When it came to planning my wedding, I spent months visualising the big day and going through every detail. I knew exactly how I wanted our venue to be decorated, the personal touches, the table settings, what kind of vibe we wanted the day to have, the style of cake we wanted, etc. I could see everything so clearly in my mind months before the day itself and I was so happy when I stood at the top of the aisle for the first time and saw that everything was just as I had imagined and hoped for.
That was my first real experience of visualisation, or manifesting, although I didn’t realise that was what I was doing at the time. Since then I’ve realised how powerful visualisation can be to help towards achieving your goals through the ‘Law of Attraction’. Having a vision board and being constantly reminded of your goals will ingrain them into your mind so that you subconsciously attract those things into your life.
Just like I did for my wedding day, I wanted to clearly visualise what I want my life to be like this year, so I decided to create my first ever vision board. I thought I’d share how I’ve made mine so that you can also make your own vision board and to motivate you to achieve your goals this year.
What is a Vision Board and what is it for?
Put simply, a vision board is a collection of pictures, quotes and affirmations that resonate with you and represent something that you want to happen or bring in to your life. The pictures should be of things you don’t currently have in your life, but what you really wish you had. This could be a relationship, a new car, more money, travel, better health etc. The key is to get specific about what you put on your vision board. If you want more money, how much money? Think of your dream number that you wish to see in your bank account every month of by the end of the year and write that down. If you want a new car, what make and model? What colour? How many doors? What year? The clearer you are about what it is you want, the better you can visualise it and the easier it is to attract it into your life.
Vision boards act as a source of motivation, inspiration and manifestation to help you achieve your goals. Creating one forces you to get clear on what it is that truly matters to you as you source the images, quotes and affirmations to put on your board. Keeping your vision board somewhere that you can clearly see it often will help to keep your goals front of mind and remind you of what it is you’re striving for in 2019.
What’s on my Vision Board and what it means to me
I decided to create two versions of my vision board. One large one using my black metal wall grid, which I’ve hung behind my desk in my bedroom and a smaller version which I’ve stuck into my Bullet Journal. And now that I’ve shared my board here on my blog, I guess I have a third version, a digital copy! Now I can always see my vision board, whether I’m home or out and about so that I don’t lose sight of my goals. I wanted quite a minimal look for my board and so I kept all the pictures the same shape and size and kept them in a grid format instead of the typical collage style. This is just my personal preference, but choose whatever format works best for you as it’s important that you’ll enjoy looking at your vision board every day.
I chose to use pictures from some of my favourite Instagrammers, as well as a couple I found from Pinterest and a few motivational quotes that I made myself. Let me talk you through what I’ve put on my vision board.
Delicious, healthy, nutritious food.
I’ve included a few healthy food pictures from @Sarahs_Day as I really want to focus on being consistent with my eating habits this year and prioritising healthy, nutritious and wholesome foods. I love meal planning and prepping healthy meals for Michael and I, but there are some weekends where I let my meal prep routine slip and then I really don’t eat well for that entire week. So these pictures are a reminder to prioritise always having healthy food prepared at home.
Bali and travel.
Michael and I have booked flights to Bali for our honeymoon and we’re so excited!! Now we need to plan our route across the island and book accommodation, so I’ve included beautiful pictures of Bali and beaches to manifest the honeymoon of our dreams. We both love to travel so I’ve included a few more pictures to attract the opportunities to travel more.
A fit and toned body.
My main fitspo is @Nicole_Mejia as she has a really similar body shape to me (thick thighs, wide hips, smaller waist and chest aka a pear shape) except she’s beautifully fit and toned. I’ve carefully selected 4 pictures of her to include on my vision board. In all of them her face isn’t super clear, so it is easy for me to imagine they are pictures of me and not of someone else. One picture is of her taking a mirror selfie in leggings and a sports bra – something I regularly do on my own Instagram. One is of her looking happy and content on a beach, which is how I want to be on my honeymoon to Bali with Michael. One is of her taking a mirror selfie in underwear looking super toned and her face is obscured, so I can visualise myself looking like that in the mirror. The last one is of her holding weights in her activewear, which motivates me to want to workout whenever I look at it.
Dying my hair.
This might not seem like a big goal to have but I’ve wanted to lighten my hair for years now. I’ve always been too scared about causing damage because I spent years chemically straightening my hair which frazzled my hair. Now my hair is really long and healthy and I don’t want to jeopardize that, but I feel like this is the year I should bite the bullet and have my hair professionally lightened. This pic is of @MarieJay as I love how her hair is coloured here and again, it doesn’t show her face so I can easily pretend it is a photo of me.
My Instagram following.
I have a love/hate relationship with Instagram at the moment, but I want to change that so I’m going to manifest love for Instagram and doubling my following this year. Numbers aren’t everything, but I really want to hit 10k followers so that I can use the very nifty swipe-up feature on Insta Stories! Pinterest is another social media platform that I’ll be focusing on this year, but I haven’t included a picture on my vision board.
Planning and organisation.
I’m loving my Bullet Journal and how it’s been giving me peace of mind and helping me keep on top of things. I absolutely love planning and organising and in 2019 I want to use that to kick my productivity up a notch so that I can start a business on the side of my full-time job. My dream is to have a business that will bring me both creativity and financial freedom, hence the ‘Girl Boss’ quote. Watch this space!
I chose to include a few quotes, ‘Make it happen’, ‘Girl Boss’ and ‘What if I fall? But darling, what if you fly?’ because this speaks the most to me. I find the person holding me back the most is me sometimes, so these quotes remind me to get out of my own way and achieve the things I’ve been dreaming of.
A cosy, minimalist home.
Last year I massively cleared through my belongings in the pursuit of a more minimalist lifestyle and I added a few homely touches and decorations to our flat and I love it so much. This year I want to continue loving our flat for as long as we live here and maintaining a minimalist approach. Eventually, we’ll have to move to somewhere bigger and we want to buy our own place so that’s a huge goal we’ll be working towards.
This is a big one and a bit daunting to say out loud on the Internet! Michael and I are both ready to become parents for the first time and want to start trying for a baby this year. I’m not planning to have a baby in 2019, but we’d love to find out we’re expecting this year. I chose two of @TheLovelyDrawer’s pictures because one shows just her baby’s legs on a super cute blanket, and the other shows her baby’s hands with hers as she works on her laptop. Another reason I really want to start my own business is so that I can be flexible with my work when I do become a Mum and so this picture really spoke to me and the future I dream about.
How to make your own Vision Board
There are several ways you can make a vision board. You can create a minimal-style grid like I have, or a scrapbook style collage, or a digital board. You can use a cork board, a canvas, a wall grid, a foam board, or put it in a photo frame. The most important thing is that you put your vision board somewhere that you see daily. Whether that’s your bedroom wall so that it’s the first and last thing you see, or by your desk to motivate you when you’re working, or by your front door, or wherever works for you!
Black wall grid | Cork Board | Foam Board | Canvas | Picture Frame | Scissors | Photo Paper | Glue | Copper Bulldog Clips | Thumb Tacks
If you have magazines at home, flip through them for pictures, titles and quotes that you can cut out. Or you can browse Instagram like I did or search on Pinterest and print out the pictures. Trim them down to a size that suits you and play around with the arrangement until you’re happy. Once you like how everything looks, glue, pin or clip the pictures into place on your vision board, then hang it up somewhere you’ll see daily.
I’m hanging mine in my bedroom by my desk so that whether I’m sat working, am getting ready for the day or am about to go to sleep, I’ll always be able to see it. Plus I’ve got my mini vision board in my Bullet Journal and this digital copy on my blog. There’s no way I can forget what my goals are now!