Happy New Year!
If you're anything like me, you spent most of the end of December reviewing your year, evaluating your goals, drawing tarot cards, and selecting your Word(s) for 2017. (Mine are Light and Brave.)
While there is certainly a line where planning turns into procrastination, might I recommend another year-orienting tool for the visually inclined among you:
The Vision Board.
What is a vision board? Simply put, a vision board is your vision made visual. It's a collage, a collection, of images - or even films - which encapsulate your dream for your life.
What do you put on a vision board?
Anything you want! Personally, I connect my vision board images to my Core Desired Feelings: Tree, Strength, Connected, Ease. In order to figure out what I wanted to put on my vision board, I asked questions like: How do I want to feel? What will help me feel that way? What does moving toward and acting out that feeling look like, practically, in my every day life?
I want to feel like a tree: rooted and reaching, grounded and growing. What will enable me to feel more of this?
I want to feel strong: physically, mentally. What do I need to do to strengthen myself?
I want to feel connected: to myself, to Spirit, to my partner, to my globally scattered family and friends. How can I engender and enable more fluid, more real, more raw, more creativity-inducing connections in my life?
I want to feel ease: professionally, creatively, personally, physically. I want to feel easier, more comfortable in my body - I'm itching for a new tattoo. I want more ease in my creative life, which means continuing my daily practice of meditation and - ironically - giving myself deadlines so that producing the work gets easier.
As with meditation and manifesting and tarot reading and prayer and really anything in life that requires consistent attention, a vision board is not a one time thing. It's not a make it and it's done.
I have set calendar reminders for myself once a month to go look at my vision board and ask, how is my life matching up to this? How is my life becoming this?
Prompts for Creating Your Own Vision Board
- Does your board have people in it? Animals? Colors? Shapes, patterns? Don't limit yourself to one aesthetic, or to how you think a vision board should look.
- What does your life look like, in technicolor?
- What things do you want to do that you haven't done?
- Where do you want to go? Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually?
- How do these things connect to what you want to feel in 2017?
- ... to what you want to grow?
- ... to what you want to learn?
Don't be afraid to be specific. Allow for fluidity, for flexibility - but don't inhibit yourself. Don't let the "I can't" and "I shouldn't" and "I ought to" get in your own way.
You've got this.
Now go after that vision.
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