Lights, Camera… Happiness

Destination? The Future.

By Lauren Harper

Currently I’m staring at a pile of magazines.

The only other time I stare at a pile of publications is when they’re stacked on my lap while sitting on an airplane.

After I find my seat, I immediately begin to dread take-off. Following this moment, I proceed to fasten my seatbelt, viciously grip the armrests, and try to cure my aircraft anxiety with breathing techniques that never work.

For a long time, I depended on my beloved Xanax prescription that was specifically for my plane ride problems. Then day finally came when I realized pill popping in the sky didn’t work either.

It wasn’t until a long layover when I stumbled into a tiny bookstore that decided I was bored with my stubborn one-novel-only purchase habit. In lieu of a paperback, I bought a handful of magazines. Suddenly, it was goodbye doctor and hello Rolling Stone! Buying magazines in bulk and reading one after the other kept my mind off turbulence. As I immersed myself within the vivid pages of Vogue, National Geographic and even trashy tabloids, I was moderately able to enjoy my time above the clouds. Come to think of it, even that little safety card with images of those cartoon people hopping off the inflatable evacuation slide was surely added to my reading collection.

Although I’m not on an airplane, I am about to take a journey. In fact, no jet could fly me to where I want to go.

My Destination? The future.

I am about to embark on a trip simply using scissors, magazines, tape, poster board and my inner desires, wants, hopes and dreams. So, forget the luggage, a passport and my ticket because all I need is a vision board.

So what the heck is a vision board, you could be asking? Essentially, “A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life,” according to

Immediately I wanted to partake in this project the second I read about how one woman’s vision came to fruition upon completing her vision board back in 2007. She explains, “…I even put the word, in big pink letters, HAPPINESS on my vision board…never realizing that I would do a show, a website, and a series called Happiness!

Fast-forward from 2007 to 2011 and I proudly introduce the woman none other than Tania Van Pelt: the creator of Happiness Series.

Entirely eerie… if that doesn’t give you convince you, I literally don’t know what will.

I have reached a point in my life where it feels right to begin a new phase with a blank slate and make sure I explore all facets of this voyage to it’s paramount potential. I can’t explain these feelings but Kings of Leon sum it up well within the Frontier City lyrics: “…find yourself a new frontier ‘cause life is going, going, gone… say it loud and in the light…” Of course the lyrics and my feelings are lacking general specificity but that’s all the more reason to craft a vision board. How does one truly know all their dreams and innermost feelings at any given moment? I sure don’t, and I’m glad that’s the case or life would be drop dead boring.

Naturally we all have an ultimate goal and want to pursue whatever that is until we achieve it but what about the steps in between? Traveling to the other end of the globe. Meeting new people. Hitting a different gym class. Ordering the Chef’s recommendation rather than your usual dish. Experimenting with hobbies or learning about various cultures. Perhaps just accepting our past, present or current mistakes and consider it a positive enhancement to our character.

I guess it’s just the glass-half full of it all…even though you feel it’s desert dry at the moment.

I’m no optimist but definitely not a pessimist either however, I’m realistic as I choose to combine both in order to try and guarantee stability in my life.

In this case, my blank slate is literally the flimsy white poster board I bought for one dollar. I plan to smother it with my dreams, visions and goals in hopes the collection of images from measly magazine clippings will absorb into my subconscious so I can watch it bloom into tangible reality.

So here I am right this every moment, absolutely ready to chop the living hell out of these magazine pages and begin my vision board process. However, and most importantly might I add, I’m ready to take the next little step to an even bigger life.

Sorry July 2011 issue of Elle Magazine – yeah, I’m lookin’ at you Emma Stone!

Here come the scissors…










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About the Author: Lauren Harper is an L.A. woman with East Coast blood. Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, she is an actress and writer residing in the heart of Hollywood, California. Lauren graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in French and Francophone Studies. Fast forward to 2012, she has continued to work, successfully carving a niche for herself in the entertainment industry. Lauren is excited to contribute to Happiness Series with Lights, Camera…Happiness and her interview series, Lights, Camera…Interview. Lauren hopes to further enlighten herself and you with each entry. Find out more about Lauren Harper | Twitter: @TheLaurenHarper | Official Site: | e-mail: [email protected]

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