Last year instead of making a list of challenges or new year new me goals I manifested all the things I wanted to do/accomplish/come true in 2021. Check out the blog post here and the pretty spot-on results. Basically, everything I manifested came true! This year I wanted to take it a step further with a vision board.
To be totally honest, vision boards have always intimated me, the thought of flipping through magazines cutting out things, and pasting them onto a posterboard honestly gave me anxiety. Then I saw Amber Fillerup Clark of Barefoot Blonde share her vision board and a template on DAE (her hair brand) and I knew this was the perfect template to kick off my first ever vision board.
After working on my vision board for about two weeks I have it in a place I am super proud of and excited about! This board will always be a work in progress but I wanted to share a few how-to’s and tips to make a fun and inspiring vision board for 2022 (and beyond)
Why Create a Vision Board?
I am a very strong believer in positive thinking and that you have to put something out into the universe for it to come back to you.
Positive thinking and self-talk – This vision board is your wildest dream. It’s a chance for you to describe and visualize all the wonderful and exciting things that are going to happen in your life. That is some crazy self-love right there. Manifesting and creating positive affirmations or mantras is a great way to keep yourself motivated and gain confidence. Set a reminder to revisit this board monthly or quarterly and review. Honestly, I think you will find yourself thinking about it and adding to it all the time!
Say it out loud – Once you have it written down on your vision board, read it out loud, talk about it with family and friends, set a reminder on your phone. The more you put it out there and talk about it in the “I will” format the more likely you are to feel confident that you can achieve it.
How to Create a Vision Board
Posterboard, google deck, keynote, Canva or PowerPoint all work! Find a template on google or interest or just start from scratch – read through my five must-haves and then check out the idea list below of the types of pages/themes you may want to include in your vision board.
Including these five things will help you think in a confident future-thinking way, they help you visualize your success and they help you FEEL your success. Connecting your “to-do’s” with the feeling you want to achieve is a very powerful way of connecting to the real “Why” of each goal.
- What you *will do* – This is a vision board of the future, the future things you will do. This is not a to-do list. Instead of “Finish 3 books” write ” I will finish 3 books”. That’s a positive affirmation of accomplishment. You are telling yourself you will do this not maybe kind of sort of but will!
- Reminders to yourself – What are the gentle reminders to yourself you can add. For example, under blogging, I remind myself WHY I choose to blog. For marriage, a few saying Clay and I always say/do like “Sure is not an answer”
- Images for inspiration – Maybe you have things saved on IG or your interest board – time to dig in and really start to visualize your future.
- Quotes/Affirmations/Mantras – Advice you have heard or read on Instagram or Pinterest, that really rings true to you. Maybe it’s a quote you want to read every morning or something to reflect on during meditation.
- Connect the emotions to the goal – Just like making these “I will” statements, tying your emotions to the goals will create a deeper connection to them and why want to accomplish them.
- Why do you want to work out 4 x a week? Being skinny or hitting a number on the scale is not a positive motivator and honestly more tied to negative self-talk and toxic diet culture. So dig in, what do you really want to feel? To be strong? The feeling of the endorphin afterglow? Do a certain hike at a national park this summer? Keep up with your kids?
- Why do you want to read more? To have less screen time? Why is less screen time important? How does it make you feel when you read vs spend hours scrolling?
- Examples of feelings on my vision board – Impactful, growth, connected, inspired, endorphins, confident, engaged, empowered
Ideas of What To Include on your Vision Board
- To Do in “I will” format
- Books or education
- Dream clients
- Revenue Goals
- Wellness + Personal Growth
- Sustainability – I hope you all have a few sustainability goals for 2022!
- Personal Projects/Creative outlets
- Dream Home
- Write a book
- Start a business
- Couples Trips
- Dream Vacations
- Girls Trips
- Family vacations
- And Beyond – Here you dream big – the world is your oyster – jot down all your wildest dreams
- Remember… – In this section right down your favorite advice or saying, copy-paste all those quotes you have saved on IG and interest as a reminder to yourself
- 4/5 Year Calendar – Milestones, birthdays, anniversary, planned trips, just a little note for each month over the next few years (Check out Ambers example)
Not Sure Where to Start?
Feeling lost about where to start or how to start setting goals. Here is one very helpful hint, start at the end. Picture yourself a year from now, what do you want to have accomplished? When you scroll through your camera roll what memories will you have made? What places will you have visited?
Remember this vision board is not a test, no one is grading it. It’s for your to give yourself space to dream and dream big!