Crafting a Creative Vision Board

Crafting a Creative Vision Board

We have all heard of a Vision Board. 

But what exactly is it and, most importantly, what can it do for you?

A vision board collage isn’t just a collection of images; it’s a beacon of your dreams, a visual manifestation of your deepest desires, and a powerful tool to inspire creativity. 

By carefully selecting images, quotes, and symbols that resonate with your aspirations, you create a personalized mosaic of motivation. This tangible representation of your goals serves not only as a daily reminder of what you’re striving towards but also as a source of inspiration, helping to unlock your creative potential. It’s a way to visualize your future, encouraging you to take the steps necessary to turn your dreams into reality. 

Every glance at your vision board is an invitation to immerse yourself in the creativity and passion that drives you, making it an invaluable asset in your journey towards personal and professional fulfillment.

When creating a creative vision board, consider the following:

1. **Define Your Goals**: Clearly identify what you want to achieve to ensure your vision board aligns with your aspirations.

What do you want your overall life to look like? What do you want to feel like when you wake up in the morning? What do you want your family life to look like? What do you want to give back to the world?

2. **Gather Inspiration**: Look for images, quotes, and items that truly resonate with you and spark creativity.

What artist, writer, gardener, musician, etc. do you like or follow that gives you the warm and fuzzies? Where do you want to travel? What colors bring you energy or peace?

3. **Variety of Sources**: Use magazines, photographs, drawings, and even text to enrich your vision board with diverse visuals.

Cut and paste is always fun (and a great way to engage with your family :) but websites like Pinterest are fast and easy as well. Canva even offers FREE "Vison Board" templates you can use. I suggest you print these finished board still and hang in a visible space or, at the very least, use them as a screen saver on your monitor, you see them every day.

4. **Color Scheme**: Choose colors that inspire you or reflect the mood you wish to invoke through your goals.

Pick an overall scheme of these favorite colors and use it for the foundation of your board.

5. **Layout Matters**: Plan the arrangement of your elements for cohesion and aesthetic appeal.

I suggest putting your most important "broad strokes" or general feeling right smack in the middle of your board with your secondary elements off to the sides.

6. **Include Affirmations**: Positive affirmations can boost your morale and keep you motivated towards your goals.

Search Pinterest for "Inspirational Quotes" and save what means the most to you. Look up your favorite hero and see what they have said in their interviews or books. Or hey girl, create your own! You know best what you need to hear every day and you are a creative in your soul!

7. **Personalize It**: Make sure it reflects your personality, making it more meaningful and inspiring to you.

This is important. Paste what REALLY speaks to you, not what you think SHOULD speak to you. 
We are all on our own path. This exercise is about YOU.

If you are in a depressed state or going through a hard time, start small and look for any sliver that uplifts you. It could be a picture of an animal that makes you smile. It could be a picture of a loved one that you are close to. Put these front and center. Put secondary inspiration around those images.

8. **Keep It Visible**: Place your vision board somewhere you can see it daily to continuously remind and motivate you.

Find a space of your own. It doesn't need to be a room, it can be a corner; but make it YOURS. This board goes there, front and center. Even if it's on your computer monitor. ( IF you are on that computer every day- if need be, put it on your office computer- just remember your company can see it and you may want to omit the "new job" clipping on your board!)

9. **Update Regularly**: Your goals and inspirations will evolve, so revise your board as needed to reflect your current aspirations.

New people, places and things will inspire you often if you keep your eyes open. You WILL evolve. You WILL grow. You WILL be able to explore new things and craft a creative life. This means some of the things on your board you may outgrow or need to upscale to get you to the next level.

10. **Reflect and Act**: Don’t just view your vision board as a piece of art; let it inspire action and creativity in your daily life.

This is where goal setting comes in. Every day start by looking at this board and coming up with one INTENTION for your day. Close your eyes. Think about it. Say it out loud. Live it! We can do anything for one day.

Up your accountability by inviting a few friends or family members to join you!