I have been putting this off for MONTHS.
Really…. at least two, probably more, and I can’t explain why.
I wanted a vision board – some inspiration and direction for my life – but I did not want to make one (at least subconsciously).
Now that I’ve made it – I feel WONDERFUL!
The pressure of it lurking in the back of my head has been alleviated, and I LOVE what is on it.
Just looking at it makes me happy. Maybe it’s more like art than a vision board?
I don’t quite understand the karma behind vision boards – I believe it’s along the lines of ‘seeing an end result to get you to jump-start into action’ – using images to set intention sort of thing.
Perhaps it’s a bit about sending out ‘positive vibes’ to the world and they will return to you.
Maybe it’s as easy as words and images that just bring you joy and inspiration.
Making a vision board is not as difficult as I thought it would be either. You don’t have to accumulate months of magazines on every topic you find important – most of those same images are already online… probably looming on your Pinterest boards.
So the how to…
My friend Helena suggested that I break down my vision board into topics that were important to me: family, marriage, kids, health, friends, success, home, finance, travel, play, learning are all great places to start.
Then you revisit your Pinterest boards for images that “speak to you” and fit into one (or a few) of those categories.
Don’t have images that speak to your goals and aspirations for your marriage? – type in “marriage” or “intimacy” or “friendship” and see if something grabs you.
If you right-click on the image it will give you the option to “save image as” – I just saved each to my desktop. Then I used PicMonkey to size the images onto an 8.5×11 sheet of paper. From here you can add in words or quotes, make your images larger or smaller, even go black and white if you want.
- Go to PicMonkey.com
- Click “Design” on the top bar
- Choose the 8×10 canvas
- Click on the butterfly on the far left of your screen,
- then click “Your own”
- Then just select the images from wherever you saved them on your computer.
- To add text, click on the “T” on the far left sidebar of the screen.
Then print your pages out and cut!
I covered an old cork board with burlap and added a few rivets for decoration, but you could use a notebook or bristol board – the important part is to post your vision board, in whatever the format. j
I categorized my images by their importance; for instance – I don’t rank my marriage high enough on my priority list, so I put it at the top of my vision board as a reminder to work on that.
Hubby saw the images and assumed I wanted more sex – I guess most men would – but really what the images say to me is; I want to be the fun, spontaneous, sexy girl in photo 1, I want him to love me so much that he has to be near or touching me all the time like in image 2 and I want the closeness, affection, protection and intimacy of photo 3.
Friendship is something that I’ve been TERRIBLE at. I have done nothing in the past 10 years to build, grow, cultivate or even maintain my friendships – and it’s something that’s important to me, so I’ve put it on my vision board as a reminder.
The other upper corner of my board is for my relationship with my girls. I want to be the fun-loving Mom that they want to spend time with. I want to do things with them and teach them that they are strong and beautiful and can flow against the current. I want to instill in them the confidence to be whatever they want, and to be proud of their individuality…. and yes, I want them to be confident enough to go out on Hallowe’en as the bowl of spaghetti to my Chef Boyardee. lol
Health is important… but tough.
I have my yoga 4 days a week, but I know that I need more if I want to watch my grand-babies graduate. Hopefully having some daily inspiration will help me to add a bit more movement into my days.
I also have a section on my vision board for work/success and for “Home” with some words sprinkled here and there.
Your vision board can be full and overflowing, or it can be spaced out and methodical – the important part is to start one, and edit it as often as you feel necessary.
I can see right now that I need to add an image for Home Depot or Lowe’s – that’s one of my blog goals – to work with a major DIY company. May as well put it out there and see if I can will it into reality.
You need a vision board – this is coming from someone that is not a ‘granola and Birkenstocks hippy that likes to read auras’ – just the act of creating something tangible that holds images and words that speak to your heart and soul is so gratifying.
Who knows? Maybe those granola-eating-aura-reading-hippies have something?
Have a great one!