by Mia M.
Why hello, beautiful people!
One thing to know about me is that I like a little bit of motivation and direction in my life. Otherwise I tend to mill about like an obese slug, waiting for people to come along and squash me. Without the slightly suicidal overtone. Now, a great thing that I used to do was create vision boards to help me gain a bit of focus.
Vision boards are great for three reasons:
In one word, manifestation.
I get that right now you’re probably raising an eyebrow and thinking “what kind of new-wave, hippie, occult weirdness is she talking about?” but hear me out – manifestation is powerful stuff.
The act of manifestation is essentially thinking what you want into existence. You take a dream or a goal, you want it, you think about it and envision it and make it almost real in your mind... and it will happen.
Okay, so it doesn’t happen exactly like that. But it sounded cool.
I think of manifestation as putting an idea in the universe’s suggestion box.
Personally, I’m a big believer in energy and that you attract what you are. Manifestation is essentially when you concentrate that energy and refine it; like I said, you’re putting in a little request.
Regardless of if you don’t believe in energy and the law of attraction and all of that jazz... you can agree with the concept of subconscious growth, right? Having something there that you can see everyday will stick in your mind. Maybe not consciously – but it will. And as you live your life, those images and ideas and goals will start to take root.
And you might start noticing opportunities that you didn’t before; you might start creating them. Think of it like this:
Life is a forest. You’re happy bumbling around and enjoying the scenery – until one day you get given a treasure map of the forest. You’re in the exact same forest, with the exact same surroundings... but now there’s a whole world of new possibility.
If you want a real detailed explanation about manifestation, read this.
With all these pros, you’re probably shocked that I haven’t created a vision board already! Then you realise that creating a vision board is a whole process that involves (admittedly mild) physical activity, concentration and actual effort, you immediately realise that 3/3 of those traits are things I’m not so great at and you’re not so surprised anymore.
Regardless, we’re here now.
I also realise that we haven’t got to the (arguably) most important part of this post.
Glad you asked.
A vision board is a board full of visual cues that represent or show goals and dreams of yours. It’s an image-based collection of your aspirations that you can see and work towards everyday. You can have whatever you want on there and how it looks is completely up to you. The great thing about vision boards is that they’re cute AF – so you can display them in your workspace, over your desk or wherever else that you’ll see them a lot!
Another great thing is that you can create vision boards for anything you need inspiration or motivation on – you could even create a blog vision board!
Now, admittedly this is where it gets a little bit trickier... what are you supposed to put on your vision board? Well, in many ways, it’s completely up to you – it’s a visual representation of your dreams, after all. However, here are my suggestions on things that you can use to fill up your vision board:
The whole point is to fill your vision board with imagery of your dream future and your goals – so take a while to sit down and think about what you want from life. Half of mine is aspirational and half is real-life plans; you can dream big, but I would really recommend including some like actual plans.
Now, you could always have a virtual vision board and either keep it online or print it off, but that isn’t how I do mine. I like to have physical vision boards that I can actually display and look at, with things stuck to them because I’m over the top like that.
So here’s how I do/did it!
Okay, so that’s how you go about making a vision board – but let’s look at what I came up with!
If you want to hear me talk about all the different parts of my vision board and what they mean to me, feel free to watch the video below.
Personally, I’d recommend this to anyone. It’s a cute room decoration, it’s a fun, easy and cheap DIY – and it’s helpful and relevant in “the real world”. Let me know your thoughts below – do you use vision boards? Would you?
About Mia M.
I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.
tattoo lover, plant hoarder, DIY addict and overall stoner grandma