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HOW TO CREATE A MINI VISION BOARD + HOW TO USE IT!


The first vision board I created was for a project back in college, in the early 2000s. Instead of a board, I actually used a small pocket notebook, but the purpose and application were the same. The instructor wanted us to cut and paste words and photos from magazines that inspired and motivated us, ones that really shared our story and our life goals. Since I've been interested in creating a new board, I thought I'd share with you my process and how you can make your own.

WHY A VISION BOARD?

Having a vision board in a place where you can see it regularly encourages you to do short visualizations throughout the day. There seems to be some evidence to suggest and studies have shown that visualization really does help to manifest your dreams. Even professional athletes use visualization to improve performance (my collegiate track coaches encouraged all of us to visualize regularly). From what I have personally experienced, what I focus my heart and mind on, grows. Essentially, what I look for, I find. For example, if I'm looking for the positive in a situation, I'll find it, and same with negative for negative. Our thoughts can be very powerful. 

Now, let me be crystal clear. I don't believe that looking at a vision board will somehow miraculously allow the universe to give you everything you want, which seems to be the general theory behind the Law of Attraction which people tend to associate with a vision board. I'm not an expert on the LOA, but I do, however, believe a vision board can be a fantastic motivational tool. By regularly examining your board and creating specific and measurable goals (have you heard of SMART goals?), the board can help motivate you to take the next step towards your dreams. What I'm saying is this, it takes action and work.

May we also give ourselves grace if we don't accomplish our goals? We can't control everything in life and sometimes failure is what we need to learn important lessons. Sometimes it's the failure we go through that allows us to "adjust our sails" if you will, and even change our dreams.


Ok. If you'd like to learn how to create your own vision board, just keep reading.



1. DECIDE WHAT FORMAT YOU'D LIKE TO USE

Do you want to use a posterboard? Your planner? Your phone? Your bedroom wall? Pinterest?

2. CLARIFY YOUR PURPOSE

Think about what you want in your career, your health and wellness intentions, your love life desires, and your family dreams, etc. In what areas do you want to learn and grow in? Your vision board can represent one specific area of your life, the next five years, or your entire future.

3. GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES

This could be your computer, or magazines and a glue stick. It all depends on the format you use.

4. FIND IMAGES

You can use photos, affirmations, quotes, etc. Make sure to include images that best represent the emotions and feelings surrounding each goal. You want each piece to elicit some kind of a positive emotional reaction.

5. SORT AND EDIT

Be ruthless in your editing process and in the images you select. You want to keep only the ones that really support your goals and dreams.

6. CREATE YOUR COLLAGE

Glue down your images or save your digital work.

7. DISPLAY YOUR WORK

Find a place where you'll see your board regularly.

8. REVIEW, REVIEW, REVIEW!

Take just a few minutes every day to reflect on your board and to stay motivated and inspired. Revisit the feelings and imagine what it will feel like when you've accomplished your goals. Also, I encourage you to remember to be grateful for what you currently have and what you've already accomplished.
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MY VISION BOARD

I wanted to create a "board" I could place in the front of my planner where I'd see it every day and use it as part of my morning routine and thought a birthday card would be a good fit. Since we don't have any magazine subscriptions, I ended up using Pinterest as my search engine and created a private vision board online. Using the free photo editing website BeFunky, I created two separate collages for the inside of the card. On the front cover, I edited a watercolor photo and added a digital image that has a special meaning to me. Again, using BeFunky, on the back of the card, I typed text onto a blank background. The text is a list of biblical affirmations that I'd like to speak over my life on a daily basis and I'll share them below.

After I decided exactly what would be on the card and their placement, I uploaded the photos online and had them processed through a one-hour photo line. If I had some photo paper and enough printer ink, I would have printed the photos at home. Oh well. The photos fit perfectly onto the birthday card and I simply used a glue-stick to secure them.





Here are the scriptures I selected for the back cover of the "board."

I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. -Psalm 139:14-16

The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. -John 10:10

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. -Proverbs 3:6

If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.
-John 15:7-8

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. -Romans 8:28

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. -2 Corinthians 9:8

For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of a sound mind.
-2 Timothy 1:7

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. -Isaiah 43:19

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6-7

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. -Ephesians 6:14-17
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Have you ever created a vision board? What are some of your favorite things you love to put on yours? Is there something I'm missing? I'd love to know in the comments below!

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