Earlier this week I talked about vision boards and yearly goals and how important they are. I've been working on mine. I am a slow and steady kind of person and it takes me awhile to finish projects of this kind of importance. So I am steadily making progress on both my vision board for 2014 and my goals. Because of this I won't be sharing mine yet, but I do have some awesome examples from other sites that I'll be sharing today so that you can get started on yours.
(Wondering where the heck Part I is? Here. Right smack-dab over here.)
But, first -
WHAT IS A VISION BOARD & WHY DO I NEED TO MAKE ONE?
A vision board is an excellent tool to help you envision your future - what you want to happen in your life, and to help you achieve personal goals. It is a collection of words, inspiring images, phrases, and words of affirmation.
A vision board is for YOU and YOU ONLY. What are your dreams, your desires? What do you want to do with your life? What do you see in your future?
The beautiful thing about a vision board is that you do not have to know right now how you are going to make those dreams/goals happen. You do not have to know how to get from Point A to Point Z. A vision board is your starting point. You will figure out how to get there...you just have to know what you want first.
Here's the thing about vision boards -
I firmly believe in them.
I think they are vital and necessary to my health and well-being.
I believe they are a powerful tool for change.
I was introduced to them by a dear, dear friend of mine several years ago. The city I was living in at the time had just made it through a horrific tornado and since we were teachers, we were working with kids that had been deeply traumatized by the storm. I had been traumatized by the storm.
We were working and swimming in fear, uncertainty, sadness, chaos, and in anger.
And I was resistant to the idea of the assignment.
It would make me vulnerable. Because I had to get honest with myself. And I wasn't sure I was ready to go there.
But fortunately, I trusted this woman immensely and admired her heart that worked relentlessly for good. So I made one.
And a remarkable thing happened - I began to heal. I began to believe in the power of dreaming and believe that the desires put on my heart were there for a reason. And I started to trust - myself, The Universe, my Higher Power, my future.
I wasn't the only one - there was a remarkable transformation in our students. Suddenly there seemed to be hope again. Strength. And a peacefulness that many students hadn't had after the tornado.
I do believe that vision boards serve as a manifestation of what is in our hearts and I love what Jess Ainscough has to say about them: "[C]reating a vision board and sticking it in your line of sight, is an awesome way to communicate with the Universe about what you would like to collaborate on in your life."
You have two choices - you can make a digital version or one on a poster board.
Choice 1 - Digital Vision Board
1. Open up a blank document on your computer - it can be in Power Point or Word. I have Open Office, so I making mine in Open Office Drawing because I find it easier to manipulate the images.
2. Utilize the internet to search out photos, images, words of affirmation, quotes that speak to you - they can represent anything that you want in your life.
My vision board covers the following (in no particular order):
a. Words of affirmation
b. Words that represent what I want my life to be about (Harmony, Peace, Serenity, Hope, etc.)
e. Creative pursuits
j. General wants/needs/desires
3. Layer, move, crop, and design it so that it pleases you. There really are no rules. This is yours and yours alone.
After I make mine, I usually set it as my desktop background to keep me inspired. Also, remember that vision boards are fluid - they will change as you grow and as your wants/needs/desires change.
Choice 2 - Poster Board
1. You will need the following supplies -
a. poster board (size is your preference)
b. glue and/or tape
c. magazines and photos
2. Find photos, images, words of affirmation, quotes - anything that speaks to you.
3. Arrange on the board and glue/tape into place.
4. Enjoy the heck out of it.
Be open to the process. Some of you may embrace this and finish it in one setting. Others may find this extremely difficult and you may find yourself going back and forth. Wherever you are with this - that is okay. Embrace where you are and be kind to yourself and your vulnerability.
Here's to embracing your truth and collaborating with the Universe.
Sites I Dig
The Road is Home
The Seed & Plate
Sharon Covert Photography
The Define School
The Noisy Plume
Sarah Gee Photography
Fox & Owl Studio
The Stork and The Beanstalk
Mellow Yellow Photography
A Simple Little Journal
What I've Been Reading
The Girls by Emma Cline
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Never Broken by Jewel
Hold Still by Sally Mann