Creating a Vision Board
*This post was originally published on 4/23/20, but has been updated for the Everyday From A community. I revisit this vision board often as a subtle reminder to never stop reaching for those goals…
When I first heard about vision boards (thank you Pinterest) I wasn’t quite sure what they entailed, or how I could go about one for myself. Of course the concept peaked my interest immediately- since I’m incredibly reliant on visualization for my learning. But it took a little digging to see how I could create one that actually represented my dreams and goals. Not necessarily just a bunch of pretty pictures (although that is important!) And because there are so many subjects I’m passionate about, I really had to ensure that the board captured each and every one. It also had to be a certain color palette (for the most part), motivating, something I wouldn’t get tired of looking at, and most importantly it had to represent me.
If you know me, you know I am extremely determined. I love to set goals for myself, even if they seem a bit “out of reach.” Navigating my way towards a successful blog has been one of those. I want my community to feel just as passionate as I do about a delicious plate of pasta, or re-decorating that little nook inside the house. And I want my imagery and words to come to life on the page in accordance. But it takes time and a few (a billion) extra steps along the way.
This is why a vision board has been so prominent in my goal setting. When I have these beautiful, carefully collected photos right in front of me, it’s a consistent reminder of my dreams and aspirations. It’s the words and images I want to convey on my own. So, with the help of my Pinterest boards, old magazines, and long lost quotes, I made it come to life. It now hangs on the wall inside my office, and I get to peak at it every so often as a feel-good reminder.
If you want to create a board of your own, scroll on for my exact design process, and all of the materials you need to start:
Materials You’ll Need:
- Bulletin Board
- Thumbtacks/ tape
- Faux greenery, twine, or ribbon– optional, but I love the depth, and it really tied in my color palette.
- Old Magazines- I used a variety of Magnolia, Lulu & Georgia, Women’s Health, Health, etc. (these are what I had on hand!)
Step 1- Determine the Purpose of Your Board
Whether it’s a dream job, home, vacation, or an actual “physical” dream you want to capture. Or, if it’s an overall concept that motivates you, such as running, inspiring quotes, great photography, a color palette, etc. Determine the purpose of your board, and make it something you’re set to attain.
Step 2- Pick Your Palette
This is optional, but very very helpful in creating an overall theme. A certain color is pleasing to the eye and draws you in to stay. When I was a little girl, I remember scrolling the aisles of Target looking for something pink. When I came across the toy aisles, it was pink galore! But of course I couldn’t have everything all at once, most of the time I could only select one “pink toy.” And that’s exactly what I think about when selecting a palette on a vision board. The colors draw you in and excite you for what’s to come, but they’re still a symbol of goals. AKA, you’re not there yet, but keep going.
Step 3- Gather Old Magazines (Or Pinterest Boards!)
I did a combination of both. I collected stand-out quotes, pictures that aligned with my palette and purpose, and also incorporated a few of my own symbols to tie it all together. You can choose either one of these options or gather images from a simple Google search as well!
Step 4- Paste On to the Board and Hang in a Spot You Look at Every Day
This is important- after putting all of the work in to creating you board, you’ll want to hang it or prop it somewhere your eyes lock every day. For example, a wall in the office, bathroom, closet, door, etc. Keep those photos accessible as a consistent reminder!