Do you have dreams? A vision of what you want to achieve or have in your life? Ways that you want to feel? Places you want to see? Things you want to do? Making vision boards is a way to put all of those dreams + goals in one place.
It’s something you can (and should) look at often. It’s also something that can help you get back on track if you lose focus on what you want your life to be + look like.
It’s such a great way to keep your dreams alive + top of mind!
So how do you go about making a vision board? Keep reading for 5 steps you can take to create a powerful vision board.
1) Get out of your head and follow your heart
Before you begin, make sure you are grounded. By grounded I mean paying attention to what your heart is telling you. This means trusting in yourself and knowing what is important for you in life.
You can do this by meditating or doing some breathing exercises. It’s important to stay in the moment throughout this exercise, all while dreaming of what you want for yourself and for your future.
Maybe do some journaling to bring even more clarity to what you're feeling + thinking. You can also just dive right into the process, all while staying out of your head. You don't want to overthink this process. Keep it fun + light.
2) Choose your medium
So what will you create your vision board on? It can done on a poster board, in a notebook, or on canvas. I've even used a fancy bulletin board before as well. Whatever feels right for you. What matters is that once it’s finished, you will love it and want to revisit it often.
Whatever it is you choose, make sure that it can be easily accessible for you when complete. For instance, if you create your vision board on a canvas, you’ll want to put it where you will see it every day. If you choose a notebook, you’ll want to make sure you put it where you’ll be sure to look at it regularly.
3) Choose words and images
Using old magazines, or the internet, collect images and words that draw to you. Don’t filter what you pick. Just make a stack of those images that feel right to you. You can even use your own photos!
When you cut the images, you don’t have to be particular about how you do it. Just ripping the images is fine. I actually love the look of imperfect edges.
After creating your vision board, if you find yourself having extra images that you might like to use later on, just save them in a file folder. Then anytime you see an image, a word or a quote that draws to you, just pop it into that folder for use on future vision boards.
4) Gather a few extra supplies
Here's a list of other supplies you might need to create your vision board project. The only thing you really need is a glue stick, but as a mixed media artist, there are other things I like to add to my supply list.
- Glue stick
- Your favourite markers + pens (optional)
- Stickers (optional)
- Stamps + ink pads (optional)
- Washi tape (optional)
- Ephemera that you find interesting (optional)
And don’t forget your favourite drink and some inspiring music!
5) Putting it all together
You’ve gathered all your supplies. Now what?
There are many ways to put your vision board together and remember that there is no right or wrong way to do this! Do what feels right for you. Remember that this is all about YOU!
Let me give you some inspiration by sharing ways I’ve done vision boards in the past.
My dream journal
Many years ago, I created what I call my dream journal, which was made using a composition notebook. I created two-page spreads for each of 4 categories - Spiritual, Creative, Places to See, Home and Adventures.
Those categories were what was drawing to me at the time. Since creating my Lifebook, however, I can see me expanding on a whole lot more!
My creativity vision board
I also created a small vision board on canvas focusing on creativity. I wanted something that I could keep on a wall in my little art studio that I could look at when I want to create. I find it inspiring and it reminds me of what I am looking to achieve creatively.
All encompassing vision boards
I’ve also done 2 vision boards on canvas that were based on my word for the year. I love choosing a focus word every year to help guide me in the year ahead.
I've had many "words of the year", like Abundance, Discovery, and Believe. I put the word in a prominent place on the canvas then added words + images of what that word means for me. The most current vision board I created hangs by my bed where I can look at it every day.
Side note: This latest vision board is in serious need of an update!
The way your vision board evolves will be totally unique and amazing. The experience is truly life-changing! But having a vision board isn't just about looking at it and wishing those things into existence.
When you look at your vision board on a daily basis, those images + words have a way of engraining themselves in your subconscious, which help you bring intention to the actions you need to take daily in order to make it all happen.
Creating vision boards is not about perfection. It’s about feeling good and helping you keep what's important to you front of mind!
Have you ever created a vision board? What was your experience like? Leave a comment or email me at [email protected] and let me know!
Want to go deeper?
Creating a vision board in and of itself can be a powerful thing, but you might be ready to go deeper than that.
Having a vision board that is born of a clear + ideal life vision can be even more powerful. If this is something you've been wanting - creating your ideal life vision - consider writing your very own Lifebook.
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