Wellness, Self-Care

Create the Perfect Vision Board to Accomplish Your Goals

It's safe to say that we are all starting to get ready to make it an epic 2019. One of the most creative ways to plan out the year ahead is by creating a vision board. You may have heard of them before from Oprah or created a digital one through Pinterest, but I want to show you how to create a vision board that you can consistently reflect on.

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Vision boards are such powerful ways to keep your dreams alive and they also allow you to tap into your creativity in the process. That doesn’t mean that you have to be super crafty or artistic. That means that no dream is too high or lofty for your vision board. While setting realistic goals that you feel confident you will accomplish is helpful to keep you going, it’s also energizing to add dreams that might seem out of reach so you can work on chipping away at them throughout the year. Also, don’t be afraid of having empty or white space on your vision board. This is your way of leaving room for the unexpected, for new dreams, and for things you didn’t even realize you wanted! 

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1/ To start, I recommend journaling out what you want your 2019 to look like. How do you want to feel next year? Do you want it to be a year of adventure or a year of restoration? Is this the year that you prioritize your health and learn to cook or get a gym membership? Or is this is the year that you see significant growth in your business? Include as many items as you desire. After journaling, take a separate piece of paper and list out some of the key elements you found in your writing. Were there specific themes that kept showing up? Make note of these before the next step. 

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2/ Once you have a solid foundation for what you want your 2019 to look like, it’s time to start gathering the words and images that are going to be a reflection of that. I recommend doing this through browsing the internet and entering the themes, words or actions that best describe your dreams and then find the picture that fits. Most people also tend to have a few magazines laying around so you can also dig through those to see if anything pops out at you that would work for your board. And last, write out some words, quotes and numbers that all reflect what you want to see in the year ahead. I recommend using all three of these elements when making your vision board. 

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3/ Lastly, you just need to pull it all together. I have used everything from cardboard to construction paper. It doesn’t really matter as long as it’s something that makes you feel good when you look at it and is nice enough that you will want to keep it on display in a place you will see everyday. 

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Simply arrange the cut-outs that you have gathered and attach them to the board with tape, tacks, or glue and voila! You have a cherished vision board to carry you through 2019. I can promise you that the more you look at it, the more that those dreams will sink into your cells and become a reality for you and your life—just wait and watch the manifestation happen! 

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Copy by Nitika Chopra / Photography by Constance Mariena

This story originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of The Inspired Home Journal, titled “Perfect Vision.”

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