Creating a Vision Board for 2024
Happy New Year!
Having been granted the privilege of welcoming another year on this earth, I don’t want to sit idly as it passes by. I want to make the most of it. I want to suck the goodness out of every moment that I can.
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For those who know me well, you already know I choose to sit on the bright side of life. I guess you could say that I’m an optimist, the truth is that I’m just content in the life that I have. Which is great, but it isn’t so helpful in terms of self growth. So, this year, for the first time ever, I’m going to make a vision board! My hope is that the process of making this will help me to channel some direction and manifest some of my dreams into reality.
To start, let’s define vision board. A vision board is a visual representation of goals, dreams, and desires. It is a collection of images, words, and symbols that represent the life you want to create for yourself. By creating a vision board, you are externalizing your goals and making them tangible. This not only helps you clarify what you truly want, but it also serves as a constant reminder of your aspirations. Visualizing your dreams through a vision board can have a powerful impact on your subconscious mind, making it more likely for you to take action and attract the opportunities and resources needed to achieve your goals.
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To create a vision board, you can use a poster board, corkboard, or as I’ve chosen, a digital platform like Canva. The key is to choose a medium that allows you to easily arrange and rearrange your images and words. You can use magazines, newspapers, printouts, photographs, or any other visual materials that resonate with you and represent your goals. The possibilities are endless, and the only limit is your imagination.
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Before jumping in to creating my vision board, I took some time to think on my goals and intentions for this new year. What do I want to achieve? What areas of my life do I want to improve? I reflected on the past year…what worked? What lessons did I learn? What achievements am I most proud of?
Personally, in the past, I have been guilty of setting goals that are too vague. By keeping them unclear and tricky to measure it was easy to lie to myself about my successes. This year my aim is to set SMART goals. SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ACHIEVABLE, REVELANT & TIME-BOUND. Setting SMART goals makes tracking progress easier, which will help to keep motivation high! For example, instead of saying “I want to get fit.” I’m trying, “I will work our 3 times per week and increase weight monthly.”
I’m creating my vision board online, as we don’t really have magazines or materials for me to rifle through. The whole point of a vision board is to look at it regularly though. So I am printing mine out and I plan to keep it on the inside of my closet door, where I will see it daily. This is not a one and done project. A vision board requires regular review. This will keep our goals fresh in our mind and even on the surface of our subconscious. Also, as we achieve our goals we will have a visual reminder and celebrate our successes often! Much like checking items off a to-do list, the growth is contagious.
Some of the areas I’m focusing on this year are:
- making space and time for a creative outlet. (I hope to always have at least one fun project on the go)
- Practicing patience with my children. (Taking a breath before responding too harshly, prioritizing teachable moments)
- Reading more and scrolling less. (3 nights per week of no screens before bed and reading instead)
- Cold dipping weekly in the cool months.
- Cooking healthy meals more frequently. (meal prep every Sunday to accomplish this)
- Family game night once per week
- Date night once per month with hubby.
- Ladies luncheon once/month with friends.
- Exercise 3 times per week.
- Not spending beyond my means (keeping my credit card paid off every month)
Now that my vision board is done, I’m ready to take action and manifest my goals into reality! It may sound silly, but I’m going to imagine I have accomplished these goals and am living the life I dream of. I am going to channel positivity by surrounding myself with people who lift me up and encourage me to fulfill my dreams. I am going to hold myself accountable, while understanding the ebbs and flows of life. I will forgive myself if I slip and get back on track.
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I am also going to take accountability by adding actions into my calendar. Setting a schedule for exercise, meal prep, game nights with the family, and time away to work at a hobby. I know full well that if I don’t pen these in, they will get overlooked or replaced by someone else’s agenda. The whole purpose of this exercise is to create the life I want. If I don’t write the pages of my own story, they will still fill, but they will be penned by others. The world does not stop because we’re not ready.
This year, I plan to live a life with intention and focus. I will waste less time on mindless noise and instead live out real experiences that bring happiness and joy into our home. I will practice patience for others and discipline for myself. I will get comfortable with discomfort. I will do the hard things & I will be proud.
Let’s welcome in this new year of potential with strong minds and open arms.
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Happy new year!