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Let’s chat about vision boards and why they are important in helping you reach your goals for the upcoming year.
What is a vision board?
First off, let’s get into what a vision board actually is. Wikipedia states that “a vision board is a collage of images, pictures, and affirmations of one’s dreams and desires, designed to serve as a source of inspiration and motivation.” Got that? Basically, it’s a huge ass mood board for what you want out of life.
Why do you need one?
Psychologists believe that doing mental exercises (like visualizing and manifesting) help boost confidence and motivation. Creating a vision board that aligns with your goals helps you stay focused and motivated to reach them. Seeing something every.single.day will help those goals stay at the forefront of your mind and keep you from forgetting your why.
How do you make one?
One of the things I love about vision boards is there is literally no wrong way to do it. There are a few different ways to create a vision board, so pick which one works best for you and roll with it. I go into the different options below.
First things first, figure out your why. This can be anything or anyone that means something to you. For example, my son, Cameron is my why, he is the reason that I am working to better myself; both mentally and physically.
Next up, find out your word of the year. Read how I created my words, balance and growth. I go into detail on how to find your word and why I have 2 for the upcoming 2022 year. In this process, there is a step to visualize your next 12 months. This exercise helps bring you clarity and aides in building your vision board.
Finally, pull photos, quotes, and affirmations that align with both your vision and word/s.
Pulling it all together
Now time to pull it all together. This can be done in a few different ways, I’m going to list out each one for you.
Pen and Paper
Magazine clippings, print outs, hand writing, etc. This way is for the most creative of people (I am not one of those people). Amazon has some amazing Clip Art Books to help with this as well. Grab some of your girlfriends, wine and a romantic comedy to make it a little girls night in event.
Digitally – Editing Program
Create a document in any editing program like Canva or Illustrator. You can screenshot or copy/paste images and also with the vast array of fonts available, your options are limitless. Then print it out and laminate it so you can have multiple copies of it in all the important places. Like your desk and bedroom or even in your kitchen.
Digitally in Notion
I recently stumbled upon Notion and lemme tell ya, what a game changer this is. This app has literally organized my entire life (personal & blog). A video tutorial came up on my YT feed by Michelle Kanemitsu of how to use Notion.
Check out her intro to Notion video below.
In her free Notion template, there is a page for a vision board, which is what I am using this year to create mine. Here’s a sneak peek of what mine looks like.
Real quick though, I love Notion because it syncs across all of your devices so it’s super easy for on-the-go.
[I’m going to do a post in a bit all about Notion and how it’s legit changed my life.]
Just like with your word of the year, make sure to put your vision board in multiple places. Since mine is digitally done through Notion this year, I have it on all of my devices. But you can also print out multiple copies and laminate them to keep them in different spots.
Remember a vision board isn’t supposed to be a to-do list for the upcoming year. It’s a tool to help keep you inspired when you are feeling overwhelmed. This tool helps you to remember the why and what you are working towards. Don’t get discouraged if you are not meeting every single goal you set for yourself.
Now that you’ve created your vision board in whatever medium works best for you, time to make it happen.