I was making vision boards before I had ever read how important it is to make vision boards. I used to cut pictures out of Seventeen Magazine and glue them to poster board, then hide it under my bed so no one would make fun of me! I would usually cut out cute hairstyles, fashion styles I wanted to copy, or a cute actor in hopes that I would get an equally cute boyfriend. Don’t mock me. Look at how gorgeous my husband is! He’s proof that vision boards work. (wink)
As I got older, I would cut decorating ideas out of Southern Living and Country Home and organize it in a binder based on what room I wanted to use that style in. I would cut out memorable quotes and glue them into a journal I rarely wrote in but never wanted to throw away. Seriously, how I am NOT the founder of Pinterest is beyond me but I’m so dang grateful to them for making my love of storing photo ideas so much easier!
Last year, I noticed my Beachbody friends were making vision boards and sharing them on social media. The idea is that you hold yourself accountable by sharing those goals. At the end of the year, you publicly share how many you achieved. It’s kind of like new year’s resolutions, but prettier. And for me, it was also a way to focus on my goals, prioritize my goals for the year AND look forward to things that had not yet happened. I’m a list maker so this is GREAT for me!
I wrote in 2015 about the year I lost my identity and how 2016 was my rediscovery year. Then, I publicly shared whether or not I achieved my goals and wrote how 2017 is going to be my rebuilding year. What a fun year this is going to be! And I thought it would be so great to share my vision board with all of you so that I can hold myself accountable for what I want to achieve this year.
And I want to invite you to do it, too.
So here’s how it goes. Vision boards help you seek out the law of attraction. Just as experts are telling athletes to visualize themselves winning before a game or match, the vision board helps you visualize how you want to feel and what you want to accomplish in the year ahead. If you keep it close to you and you can see it daily, it can be a very positive way to remind yourself of how you want to shape your year. You are, in fact, able to shape your life.
So what should you put on a vision board?
Several years ago, I met a gal running for Mrs. Idaho America. She said the reason she signed up was because she made a promise to do one thing every year that scared her. That idea has stuck with me several years later. I LOVE the personal growth that comes with this idea. So if you need ideas for what to do this year, think of ONE thing that scares you.
Another idea for vision boards is to make one that is just completely out there. For me, it would be to go to Italy. I’ve always wanted to go to Rome, Greece, Paris – if it sounds romantic, I want to go. Sadly, money and scary economic and social issues in some of those areas makes that a no-go. But there’s no reason you can’t dream high! And knowing that finances are one of the things holding me back, it is a nice reminder of why I have a dollar sign on my board. And that’s where the next idea comes into play.
You should put something on your vision board that is completely achievable. Like making a new year’s resolution, if you make a bunch that may not happen, then you’ll feel like a failure at the end of the year. So for me, while I have a BUNCH of financial goals, I am going to focus on ONE main one this year. Your financial goal shouldn’t be “get out of debt.” That’s too broad. Instead, you could say, I’m going to pay off my debt in this order, or I’m going to put extra money into paying down this credit card and then my car. Maybe it’s to avoid late fees, or not use your bank’s overdraft option. Maybe it’s to save a certain amount or build your credit score so you can buy a house. Just make sure you plan out HOW you’re going to build your credit score or save money so that you can make sure you achieve it.
But vision boards shouldn’t just be about things. Sometimes I have quotes on mine because every time I read them, it lifts me up. Two years ago, I had a picture not of some beautiful actress I wanted to look like, but of me on a day where I was happy and felt beautiful. It was a reminder to me that I can feel good about myself.
So what’s on my vision board this year?
1. I started with something I’m already doing but want to be better at: speaking and giving interviews. That is why my first picture is of a TV camera filming someone on stage. I’ll be sitting on two panels in January at events in DC aimed to prevent human trafficking and this picture is a reminder of how I want to do more, and to prepare to do them extremely well.
2. Then I put in a picture of something that is twofold: the work picture is inspiration for the at-home work area I’m creating right now and also a reminder of where I want to take my career this year.
3.Next, I put in a picture of a microphone because I am working on creating a new project that I have not yet announced (but will soon if I can make it happen).
4. Moving to the middle picture, that is the cover of Seeking, my second novel in the Witchfinder series that I plan to publish this year.
5. Is for a new non-fiction book I’m working on to help teens who’ve been abused, bullied or faced a difficult childhood like I did and need to know how, and find the motivation, to create a wonderful life despite the hardships.
6. Lastly, I want to end the year by preparing for my five-year career plan that I talked about in my last blog post. That means making sure I am educated on the topics I want to cover and making sure that I’m financially in a good place to make it happen when the time is right.
I suspect next year my vision board will include more financial goals and, hopefully, a VERY big vacation with my family. But this year, I’m taking it one step at a time so that I know I can achieve it and I don’t overwhelm myself with more than one person can handle!
If you’ve made your vision board, please share it below! Or feel free to post ideas and ask questions!