Vision Boards: Six Steps to Making One and Three Reasons Why You Should

The start of a new year (well, ish, now we’re seven days in!) felt like a good time to create a new vision board and with a couple of hours free, that’s just what I did!  Here’s the how and why you should create one too…

First the how…

Get some magazines or similar – anything that
you like that has images in it.  You don’t
need lots and lots of sources; too much can make it a bit overwhelming!  The board I’ve just made was sourced from two
monthly magazines and the promotional booklet that happened to be inside one of
them – and I still ended up not using everything I thought I would.

Find glue, scissors and a large sheet of paper
(or join several smaller sheets together; mine is eight A4 arranged two by four).  You may also want to have pens, stickers,
washi tape etc. but these aren’t essential.
Depending on your tolerance of mess, having a recycling bin for paper to
hand might be useful too!  

Go through your sources looking for anything
that appeals, words as well as pictures, and tear it out.  You don’t have to cut neatly at this stage;
your goal is simply to gather together items for your board.  Don’t rush but don’t deliberate about it too
much either; if I find myself debating whether to use something or not then I
tend not to cut it out.  Try to let your
instinct guide you to images and text that stand out, for whatever reason.  And remember that you can keep your board as
private as you like, so there’s no need to censor yourself with concerns about
what others might say or think.  As you
go along, you may see themes beginning to emerge.

Once you have as much material as you’d like, start
playing with arranging it on the paper.
I find it helpful to sort through images first, then add words on like a
second layer.  If you’ve already noticed patterns
in your selection then these may shape how you position things.  It may be that links jump out once you look
at the images and words a second time.
Then again, perhaps there aren’t any connections – and that is
absolutely fine too.  There is no right
and wrong!  As with picking the material,
let this be a heart-led process, not a mind-dominated one.  Be as open with the structure and look of
your board as you were with the content.
The results are for you, not an art exam.

When you are satisfied with the arrangement of
material, then trim and paste the items into position.  You can add extra adornments if you

Stand back and take in what you have made.  There’s your vision board!

Now the why…

It’s a simple, fun creative activity.  If you’re in any doubt as to the value of
that in itself, read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big

Whilst I can’t *guarantee* that you’ll get some
insight from the process, I’m pretty confident that you will.  It’s this insight that gives vision boards
their power.  I don’t believe that
sticking some pictures to paper somehow manifests your heart’s desire, but I do
believe that creating a board allows you to see more clearly what your heart’s
desire actually is.  Sometimes we can
feel uncertain about what lies ahead or like we’re trying to reconcile
competing demands – creating a vision board is like deciphering a cryptic
message from ourselves about which direction to move in.

It sparks positivity.  Thinking about the future can feel daunting
terrifying. A vision board provides a gentle reminder of the good things that
we hanker after.  Our brains are clever
machines that upon seeing our creation will start to whir away, dreaming and
scheming about how to make these images real for us.  And if we are very lucky, we see that we
already have whatever it is that we envision for ourselves 🙂 

I’d love to see your vision board if you feel motivated now to make one!  You can share your thoughts or an image of the board on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or the A Life Of One’s Own
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My dreams

I have returned from an amazing, mind blowing, life changing retreat with a clear feeling, the realisation, that all the locks have clicked open and the blossoms are blossoming.


All night
the dark buds of dreams
open richly.
In the center
of every petal
is a letter,
and you imagine
if you could only remember
and string them all together
they would spell the answer.

It is a long night,
and not an easy one–
you have so many branches,
and there are diversions–
birds that come and go,
the black fox that lies down
to sleep beneath you,
the moon staring with her bone-white eye.

Finally you have spent
all the energy you can
and you drag from the ground
the muddy skirt of your roots
and leap awake
with two or three syllables
like water in your mouth
and a sense
of loss–a memory
not yet of a word,
certainly not yet the answer–
only how it feels
when deep in the tree
all the locks click open,
and the fire surges through the wood,
and the blossoms blossom.

– Mary Oliver, from Dream Work