How Did We Do? Help Us Make a Difference

January 08, 2018 Kristal 0 Comments

How was your Artona experience? Tell us about it! We currently have 32 reviews on Yelp and 312 reviews on Google. For each new review posted in the month of January 2018, we will donate $5 to Covenant House Vancouver.
UPDATE: Dates extended! We will donate $5 for every review posted between January 2018-March 2018.

For over 20 years, Covenant House has been a safe haven for homeless and at-risk youth in Vancouver. Now in the 20th year of providing care to Vancouver’s street youth, they do so with the strength of over 130 volunteers and 57,000 donors.

To learn more about Covenant House, please click here.

To learn more about Artona’s involvement with the community, please click here.


Envision 2018: How to Make a Vision Board

January 05, 2018 Kristal 0 Comments

At Artona, we know how powerful images can be. For us, what we capture is not just grad photos but all the feelings that come with such an important milestone. Graduation isn’t only about finishing school it’s a coming-of-age celebration of all you have accomplished and for the future ahead. These are the photos that are hung on the wall or displayed on the mantle, bringing tears of joy and a sense of pride for years to come.

Visuals can do more than evoke emotion. We can even use them to help us create what we want for the future. With a new year here, now is a great time to reflect on the last 12 months and set some goals for 2018. One way to do this is through making a vision board! This can include both images and words that serve to remind you of how you want your life to look and feel. You can read more about the science behind visualization here.

To make a vision board, start by asking yourself these questions: What did I accomplish this year? What am I proud of? How did 2017 make me feel? What am I looking to bring forward in the new year? What am I hoping to leave behind?

After reflecting on the past year, you can set some intentions for 2018. How do you want to feel this year? Are you planning any new projects? Places to go? Things to do? Once you’ve had some time with these questions, it’s time to start making your board.

What you’ll need:

  • Poster board, scissors and glue
  • Magazines to cut images, words or quotes from
  • If you’re feeling decorative, you can use markers, stickers or washi tape to jazz it up
  • Quiet time without distractions

As you look through the magazines, cut out any images or phrases that represent how you want to feel or what you want to achieve. There are no rules here, just let your creativity flow. Once you have a good amount of clippings, you can trim them up and place them on your board as you like. When you’re happy with how it looks, glue it in place and add any decorative elements, if that’s your thing. Once you’re done, hang it in a spot that you will see often, like on the fridge or beside the bed. Throughout the year, use your vision board as a reminder of your goals and for how you want to feel. But don’t sweat it if you go off track. As long as the intention is set, you’re halfway there.