How to make your first vision board
One of the main reasons I created a vision board is to help me get back on track after I have been feeling stuck with my life for the last couple of months. I needed something to focus on.
I don’t have to tell you that 2020 was not what we have hoped for. And because of this I was feeling stuck and not knowing how to go forward with my life. I had so many plans and there where so many projects that I wanted to tackle. But COVID put a spanner in the works.
One day, I was scrolling on Instagram and I came across Cathrin Manning’s post about creating her vision board. And I felt inspired. I wanted to do something creative and fun for a while, but I didn’t know what. And a vision board solved both of my problems – getting my life in order and being something creative.
What is a vision board
A vision board represents your dreams, goals, and desires all in one place. And it can be a powerful visual tool to motivate, and give you clarity, to go after the life you want.
A vision board holds everything you want to CREATE, not what you want to GET in life. So you might ask what is the difference?
The things you create, you can control. But often times what you get you cannot control.
So focus on the things you can create and thus what you can control. By focusing on creating, the process can become more joyful and exciting. And the results are positive because you worked for it.
Vision board examples
There are really a lot of different types of vision boards you can create. The most well-known is in a form of a scrapbook. You can really be creative with this type of board. You can use magazine clippings, words, and phrases. You can decorate with stickers and washi tape.
You can then frame this scrapbook page that you created so that you can see your vision board every day.
Another example of a vision board is the pin board type (and also the one that I made) where you use a pin board or a cork board to pin your pictures, phrases and words to.
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of making a physical one, you can create digital one. You can use Pinterest to create a secret board to house all your pictures. This way you can always add to it and be an ongoing vision board.
Another option for a digital vision board is to create a screen saver or a desktop background.
5 Questions to ask yourself for creating your vision board
A vision board is something really personal, and not just pretty pictures on a board. You should really consider what you put on your board, and also take your time. Here are some questions you should ask yourself while putting your board together.
- What do you want to create in your personal and work-life?
- Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
- What will it take to create your dream life?
- What don’t you want in your life?
- What is the future you like?
How to use your vision board
Your vision board represents all your dreams, goals, and desires in one place. And the main function of a vision board is to give you clarity. It should always remind and motivate you to go after the life you don’t want to create.
So when an opportunity arises and you are not sure what to do, you can hold it up against your vision board and ask yourself if this opportunity will fit into the goals and dreams that you want in your life. If it doesn’t fit, maybe you should let it go.
Vision board supplies
As I mentioned above, I created a pinboard type vision board and this is the supplies I used.
- Pictures – to represent your goals and dreams
- Card stock
- Thumbtacks or pins
Creating a vision for my life
I thought that creating this board will be easy, but let you tell you it was not.
I started off writing all the things I knew I wanted for my life in a notebook. I tried to be super-specific, but I also dreamed of what my ideal life will look like.
I really focused on what I wanted for my life and not be influenced by other people and their ideas. This was the difficult part because we are constantly influenced by other people and social media. Topped with friends and family’s opinion mixed in with that.
So I spent almost an hour just sitting with a cup of coffee and my thoughts and my note book. Writing down goals and dreams for myself.
Some of these goals I hope to get accomplished within one to two years, but some are more long term goals.
Putting the vision board together
After I wrote all of my dreams and goals down, I went to Pinterest to find pictures that represent each of those goals/visions/dreams. This was super fun.
I created a secret board that I pinned all my vision board pictures too. I also made sure that most of the pictures where in the same color scheme, to create a really cohesive board. It is all about the aesthetic life you know! But also, I love it when everything is matching. For me, it is calming.
Because I wanted the pictures to be all the same size, I downloaded the pictures to my computer and then uploaded them again to Canva. I created a grid page in Canva where the frames are all the same size.
After I was happy with everything, I printed the pictures on card stock and I cut them out with a pair of scissors.
I went a step further and, on the back of each picture, I wrote down the goal that the picture represents. This was an extra reminder of the commitment I made to myself. And then I pinned them to the pinboard with thumbtacks.
Free vision board quotes printables
So I thought to share with you the vision board quotes that I’ve put on mine. I really love all these quotes and I hope that it inspires you.
You can also put them on your fridge if you don’t want to use them on your vision board.
My First vision board result
When I finished my vision board it consisted of beautiful inspirational pictures that represent my life goals and visions and also inspirational quotes. I also included women that inspire and motivate me. These women inspire me in different aspects of my life and I wanted to include them.
I really loved how this turned out. I walk past this board every day and my desk also faces the board. So this board will constantly remind me to go after my goals.
What do you think? Will you be creating your own vision board? I would love to know how you go about creating yours.
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