Once a new year begins, there is a lot of discussion going on about goals and making resolutions. And, I’ll be honest – this is one of my most favorite times of the year. I love getting the chance to have a fresh start and trying something new. Creating an inspirational vision board that will keep me focused throughout the year is a perfect way to celebrate the new year! But the beginning of the year doesn’t have to be the only time you decide to create a vision board. Use it to help you focus on a new goal anytime you want!
I am a to-do list type of girl! It’s one of the things that really helps me to stay on track (and as I get older, the ONLY way I’ll remember to do something!) But, as much as I LOVE my lists, I realized that there was something missing from just using lists. And, that was reminding myself of WHY I was trying to get so much done.
That’s where a vision board comes in…
What is a vision board?
According to Makeavisionboard.com, “a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.”
This year, I decided to give this vision board idea a try. I thought it would be a great way for me to bridge the gap between simply making to-do lists and actually reaching my goals. As I considered about what I wanted my vision board to look like, I had a few requirements…
First, I wanted to easily be able to see, at a glance, what was motivating me to get to where I wanted to go. So, that meant I needed some fun, clear images I would love to look at!
Second, I needed a board that would be easy to update when new ideas came along!
Lastly, I wanted to add in some motivational words to remind me to keep going, even when I didn’t want to!
How to create an inspiration board
Making a vision board doesn’t have to be a tedious, time-consuming project. As a matter of fact, I made mine in just an hour or two. There are a few things I’d suggest you think about, though, before you actually get started.
The first thing to think about is what it is you want to achieve this year. What is that thing you most wish for, that you really want to make happen? Maybe it’s to spend more time with your family, or travel the world or lose weight.
Now, think about how you’d feel when you achieved that goal. What would you life look like?
Be as specific as possible. If it’s spending more time with your family, what would that look like? Will you go on a family vacation, buy a cottage on the lake where you can gather on weekends, or start a new job that allows you to work from home?
Whatever your goals are, picture them in your mind. Then, find some visual representations to add to your board that will remind you about those goals. Grab your favorite magazines or even download and print some pictures off your computer.
Okay, now that you know what your dreams are and you’ve gathered some pictures, it’s time to decide on what type of board you’ll use. Any type of board will work – cardboard, poster board, foam board, chalkboard and even a corkboard! But, be sure to use a good-sized one to make sure you can easily see what’s on it!
Next, decide how you plan to attach your images to your board. Depending on the type of surface you use, you’ll have a few options. If, like me, you want to be able to update your vision board throughout the year, you might want to use magnets, pushpins or even mini clothes pins on a burlap string.
How I created mine:
Because I wanted to have the ability to change out my board images, I decided to use a burlap wrapped board, and wrapped burlap string around the board to tuck images into.
I really love Chalk Couture’s 18×24 Natural Burlap Board with it’s rustic grey color and metal studs because it matched the decor of my home and I knew I’d be happy to display it because it’s so pretty! Once I had my board, I knew I need to find a few motivational words to add to the top and bottom. Chalk Couture’s Be Your Best transfer had lots of great motivational words to choose from, so that fit the bill perfectly!
I chalked on a few words: Dream BIG and Never Give Up, then wrapped my board with the twine and stuck in my images. I did use a bit of two-sided tape to keep everything in place, and added a few stickers to finish everything off.
Now, as I sit at my desk each day, I am reminded that I have some BIG DREAMS and I am able to visualize them and be motivated to achieve them!
Are you ready to create your vision board? Be sure to drop a picture of your completed one in the Comments – we’d love to see it!
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