Page From My Book: Vision Boards

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

  • Zoe Moorman

    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.

  • Elisabeth Miller

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

  • Maggie Gottlieb

    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?!?!)

  • Jen Myers-Carlson

    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!

  • Rusty Zimmerman

    you are a massive nerd, and I love it.

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