Heard of a vision board?
It just sounds fancy but it really is just a visualisation of your intentions. Resolutions are so yesteryear, am I right? Now it’s all word-of-the-year and vision boards that hold sway.
I am a big fan of the word of the year concept. It really helped me the last 2 times I did it. This year, I figured I should give the vision board a go as well.
Well, for one thing (and if you haven’t tired of hearing me say it yet) I turn 40 in April. Yikes! Or rather, Yay! Depends on my mood on each day, my reaction to that idea. Also, this will count as my ‘3 months to 40’ post, since it ticks the boxes for being introspective and hopeful all at once.
For another, I loved the idea of visualising my intentions and goals (although that’s not a word I really use much these days). So I did the best thing possible and looked up Pinterest, my BFF (that’s Best Friend Forever for all you novices out there) and keyed in vision board. The sheer variety of images that popped up almost had me fainting. But, I am a strong woman so I carefully selected one post and read up what it meant and how to make a board for myself.
People usually do this on paper but I suck at craft, cutting paper, drawing and anything remotely related to art, so I played it safe and decided to go with Canva. Thank Goodness for its existence.
And presenting, my vision board for 2018! Ta-da!
Here’s a lovely tutorial if you want to make one for yourself!
As you can tell, these are all the things I look forward to fulfilling as part of my year-long vision. The best part about a board like this is that there are no rules. You can have any pictures, any quotes, any concepts that reflect your deepest desires and state of mind.
The top row is where I have put three key things I want to work on consciously: Health/fitness, my blogs and using my time well. I love the fact that the time image also has money in it, because time is money, you know? I’d like to grow my blog consciously without compromising on my voice or my values and I’m hoping that’s working.
The middle row is where I want to indulge my passions and hobbies and to me those are reading and writing regularly. I’ve already begun on the latter, where I write everyday on Medium as well as in my trusty bullet journal. I’m hoping the regularity of the habit will help kick me out of slumber land and get me cracking on my memoir and my YA novel in 2018.
I’ve set a very modest reading goal of 15 books since I want to choose the books very carefully this year. I’d like to immerse myself in each book, lose my way in them and come out feeling like a changed person. The last 3 books I read in 2017 did that to me.
The final row is also a reflection of where I want to be: Grounded. On the one hand I am enhancing my need for mindfulness in all my interactions. On the other hand, I want to let go of so many things: hurt, anger, disillusionment, disappointment- and welcome my 40’s with the raring energy of a woman 20 years younger!
To that end, I shall be tuning my writing, my blogging, my relationships and my connection with myself towards my word of the year: Kindness. And in doing so, I hope that the vision turns into a reality that I can welcome as it unfolds each day.
So, do you have a vision board? Do you like this concept? Let me know.