Welcome to February! National Black History Month, National Boost-Your-Self-Esteem Month, and a month for love (cue Valentine’s Day).
But, I’d like to ask you a question…
How are those New Year’s resolutions or goals or promises going for you?
A brand new year, means a brand new start. And because so many of us are on different versions of lockdown or restrictions, why not use your time wisely? Why not start a new craft project – one that will help with your growth and habits?
I have frequently mentioned vision boards in the past, over the years, many of you asked me about mine. I always answered: “I would post own my vision board for you to see, except I’m kinda superstitious, and feel like my vision board is like a birthday wish. You know, you cover your eyes, make a wish, and only if you tell no one, it will come true?”
Yeah, that sorta thing.
But, I have been using a vision board (or dream board as it is sometimes referred to) for many years. And I refer to it OFTEN, and I visit it often to make sure I’m still keeping my eye on the prize, and chasing my dreams. My vision board organizes my thoughts, and reminds me why I wake up in the morning. And when I do look at it, I feel motivated, charged, positive and proactive.
The question is, DO YOU have a vision board?
Today I would like to challenge you to make your own. There is no better time than now – especially during COVID. In case you have dismissed the idea, thinking that it is just a giant poster board of images of fancy cars, clothes, jewelry and skinny women, think again. While a fancy car may very well be on your dream board, I urge you to DREAM BIGGER.
The beauty in creating a vision board, is that it’s entirely your own. It consists of every image, or word or sentence that you envision for yourself in your life. Everything you hope to manifest. Perhaps there is a picture of an open door, symbolizing you leaving your current job, and opening the door to new possibilities. Perhaps there is a picture of an ocean, there to remind you to take a walk by the seaside every now and then to clear your mind (or as a place you want to visit once the pandemic is over). Perhaps there is a piggy bank, reminding you to save more money. Perhaps there is a cozy table set for two, to remind you to inject more romance into your relationship. It is entirely your own vision. My vision board is now simply a white board, with a dry eraser. I bought it for $12.99 at Office Depot, and I write and erase as my goals and visions change.
For example, an online course was on my vision board for two years, and I finally manifested it in Busy To Bliss this year.
On a side note, we can all dream the dream, but the difficult part is making those dreams come true– actually implementing what’s on that vision board.
So, are you ready for a fun 2021 project? We’re getting unstuck, and we’re making that decision to chase the dream. We’re finally taking up knitting, or we’re quitting that dead end job. We’re breaking up with a toxic friend, or we’re giving more money to charity. We’re deciding to be more open to new ideas, or to spend more time with family. We’re planning a trip to Disney World with our family when this sh*t is over. We’re making plans.
Creating Your Dream Board
- Buy a bristol board or poster board – any color works. Also buy yourself a box of markers and a glue stick.
- This is the fun part! Start browsing through magazines and newspapers and cut out images and pictures that symbolize your goals and dreams. Feel free to print images or words from the Internet as well. Keep them all in a folder as you collect. There are fantastic images online if you use Google Images, for example. This is YOUR dream board, so any images, any words, anything goes.
- Don’t be shy to put in pictures of yourself. This is your board – you could / should be present in it.
- I like to have one sentence – the overall, big picture dream written out in the middle, or at the top. In essence, the big vision for your vision board. Think, WHAT DO I WANT?
- Once you have collected all your images, place them on the board. Feel free to organize the board in THEMES, eg, health, romance, career, money, family, etc…
- Grab that glue stick, and start making your dreams permanent on paper. You’re now putting it out there! Start gluing!
- Now it’s time to PLACE your vision board! This is key to your success. It has to be VISIBLE– a place you physically go to frequently– your office, your den, your kitchen are all great choices. Don’t laugh, you can even hang it in your bathroom– something to glance at while you take a nice relaxing bath. It is important to keep the area around your vision board clean, and clutter-free.
- Congratulations, you made it, and it’s now on your wall! Now, you have to LIVE IT! Visit your vision board frequently, at least twice per week. Look at all your images, your words. What are you doing to make them come to fruition? I even have a little ACTION PLAN section on mine, with a few action steps on how I plan to implement my goals. That is entirely up to you. But remember, visualization is just as important as action.
So what are you waiting for? Your dreams await you!!
Please share with our readers, do YOU have a vision board or dream board? I would love you to share your vision board with us in a link below. Or feel free to email me a picture of your vision board. I’d love to see it!
Have a Happy Monday!