My vision board is more than just a vision.
I was a vision board virgin until this year. I had heard of them before and had seen a few, but I never really gave it two thoughts. This year, my mom’s group decided to have a vision board party and kick off 2018 laying out our visions and dreams, in hopes of them becoming a reality.
I offered to host a potluck-style brunch, equipt with a fabulous mimosa bar. My friends arrived with their boards, and the first part of our gathering was spent eating, sipping our mimosas and organizing our crafting supplies. I had the outside deck all set up with tables, chairs, and supplies. After some chit-chatting and sipping, it was time to make our visions come to life. I feel that creating our boards in a group helped get our creative juices flowing because we fed off each other’s energy and looked to each other for help.
Wait. Where would I even begin? I had NO CLUE where to start. Of course, I have goals. I can write about them all day, but how in the world do I creatively organize them? I purchased my board at Michaels; I chose a cork-board with a wooden frame, (I wanted to create a board that gave me the opportunity to add and negate from the board as my visions changed with time). Naturally, I had to fully bling-out the wood framing. I used mod podge and glitter to give my board a little more pizazz.
Now, back to me having no idea how to create my board.
I started going through magazines and cutting out quotes that I felt best represented what I was feeling and wanting for my life. I chose a very jazzed-up picture of an eye to be the center of my board to symbolize focus; none of my visions will come to fruition without focus. Surrounding the eye, I put different quotes all around that inspire me.
“Dare to lead. Dare to be bold. Dare to take risks. Dare to be authentic. Dare to change the game.”
This quote is the very essence of my goals and visions for 2018; I can use it in every aspect of my life. Next, I used different colored paper along the sides and broke the rest of my board into categories. One part dedicated to my kids, my husband and I. For my kids’ section, I used words like “care,” “role model” and “blessed.” I used reminders like “make time,” “stay connected” and “conversations” to be constant reminders to stay open and converse with my kids. I chose a quote about patience because Lord knows, I need to see a reminder daily!
For my husband, I used a picture of the two of us. I chose two quotes that melted my heart and are the very essence of our marriage. He is the center of my world, and I want to give him my best at all times. The next category was for my body; I want to have a healthy mind and a strong body. I know to do so, I need to take it one day at a time, so that category reflects such. Next, is God. I mentioned in my “2018 Promise” post that I needed to pray more. I found words and quotes to remind me to let go and let God, have faith and pray. Last, I used random quotes and phrases that I loved and wanted to see every day to inspire and uplift me. I added a family picture at the bottom so every morning I can see my greatest blessings before they wake.
As my friends and I finished our boards, we all realized a few things. Our boards were all very similar in our wants and needs; we just used different creative ways to express them. The most significant thing we noticed, was that the most common theme of all was positive words and affirmations. We all used so many inspirational and uplifting quotes, keywords and phrases that we wanted to manifest in our lives. Here, all this time I thought I needed to tape pictures of my goals on the board when really, all I needed was passion, inspiration, and reminders that I can achieve anything; I just have to stay focused.
Here are a few key things I learned while creating a vision board:
- There is no right or wrong way to create a vision board. Let it come naturally, from your heart.
- Having a group of friends to create boards together makes you that much more inspired.
- A lot of magazines, glue, scissors, different kinds of patterned and regular paper, printed quotes and anything crafty you can think of are needed.
- Take your time. Sometimes you have to take time and think about how you want to organize your board.
- Your board does not have to be limited to just goals and dreams.
- Get creative. Your board can be whatever you want it to be.
- Talk about your visions out loud, (I don’t know why, but it helps).
- Cork, poster and canvas boards are great to use.
- Make sure your board is big enough, but not too big, (my board was 20″ x 20,” and it was perfect).
- Find a meaningful place to hang your board where it can be a daily reminder.
I will be placing my board in a place that I can see it every day, meditate on it and then go out into the world and manifest it!