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Why I Wanted a Vision Board
I’ve been taking this really great course called the 30-Day blogging fast track. I signed up for it after joining the FB page called Start a Money Making Blog. Ever since then, I’ve been very moved by the writers and entrepreneurs there. It was just enough to spark some change in my life.
Lately, I have been doing some soul-searching. I’ve also been brainstorming ways that I can manage to be at home and work while attending to a 4 month old baby, and 2 school-aged boys in the afternoon. I’ve recently decided to take the plunge and work towards being a full-time writer. I do have 3 other income-sources, but my hope is to make my blog the primary one after a lot of hard work!
The idea was all fine and dandy, but I was finding it hard to be motivated along with all of the other things racing through my mind..Ugh! Can you relate? It was difficult to start putting everything into forward motion without a fuel source.
I needed inspiration.
On Day 2 of this course we were asked to write our goals. This is a pretty standard process for anyone hoping to do better and/or make significant changes in their work, home, and spiritual life. So I thought, what the heck. I’ve done this so many times, what’s one more time?
I wrote down a list of goals for myself and for the family, but like so many times before, I closed my computer and never looked at that list again. I knew that I needed a way to change this. The Day 2 assignment also said you could create a vision board instead.
I needed to see what I was working towards for days I felt discouraged and wanted to give up. It allowed me to step outside myself and truly envision what will (not could) be! I know myself too well, and I wanted to be accountable to my goals.
So I thought, what the heck, I’ll try my hand at making my own dream/vision board.
I’m glad I did! Now my kid’s and husband can look at this along with me, and my dreams become theirs. It’s so exciting to know that they are excited for me to reach my goals, too!
How I Did It
Creating this was a lot of fun and it was so very simple!
You’ll only need just a few supplies:
- Magazines to cut out of
- Poster Board or Construction/Crafting Paper
- Glue (any kind that won’t show through, I used Elmer’s Glue Sticks
- A Frame to make it pretty (optional)
- Colored Pencils or Craft Markers if you wish to write on your board
Before you begin, if you haven’t done already, write down your goals. It could be for this year, 3, 5, or 10 years out or a combination! Whatever you do, set a deadline on paper and refer to it often. Also, use this list as a reference as you look for cut-outs to add to your board. You can add to or remake your board as your goals and timelines change, too!
My Vision Board had two parts to it really; one for 2017 goals and another for a bucket list – things that we want to be able to do as a family within the next 5 years.
Now begin to rummage through your magazines for visuals that are a match to your goals/dreams. You can use a combination of words or actual pictures of items. The beauty in this is that YOU are the only one who needs to know what each cut-out means.
If you need any more ideas to help you along, please check out My Pinterest Board.
Make sure you measure the glass on the frame (if you use one) and cut your backing paper/cardboard to match. On most frames the front view is a smaller surface area than the actual size of the frame. If you don’t do this first, you may not see all of your board! Once you have the correct measurements, cut your cut-out backing to fit. I made mine a smidge smaller so I didn’t have to force the board back into the frame.
Ok, you’re getting closer! Place your cut-outs strategically on your paper/backing BEFORE you glue. I find this strategy helpful to make sure that everything fits just right.
I also used colored pencils to write on the vision board what I couldn’t find in the magazines. You don’t have to do this, but it’s another crafty option. You can also use your craft markers instead.
And now you are ready to paste! Add your pieces permanently to your board. You can also add flare to your board by gluing buttons, ribbon or using glitter if you want to get really fancy.
It’s getting real, folks! Can’t you see yourself on that beach, already?!
Now, you can let your board dry. The time will vary depending on what type of glue you used. I let mine dry for 20 minutes (well.. it was actually longer because I had a fussy baby!).
Carefully place your board back in the frame and…
Voila! You have yourself your very own Vision Board!
Make sure to put it in a place where you will see it every day. I have mine on the coffee table where I do my daily wok. I can see it throughout the day, and it now keeps me very excited for life’s next chapters!
Do you have a Vision Board? Post yours in the comments below to share and if you have any tips to offer, drop a note!