If I were asked to label the year 2015 it would be “The Year of I’ve Had It Up to Here”. I emphatically decided that certain situations and people would not be tolerated in 2016. Almost simultaneously, images from the other end of the spectrum began to take shape in my mind. Though I have always been very good at documenting my goals in notebooks, I knew that I had to do more to capture these new possibilities.
Ever notice that when you resolve to do a thing the universe conspires with you? As luck would have it, while binge watching Superwoman’s (Lilly Singh) videos, she discussed the power of a vision board. And something clicked!Over the next week or so, I took used manila folders, of which there were far too many in my office, and taped them together to create one large board that I stuck on my bedroom wall. I’m a creature who thrives on colour so I used the remnants of paint that I had on hand and painted the entire board. While it dried, I Googled and printed photographs, cartoons, words, any image that transformed the ideas in my head into something tangible. I also added a couple photos from old magazines.
I created a border around my vision board using the months of the year. Each month is printed on 8 ½ x 11 paper.
The calendar on my phone is great for reminders and alerts but I’ve found that lining up those 365 days next to my goals and dreams created a level of potency I didn’t anticipate. What am I doing with my time? Are the activities on my calendar getting me closer to the goals on my vision board?
After I had completed my board, two articles about the usefulness of vision boards popped up on my Pinterest (there’s the universe again, conspiring with me). I read them any way and encourage you to do the same. Maybe you’ll find a nugget that inspires you: Vision boards: why you need one and 2016 is yours! How to create a vision board that will help you get the most out of life.
I’ve already achieved one target on my vision board. I’m more or less decided on another that I can accomplish in the coming months. However, the majority of my images point to goals that exist purely in the realm of daydream. Challenge accepted!