Hey loves! As 2015 draws to a close and we begin to look to the hope and promise of a new year on the horizon, I can’t help but think of all the things I said I would get done over the past 12 months and just didn’t quite make it happen. I tend toward procrastination honestly so it can be easy for me to run out of time before I run out of “TO DO” items. I am a list maker and that tend to keep me on track for the most part anyways.
So as I was looking for a new creative way to visualize my goals and get them all accomplished in the New Year. So I began researching a not so new idea, which many of my friends have done before, but this will be a first for me, I am talking about a Vision Board. A vision board is simply a collection of words, phrases and pictures that represent your overall life goals, or a visual representation of something you want to achieve. You can also make a visual journal in a notebook or bound journal. If you want to re-decorate a room you can make a design board with photos you collect from magazines, fabric scraps and paint chips. If you want to run a 5K or marathon, you can make a board with your training schedule, encouraging words and photos that represent you as a healthy and strong runner.
The more I researched online the more I fell in love with the idea. I feel like for me it will be very effective because I am very hands-on and visual in my conceptualization of ideas and processing of information. I need this kind of tool to help me define what I want in my life, focus on my goals and dream about the future. So it’s decided this is my new year’s project! Just in case any of you darlings are like me… maybe it will work for you too! I have gather a few tips from my research that may save you some time in the creation of your 2016 Vision Board. Here goes…
- Collect magazines you like. Start subscriptions, if that is within your budget. You can even ask your doctor’s office for their outdated ones. Also if you aren’t already using Pinterest now’s a great time to start. Pinterest is a phenomenal source for visional material at your fingertips and you can print them out for your board.
- Cut out words, phrases and photos that you are attracted to. You don’t have to understand why you like them at this point, simply select the items that draw you in.
- If you are working on your board over time, you can place the items you cut out into a smaller pieces in a plastic sandwich bag so they don’t become misplaced.
- Layout your elements. You can use poster board, a piece of cardboard or foam board. When you have enough pieces, layout everything on the board in a temporary arrangement. Play around with the positioning of everything until you like it and then attach the individual pieces. Attach each piece. You can use double sided tape, glue or a glue stick. If you want your board to be more permanent you can use acid free scrapbooking tape
See that is pretty easy. The things you choice only serve to inspire you and no one else. Your board represents things that you want to cultivate more of in your life. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just get it done. Have fun with the process. You can always make changes are create more than one board! I plan to share my board as soon as I am done. I hope you will too!