At a very young age, I developed the skill of manifesting. I clipped magazines for the perfect wedding dress, first home, vacation destinations, and cars. No one taught me to "vision board" or manifest, I was just cutting out pictures of stuff I wanted. I used to drive by a mansion in my hometown and dream of living there. Ten years later I lived there, drove the car, wore the dress and travelled to the destinations. What I had forgotten to focus on was the feelings I wanted to accompany the stuff. I was neither happy or unhappy. I was existing without enjoying. I also focused on things I wanted to avoid like divorce and children who weren't healthy. So the universe gifted me with one of each of those as well. After a nasty divorce (really, are any divorces fun?) and a diagnosis of severe autism for my first-born, I began to notice a trend. What I focused on got bigger. Like a magnifying glass to my thoughts both the things I really wanted and really didn't want were appearing around me.
What did I learn from this? Be intentional with your thoughts. If thoughts become reality then avoiding the news, gossip, and unhappy people makes a lot of sense. Peter Pan's advice to think happy thoughts now has a whole new meaning. What reality are you manifesting?