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Day 17: 31 Day Challenge – Vision Boards – with friends!

Yesterday I had a few friends over and we created vision boards.  What is a vision board you may be asking?  It’s a creative method for setting goals in a visual and fun way.  It’s also a great strategy for defining your intention for the year.

You can see here that these are the tools we used, wine optional (ha).  Here’s what we did, I invited a few friends and asked them to bring a board of their choosing (poster board or foam core, even heavy card stock) and I asked them to bring magazines.  I supplied the Mod Podge and brushes, scissors, ruler and box cutter (for cutting the board down if necessary).

Here is a detailed explanation of the steps involved with making your own vision board.  If you know me, then you know that I rarely stick to one source or pattern.  I like to pull from many different sources and use my intuition to guide me in the direction I feel that I should move with a given project.  A friend of mine sent me this post, from the Art of Non-Conformity, which is less of a vision board and more of a strategy for conducting an annual review of your year.  What is funny about my friend sending this blog post to me is that a week later I was in a meeting with the wife of the guy who runs this blog, named Jolie Guillebeau.   They are organizing an event called, The World Domination Summit.  I am going to help them on the back end of this event.  We are still sussing out the details, but I will be helping in an event planning capacity.  Life is funny how it points you in the direction of people and things while you are just minding your own business.

Anyway, I decided to take a small piece of Chris Guillebeau’s process for his year in review and incorporate that into my vision board process.  I broke last year into 2 parts: 1. what worked, 2. what didn’t work.  I made a third category too for goals for 2011.  Some of my goals were resolutions that I have already defined on paper, but now I wanted to represent them in my board.  Some of the items on my board were things that didn’t work last year that I am trying a new strategy for.  An example is, last year I had some health issues so part of my goal for this year is to eat healthier and exercise more.  I wrote these out on a piece of paper to use as a framework for what I wanted my board to cover.  What was nice is, I had very specific things that I was looking for when I started pouring over the magazines.  Pretty pictures are good too, but having meaning and purpose connected to the pretty is very helpful.  I knew I needed to put health on my board.

Day 17: Vision Boards – with friends:

Here is my friend Angie.
At this stage we are cutting out images and laying them out on our boards.
This is a great way to work with vision boards because you can move the pieces as you find more relevant ephemera and group or separate items as needed.

My friend Richard made this board below.
He wants to travel abroad and feels that he should be living in New York City
so his board reflects this.

This is my friend Lauren.
She used very small boards to create her vision board(s),
which is a great idea if you don’t have a lot of extra room in your house
or if you want to start small with your vision for your future.

My good friend Julz, who is a graphic designer made this board.
She didn’t have time to finish it,
but collected the clippings and finished it at home and then sent this picture to me.

Here is mine from the top down.
I like to use a long skinny board because it doesn’t take up much room,
but it has a great deal of real estate for my vision.

Here’s my board from the bottom up.
I like to keep my board in my bedroom on top of my dresser so that I can look at it often.
This can be very grounding
and can help you redirect yourself when you feel you are losing focus.

In case you didn’t read my first blog post about this project . . . this post is part of a 31 day challenge I am doing to bring more creativity, stories and solutions to my life.  I have been using my creativity almost exclusively for work in the recent past and for the month of January I will creating things for my personal life, talking about them and taking pictures.I would love input from readers as to which project you enjoy the most and if I get enough comments on one particular project I’ll turn it into a tutorial after the 31 day challenge of crafting, stories and solutions is over.  So please let me know what you like!

by:jen

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5 Responses to “Day 17: 31 Day Challenge – Vision Boards – with friends!”

  1. KellyA Says:

    So cool. I love how they all turned out a little different. I can’t wait to do mine.

  2. julz Says:

    such a fun project! i’m ready to start the year now 😉 i’ve got my board hung beside my desk and i’ve already reflected on it a few times today!

  3. jen Says:

    Julz, awesome! Mine is still on my coffee table, but I’ve been reflecting today too.

  4. jen Says:

    Thanks, Kelly!

  5. polar f4 Says:

    Truly inspiring, touching and moving true stories. Every human being is a bunch of different life stories. Let us keep knowing and learning.