You’ve probably heard a lot about creating vision boards and manifesting your destiny. To some, it may be a lot of nonsense, but to others (myself included) it can be an exercise in gaining clarity and pointing you in the direction of your goals and dreams.
At the beginning of 2018, I set out to create a vision board and much to my surprise it was more difficult than I anticipated. Turns out, I’d never been super specific on what it is I truly desire out of this life. Sure, there were a list of things I desire like my dream home, a life partner that I can truly connect with, a thriving business, a popular blog, etc., but I’d never named each of those things and given them a specific direction.
VISUALIZE YOUR DESIRES AND GOALS
When you visualize your desires, you are giving them life and to take it a step further, you put it on a board that’s in your face. This makes you less distracted by the things that aren’t as important. So whether you’re a believer in the manifestation of the elements that you put on your board, or if you are just goal setting, a vision board can be a useful tool in either situation.
Each time you see your vision board, you’re reminded of what you’re working for. Take a moment to focus on each element. Give it life. Breathe energy into it. Focus on what it feels like to have the life that you designed on that board.
I AM WHAT I MAKE UP
As I was creating my board, I found a phrase in a magazine that states “I am what I make up.” THAT is the entire premise of a vision board! YOU ARE THE DESIGNER OF YOUR LIFE! The question is, what do you want your life to be? What is the legacy you want to leave behind? Who are you to yourself and to the world around you?
I know that goes kind of deep, but I believe a vision board does just that. It takes you into the deepest parts of your soul and it breathes life into the person you believe yourself to be.
If you’re just setting out on your vision boarding quest, here are the steps to take to ensure you create the board that really resonates with your particular aesthetic and flow.
Planning is necessary to create a vision board that resonates with you. You’ll need to list out the elements that are important to you so you know what you’re looking for when you go shopping for supplies. I suggest doing a layout beforehand so there’s a flow to your board. Mine was sectioned out into categories and I built it up according to what I wanted to focus on.
Grab your wallet and head to the store! You’re going to need:
- Items of significance like necklaces, trinkets, etc. that represent any of your desires
- Stickers (optional) – I used stickers to add a fun element.
- Push pins
- Double sided tape or a glue stick
- Board of your choice. I went with a framed burlap board from Target because I’m a stickler for beauty
SET THE MOOD
Set the mood for your workspace. Select the music that helps tune you into the work. Light a candle, meditate, and set your intention. This will keep you focused on creating a board that is true to your desires.
ASSEMBLE YOUR BOARD
Sounds pretty basic. 🙂 Go to work putting your board together! If you’re anything like me, you’ll find that at the end of your assembly, there will be gaps, because it became clear in the process that certain things are more important than others. You may want to reserve space for growth. I intentionally left open spaces on my board so I could continue revisiting it.
Take your time, remain open and don’t rush the process. Your vision board is a living object. It should grow and change as you grow and change.
PUT IT SOMEWHERE YOU’LL SEE IT DAILY
This is important. You need to get your eyes on your board as often as possible. Place it above your desk, in your bedroom, over your bedside table, etc. Wherever it will be in your line of sight daily.
Enjoy the creation process!