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Have you ever had so many dreams about what you wanted to do in life but you wrote them off thinking you would never achieve them? Or a vision for your life and somehow it got sidetracked and that vision hasn’t happened?
I felt that way after I had kids. I was a stay at home mom and I looked around at my life and watched my husband climb the corporate ladder and wondered if
MY dreams for MY life mattered. That’s when I learned about a vision board and why I needed one so desperately in my life.
Don’t get me wrong, I chose to stay home with my kids. I wanted to be the one who taught them how to walk and talk and eat. I wanted to be the one to witness their firsts in life and I still do! But I quickly realized my life was only about my kids. It wasn’t about me or my husband, it was about them. The real me had quickly vanished and I had no idea where she had gone.
One day I was at a sales meeting. I had joined a direct sales company selling jewelry to give me an excuse to get out of the house. This sales meeting was talking about how we needed vision for our lives. They spoke about a vision board and how powerful it was for bringing clarity to the dreams and ideas we had for our lives.
At that moment I felt empowered and excited about life! I drove home that evening with a fire in my gut that hadn’t been there for about 4 years. I dreamed for the first time in nearly 4 years about my future and what I wanted to accomplish, not just as a wife and mom, but me personally for my life.
So what is a vision board?
A vision board is a something you make by cutting out pictures or words or phrases from magazines and newspaper or even mailers you may get and pasting them to a paper.
These pictures represent things you may want to accomplish in your life. Like a picture of your family, maybe the Disney Castle because you want to take your family there. A picture of money with the word SAVE written across it to remind you to save money. Whatever you want to accomplish in life or maybe the next 5 years to help clarify what your dreams are.
How to make one and the supplies needed
A vision board can be any size you want it to be. Mine is currently the size of a sheet of construction paper but I have had them the size of poster board.
I start my vision board by going through magazines and cutting out pictures I think I need for the board. Usually, I have a picture of my family that I paste in the middle and everything else goes around that.
Then I look through magazines until I think I have all the pictures I need for my board. Sometimes I will write out my ideas for the board before I start searching so I’m not looking aimlessly.
Visualize your future
I like the vision board not just because it brings clarity to my future, but also because it helps me to see what I value. When I was a new mom many of my pictures were things I wanted to do for the kids. As they got older, my vision was more about my home.
Now my vision is about myself and my goals and what I want to accomplish. The cool part about it is watching it all come to pass. A few years ago we were renters and put a house on the board, a 4 bedroom house. 2 years later we were able to buy the house. I also put LegoLand in FL on the list and we were able to take the boys there 1 year later. It’s so cool to watch it all come together and say I had vision for that!
My encouragement for you is to sit down and dream big! Dream about your future and what it will look like. Will you have a house? Take a trip to the mountains or the beach? Maybe go to Alaska? What about meeting some famous people? Or starting your own business or Blog? Think about it, dream it, write it down, then find a picture to represent it!
Finally, once your vision board is done, hang it somewhere you will see it every single day! I have mine hung in my closet in my bedroom since I go in there every single day.
I used to have it in my office but I don’t go in there every day, some days I work from my kitchen table, or on my bed. So I try and keep my board in my bedroom where I know I will see it every day.
If this post gave you inspiration to create a vision board, I would love to see a picture of your vision board! Post it on my Facebook Page! Click the link to the side to join the page!
Stephanie has been blogging at Sticky Note Mom for 4 years. Before starting her blog she worked in the finance industry working on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade to working for major financial institutions with personal financial planning and the mortgage industry. Now she shares all she has learned about frugal living to help others learn how to stop spending and start saving more.