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Find Your Motivational Tool with Vision Boards

Happy New Year!!

I haven’t created a vision board in 9 years, but this year, a friend encouraged me to get back into creating them. So I sat down with my husband and we talked about the past ten years, our move to South Dakota, the financial setbacks we’ve had that weren’t our fault and the ones that were, and how the isolation of the winter kicks our butts both emotionally and physically. Then we talked about how we’ve kind of just been “letting life happen”, how we lost focus of our dreams, and how it was TIME to get our lives back.

It was very therapeutic, but also really hard because my husband is a quiet man with few words and getting him to open up… well, that took patience.

Still, I am really glad my friend encouraged me to create a vision board this year because I’m not really good with New Years’ Resolutions. In fact, I’m horrible at them. I’ve never been able to keep one resolution I made for myself. I think it’s because resolutions feel like failures before they even begin; they feel like unrealistic expectations that we magically expect to correct themselves.

But vision boards, I can get into them! They worked for me once, and I know they can work for me again!

I totally believe in having a vision for your life and working towards goals that allow you to live out that vision. I’m also of the belief that visions, and life goals, change over time and that we need to be okay with allowing those changes and altering course as necessary.

The great thing about vision boards is that you can start out with a vision of where you’d like to go in life, who you’d like to become as a person, and what you’d like to change with your current circumstances, and then as the year progresses, you can add to it and take away from it as your vision becomes more clear, as your vision changes, or as you reach certain visionary goals.

And they are so easy to make, too!

Here’s what you’ll need to create a vision board:
  • A cork board
  • Old magazines
  • Drawing paper
  • Photographs
  • Tacks
  • Pencil
  • Markers
  • Scissors

How to create your own board:
  1. Select an area in your home (or office) where you’ll be able to look at your vision board on a regular basis.

    You want to place it in an area of your home that will allow you a moment to pause and reflect and help you stay focused.

  2. Select a cork board that fits your décor.

    (I used a cork board with a black frame while my friend picked up a decorative pin board that allows you to place images between strings from the local craft store.)

  3. Use drawing paper to sketch out your vision for the year.

    What is it that you really hope to get out of the new year? What areas of your life do you really want to see growth and improvement?

    Think about words and phrases that resonate with where you’re headed in life, think about quotes or inspirational stories that encourage you to keep moving forward when things get rough, think about imagery that motivates or makes you feel energized, and think about bullet points that quickly remind you of your big goals.

  4. Look through old magazines, travel brochures, photos, and memorabilia drawers to find imagery and text that fit into your vision. (Or, if you prefer, doodle your own vision.)

  5. Arrange your inspirational pieces in a way that works for you… are you a linear person, do you like a little more chaos, or do you prefer to the more decorative approach

  6. Take control of your vision.

    Pick one area that you can work on today, then set a realistic goal (complete with a deadline and baby steps to making it happen) for accomplishing that vision.

    Once you get a handle on that vision, you can begin work on the next vision… Just remember that you want to allow your vision to come to fruition at the right time, don’t try to force it all to happen at once. Sometimes, we have to grow and release the past in order to move onto something better. The key is use your vision board as tool to help you stay focused and on track.

  7. Once a day, take a moment to look over your vision board.

    As you look over your vision board, imagine what it would feel like to achieve what you’ve envisioned. Get excited about where you’re headed and remind yourself that you’re not locked into your past, that you can have these dreams… if you own them. They may not happen overnight, and they may not happen without challenges, but if you continue to take those baby steps, your vision can become a reality.

Here’s hoping we can all make 2018 a great year!

Copyright, Alyice Edrich. /


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