vision board – 2015

7 Jan

FullSizeRender Oh 2014…you kinda sucked. Almost from the get go you did too- such an overachiever you are! Sure there were moments that I really enjoyed…our honeymoon in Bali and Vietnam most definitely topping that list. But all in all…you sucked. Everything from money, work, health (remember the gallbladder?), family drama & friendships felt trying. When I started writing this post I had a paragraph explaining in detail why the last year was difficult. But when I reread my post I thought…what’s the point of even talking about it anymore. Put it to bed! It’s done! Over! In the past! So I deleted it. Which felt good.

I couldn’t be more ready for a fresh start and I have a very good feeling about the next 365 days. My vision is clear- new business, writing work, finishing our home, building a family, traveling & feeling vibrant & healthy. Every year I do a vision board (yes, I lit last year’s on fire a few days ago while giving it the finger…only kidding) of things I hope and desire for the year ahead. Usually I do this activity on the first of each year while sipping champagne and eating bagels with lox. But considering we were in Sedona with Brian’s parents on the first of this year, my board had to wait. It actually did cross my mind to bring all the vision boarding tools to Sedona with me. Then I imagined myself going through security with his parents and a huge board filled with images of women in yoga poses and cute babies and stopped. It’s an activity better suited for one’s home.

I took great pride in this year’s board. I would not rest until I found the “perfect” image or quote that I had in my mind. Did you hear that 2015? I’m not taking any shit. If you’ve never created a vision board before they can really be a lot of fun. They are simply a visual representation or collage of the things that you want to have, be, or do in your life. It consists of a poster or foam board with cut-out pictures, drawings and/or writing on it of the things that you want in your life or the things that you want to become. The purpose of a vision board is to activate the Law of Attraction to begin to pull things from your external environment that will enable you to realize your dream.

{How To Make Your Own Vision Board}

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Compile your pictures. Start by going through magazines and compiling all the pictures that you can find that are relevant to your goals. Don’t evaluate the pictures or start pasting them onto your board. Just stack them into a pile. Make sure that each image that you put on your board resonates with your heart and makes you excited at the mere look of it. It’s also important when selecting pictures to include anything that is congruent with your goal, such as any changes in your life that might result from obtaining your goal. So if your goal is to have a six figure income, then select pictures of a lifestyle that is congruent with your six figure income. Asking yourself the following questions might help you design a congruent vision board:

What would you do differently when you realize your goal? Where would you travel? Where would you live? What would you wear? What things would you own? What kind of vehicle would you drive? What would you do for work?…Or would you work? Who would you help?

2

Sort and Cut. Go through your pile of pictures and select the ones that impact you the most emotionally. Cut the extraneous material away from the image.

3

Arrange and glue. Start arranging your pictures creatively on your board. Don’t worry about being artistic—that’s not the point. The point is that your board should resonate with your emotions. Arrange your pictures in a way that gives you an emotional connection to your vision board. After you are satisfied with the arrangement, glue all your pictures in place. Additionally, you might want to add writing or drawing on your vision board if you feel that it would better resonate with your emotions.

4

Strategic positioning. The most important part of having a vision board is having it in a strategic location that gives you as much visual exposure to it throughout the day. For most of us, this is in the office, but if that is not possible or appropriate, then try your living room or your bedroom. Some people I know mount their vision boards on the ceiling above their bed so that it is the first thing they see when they wake up and the last thing they see when they go to sleep. If you are sensitive to what others might say of your vision board, then be sure to keep it in a safe area where only you will see it. Negative criticism or justification of your dreams can kill the energy that your vision board releases.

5

Update your vision board. Your vision board has to inspire you. It has to charge you with renewed passion every time you look at it and over time and as you progress closer towards your vision, you might find that some of the images or pictures on your vision board don’t really carry as much emotional impact on you as they did before. When this happens, you’ll want to update your vision board with new fresh images that do inspire you. You’re vision board is not a finished piece of art after its initial creation. It’s a dynamic piece of art that shifts and changes as your vision shifts and changes. Therefore, if you find your level of passion that your vision board gives you is growing weaker, then update it to bring fresh new emotions to it.

{Steps found on selfgrowth.com}

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“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions”

Albert Einstein

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12 Responses to “vision board – 2015”

  1. Amy January 7, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

    Firstly, I agree with you about 2014. Moment of brightness, by some big suck moments too. Amen to leaving the gall bladder issues, work drama, self doubt/ existential crises behind. 2015, I am taking no prisoners. I am getting down to business, and taking the lead this year. 2015 will be my biatch! In the nicest way possible, of course.
    I think my 2015 vision board might make a good project for next Sunday. Pots of tea and pictures and some navel gazing always go well together.
    Here’s to making 2015’s visions come true 🙂

    • kate365til January 7, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

      Hahaha. 2015 will be your biatch!! Hahaha. Love that!! I like your style. Watch out for us!! xoxo

  2. thesimplechicbrunette January 8, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    Feeling inspired!! I totally need to do this! Love this post Kate!!! ❤️❤️

    • kate365til January 8, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

      It’s so much fun!! Do it!! xoxo

  3. Miss Lynzie January 8, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    The part about deleting the paragraph pertaining to the details of last year is some supremely good advice. Cheers, love. I think we’re all a little relieved to have bid 2014 adieu.

  4. hunting for bliss January 8, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    I made a vision board for 2014 after reading your post last year! I liked looking at it every morning. I had a picture of a couple of tiny babies on it and the title above them said “special delivery”…..pretty crazy. But overall mine went well. Sorry your year was somewhat stinky 😦 Glad you’ve let it go in order to embrace the opportunities waiting in 2015! I’m excited to be a small part of it.

    • kate365til January 8, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

      NO WAY! That is so crazy!!! “Special delivery”?!? That’s amazing. You my dear had a very good year. I melt every time you share a picture of your sweet little ones on instagram. I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for you!!

  5. mylifeisthebestlife January 8, 2015 at 11:05 am #

    I love this so very much! I’ve never done a vision board, but I mean to make one every year. I think that that will be my exciting weekend project!

    • kate365til January 8, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

      If you make one I’d love to see it!! Have fun!! 🙂

  6. barbarapotter January 8, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

    May it all come true. Yay!!!

  7. righteousbruin9 January 8, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    You have 2015 by the horns. Last year was so bittersweet, for so many of us. I think that with each year of a marriage, things get more together and your travels definitely help sharpen the focus. Visioning, in whatever medium, is a beautiful tool.

    • kate365til January 8, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

      I always appreciate your thoughtful words, Gary. You have 2015 by the horns as well:)

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