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2018 (and 2017 ) was a rough year for me. I went through a tragic and very traumatizing event and then dealt with a painfully tough breakup. However, I made it through. And not only that, I made a promise to myself that I would grow from all of what happened to me and all of what I went through AND make 2019 my very best year yet. And I know everybody always says the same cliché “New year, new me” line every year with no intentions of actually doing anything to positively change and grow from the previous year. And I’ll be honest — that was me up until this new year. I knew that I wanted to change and I knew that if I didn’t commit my time and effort to do so, that I would only end up continuing the cycle of wanting to change, but not having the courage to do so. Because it wasn’t the time commitment or the level of effort needed of and from myself that made me hesitant to change. No.
It was fear.
Fear of what? Fear of the unknown. Fear of failing. Fear of not getting all of what I have ever wanted for myself and wanted out of life. Fear that I would not only end up disappointing myself but all of my family and friends, too. But, deep down I knew that I held the power (and always had) to change my life in any and every way possible and that time waits for no one. And it was the very thought of time slipping through my fingers that scared me to the point of giving me the most motivation for self-growth that I have ever had! It was then that I knew that the only way to better myself was to actually start bettering myself. But, like a lot of things in life, that’s easier said than done. So, I did what I do best and I went on my Pinterest and looked around for ideas on how to collectively gather my thoughts, goals + dreams in such a way that I could see them every day.
And there it was right before my very eyes: pin after pin after pin of vision boards.
These boards looked so cool, yet I had no idea what I was even really looking at — I thought to myself, “What the hell is a vision board?” So, intrigued by my ignorance as to what a vision board was, I looked it up. And about 30 minutes later and with 6 opened tabs on my laptop, I had finally and thoroughly gained an understanding as to what a vision board is and why they’re actually super important and necessary for each and every person on this planet. No joke. So, what is this vision board thing that so many people have been talking about? Good question.
A vision board is quite literally a manifestation tool within the Law of Attraction that is used to help you clearly figure out what it is you want for yourself. Not only that, but it is done through the Power of Choice, ultimately providing you with a visual representation of the things that YOU want.
Vision boards put an emphasis on detail. When making the vision board, you are supposed to choose pictures, words, quotes, color, etc. that PERFECTLY display what exactly it is that you want. For instance, if you see yourself living in a big house, do not find an image of a small house and tell yourself, “A house is a house” in the hopes that your brain will not only remember that but force you to work toward that particular goal of living in a big house. No, no, no. If you want a big house, you better be finding a picture of the exact mansion that you want, printing it out, and pasting it front and center on your board!
So, the reason vision boards work is that…
“Whether attempting to learn a new skill or create a new habit, consistency is the key. We’re wired for repetition, and every time we repeat an action, we become stronger with that action.
By creating a vision board and placing it in a spot you see every day, you create the opportunity for consistent visualization to train your mind, body, and spirit to manifest your desires.
The wonderful thing about a dream board is that it only requires time and energy for the initial creation. After that, the consistency in the visualization happens every time you look at it.”
Vision boards are supposed to do three super important things —
- clearly (+ perfectly) identify your goals and display them in such a way that you are able to see them all of the time
- be your daily reminder of your goals
- keep you focused on the goals that YOU chose for yourself
With that being said, when it comes to vision boards, there are 9 main categories for you to choose from:
health + wellness
- am I healthy?
- am I mentally strong?
- what do I need to do to become mentally stronger?
- do I eat well? If not, how can I?
- what sickness or ailment do I wish I could overcome?
- am I at a healthy weight?
- if not, what is my dream body
wealth + prosperity
- how much money do I want to have?
- what kind of lifestyle do I want to be able to have?
- do I want to live lavishly?
- do I want to be able to live in a big house and have nice cars?
- what is my goal income?
- what am I passionate about?
- what is it that I can do that makes me happy all while making me money?
- all things aside, if I could do anything or be anything, what would it be? Why?
- what did I love doing as a child?
- if failing was not an option, what would I do?
- if you want to start a business or a company, what would it be like?
love + relationships
- am I single? In a relationship? Engaged? Married?
- am I happy with my current relationship status?
- when thinking about my the love life that I want, my mind immediately goes to ____________.
- what is my goal in terms of my love life?
- do I want to get married?
- money aside, what kind of wedding?
- what kind of engagement ring do I want?
- do I want to get divorced?
- how is my relationship with my siblings?
- how is my relationship with my friends?
- what do I wish I could change about my relationship with ___________?
- what is needed from me to achieve the best and healthiest relationship with ____________?
- do I want to rekindle any relationships? If so, why?
- what, if any, is my religion?
- what do I believe in?
- what do I want to believe in? If anything…
- what do I want to gain from my spirituality?
- what do I want to change about my current relationship with my spirituality?
travel + experiences
- where do I want to travel? Why?
- if money was not an issue, how frequently would I travel?
- what do I want to gain from traveling?
- what’s on my bucket list?
- before I die, what do I want to have done? Where do I want to have gone?
- my life will not be complete unless I do ____________.
- my life can improve immensely if I experience _______________.
- what are my values? What do I stand for?
- what are the adjectives that describe me?
- what are the adjectives that describe the person I want to be?
- what is my personal mission statement?
- what personality traits do I wish I had?
- do I look in the mirror and like the person looking back at me?
- what do I want to change about myself? Why?
- what do I like about myself? Why?
- do I like my appearance?
- do I like my personality?
- who do I look up to?
- what is my love language?
- what are things I need to do to be able to become the best version of myself?
- where do I want to live?
- what kinds of possessions do I want to have?
- what do you want your home to be like?
knowledge + wisdom
- what do I want to learn?
- am I content with my level of knowledge? Why or why not?
- what intrigues me?
- what do I wish I knew?
- do I want a degree? Another degree?
- what are things I need to do to be able to achieve my desired level of knowledge + wisdom?
family + children
- do I want kids?
- if so, how many?
- how is my relationship with my parents?
- how is my relationship with my siblings?
- what kind of parent will I be to my children? Why?
- how will I raise them?
- what values will I raise them to have?
Above are just some questions I came up with to help you lay a basis for what it is that you want in your life and out of your life! Feel free to come up with your own, but just think of those as prompts to help get you started since it can be hard for us to think about what we really want since we are always so focused on “reality.”
Also, if you ever need something to do with your significant other, family, or friends, making vision boards together is a great idea!
Now that you know what a vision board is and why they’re extremely important and beneficial, here are the steps you should take in order to make your vision board. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t just impulsively put together your board, either. As you know, or will be to find out, vision boards require time, effort, and reflection. Why? Because if you are going to be seeing your board/s every day, they need to be done truthfully and though I hate to say this word — perfectly. You don’t want to miss out on your goals becoming a reality due to faulty construction of you v. board! So, follow these steps —
1. find inspo
- pinterest | click here + click here to follow me
- google images or whichever search engine you use
2. choose a color palette*
If you want to make an aesthetically pleasing vision board (which is by NO means necessary, whatsoever*), then here are some resources I suggest using:
3. choose what you’re gonna focus on
- health + wellness
- personal growth
- travel + experiences
- children + family
- love + relationships
- knowledge + wisdom
- wealth + prosperity
4. get materials
Please note that vision boards do not have to be expensive! In fact, most vision boards are made with materials that people already have or can access and obtain for free. With that being said, I recommend using the following materials:
- the board
- cork board/bulletin board
- foam board
- poster board | usually a tad larger but thinner + flimsier than foam board
- glue | I recommend a glue stick, though!
- glue dots | the best invention ever
- tape + double-sided tape | similar to glue dots, just not as strong
- hot glue gun + glue sticks
- cardstock paper | since it’s thicker + heavier
- ruler | if and only if you are like me and want everything aligned perfectly
- old cards + postcards
- images, quotes, + positive affirmations that can be found online and printed
- pinterest + we.heart.it
- google images
- kodak moments | the app (link) is free, but it will cost you $0.15 for each 4×6 picture you have printed. So, still super cheap but it does have a cost. What’s really nice is that every month I go through my phone’s photo album and pick and choose which pics I want to have developed and then go over to the app, select the pictures I’ve chosen and then have them sent (for free) to the nearest location, which happens to be Target. The pictures are ready to be picked up quickly after I place the order and I pay there, so I highly recommend!
- make sure to include some pics of you and loved ones!
- redbubble | highly recommend!
- dollar tree
- hobby lobby (a little bit pricier, though!)
- free paint swatch cards from lowe’s or home depot | especially if you’re making your board aesthetically pleasing
- fake money | dollar tree, target, amazon, etc. | if you’re making a financial/wealth vision board
- patience | trust me, lol
And…. guess what?? I have a surprise!!
Thanks for reading! I would also love to hear back from ya’ll, so if you end up making a vision board or have any questions, comment below and let me know! Love to you all.