After finally finishing up You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero, I want to implement some of the great advice she gives in the book. Since spring is supposed to be a season of renewal, I figured I would start by creating my very own vision board.
In the book, Sincero talks about how our minds naturally think in images, and I agree wholeheartedly with that. I have always been inspired by images. I think that’s why social media sites like Instagram and Tumblr appeal to me so much. I love the idea that I will be able to look at this board every day and remind myself of goals I have in mind and what I want to work toward.
We happen to have quite a few old magazines at my house, so I started my quest to make a vision board by gathering up all of the magazines that could potentially have great images. I spent a good hour or two looking through the magazines and cutting things out when I felt inspired by them.
In the book, Sincero talks about how she’s seen people manifest things on their vision boards right down to the exact same house or car that they want, which is crazy! I’m not exactly sure how that would be possible or if that even works, but regardless I decided to be more general with my vision board. I wanted to use the images to represent certain goals that I wanted to work toward, as well as places I’d like to go in the future.
Not only do I want to continue my journey as a healthy and fit person, but I also want to accomplish more with my writing, read more, learn more about meditation and different ways to stay calm, actually learn how to cook for real, and get out more and travel to places that I’ve been dreaming about, including visiting my college (which I haven’t seen since graduation!!) I have a Nikon D3300 camera which I’ve been using for these blog posts, but I am by no means a technical photographer, so learning more about photography is another goal of mine.
I also turned to Google Images for more specific images that I couldn’t find in my old magazines. Next, I took a glue stick and went to town gluing down the images and trying to create a cohesive collage. Honestly, this made me feel a little like I was back in elementary school again, but it was still fun! In the book, Sincero compares making a vision board to having “a craft day with God,” and I love that. I would like to think that by intentionally setting goals for my life and representing those goals through images, it will inspire me to go after the things I want and put those good vibes into the universe to help bring about good things for me.
In addition to my love for writing and English, art class was definitely one of my favorite classes in school, so I found myself really enjoying this exercise. I liked being able to express my creativity, and it was calming cutting the images out and pasting them to the page.
I am a big fan of making lists and writing things down, but there is something to be said about laying everything out visually. I’m planning on putting this vision board in my room, and I think it will be great to be able to glance at it quickly whenever I pass by and remind myself of my goals and what I want to do in my life.
Creating this vision board is especially helpful for me as I am figuring out what I want to do with my life and what I find important. Sometimes we go through life without really thinking of the future. While I think it’s great to stay present and stay focused on what’s happening now, it’s also important to think of what you want in your life and what you would like to see happen in the future.
It will be so interesting for me to look back on this vision board a year from now or even two years from now, and see how many of the goals I’ve achieved and how many of those goals have changed.
I think it would be good to create one of these vision boards every year so that I can assess what I want in life and what I would like to focus on. Some things, like writing and staying healthy, are definitely things that I don’t see changing any time soon, but I’m sure there will be other things that I’m interested in later on in life.
For anyone who is looking to set intentions or come up with goals to meet, I would encourage you to create your own vision board and find images that really speak to you. It sounds silly at first, but it is such a worthwhile exercise to find out what you really care about and what you want to get from life.
Have any of you created vision boards before? What are other strategies you use in setting goals and intentions? I’d love to hear them!