Last Friday my neighbor and one of my dearest friends, Hannah, hosted a Vision Board Party. It was one of the best evenings out I've had in a long, long time. Close to midnight we said our farewells. I stepped out into the dark, a cold wind against my face and I felt energized! More than that, I felt inspired and renewed. Who would have thought a stack of magazines, a couple of glue sticks, a bottle of red, and the company of some amazing women would have left me feeling that way?
Visualizing the Life You Want
A vision board is a simple visualization tool that activates the universal law of attraction to begin manifesting your dreams into reality. It is simply a visual representation or collage of the things that you want to have, be, or do in your life.
So how do you make a vision board and what goes on it? I hadn't a clue—and I don't even know if I went about it the right way. But you know what? My board came out perfect. It just did. That said, I did do some Googling on the topic and came across some life coaches on You-Tube talking about visualizing the life you want and then, as if it were reality, capturing the emotions you would feel in pictures and words. Some use a Vision Board to simply capture their goals for the year. My board emerged as a mixture of both.
Throw a Party
To throw a Vision Board Party, you'll gather some friends, do some cutting and pasting, enjoy some tasty treats and some great company. Here's how we went about it:
1. Set a date for your Vision Board Party and send out the invites.
2. A week before the party: You and your friends can give some thought to different facets of life and picture in mind what you WANT them to be. Then, try to put your finger on the EMOTIONS you would feel living that life. Here are the facets of life I focused on:
3. Start gathering magazines and type and print sayings you want to paste on your board.
4. For the party, set out: Poster board, scissors and glue sticks. Hannah made an appetizers and wine party out of it.
5. Start clipping ... let your mind flow. If you are attracted to an image, there likely is a reason why. Cut it out.
6. Once you've got everthing cut out, begin arranging your words and pictures. I found that I instinctively knew where to place each piece. And it all came together beautifully. I think these vision boards are a great lesson in letting go and trusting your heart/gut. It can lead and guide you to some beautiful things.
7. Hang your board somewhere in your home that you spend a lot of time. Look at it everyday to keep fresh in your mind the life that you want ... it may just may unfold to be just that!
Here is My Vision Board
And here are some of the things that went through my mind as I created it (clockwise):
- Life is like a flower. There are many facets of life just as there are many petals that make up a flower. One is no less important than the other. These past years I have focused 99% on my children and have come to realize that my God, my marriage, my health, my professional growth, and my friendships are equally important. So, for me, this year is about balance.
- I am giving gray a go. This year I am going to let that natural gray begin to shine through. At 42 I have decided to go gray "graysfully."
- Motherhood. I love motherhood. But when things get out of balance, I am not always the happiest, most patient mother. Again, balance, balance, balance.
- A safe haven. I want my home to be a refuge—a peaceful place for family and friends. To me, THAT is worthy of the "Good Houskeeping seal of approval." :)
- Exercise and meditation. This is a big one for me this year.
- Priorities. To balance we need to prioritize. Some things CAN wait and they WILL wait.
- Let Go. Let God. For the past three years, this one has been a biggie. I have repeated this phrase to myself countless times. I tend to want to control every facet of life. Impossible. So this year I want to really take this to heart. Let go. Let God.
Here's to a great year!