Learn how I have set my intentions for the new year, remind myself of my goals and dreams and help me be more productive. And at the same time have given myself something pretty and motivating to look at.
I am a goal setting gal.
Always was, always will be.
New Year’s resolutions, after summer resolutions, ‘ in the next three months’ resolutions, you name it, I have set them.
To-Do lists for today, tomorrow, this week, this month, this year: I have written thousands by now.
Starting goal tracking journals….. done it!
Making my goals SMART, or super ambitious or anything in between….. been there!
Have any of them stuck? Nope.
Did they do the trick? Afraid not.
So this year I am doing it differently, more intuitive, more like me. In a way that makes me actually want to live up to my dreams and goals. In a style that suits my home decorating loving heart.
I have given myself the mission to make my goals pretty and nice so that I love looking at them all the time and want to spent time with them.
I have made a vision board for my goals and plans and dreams. Except it is not a board at all. It is a vision garland. A bit of dream decor for my home office. My vision board is first and foremost a reminder of how I want to live and play and why I work hard at the things I work at.
So what is a vision board, you ask?
The very short answer to the question ‘ what is a vision board’ is that it is a collection of images or words that represent the way you want your life (and you) to look and be. The long explanation could go into theories of long term goal setting, or into the Law of Attraction. To me, my vision board is first and foremost a reminder of all the things that are important to me, that make me happy and that I want more of in my life.
It is so easy to lose track of why you are doing what you do, to just live the daily grind and to settle for just being instead of living. My life, just as yours, is busy. I could easily fill a second set of 24 hours each and every day. There is still the day job that fills my calendar with endless appointments, meetings and deadlines. There is a whole house that after three years of living here, still is not nearly finished and does need a lot of attention, work and love to make it pretty and whole. I have this blog that represents a lot of hopes and dreams all in itself but comes with an endless to-do list of its own. My fifty year old body definitely needs more active attention and maintenance to stay up with me and my ambitions, there is a whole world near and far of adventures I want to experience and people I would like to meet. And I want to do it all together with the one I love and who shares so many of my dreams and goals.
That’s a lot people!
Now don’t get me wrong. I am not complaining. Most certainly not. I am extremely grateful for the abundance that is my life and for the luxury to have goals, and ambitions and plans. But a lot it is, and it requires planning and coordinating skills and quite a bit of grit and perseverance to keep all those plates spinning.
And my vision board, my dream garland helps me remind me why it is worth working hard and keep pushing myself forward.
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How to make a vision board and how to make it work
If you are interested in making your own vision board you have several options. Simply pick the one that speaks to you the most.
These are the steps in short:
- Set your Goals and vision for your life. Dream about how you would like to live five years from now.
- Gather materials that represent those goals and dreams
- Display those materials in a way that makes you want to spent time with them
- Actually spent them with your vision board on a very regular – (preferably) daily – basis
- Use your vision board as a reminder, an inspiration and definitely not as your next to-do list.
The basis of any vision board is that it is a collection of images (for the visually inclined) or words that remind you of how and what you want to be, what you want to do more off and how you would like to live your life now and in the future. So of course you first have to figure out what your goals are, what your are dreaming about and what would make you happy and fulfilled. Spent some time on this, because it is the most important step.
Once you know what you want to see or read on your vision board you go and look for things that represent that. You could look for images and photographs, or collect words and quotes or even gather objects that hold meaning to you. This is your vision board, find a style that speaks to you the most. Don’t fret over this step too much. Just follow your instinct and heart. If you like it, if it means something to you, if it represents you and the life you want, include it. It isn’t like you couldn’t change it or add to it later on. Perfection is not the goal here, inspirations and positive vibes are.
Decide what kind of vision board would work best for you. There are a lot of alternatives for you vision board that would work fine. You could make a digital vision board online. Pinterest or Instagram would be perfect. Just start a board or collection with images that speak to you, and that represent your vision for your life. Or go old school and collect magazines and start cutting images and words from them and stick them on some poster board or frame them picture style. Or use a display cabinet or even just a large bowl and place objects and trinkets in there that remind you of your goals and dreams. Anything goes really. Just make sure, everything you choose makes you feel good and excited about the future.
Spent time with your vision board. Look at it, play with it, think about why you added things to it and what they represent. Change it when you feel like it. Your vision board is yours and yours alone and you can do with it what you want. The more you use your vision board actively, the more it will inspire you on a daily basis to make the good choices. The choices your future you will thank you for.
And that is in short what it is all about. Creating a vision board to help you today making your future you thank you. And hopefully have some fun doing it, while you get there.
I went with a mixture of all. I searched for images first. Both in my own foto collection as well as online. I printed them on my own little office printer and cut them to polaroid size. I also added little decorative reminders like a feather that represents my Songbird persona and a heart that reminds me that love comes first always. I also added some images with words that spoke to me.
My board is not a board at all. It is a wooden beads home garland. And I love it. It adds a such a nice decorative touch to the wall above my computer screen, makes it easy to add or change things in the future and it simply is pretty and fun to look at. Since my vision board is hanging above my office desk I see it daily. Whenever I start staring in the distance while working, my vision board will come into focus. Bringing me back to my present and to why I better get back to work and start focusing on my goals.
My home office is gradually getting a makeover. I am adding more neutral and natural elements. And pink is sneaking in, making it more feminine and soft. If you want to see how I decorated my office in the first round, you can see my black and white office decor under this link.
More home office decorating posts are on the To-Do list for this year. So keep watching out for them.
Lots of images on my board represent things that I really want to spent more time doing. Like being active in nature, traveling and make memories or just lounging and do nothing while just experiencing the beauty around me. There are also some things that remind me that in order to have more time to do that in the (near) future, I shouldn’t waste my time now on things that will not get me there (like watching too much Netflix or spending too many hours online watching other people live and do their thing). I love spending time with my dream board, looking at it and reminding myself why I included all those things on my inspiration garland.
So I guess it is working…..
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Have you ever made a vision board? Do you set new years resolutions or do goal setting sessions? Or do you think I am crazy?
Would you like more of these kind of posts? Do you like reading about how I plan my life and get things done? Or would you prefer to just see what I got done and be done with it? 🙂