I belong to a women’s group that meets once a month. This month, we were invited to look for and prep images and words to create Vision Boards for 2018 for our February meeting, as a way to set our intentions for the rest of the year.
I immediately thought “how cool”! Partly because these were not intentions being set on the 1st January, so there is no hint of ‘new year resolutions’ to it. And because it has to be at least 10 years since I last did a vision board. Time to get creative.
I decided I wanted to do a ‘physical’ board rather than a digital one, as it is much more engaging and hands-on – and it would get me away from my computer for a few hours. The next thing was to find pictures. Normally sourced from magazines… But I don’t have any physical/hard copy magazines anymore – I went digital many years ago. My Pinterest is also full of things that could form part of my vision board, but how to print them without a colour printer?
What to put on it?
Eventually, after much umming and ahhing, I went and purchased some cheapish magazines, so that I could search through them for words and images that would fit my vision for this year – things that would inspire and motivate me.
I’m not the kind of person who wants lots of material things. Don’t get me wrong, I do like to drive a decent car, I love a comfortable home and have many collections which I love adding to, but at this point in my life I am desperately trying to de-clutter and scale down in preparation for a big overseas move. So I knew that images of shiny things like cars, electronics and household appliances would not feature on my board.
Interestingly, this HuffPost article says the secret to making a vision board work is not about the material things. Yes, that is what I wanted to do.
It’s simple: Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want … the more your board focuses on how you want to feel, the more it will come to life.
When it came time to sit with the other people in the group on Thursday, I could not commit to putting together my board. This is very unlike me – I am normally prepared and ready to do things when they are scheduled. It was almost as if I was resisting the process. So it sat with the feeling of not ‘doing’ and instead I just chatted and watched others put theirs together and continued to leaf through magazines.
Anyway, yesterday I went past a stationery shop and bought a piece of thick card. As soon as I got home, I found I was ready to start. It is almost done, I just need to add a few more things, perhaps some feathers or other items that are not from magazines.
So, it is a work in progress. There is a lot more text than I expected, but that’s OK. Each set of words says something important about what I want to do this year: the power of telling my story, taking a sabbatical from my life, being excited by the empty nest rather than sad… My word of the year is ‘OPEN’ and I managed to find that in a magazine too – I like that big ‘O’ at the bottom.
I hope to finish it soon! Until next time,
PS: if you want to see the finished board, read this post!