Vision Boards Are Not Intuitive

Sometimes you take on a project that seems simple but turns out to be fairly difficult for you.  This can be a recipe you are making for the first time or a DIY project that isn’t cooperating.  For me last week, it was creating a vision board.  I saw all of these beautiful vision boards on Facebook that, frankly, could have been considered works of art (they were that gorgeous).  I had never made a vision board before but I believe in the concept behind them and thought, “How hard could it be?”  It turns out, very!  Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me.  If you are struggling, too, take heart that you are not alone.

 

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

 

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Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

Getting Started

I sat down on my living room floor after the kids went to bed armed with:

  • Poster board
  • Stacks of magazines
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors

I had New Girl on Netflix to try to channel my inner Jessica Day and began flipping through magazines.  If you read How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions then you know I already had my goals for the years.  To provide continuity of vision I was looking for quotes and images in the magazine that represented those existing goals.  About thirty magazines in I only had 3-4 pictures pulled out.  It was then that I realized I had no idea what I was doing!

 

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

Researching Vision Boards

What’s the first thing you do when you want to learn how to do something immediately?  You Google it.  So that’s what I did.  Want to know what I learned?

There is no hard and fast way to create a vision board.

I love lists and specific, defined steps when doing anything new.  Those lists don’t seem to exist for vision boards.  To help you out, here is the best list I could discern from my research:

  • You can use one goal or many
  • A vision board is meant to inspire you
  • Or focus you
  • Or provide visual goals
  • It can include quotes, pictures, and objects
  • It can be on a cork board, poster board, digital file, white board, or any other visual form

Wait… Huh?  So a vision board can be anything made out of anything to focus on anything.  Oh… Now I get it.  Not!  In the end, I decided to go with this Huffington Post article by Elizabeth Rider to use as a guide.

Finishing the Vision Board

My vision board has 4 focal points (one in each corner):

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

Publish

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

Business

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

Travel

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

Personal Growth

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

Once I got all of the pictures and quotes on the board, it still wasn’t inspiring.  I had to figure out a way to make it something I would want to look at.  How did I do that?  I added Hello Kitty of course!  Once she was on there, the rest of the vision started falling into place.  I added flowers for a 3-dimensional pop and glitter because no project is complete without glitter.

 

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

 

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

The process of making vision boards can be challenging but chances are, you will learn something about yourself whether it is what your goals look like to you or what truly inspires you.  I, for instance, learned I cannot be inspired by anything that isn’t pretty.  This experience also cemented my belief that Hello Kitty really does make everything better.  Have you made a vision board yet?  What did you learn about yourself in the process?

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
  • I think I need to do this for a clean house…lol. I’ll take pictures of each room all clean 🙂

    • Yes, Erlene! I love that idea. Maybe I should make a second one!

  • I’ve never made a vision board but I’ve always wanted to! You might have inspired me 🙂

    • Yay! I hope you do.

  • Rachel

    Lol, I think you were missing the point of a vision board. I’ve never made one, but I think back to school day collages….anything that inspires you! Glad you figured it out in the end!

    • Yeah, Rachel, I think I was too. I got too caught up in the whole “it’s an assignment” thing and forgot to interpret what it meant to me. lol

  • I’ve made a board like this but don’t look at as often anymore. I like the different section idea and will update mine!

    • Hi Matt! I definitely think you should pull yours back out. They truly can be a great way to focus your energy on your goals. 🙂

  • I don’t have a vision board exactly, but I have above my computer a college pennett with several things that remind of me of wonderful experiences and goals. College, Leadership, Photography, Having Fun, etc. https://www.instagram.com/p/_aE-S_MXmk/?taken-by=mandabutler . They don’t always have to be completed in one sitting, mine’s been growing for several months!

    • I totally say that counts. Anything that keeps you focused on goals and is fun to look at I say, “Yes!”

  • I have so been wanting to do this for when we buy a new home. I would love to have a vision board for each room!

    • Way to be super motivated, Logan! You could even personalize each one to not only match your decor but focus on your life goals that ‘match’ that room, like health goals in the kitchen or financial goals in the office.