I’ve been in the mood to make things happen. Reading motivational books, collaborating with some lovely lady entrepreneurs, joining super supportive networking groups, and growing my business (read more about VS Photography in a recent interview: here) have prompted me to set some major goals. Feeling inspired? I present to you my latest DIY guaranteed to get you going in the right direction: the vision board.
Why Vision Board?
Yes, that’s correct. I turned vision board, the noun, into a verb. Vision Boarding; verb; to bring your hopes and dreams into existence through creative means and visualization practices. Vision boarding may seem bogus to some, but I believe it’s a simple little craft that can reveal big things about yourself, your goals, and the journey you’re on to realize said goals. Of course, pinning pretty images won’t make these visions come true–that’s on you. But the act is a healthy exercise in learning what you truly want out of life. What else does it do?
It sets your intention. Goals come to fruition only when we go after them with intention. Write goals down, visualize them, say them aloud, make the decision to achieve them, and then do everything in your power to bring them to life.
It’s a road map. Of course it’s nice to craft a pretty vision board with images that reflect a hopeful, successful future. But, a board won’t make dreams true. It does however act as a wake-up call. Consider the images on your vision board like end-points on a map. You know your destination, you just have to plan out your route and enjoy the ride.
It’s a constant reminder. Life happens and it’s easy to lose sight of long-term goals. A vision board is a tangible reminder of you want. Visualization exercises work when it comes to setting and achieving goals–and making a vision board is an excellent, fun way to practice.
What to Vision Board
There are no limits on what to put on your vision board. Choose images, pictures, cut-outs, inspirational quotes, or hand-written notes that motivate you. Focus on how the images make you feel. Don’t just concentrate on material desires. Some images can directly correlate to things you envision in your future (a picture of the Italian coast if you plan to travel there in the next five years), while other images can represent something you aspire to (an image of a brand you love and want to emulate) or simply spark your imagination in a positive way (inspirational quotes or a photo that speaks to you).
Vision Board Tips and Tricks
- Organize your board into sections; home, career, personal growth, relationships, and travel are common categories.
- Think about your short-term and long-term goals when choosing your images for each category.
- Once you assemble the vision board, put it in a place where you’ll see it every day.
- Take your vision board further. Think about the steps you’d need to take to achieve your goals, write the mother of all to-do lists, and get going!
- Follow up and update your vision board as goals become accomplished and new visions come into play.
Vision Board DIY
-foam board or cork board (size dependent on frame size)
-an old picture frame
-1 sheet decorative paper
-push-pins (like these pretty pins found here)
-double sided tape
-double sided foam tape
1.Cut a piece of thick foam board (thick enough so you can secure a push-pin through) according to the size of your picture frame.
2. Place double-sided tape (or you can use glue) on one side of the board, and then place and wrap a piece of decorative paper (choose your favorite print or color) around the foam board. It’s kind of like wrapping a present…for yourself!
3. Stick double-sided foam tape (it’s stronger than the regular kind) around the edges of your frame, where you plan to secure your foam board. Line up the foam board to these edges and press down to secure them together.
4. Organize your photos, inspirational quotes, cut-outs, and other flair on the board and pin into place.
5. Hang or prop up your vision board for daily inspiration.