This is a really fun, creative project and a great way to crystallize and activate your intentions and desires. I’m not even remotely artsy, but I’ve made several vision boards over the years and I love the process of carefully choosing words and images that inspire me. I usually display the finished collage in my bedroom or office, where I’ll see it often and be reminded of my highest vision for myself. This is a powerful act of visualization and will help bring your dreams to life.
The process couldn’t be simpler:
First, grab a stack of magazines and a pair of scissors, disengage your brain (that’s right, shut it off), and cut out every word or picture that speaks to your heart. Don’t question why; you’ll sort later. For now, just collect images that spark the feelings you desire the most. You may want to have several collecting sessions before you actually make your board, so you have a lot of words and images to choose from. If you’re like me, you’ll develop a habit of reading magazines with a pair of scissors close by, just in case you see a photo to add to your image collection.
Then, when you know you won’t be interrupted for an hour or two, make your collage. Go through your collection of images and carefully choose the ones that most represent the elements of your ideal life. Remember, we’re not just going for material things here (although feel free to add a few) but feelings. Ask yourself: what does my ideal life feel like? Use images that evoke those feelings. Take your time with this…try out several different arrangements until it feels just right. I glued them onto a piece of poster board, but you can also tack them onto a bulletin board, put them into a sketchbook and make a kind of vision journal (like in the photo above), or even make one online. A lot of people use Pinterest.
I prefer old-school paper and glue, though. Just Google “vision boards” and you’ll find a ton of examples, but my favorite resource is Joyce Schwarz’s beautiful book The Vision Board, which I used as a guide to make my first one.
Since our dreams and goals evolve over time, our vision boards generally have a fairly short shelf life. You’ll know when it’s time to take it down and make a new one; it will lose its mojo, and you won’t feel inspired anymore when you look at it. I like to make a new one around my birthday, but some people prefer to do one on New Year’s. If you choose to use a bulletin board, you can constantly add and replace words and images as the feeling moves you and create a living, always evolving vision board. I think that’s the kind I’m going to make next!