It’s New Years Eve Day and I will soon be leading a group as they create vision boards for 2009. I’ve compled by board for next year and it is already framed and hanging in my office. Looking at it makes me feel really good. There is no right or wrong way to do a vision board, but I will say that if your completed board stirs up happy and positive emotions, you have succeeded!
This may be the first time you’ve done a vision board, so I will offer a few thoughts and suggestions to help you get going.
Size: Vision boards can be any size. 8 1/2 x 11 inch standard paper is just fine. I have seen people create wonderful portable vision boards on manilla file folders too. There are also massive boards created on huge poster size paper. Size is optional and so is shape. Start small and grow. You can choose to make multiple boards to represent different areas of your life. I have several boards posted since I have two offices and want access to uplifting images at both locations. You might even want to make a hanging mobile vision if you have limited wall space. So many possibilities.
Images: Choose images that really pull at your heart. These can be animals, scenes, colors, water, sky, people, adventures and places you hope to see, things you hope to own, representations of something you hope for and symbols you like.
Materials: Consider integrataing fabrics, textures, dried plant materials, beads or stones into your design. You can use markers, paints and pastels too. You might also want to dab on your favorite essential oil to enhance the sensory experience.
Words: Include words that have power for you. These can be single words, quotations or phrases. You can write your own poem. Create and print words and phrases from your computer if you can’t find them in magazines. You may also want to include logos.
Photos and people: Don’t forget to include an image of yourself somewhere. Throw in a few photos of people you love to be with too. Dare to put your own photo with somebody special you hope to meet – perhaps somebody famous or somebody representing the “soulmate” that’s still missing from your life picture. Perhaps you will want to put your head on a different body. That’s okay too. You can do some bold creation here and have a little fun too.
Two-Sided Boards: If you run out of room for all the images, do what I do and complete both sides of the vision board, even if only one side faces you most of the time. This reinforces the energy of the board and is perfectly fine. If you check out my personal boards from the past 2 years you’ll find my second board hidden behind the frame.
Displaying Your Board: Once your board is completed, place it in a spot where it will be seen regularly. Some people like to put it on their bathroom mirror. Others like it near a telephone or computer so that they can gaze at it while working. Share your boards with a few trusted friends and help support each other’s goals in the year ahead.
I look forward to supporting the seekers and self-care enthusiasts in the year ahead. Please write me or call if I can be of help to you as you manifest your dreams in 2009.