the photograph and came with the house, welcomed us into the lounge, creating a gorgeous hygge effect.
Jay2 could hardly contain her excitement as she talked about the plans for the new off-white kitchen – a sizeable undertaking that would begin in three days time and take three weeks to complete. How did she know her new home would require a new off-white kitchen when she placed it on her board 8 months earlier?
We laughed as she showed me around the rest of the house and described how they were spoilt for choice when it came to toilets because this house had five! No wonder the elephant is dancing upside down on one of those loos!
With the money from the home they’d sold in Beaconsfield, they’d been able to afford this grand property in Cornwall in the grounds of an international Golf Resort used by pros and providing Jay2 with a glamorous health club right on her doorstep. Maybe that's why she placed three different swimmers enjoying the water on her board.
In the centre of her Vision Board is a charming photo of two penguins walking together.“ That’s me and my husband” she explained. “We hope to travel when he retires.”
Within four months of making the Vision Board her husband did indeed retire. They put their house on the market immediately and shot down to the south west to take a week viewing properties in their chosen location. The moment they stepped into their new home they fell in love with it. It, on the other hand, had been waiting for them for two years - empty. On their return to Beaconsfield, their house sold quickly and they moved - all within 5 months of creating her vision board!
Postscript to the Penguins. Jay2 and her husband did indeed start to travel, only one month after moving in. They took off to Canada and saw mountainous scenery just like the backdrop behind the penguins. Staying with their son on Vancouver Island, they visited wild and windy driftwood beaches which closely resembled those on her board.
Their son lives in a timber-framed property with 360 degree views of forest and has the odd black bear who likes to visit and rummage through their bins. Most intriguingly of all, he had placed a line of coloured vases in a row on a high beam in their home to catch the light. Oh, you mean like the colourful collection of vases on Jay2's board? How intuitive is that!