Creating Vision [In 7 Steps or Less]!
"Then the LORD replied: 'Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.'" Habakkuk 2:2, NIV
We're officially one month into the New Year. Have you set your vision/intention for 2018 yet?
The Vision Party
In my first post of the year, I shared some of my goals for 2018. My #LiveRi¢hMommy friend, Sunnie, and I decided to set into the new year supporting each other: in motherhood, business, dreams, and ambition, by starting vision boards together. There was a whole party involved... like, a literal party of five! lol
Well, after 4 hours attempting to be productive with the littles, it became quite obvious to both of us that we wouldn't be completing our boards that day. So we gave into the idea of just having fun and crafting with the babes. By the end of the night the only thing that we'd accomplished was: creating a mess of confetti cuttings, glitter dancing babies covered in glue, and tearing out some of the main images that we wanted to use for our future boards.
Creating Your Vision Board
When it comes to creating vision for your vision board there is a whooooole process that's involved. If your vision is a mess, your board will be a mess... and that certainly doesn't lead to much productivity. The best way to avoid this is by planning. Investing the time to do this will not only help create a visually appealing board, but it will also help you visualize your year and its plans to the fullest!
1) Make a list - evaluating your goals from last year: the things that you set out to accomplish (and completed), as well as those goals that are being carried into the new year.
2) Visualizing timelines can help - If you have a planner, now is the time to break it out and crack it open. Last month I wrote and shared a post on bullet journaling and planning. You can check it out here.
3) Get organized and break it down - For me, I've found that the best way to do this is to organize and section off my vision board into the areas of my life that I'd like to focus on most. This year the focuses are: Faith (top section), Family (bottom left), and Fun (bottom right).
I then took it further and broke it down a bit more within each of the sections.
In the "Faith" section I broke it down into Devotions and Service; In the "Family" section I broke it down into home, health, and my relationship (marriage); and in the "Fun" arena, I broke it up to focus on each of my creative endeavors (a new project with my #LiveRi¢hMommy friend Sunnie, QuÉrica Jewelry, my channel QuÉricaTV, and this blog-- Adventures Of A #LiveRi¢h Mommy).
4) Color your vision - With life, with words, with actual color, and other things you thing will support you in making your vision a reality. This year, this "color" came to me in the form of scriptures. Once I took the time to figure out the core focus for my vision board (along with the sub-categories), I then searched for a bible verses that would support me in each area of my vision for the year. I took the various scriptures and wrote them down in circles that I cut out for each area/category of focus.
5) Get wordy and make it pretty - FYI: This is the longest part of the vision boarding process. Find a bunch of magazines and cut out phrases, images, people, and places that inspire you. Next, take those cutouts and organize them in a way that is appealing and makes sense to you. No one else has to understand your vision, as long as it's clear to you-- everyone's vision board is unique to their personal vision, and different things inspire different people.
Personally, I've found that words are what I like to see on my vision board most (which is strange, because I'm a visual person, and visual learner). But over the years, I've realized that seeing the words on my vision board have been a powerful and effective tool in actualizing my vision. Every time I see my vision board, when I read the words I feel like I'm speaking them into action-- almost like affirmations. Even with this being the case, I still include a couple of images on the board to evoke specific emotions, so I'm reminded of of physical actions that I'm trying to take within the year (that correlate with the words around them). Take the the lower left section of my board for instance and you'll see what I mean (i.e.: The health and relationship part of my "Family" section).
6) Make it pretty - This is pretty self explanatory, but it's also subjective. The point is to basically make your vision board something that you will be proud of, something you would like to share/display, but most importantly-- something you want to look at every day. Looking at your vision board is supposed to be a daily reminder of what you're trying to achieve and create on a daily basis-- so make it attractive. No one wants an eye-sore hanging around as a daily reminder of the life they're trying to establish for themselves (especially if it's being displayed in a shared space).
7) Have fun! - Everyday living can be hard enough. Creating a vision of what you want your life to be[come] is the fun part! Thinking about the life you want and envisioning yourself in it is the first step. So I say, go CRAZY, go big, or go home. You never know what you can achieve, if you won't even take the time to dream it. Even if you aren't able to hit everything that you've placed on your board within a calendar year, your year would have been a more adventurous and fulfilling one by just trying!
I hope that this helps you in your journey to a creative and productive 2018! I can't wait to see what goodness the next 11 months have in store for you!
#LiveRi¢h, and Dream Chasing,
Check out my final vision board and time lapse video below!
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