MAKING A VISION BOARD - ACHIEVE YOUR DREAMS
Feeling a little lost?
Want a fresh sense of direction?
Ready to finally make your dreams a reality?
If you answered yep to any of the above then creating a vision board is for you.
I personally came across vision boards this time last year, while I was going full force into a quarter life crisis (sounds extravagant but it IS a thing - and vision boards were my saviour!)
I'd spent two years bumbling around Australia with not a care in the world and then suddenly found myself living back with my parents, serving beans in a college with absolutely no idea what to do next.
I was at a complete crossroads in my life with what felt like a million different paths to choose from and I didn't know which way to turn.
Weirdly enough, I picked up my latest copy of Psychologies magazine and on the cover it blared out "HOW TO COPE WITH YOUR QUARTER LIFE CRISIS" - someone was looking down on me I swear - I skipped straight to the page and was introduced to making vision boards (and the results since have been pretty spooky)
Disclaimer - you don't need to be having an utter meltdown to make one! They're great for any fresh start or new beginning!!
I sat myself down on a Sunday afternoon with scissors, glue and a decent cuppa...it, was, bliss!
Amongst all the craziness that had been going on in my head, the feeling of taking some time-out to do an activity that made me feel like I was back at primary school!..(lol, so good!!)...had been just what the doctor ordered.
The overwhelming feeling of anxiety and stress literally floated away from me as I stood looking proud of this entire board of who, what and where I wanted to be.
HOW TO MAKE ONE?
- Start by grabbing as many different magazines as you can possibly find (the more varied the better so your 'visions' are not restricted to a certain subject).
Flick through without trying to think about your end result. Let your mind and imagination flow and simply tear out whatever your eye is instantly drawn to.
COLOURS, WORDS, IMAGES, SHAPES
Once you've got a nice big pile of tear outs, take your board (I use an A3 piece of card but anything similar will do, cork-boards can also work!) and start to choose your favourites. It's this process where you start to realise which things are truly most important to you.
NOTE: BE MINDFUL HERE, TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT YOU'VE PICKED OUT AND TAKE A MINUTE TO THINK ABOUT WHY
Arrange your pieces on your board in whatever way feels right to you. Think about which things you want to take centre stage in your life etc and once you're done stick them down. (Sometimes it helps taking a quick photo as you may need to disassemble it to re-stick)
Place it somewhere you'll see it every day and viola, you've made your vision board! Now to sit back and let the magic happen!
Digital Vision Boards
So I'll admit...I got a little addicted to making vision boards after my first attempt last year and it led me to making them digitally...(most weeks!)
I see these digital ones as more of a 'visual to-do list' rather than a 'finding yourself' exercise, but they do the same job in helping you achieve your goals.
It's also just a really relaxing 'me-time' task to look forward to each week that, personally, leaves me feeling organised and anxiety free!
THESE ARE JUST A COUPLE OF MY EXAMPLES
READ BELOW TO FIND OUT HOW I MAKE THEM
- I spend the first half hour scrolling through Pinterest typing in whatever I've got on my to-do list that week. I save them to my desktop ready to add to my board.
- I open up a new document in Adobe Indesign (Microsoft word for you Windows peeps) and create a collection of boxes on the page.
- Being mindful of the colours and overall mood I want to carry throughout the week, I place the images into the boxes and export the document as a JPEG.
- I head over to my computer setting and set the image to my desktop background and viola, it's there every time I open my laptop.
Good luck, happy visioning and let me know over at the Soulo Facebook Page if you end up doing one yourself, I love love love to hear feedback :)
MY FIRST VISION BOARD
Did the magic happen?....
- The "You can make a home anywhere" turned out to be really poignant as I'm currently a 'live-in carer' back where I went to school (and I never ever thought I would move back to my hometown)
- By April I had trekked across the Sahara Desert on a camel (unreal and would recommend this to anyone)
- At this time I was really struggling with my anxiety so the "Don't sweat the small stuff" sign has been a great reminder each day and my overthinking has definitely reduced.
- The kids in the middle represent myself and my brother. It was important to me after such a long time overseas that I included my family in my next chapter (I ended up living with my bro for a good 5 months after I made this board)
- The piles of wood and outdoor boots came around without me even realising it. I'd had a sudden urge to go camping on my days off, so I hired a car, drove to North Yorkshire and spent a weekend camping and making fires - it was only when I returned home and saw these relevant pictures of my vision board again that I realised I'd ticked them off.
- I have been nurturing my basil plant in my tin can for half a year now and it's the only plant I managed not to kill!
- I broke my hand in August which meant I really had to take on board the "Slow down to achieve more" aspect and I think it really allowed me to progress with my blog and massage business more thoroughly and with less pressure than if I'd been fully functioning and worrying about time!