Post-Election Self Care: Have You Looked at Your Vision Board Lately?

Did you make a vision board this year? Maybe you were extra af like me and made two. Back in January, I gathered all the magazines I could, grabbed some reasonably sized poster boards from Target, glue, transparent tape, borrowed some scissors from mom, and called some of my favorite fems over to a visioning and manifesting craft night. Tea was spilled — literally and figuratively — tears were shed, and gorgeous, relatively completed vision boards were made.

I live for this shit. I spend my mornings and evenings doing all sorts of dreaming and manifesting rituals. My books on regular rotation are Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide for Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within and We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness. I have four journals on deck with me at all times. Four.

But I admit, I’ve had my vision board tucked away in plain sight for the last several months. In full transparency, I ripped up my other one in a moment of despair (I know myself, that’s why I made two!). Recently, I moved and decided to stay up all night if I had to in order to get my room together. It’s a large space, so amending the advice of Latham Thomas, I wanted to create a bedroom dreamspace, a ritual & joy dreamspace, and a hustle dreamspace (not to be confused with a work dreamspace: this little corner is for pursuing my hustles not related to production). I whipped out that vision board and placed it right in front of my floor pillow.

My vision board from my gathering earlier in the year. Notice “precise, natural brows.” Critical.

I was surprised at how much I was able to accomplish from this board without looking at it much. How much more would I be able to do by intentionally using it to guide the moves I’m making? Some things on that board were accomplished in a day. Others have taken months and not quite caught on and serves as a reminder for what is possible.

  1. Wipe the dust off your vision board: Find your vision board and place it eye level in a place where you can see it every day. Already have your vision board hanging up? Switch up the spot. My vision board isn’t hung since I find myself grabbing for it and moving around with it.
  2. Remember your story: You were telling a story when you were putting this together. Even if you didn’t realize it. Take a look at every little element that makes the story you are trying to manifest for yourself. See where your eyes naturally go: trust your intuition.
  3. You did that!: A lot has happened since January (or whenever your vision board was made. Let’s not get caught up on the Gregorian calendar, we are operating on a variety of different calendars — or none at all). As you are looking at all the different parts of your vision, reflect on all the moves you were (and are) making consciously or subconsciously to live the kind of life you deeply desire for yourself. Perhaps you are inclined to journal about some of the highlights, or you want to mark directly on your vision board what you’ve done to remind yourself of all of the slayage that took place since you created this!
  4. It ain’t over till it’s over: There are 54 days left of 2018. Fifty-four. If you made a vision board for 2018, there is still plenty of time. Don’t they say it takes 40 days to build a habit? Or was it 40 days to break one? Well I do know our skin cells take about 40 days to renew. That’s a major undertaking. And we have a whole 14 days more to do dope shit.
  5. Make visioning a daily practice: Draw on your vision board for inspiration, guidance, and accountability in your daily rituals and practices.
     Do you do daily affirmations? Position yourself in front of your vision board as you say them. Really see yourself in those beaches or in that dream home you pasted on there.
     Do you gratitude journal? Give thanks to yourself and the people around you helping you manifest what’s on your board. 
    Are you a list writer like me? I saw some things from my vision board that I didn’t quite get to and so I made a list of goals for myself through the end of the year using my vision board as a measuring stick. 
    Maybe you have a bedtime ritual or night routine. Relish in sitting on that new chair you wanted for your bedroom as you lather on your whipped shea butter after your glittery bath bomb soak session.

“When I dare to be powerful — to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. ” — Audre Lorde

The bottom line is this: vision boards are just as much about dreaming of the future as they are about celebrating the now and everything you’ve done to get here. It’s been a hell of a past few weeks and with election day behind us and the holidays coming up, we need to whip out all the tools in our arsenal to keep us off auto-pilot as we round out the year.