I’ve never been all that good with numbers. You’d only have to ask my poor Dad (Head of Maths at our school, no less). He dragged my sister and I kicking and screaming through our GCSE exam. Every moment of the school holidays was spent trawling through past papers. I got it. Just. And have relied on spreadsheets and calculators ever since. I just don’t have a maths brain. Turns out – words and pictures are my thing. So when I was first introduced to a Vision Board, I quickly realised it was something for me. Something that resonates with the way my brain is wired.
Make it simple and inspiring
I don’t know about you but after the horrors of 2020, I simply can’t face a big goal setting session. I need something simple and inspiring. Something that helps me move forward with the things 2020 has taught me. But something that keeps expectations manageable and everyday life enjoyable.
Vision Board. Dream Board. Inspiration Board. Whatever you want to call it? Have you thought about making one?
There’s lots of advice online about how to create big fancy vision boards but I like my board to reflect simple values and be really easy to make.
Make it with scissors and pins
You’ll need a pin board, a pot of pins, scissors and a few magazines. It took me about an hour and was a completely joyous activity.
The very act of flicking through magazines, tearing out pages, cutting little pictures and arranging them across the table. This is guaranteed to slow you down. It’s completely non-technical. The only requirement is a nice hot cup of coffee and maybe the gentle flicker of a winter candle.
Make it about YOU
And there’s no right or wrong way of doing a Vision Board. I just focus on words that stand out – GROW, ESCAPE, BATH and BEACH – all feature on mine. I picked out themes around books, reading and relaxing, garden birds and growing plants and flowers. There’s places I’d love to go near and far. Mostly near, as none of us should be going too far this year! I’m hoping National Trust will open their gardens in time for the spring daffodils. I’m excited to discover more of my North Wales home and maybe venture up to the North East later in the summer.
More than anything it’s made me excited for the year the come, and hopeful for the future. We all need hope. We’re humans and humans are hardwired for hope. I’m excited to spend time with everyone I’ve been missing. But I’m also keen to keep the simple things simple. And learn the lessons that 2020 taught me about what really matters.
Make it meaningful
Quotes are great for your Vision Board. How about this one from Louisa May Alcott (author of Little Women) – “Keep good company, read good books, love good things and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can”.
The beauty of a pin board is that if you come across another picture you want to add, or a great motivational word, it’s easy to move things around and keep it fresh.
KEEP IT HANDY
I have my pin board hanging right next to my desk so it’s a constant reminder of the things that matter to me. It makes me smile every time I look at it, and I know it will give me a little lift whenever I get bogged down in something that’s not so much fun.
For me it’s books, daffodils, coffee, birds, mountains, quiet places, and simple style. What is it for you? Have you tried making a Vision Board? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.
What about a Word of the Year? I’ve been thinking about mine. I’ve done it for the last 3 years. It’s a lovely soft way of goal setting that can sit alongside your Vision Board. You can even put your word right at the centre of your Board. Last year’s word was “refuge” which turned out to be pretty apt. This year’s word is ……. ohh I can’t tell you yet. I’m waiting for a special something to arrive and then all will be revealed. Can’t wait.
That’s all for now