Is anyone else just super glad it’s now 2017? Don’t get me wrong, I had some good times in 2016. I discovered what I really wanted for myself and started putting my words into actions. However, I also feel like the end of 2016 was super stressful. The holidays always seem to be more frantic for me and I find myself having very little time to focus on my own self-care. Now that we are in a new year, it’s time to really embrace all of the potential that comes with it.
One of the ways that I have been challenged to do this was a vision board. I have seen many versions of these but have never done one before now. After completing, I see the value of visualizing your goals and not just having them as an abstract list or even worse just thoughts rolling around in our head. Here are a few tips in creating a vision board:
Decide if it will be personal, business related or both
Mine is a combination of both. I wanted to see everything on one for the work-life balance portion of my goals. I need to make sure I wasn’t leaning to far one direction or the other. However, you could certainly do separate ones for each aspect of your life.
Decide if you want it physical or electronic
There is of course something to be said about a tangible product. A physical board is great if you have a dedicated workspace available where it can be posted. Buy that poster board and gather your favorite magazines. Print out pictures from your favorite websites. Gather your scissors and glue and get to work.
For me, however, I tend to live in the digital world. My workspace is really just my laptop and wherever I happen to land at the moment. I don’t have a home office set-up (yes a goal for this year), so I chose to make mine digital. There are many options to use for digital boards, including popular graphic websites like Canva or PicMonkey. There are also some great mobile applications including the one I used which was Hay House Vision Board.
Don’t overanalyze, just get started
This was ultimately why I hadn’t done one before. I just didn’t know what or how to do it “perfectly”. By actually sitting down and doing one I realized it won’t be perfect ever. It is a fluid process and it’s ok to move things around and take them on and off. In fact, I plan on editing mine every month as things move and progress in my life. This isn’t the be all end all, it’s a reflection of our dreams and desires at the moment it is created. Things change in priority and importance as life happens and so should your visions and dreams.
This was probably the scariest part of the process. Sharing my vision board with the world. There is truth in putting your intentions into the universe so that they can be manifested into your life. By sharing your vision, your tribe can support you and help you reach those goals. You never know who might just have the answer to your next dream and can make it a reality.