It’s never too late for a “2017” post, right? It’s still in the first quarter of the year, so I say yes.
I’ve been focusing a lot of self care and positivity lately. The world needs more positivity, encouragement and inspiration, and I just want to do my part to keep it present. My Weekly Sip series was started in part because of this (but also because I believe we all have stories to tell and getting down to the barest bones of those stories can make a difference). I personally find that visual, physical reminders of happiness and inspiration can make focusing on the best things in life that much easier.
My sweet friend Caroline–who recently started blogging over at Adventures in Nonsense–told me about a book she read called Beautiful Uncertainty by Mandy Hale. One part of the book mentioned vision boards and she told me she was thus inspired to make a vision board of her own. I’d bought a little 12″ x 12″ cork board a few weeks back (under $10 at Target, by the way), but hadn’t decided exactly what I wanted to do with it. Caroline and I chatted a little more, and a vision board sounded like a good idea to me, too.
There really aren’t any “rules” to creating your vision board. It’s all about your visions, goals and inspiration, of course. But there are some thoughts to consider before starting on your board:
- Which goals and intentions do you want to focus on?
- What do you dream about each day?
- What visual reminder will help you focus on those dreams and goals each day?
- Which words, quotes, images, symbols, etc. do you associate with those goals and intentions?
- How will you represent those goals and reminders?
Answering these questions–and any other relevant questions you may have–will help you make a plan for your vision board. It’s also a really great opportunity for some journaling and self-reflection. See what I did with that?How to make a vision board that works for you Click To Tweet
And now, on to actually making my vision board…
I had a few small items in my drawer that I wanted to include on my board, and I knew I was going to hand-letter some quotes and Bible verses. I also grabbed a couple of cute things at Michael’s – so board and all, I spent under $20 for this project.
My vision board (in its first iteration) focuses on positivity, waking up inspired and staying inspired. The items, quotes and verse I picked for my board draw upon doing things that make you happy, staying positive and sharing that positivity with those around you.
Oh, and I can hardly have anything in my house without some kind of nod to my Hokies. I bought that small pennant when I graduated with the intention to hang it at my desk or cubicle at whatever job I landed. Since my office has open-concept seating, no real spot for it. Now it’s proudly on display.
I had a bunch of push pins from my old bulletin board and other projects, so I used those to mount everything. One piece of advice for vision boards is not to make anything on the board permanent. As your goals and sources of inspiration change, your board will change. Push pins and colorful tape are optimal for this project.
As I said, there are no rules for what “has” to be on your vision board. Make it whatever speaks to you!
I saw the “chase your dreams” quote on a piece of wall art at Michael’s and absolutely loved it. So I recreated it for my board. Just a little extra reminder to get after your dreams and don’t let them slip away.Make a vision board that works for you & helps you stay inspired! Click To Tweet
When you’re ready to display your vision board, pick a spot that you’re likely to look at every day. I have a nice space on my bedroom wall for my board, right near the foot of my bed. One thing I’ve started doing is positioning things in my room that will inspire positivity and a good day as soon as I wake up. I hope that seeing my board first thing in the morning will help me start my days with a smile and a fresh outlook so I can tackle the day and week ahead.
Caroline shared her vision board with me and I absolutely love the approach she took with hers! Hop over to her post on Adventures in Nonsense and check out the vision board she created. I’m obsessed with her “daily check-in” feature – maybe that’s something I need to do, too?
Have we inspired you to make your own vision board? Or do you have one already made? Share your board with us on Instagram (@krobertsonvt and @camipo) so we can check it out, too!
How do you stay inspired every day? What’s your key to positivity?