After the 2020 Experiment threw many of my plans out the window — I decided to steer clear of making 2021 New Year’s resolutions. However, if not resolutions, then what?
The answer I’ve found is — vision boards.
A vision board is a collage of images, words, and other creative elements that encompass the feelings and dreams you wish to create. By moving your desires from your mind to material form, you get clearer on your intentions. And the exercise itself — which can be done with friends over mimosas — has the power to bring feelings of hope and anticipation as you embark on a new year.
Follow these steps to find out how to create a vision board that not only looks pretty on the outside but one that sparks joy on the inside.
- Gather supplies. All you need are scissors, glue, magazines, and a foam board. I’ve done vision boards on 28 x 20 and 16 x 20 boards, but really any size that gives you plenty of space to work will do. Magazines aren’t cheap, so try to find a few at a local thrift store or Goodwill.
- Set the mood. Since we can be subconsciously affected by the tidiness of a room, do your energy a favor and clean up before you get started. For added good vibes, burn sage to cleanse the room and turn on your favorite tunes.
- Set intentions. Before starting, take a moment to think about what you hope to create through your vision board. Setting intentions helps you to tap into how you wish to feel upon completing your board and allows you to get clear on the dreams you desire to manifest.
- Get to work. Start going through your magazines, looking for images and words that align with your intentions. Allow yourself to be guided by your instincts. Remember that you don’t need to find the EXACT image of your dream. For instance, if you want a promotion at your job, you don’t need to find the new job title. Instead, you can include a photo of money or simply cut words like “Boss” or “Women in Leadership.” Aim to capture the essence of WHAT you want, not the HOW it’s delivered.
- Print photos to fill gaps. After I had gone through all the magazines I had, I realized I didn’t have anything to represent time with my friends (something I’ve been starved for this year). So, I went on Instagram and found a photo of four friends on vacation and printed it. Printing pictures is a great way to help fill in any gaps.
- Marvel and display. Once you’ve completed your board, take a moment to soak in what you’ve created. Imagine yourself standing on the other side of these dreams. What does this new life feel like? Once you’ve visualized it, put your vision board where you can see it (e.g., hang on a wall, or snap a photo to put as your phone wallpaper). This way you have regular reminders of the life you’re moving towards.
▹Pro tip: Believe in your worthiness. Vision boards can end up just being pretty art that channels the lifestyle of the Kardashian-Jenners, where you’re pasting things like Maseratis or billion-dollar mansions. These kinds of things are utterly pointless to include if you don’t believe you’re worthy of having them. Setting intentions will allow you to figure out what rings true for you and what is in your realm of cultivation. However, this self-worth work doesn’t start and end with creating your vision board. Continue to make time for practices like meditation, prayer, reading, writing, and listening to podcasts to help you get on the same beautiful page as your visions.
There are countless studies on athletes and students, along with stories from the likes of Michael Phelps, Oprah, and Jim Carrey that confirm the power of visualization. However, I believe vision boards are even more important this year because they offer us hope and joy — two things we can all use as we step into 2021.