One of the few upsides to having a birthday right before New Year’s is that everything feels like a fresh start on January 1st. New year. New age. Blank slate.
As I’m now in my last year of my 20’s (insert scream face emoji), I thought it would be a good time to get clear on things I want to accomplish, and the internet told me that a great way to do that is with a vision board.
What’s a vision board? It’s a piece of paper, a cork board or even a Pinterest page with images and words of things you want. But it’s not just physical objects, although that can be part of it. It’s also career goals, how you want to feel and things you want to spend more time doing.
Once it’s made, you’re supposed to look at it every day. Here’s the thinking behind it: If you recently bought a car and start seeing the same model everywhere, it’s because you’re tuned in to it. Vision boards work the same way. When your goals are at the top of mind, you’ll start noticing ways to make things happen, ie. a new gym opening by your office, or a guide book for a trip you want to take. I’m no psychologist, but that sounds about right to me.
So, on my first Craft Night of 2018, (a regular gathering I host with friends), we got to work on our vision boards. Here’s how to make one for yourself!
- Bristol board
- Magazines you don’t mind cutting to shreds
- Glue stick
1. Think of your goals. Health, finance, relationships, career, travel, Louboutin stilettos. It all goes. Be ambitious: after all, if you can’t dream big on your vision board, where can you? However, consider things that are actually attainable, not something like marrying a prince. But hey, maybe Meghan Markle put Harry on her vision board and we’re all fools for not trying.
2. Start snipping quotes and images that correspond to your goals or evoke how you want to feel. Maybe you like the headline “Girl Power” and find another image with a woman sitting at the head of a boardroom table. If you want to get a promotion at work this year, that would be a great addition to your board, but don’t start pasting yet. Try getting material for your whole list of goals first.
3. Figure out your layout. Once you’ve found clippings for your goals, lay your bristol board flat and start determining where your pieces will go. It’s OK to ditch some of your cutouts in the process. Want more images or text? Go back to your magazines and find what you’re missing.
4. Get gluing! Once you’re happy with your layout, swipe a little glue to the back of the clipping and press it down!
5. Keep it close. Like I mentioned, the point of the vision board is that you look at it. (Mind-blowing, I know). Keep it where you’ll see it every day, like your bedside table or bathroom wall, or even put it at your desk, if you’re cool with your boss seeing how badly you want that promotion.
Oh, and don’t forget to add the date you made it on the back! A year from now, when you’re reviewing your Parisian vacay pics, you can look back on your vision board and smile, knowing you made a dream come true. Yep, you guessed it. Paris for my 30th is definitely on my board.
There you have it! It’s an easy craft that can have a big effect on your life, so there’s no reason not to give it a shot. What goals will you put on yours?