I’m a predictable girl, really, and I can be attracted to online blog posts or Oprah magazine articles with just the simplest honey: use of buzzwords like DREAMS, GOALS, CREATIVITY, and SKINCARE SALE AT SEPHORA. Making a vision board appeals to three of these passions, and I’ve become dedicated to sharing their magic with others in blog posts of my own.
Creating a vision board is fun and inspiring, and it requires no talent beyond the ability to use a pair of scissors. You’ll need a huge pile of old magazines (either lying around your house or cheaply purchased at a thrift store like Goodwill), a glue stick, a pair of scissors, and a poster board. I’d suggest a small to medium sized board, since your goal is to cover the entire board with images.
To curate content for your vision board, simply explore the magazines, look at the images, read the bolded headlines, and see what speaks to you. I love this because there are no rules. Anything can speak to you. That random photo of a bowl of oatmeal caught your eye? Cut it out! Why not? Initially, don’t think too hard about why you were attracted to the image. Just put it in your pile of clippings. Once it’s clipped, think about it: what does this image mean to me? An image of a bowl of oatmeal might be your way of telling yourself that you want to commit to eating better. Eating breakfast. Having time in the morning to relax and make a meal. Avoiding the morning rush.
The magazine-clipping process takes a while, so make yourself comfortable. Put on music, sip some hot chocolate, and wear your fuzziest socks. After a while, you’ll have a stack of clippings that you have chosen because they motivate you, inspire you, and reflect the dreams that you have for yourself. The final step is simply gluing the clippings onto your board in a way that makes you happy.
I have made two vision boards and felt completely inspired after each time. The process allowed me to reflect on my values. How do the images I chose represent the things I want in my life? Reflect on the themes of your vision board. If half of your board is filled up with photos related to career aspirations, then you are clearly ready to become a girlboss. Hang your vision board in your room, somewhere it can be easily seen, and you’ll be reminded daily of your desire for a successful career. Your goal, then, is often on your mind, and I believe you’ll start to naturally make choices that lead you in the direction of achieving that goal.
Try making a vision board with a friend! It creates such inspiring conversation around your 2016 goals. Ask your friend why she chose certain photos and tell her why you chose yours. Sephora sales have their perks, but bonding with another girl over hopes, creativity, and daydreams is priceless.