Page From My Book: Vision BoardsEmily Foster

Seriously? Yes. A vision board. A collection of pictures that represent things that you want in your life. I always thought that conversations about vision boards would inevitably lead straight to group chanting drum circles, smudging sage sticks and talks about post raw diet colonics – from which I would run screaming.

Turns out it’s really fun. It’s sort of like an artistic project that I made back in middle school. There was one thing on my vision board back then: A picture of me with Christian Slater and a glitter heart around it. I’m willing to bet that if those dreams had ever come true I would have been pretty disappointed.

Now that I’m older and infinitely wiser, I decided to ask for something bigger than Slater. I wish I could tell you that I wasn’t judge-y in the process. But I was. I went through magazines making jokes in my head about all the dumb things I could put on my “vision board” like pictures of anorexically thin models or an image of a girl with really bad acne. But don’t worry – I have class. That acne picture definitely didn’t make it onto the board.

But after soothsayers and wise friends encouraged me to make one, I sat down and took stock of my life. What the s*!t do I want? And am I setting myself up to get the things that I want? In staring down the nose of a New Year, it seems like a good time to figure that out. It’s time to manifest our dreams. That’s right, I said manifest. Deal with it (note to reader: I am talking to myself, not you). But I also cut out pictures of happy couples, women in wedding dresses, successful looking happy people, people laughing and smiling, a vaguely French looking man, puppies and engagement rings. I am ready for the great things that lie ahead of me – you know who you are, Jaques. Honestly though, I’d be happy with just the puppy part. PLEASE don’t tell the universe. Thanks.

So now that I’ve done it – I have a pretty collage of weird stuff that I probably wont share with anyone. But I would encourage you to do the same. Mostly cause it’s fun to dream about your own life. It reminds you of all the great things that can happen – like marriage and babies and finding your one true soul mate, Mr. Christian Slater. What do you think he’s doing right now? My only hope is that there’s a vision board involved.

Whats on your vision board? Let me know.

Photo credit: Forwardsteps


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  1. you are a massive nerd, and I love it.

  2. Amazing!!! My girl friends and I started this tradition in December 2010 when about six of us got together to create our visions for 2011. I was startled by how many things I DREAMED of came true because they were in my face every day, reminding me of what I want from my life. We did it again last weekend and I’m stoked to hang my board for 2012 by my desk and see what else manifests!

  3. I’m going to do this today! And for the first time in years I think Brad Pitt will be left behind (who would have thought he’s nearing FIFTY?!?!)

  4. This is the first year I’ve thought of making a vision board, but I think it’s a great idea!

  5. I don’t have a vision “board” as such, but I keep a collection of things on the wall behind my desk. It’s primarily a map of Europe (I’m taking a gap year and travelling in the new year).

    It’s a nice reminder of what’s coming ahead, even if it’s a really old map with Yugoslavia still on it.