Year of Intentions

January 9, 2016

When one of my girlfriends invited me to join her in making 2016 vision boards I immediately said yes. I had no clue what a vision board was or how to make one but I never turn down a new experience with a great friend.

Having now completed my 2016 vision board, I am a certified expert and here to teach you. You are welcome.

A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.

Making use of vision boards serves several purposes, some of which include helping you to:

  • Identify your vision and give it clarity
  • Reinforce your daily affirmations.
  • Keep your attention on your intentions.

There are many ways to make a vision board but here is how I learned:

Preliminary: “There is no wrong way to make a vision board. It is yours and so it can be whatever you want it to be. But if you are stuck and not sure where to start, it is helpful to think about all the things, big and small that you want to accomplish in the year.” – Kelsey

Step One: Write down three intentions for the years. These represent more of an overarching goal or theme that you want to focus on. They aren’t necessarily action based or quantifiable but instead virtues or fruits of the spirit. Some examples are: patience, self-worth, trust, confidence…

Step Two: Write down a list things you want to do more of in the next year. They can be qualities such as being more kind or actions like working out more frequently. Not all of these will necessarily make it into your vision board but it helps to set the tone and theme of what your year will be about.

Step Three: With your list in mind, begin scrolling through magazines and Pinterest, picking quotes or images that jump out at you or represent things that you are interested in accomplishing the coming year. According to my Vision Board Guru, subconsciously it helps narrow down what you really want to do in the year without confining yourself.

Step Four: With paper or poster board and a glue stick, combine the image that compelled you. Again, this is just for you so focus on an aesthetic that appeals to you.

Goals and real accomplishments take work, but when you begin to narrow down what your heart really wants, desires, and feels passionate about, you are more likely to make it a reality as you have taken it outside of yourself.

I’ve made mine… Now it’s your turn. Go!

// This post was cowritten through g-chat by my vision board guru, Kelsey. //

 

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