I was first introduced to vision boards in 2009, and from that time, I have always created my own vision board and have made updates, when needed. It has been a really helpful tool for me. A vision board is like a creative collage where you place images and words on a poster board or cork board. The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to vacation, etc. (the possibilities are endless), your life changes to match those images and those desires.
Once a particular “vision” is attained, it is nice to take down that image representing the attained “vision” and replacing it with a new image representing a new “vision.” Thus, your vision board is always “full” of visions. Vision boards are really fun to create and it has helped me keep my “vision” in one place to visually look at each day. Currently, I keep my vision board on my desk at home.
There are several methods you can use for creating your vision board. I have written about several below. You can choose which one works best for you, depending on where you find yourself on this journey.
Supplies you will need for creating a vision board:
-internet and printer to print images off of the internet;
Before you begin creating your vision board:
Sit quietly with intent. With a lot of openness, ask yourself what it is you want. Maybe images will come to you. This will give you a change to see more clearly.
Steps for creating a vision board:
Step 1: Go online and/or flip through your magazines and print/tear images from them. Just let yourself have fun looking online and through magazines and printing/culling/tearing pictures or words or headlines that strike your fancy. Have fun with it.
Step 2: Go through the images and begin to lay your favorites on the cork board. Eliminate any images that no longer feel right. This step is where your intuition comes in. As you lay the pictures on the board, you will get a sense how the board should be laid out. For instance, you might assign a theme to each corner of the board. Health, Job, Spirituality, Relationships, for instance. Or it may just be that the images want to go all over the place.
Step 3: Use a thumb tack to place everything onto the board. You can be as creative as you would like.
Step 4: (optional, but powerful) Leave space in the very center of the vision board for a fantastic photo of yourself where you look radiant and happy.
Step 5: Hang your vision board in a place where you will see it often (preferably each day).
Some things to remember about vision boards:
Your vision board might change as you are making it. You also might find that you have little epiphanies from making a vision board.
Another option is to use these same principles in a big sketch book. Get a large sketch book and keep an ongoing vision journal. This is especially effective if you are going through many transitions in your life.
I think actually making a vision board and going through the process is better than making Pinterest vision boards. However, some people might disagree.
Have fun making your vision board!