I recently decided to attend my first vision board party hosted by my personal coach. I had been invited to vision board parties in the past and heard of the benefits, but I never had an interest in creating a vision board before. I saw it as a waste of time and a hobby I didn’t think I wanted to take up. I felt I had more important things to do. I came to realize I was wrong!
I figured if my coach kept doing these vision board parties; they must be worthwhile. Due to the pandemic, it was a virtual event which made it that much easier to attend, so why not? Plus, I’m always looking for something new to do since starting the #365FirstsChallenge so it was time to give it a try. I went in with no expectations, and in the end, I left feeling really good and inspired about my work. Now, this is something I want to continue doing seasonally in my life!
What is a Vision Board?
A vision board is a way to practice visualization and set your intentions for the future with the use of pictures. It can be a powerful tool to motivate you towards your goals. You attach photos or pictures to specific goals that act as primers and reminders of what you’re striving for. It becomes a collage of your goals, aspirations, and affirmations. Some people create digital vision boards on Pinterest. The goal is to have it in a place where you’ll be able to see it.
Anyone can create a collage poster, put it up, and admire it. What matters most is for you to envision the things on your board as your reality.
During my first vision board party, we didn’t just get together and start cutting and pasting pictures out of magazines. The process had purpose.
Creating Your Own Vision Board
You can create a vision board with purpose! Starting with supplies. You’ll need a poster board size of your choosing, drawing tools like pencils, paints, and markers. For visual effect, you’ll need magazines, photos, print outs of affirmations or pictures, stickers, washi tapes anything to bring the kid in you back out to play. Allow 2-3 hours for this and mark it down as self-care.
Now think of an area of your life that you’d like to focus on. What needs the most attention for you right now? Five areas to possibly choose from are your spiritual life, relationship with people, finances, physical health, and career and life’s work.
You can make a vision board for each of these areas over time but for now focus your energy on just one. Some questions to consider after deciding on your area of focus:
What do you wish to accomplish in this area of your life?
What are some small goals you can set?
Is there anything here you’ve never done before and wish to do?
What would you do if there was nothing standing in your way?
Now, start designing. Start with collecting the pictures and words to act as primers for your focal area. Build the layout of your board, how you’ll place everything. Then finalize your vision with glue, stickers, and washi tape!
This process is beautiful alone and great with friends. After crafting your vision board have a good look at it. How do you feel? Hopeful? Motivated? Inspired? Excited?
If you’re doing this with friends, it’s a good idea to discuss and create some accountability for taking the necessary steps towards achieving what’s on your board.
Finally, place the board in a place where you will always see it and take a few moments each day to spend time with it and put into action making your vision come to fruition.
Have you ever created a vision board? If you haven’t, add it to your #365FirstsChallenge list in the app under #ArtFirsts. Once it’s completed, come on over to the #365FirstsChallenge Facebook Group, share it with us, and tell us all about it!
Happy Vision Boarding!