Creating a Vision Board to Build Creative Confidence – Day 27
Summer is a great time to create a vision board as you take a look at what you want to accomplish this fall. What do you want to create in your life or your business before the end of the year? Here are a couple of writing prompts to get you started. Take out your journal and answer these questions as honestly as you can.
I recently created a vision board for my business. You can see it above. I realized several months ago that I was not focusing on my business or making it easy for people to buy from me. I wasn’t clear about what I wanted to create! This vision board was created with the intention of focusing on business growth and success in a way that is still meaningful, playful and fits my lifestyle. I also need to do some serious visioning around my health and wellness and willingness to accept myself as I am in this moment, that vision board is in the works!
Writing prompts to prepare for creating a vision board:
1. What am I focusing on most in my life right now? Write down the first thing that pops into your mind without judgement!
2. Is this what you want to be focusing on? Again, answer honestly, no one will see this but you.
3. What challenges or problems need to be resolved to make room for new growth?
4. Once those problems are resolved, what would you like to manifest? Joy, health, family, time, creativity, romance??? The possibilities are endless. Use your imagination to create the most glorious inner vision that you can imagine. Spend time dreaming and journaling what you want to create in your life. Remember that what you focus on grows!
How to make a vision board:
If you have never made a vision board before, here are a few instructions:
1. Collect a variety of magazines (not just Oprah and Cooking Light, try to get some variety, National Geographic is a good example.)
2. You can create a board on a small poster board or on the page(s) of your journal. Do what feels comfortable, just make sure you create it in a place you will look at later! Here’s an example of page that I created in my journal. Notice all the colors, the church in the background and the mother’s love: all images that for me are about nurturing and loving myself.
3. Grab some scissors and a good glue stick.
4. Make sure you have some quiet time, perhaps after the kids are in bed. Collect your materials, maybe put on some music, light a candle, pour yourself a glass of wine or a cup of tea and get ready to create!
5. First, take a look again at what you wrote about the inner garden that you would like to create. Then, start thumbing through the magazine, tearing out images, words or phrases that capture the feeling of what you want to create. I would do this for 15 to 20 minutes. It’s easy to spend too much time on this part of the process, so if you have a limited amount of time, set a timer!
6. Now start trimming and arranging the images, words and phrases on your board or in your journal.
7. Embellish with markers, glitter, ephemera or anything else that feels write.
8. If you are using a poster board, hang it someplace where you will see it every day: your office, your closet, on the bathroom mirror. The more you look at the collage you create and focus on the possibilities, the more likely they are to become your reality!
9. If you are using a journal, promise yourself you will look at it daily!
Cultivating time for creative expression is an important part of any self-care regimen. Just like putting on your anti-wrinkle cream at bedtime, tending to your innate desire to create should become habit!
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