Make a Vision Board to Start Your Year
This 2016 I’m bringing vision board work and playshops to Manila and other cities around the Philippine islands. The first one is on February 27, 2016 in Manila. Be on the look out for others events at Facebook and at EventsBrite.
I don’t believe in new year resolutions. But I do believe in hope and in making intentions for a better-than-ever year. This year I did something that helped me get in touch what I wanted in my life—I made a vision board. You can make vision boards any time of the year but for me, this was a good time.
I want to share the following how-to steps to inspire and encourage you to make your own vision board. This is a great exercise and tool for contemplating what you want out of life. It makes you think on what makes you feel good about yourself and spurs you to manifesting it all in the days that follow.
To do this activity, set aside a minimum 1-2 hours. Make a space on a table where you’re going to make a mess and no one will ask you to clear out while you’re working on this.
- A large sheet of paper or board.
- Magazines (or printouts of things you like)
- Set the mood. Play music—rock, classical or meditative—whatever puts you in a feel-good mood. If you want, light a candle, burn incense and/or put lavender oil on a tissue for some aromatherapy. Now get quiet. Close your eyes. Take 3 deep breaths and clear your mind. Make an intention to get in touch with your true self. Maybe say a prayer and ask for guidance. Then slowly open your eyes.
- Start with the base of your vision board. Write the date on the back. Then think up your best-est intention for your life and write it down, too. Here’s an example below.
- Now use the magazines. Start rifling through. Use a cursory eye to spot pictures and larger words. Rip out whole pages and make a pile… pull pages with pictures and words that make you feel good about life in general… what you admire in other people… want for your self or already like about yourself. This becomes a contemplative time when you get in touch with feelings and ideas that light up your life and make you come alive.
Don’t get distracted and start reading articles in the magazines. Focus on your vision. Get clear or at least close to what you want out of life, about who you are becoming… or who you already are!
- Choose and gather your elements. When you feel like you have enough pages to start with begin to carefully cut/rip out the words and pictures that resonate with you. Be sure to look on both sides so you cut around instead of cutting through something you want to put on your board! If you do, just puzzle it back together and glue them side by side on the board, or use tape on the back side.
- Start assembling. Flip the base to the blank side and, without touching the glue yet, choose your key word/phrase and/or picture and put it in center. Then assemble the rest of the elements around it. No need to make everything fit perfectly inside the shape of the base, let some pieces float partially off the base.
Once you like what you see, then start glueing. Clean up as you go along, throwing away pieces that don’t have things you like.
- Make up what you can’t find in the magazines. Draw or write them down with markers, print them out or make them. Have fun, be creative and crafty!
- Finish up your board. And clean up your mess.
- Time to view your vision board. Take in all that your vision board evokes for you. Get inspiration from it throughout the year and years to come. Big tip: Begin to think and act as if what you want is already true!
Add to your vision board whatever and whenever you want.
- glitter glue
- colored paper
- gift wrapping paper
- colored markers or felt pens
- calligraphy pen or marker
- other small items you are attracted
to: beads, ribbon, stones, etc
You can download and print the quote graphics from my Pinay.com Liwanag, 15 Ways to Shine Series.
Good luck with your vision board! I hope many of you will make your own. Discussing vision boards with friend and coworkers, I heard that some people have made a vision board, a vision book or a digital vision wallpaper for their PC. I’ve also heard of someone who would make a separate vision board for her love life and another for her career.
The 2008 vision board I made was big and had ample room to include all aspects of my life on it in a lot of detail.
The one I made in 2015 was smaller and had more general things in envision for myself.
Anytime, you may add to your board as the years flow by. Be sure to look at your board as much as possible. And a few years down the road, look at it again and review what has come through for you. You may very well amaze yourself.
We would love it if you shared with us your vision boards and stories about them!
Omehra is also known as Inday Perla, Perla Daly, BagongPinay and NewFilipina.
She has been publishing websites to empower Filipinos for 20 years. More about her art, blogs, events, publishing and organizations at BagongPinay.