One of the things I look forward to in the December/January time frame is creating my vision board. Last year I hosted a party and shared a little about it on here. I kept toying with the idea of throwing one but I was fortunate enough to be invited to two different vision board parties this year. I accepted both. One was in December and the other was in January. The January one was my original plan but the December one gave me a great opportunity to share this experience with someone else, my niece.
We went to the party and it was a great experience. About 25 women showed up. We meditated and visualized and shared our word for the year. Then we went to work on our boards. For me a board is never a one day process. I have to have the right magazines, know my themes, think about the things I want to speak to life. So for me it’s a process. The event was about 3 hours and by the end, I had cut out a large majority of the words I wanted on my board but knew I wanted more. My niece also needed more time so we headed to dinner and then came back to my house to work on it some more. I got it 90% done that night but leading up to the new year I worked on it more and it’s still a work in progress.
But all of that isn’t why I wrote this post. Someone said to me how do you make it and I thought about it and decided to share my process…
What Are Your Tools?
I’m a physical person. I like paper and things I can hold. So I’m not one of the people who can create a virtual/eboard. Here is what I use:
- Poster board. I like to use foam board because it’s more durable
- Glue Stick
- Laptop/Printer (Optional – If magazines don’t have what you are looking for use google image search)
- Modge Podge + sponge brush (Optional)
- Mood setters – music, my favorite candle, and palo santo incense sticks (Optional)
How Much Time Do You Need?
As much time as you need. You are talking about your future and what you want so take your time so you can do it right!
How Do You Set Up Your Board?
Some people are able to just glue things all over the place, which if it works for you go for it. But I like to think of themes and start to group my cutouts according to the topics. The center of my board is always reserved for what I want my central theme to be. Then then I cluster everything else by topic area.
What Are Your Board Topics?
My topics vary from year to year. This year I have the following areas:
- Career/Career Goals
- Motivational Statements relating to areas I struggled in the previous year.
After I do all of this I start laying things out on the board. I NEVER Immediately start gluing. This is something you are going to have to look at for 365/366 days make sure it’s visually appealing to you.
Also don’t feel obligated to use everything you cut out. Sometimes you will find certain words have the same meaning. Or some things don’t resonate one you see it on your board.
Once everything is glued and in place I use the modge podge mentioned above to set the pieces so they don’t fall off, because I like to move my board around. I also recently saw that Cara from the Champagne Diet had hers framed. Whatever motivates you, do it!
My MAJOR key is to pray over it. I believe since I’m putting my intentions out there I want GOD to be with me in the process of everything coming to fruition.
ALSO your “board” doesn’t have to be a board.
Whatever works for you in your process. I’ve made boards the past few years but have also done vision books/journals in everything from sketch books to a moleskine journal and I’ve heard some people say they’ve used a magnetic photo album. I did the journal format and basically set aside 2 pages for each theme. One page was cut outs the other written words. Those formats make it easier to carry around and are great if you need that type of motivation.
So I don’t have to physically carry mine with me I have a picture of my board stored in my phone. It’s an easy and quick visual reminder.
Good luck in the process and have FUN making your board.
Because I’ve talked so much about vision boards I’ve had several people ask me to come facilitate sessions at their home and youth programs or help with personal boards. If that’s something you are interested in email me.