I enjoy having a Vision Board for the year to inspire me. I place it right next to where I write in my Morning Journal and it keeps my vision front and center and hopefully helping it manifest as the year progresses. This post captures the How-to do a Vision Board and then shares mine.
How to Create a Vision Board:
Pick up 6-10 different kinds of magazines that you’re “attracted to”. I’ve gotten some of mine at the local half-price bookshop. I also use magazines I like reading – this year that’s been Real Simple, O Magazine, and Coastal Living.
Then thinking about “what do I want to happen this year?” or “what do I want to do/be this year?” or “what is my vision for the upcoming year?” (whichever question feels best for you), flip through and rip out pictures that you feel a connection with. Don’t think too much – just keep the question in your head. (It’s better to do it this way than to find pictures via search mode or Googling. This rip out approach allows your subconscious mind more freedom.)
Using scissors and glue stick, cut and paste your pictures onto a poster board, continuing to think about your question. Mine was: What do I want to do/be this upcoming year?
I like creating a narrative for the board after its done, interpreting the pictures, metaphors and colors. I use dream interpretation on the visuals and colors to help clarify what my subconscious is telling me about the answer to the question. Some folks like to name their board and that becomes their word/phrase for the year.
My 2018 Vision Board:
My 2018 Vision Board Narrative: As expected for me, there are a lot of words! (I’m a word girl!) And a lot of forward motion visuals as well – things that move and soar – hiking boots and a bike, birds and butterflies, energy.
The beginning of the year is doing the steps to become cancer-free. This isn’t just the one thing (radiation therapy), but a medicine bottle full of healthy eating and exercise. And being positive and looking forward to the future.
Cancer-free… Now what. START. There is a litany of things to be actively doing this year – build a balanced routine of healthy eating, movement (yoga, waking, SUP), walking the dog, get cooking, writing, and reading. But keep it fun and don’t forget the quiet moments either.
Take flight on my dream retirement lifestyle. Have fun with friends gathered around! Do the things I’ve been thinking about: birding, farmers markets, Northern Lights, maybe an Airstream trip? Then there is gardening outside (plan my new house’s garden) and time with hubby – the good stuff, Florida beach strolls, and watching sea-life.
For color, more pinks, reds, and oranges than my previous vision boards. (I recall I had a lot more orange in pictures that just didn’t fit physically – too big.) Red is associated with energy, strength, power, courage and determination, passion and love. Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, enthusiasm, happiness, creativity, determination, encouragement, and new beginnings (sunrise).
My board commands me to get my feet outside and stay open to possibilities. Ending the year with things on my list checked off and heading towards 59 (age next year) fitter and happier.
My vision board definitely compliments my word of the year:
SOAR: Savoring – Optimistic – Activating – Resilient
I’m quite energized to begin soaring this year!
Have you considered creating a vision board for yourself?