I started this post about a month ago but alas, it took me this long to actually sit down and write it. Just a few little (mostly good) distractions, which you’ll hear about shortly. Actually the distractions are related to this post so it kinda all makes sense. Let’s talk about creating a vision board.
Have you ever made a vision board? It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years. I’m really, like I mean really, horrible at goal setting and reflecting. I’m a ‘now’ person through and through. It has its benefits (road trip to NYC this weekend? let’s go!) but it makes it challenging for me to focus in my career and life in general. I haven’t watched The Secret (yet) but I’m really open to the whole law of attraction and putting things out in the Universe so I thought it’s about time I really do it. Now I’m also a realist so I’m not going to say that I believe it 100% because I believe that sometimes no matter how positive we are or how hard we try life just happens and things are not in our control. But above all I believe in making (sh)it happen and hustling hard for what you want. It can’t hurt to put a little positive energy out there and see what comes back.
I found this saying somewhere in internet land and it really stuck with me. So much so that it’s kinda become my new mantra and the centre of my vision board.
First off, I should say that I’m not a vision board expert. Just like anyone else I Googled “how to make a vision board?” (what did we do before Google, seriously?!!?!) and loosely followed some guidelines that appealed to me. This really is an individual thing so if you’re not digging how I came up with mine, no worries, find a method that works for you.
Basically your vision board can be whatever you want it to be. You can have it focus on one thing like your career or a bunch of areas of your life which is what I did. Use imagery and words that resonate with you in those areas. It can be aspirational and inspirational with images of what you want or desire in those areas. This can be both material or emotional aspirations – like that dream home you imagine or the feeling to be loved and valued by that future Mr or Mrs. It can be used as a way of calming your mind of any worries regarding your romantic future, or help find a solution if you have tension in your life now.
It can also focus on things or memories in your life that you already have that you want to continue or recreate. For example if your perfect place is sitting on the dock at your cottage with a book on a sunny day and that memory brings you peace that you would like to achieve in other areas of your life then put that image on your board.
So here’s the part where I share my inner most wants & desires that made it on my vision board. Well the PG version anyway.
All you need is either some magazines or a printer and some scissors, glue and bristle board then it’s time for an ol’school cut & paste project. I had really specific images in mind so I searched online for those and printed them off. But you can also just flip through magazines and let the images inspire you. Either take some time solo or invite a close friend or two and make it a small group activity. I did it with a friend of mine and we had completely different visions but it was nice to chat about our goals and the cut & pasting was really therapeutic. You may be surprised! Throwing a little wine into the mix doesn’t hurt either.
I divided my vision board into 5 sections –
WORK – as in the actual physical work I want to create. I really want to get into event decor and create a successful online shop that has potential to expand. This is part of what’s been keeping me busy lately and I’ll be sharing it with you super soon. I’m also constantly trying to remember that moving forward is more important than being perfect.
CAREER: This is a bit different than the Work section because this is more about women who I really look to for inspiration and who’s careers I’m totally inspired by and see aligned with what I want for myself in a creative industry. They’re all incredibly colourful and creative women who’ve built up their brands to become successful and have got to tap into many different creative outlets. There’s more I could add to this list but these are the ones I align myself with most. Bri from Design Love Fest, Joy Cho from Oh Joy, Emily Henderson, and locally based Tiffany Pratt.
TRAVEL: I love to travel (24 countries & counting!) and since leaving my full-time corporate gig I haven’t done enough it. My wanderlust appetite is going crazy. To me travel makes us all more interesting people and seeing how others live always helps to put life in perspective. So more traveling please. A California road trip and Santorini, Greece are at the top of the list along with more peaceful jaunts to this amazing Treehouse but I’m open to any opportunity that comes my way.
LOVE: ok, time to get personal. I’ve been single for a long time. Way too long. I don’t know why, my friends don’t know why and the dating world is not for those with thin skin or a uneasy stomach. The way I look at things is that I have a pretty good thing going on but it would be even better to have someone to share and grow with. It’s more of a want than a need – which is why this quote below really spoke to me. When I think of a partner I think of someone who shares my love of creativity, music, travel and being spontaneous. I don’t have a fantasy wedding planned out but I do picture a great party in this adorable dress. And if things aren’t meant to be right away, I’m open to opening my heart to a fur baby – specifically an apricot coloured Maltipoo.
BEAUTY & SPIRIT: I wasn’t sure what to call this section. I didn’t want it to seem like I was so focused on my appearance and that beauty is so important but these women have something that I aspire to have. It’s more of a style and spirit. I consider myself more of an unconventional beauty and like to express that through my style and spirit. Of course being healthy is also important but I’ve comes to terms with the fact that for me the whole gym/yoga/fitness/health nut ideology is just not natural for me. Even though this is something that doesn’t feel natural to me, I know that a lot of people like to take part in these activities to help them feel better about themselves, which I totally understand. My friend loves doing yoga workouts so much that she is looking for new activewear every now and then. Many a time, she visits malls only to purchase the trendiest gears. Now she has come up with a new kind of obsession of shopping online. I think some of her colleagues recommended her to check out webshops like Gym King where she can purchase stylish and affordable co-ord sets and other workout apparel. I have also heard that she would soon have a new wardrobe to organize her workout outfits. To be honest, she is a kind of fitness freak, which is not a bad thing at all. I mean there is nothing wrong with taking care of your health, is there? I think she’s also planning about doing this yoga instructor training india to allow her to learn from the very best. This will be a good opportunity for her as she loves being able to feel a sense of relaxation whilst taking part in the exercise. Who knows, she may even persuade me to try out her class once she has qualified, and I may even find myself enjoying it. But for the time being, I’m happy with what I’ve been doing. I’m healthy in my own way and I’m more concerned with how I carry myself than my clothing size.
So that’s my vision board! Now the idea is that once you have the vision board, you have to see it of course. I’ve place mine in my bathroom at home because it’s the first place that I go when I wake up – and let’s be honest, we all have a few minutes of uninterrupted attention in there every day. They say that in addition to the vision board it’s useful to practice meditation and gratitude. This means at least 10 minutes a day in silence with your thoughts (and perhaps vision board) and being grateful for all the things in your life, big or small that make you happy. Having your own mantra that you repeat or have written down is also very powerful when it comes to attracting what you want and staying positive.
I’m still working on this last part as I find regular routine of any sort challenging but I’m trying!
Remember, there’s no rules so if you’re feeling a little lost or just the type that likes to think about your future and really make things happen, try it out. I would love to hear what you think about the whole thing and/or any of your own vision board experiences, especially those visions that materialized. Leave a comment below!