Okay so maybe there’s not a ton of hype but I feel like vision boards are in these days and I say HELL YEA. Perhaps it’s because people are onto something here and they are great! This is the second year in a row that I’ve been able to participate in a fabulous vision board workshop. This year the workshop was run by Caitlin Merto (a great friend and talented designer) of Caitlin Merto Designs.
Vision Board Fun
That is really what this is for me. It’s a ton of fun. I’m not super in touch with my creative side, writing is as creative as I generally get and it’s not like I’m doing a ton of “creative” writing these days. That being said lately I’ve found myself craving creativity more frequently. This is a chance for that. I love that we were guided through some reflective exercises to help us process a little of last year and move forward into 2016. There’s also something about being in a room surrounded with other women. Women who are dreaming and hoping and learning and living, just like me. I LOVE that. It was a great night.
Last year’s vision board is more different than I would have imagined. I’m loving that I did this two years in a row and am thinking it will be a great yearly tradition that I’d be happy to continue.
The whole process is just about what you’re drawn to. There are no rules really and you just start ripping out pictures, colors, images, or whatever it is you feel called to (hence the giant baby on the top of my board- she just called to me!) It’s not about crafting what you want your board to be but just letting it be what it will be and allowing it inspire you because of and perhaps in spite of that. I love this concept. I think it’s easy to see life like this. Sometimes we (and by we I mean I) have all of these plans and then we feel like our life or whatever it may be doesn’t look exactly like we wanted it to. It’s easy to be disappointed that way and to feel like you’re missing something. If I however just let my life take shape as I gently guide and direct myself it sometimes ends up being way more beautiful that I could have crafted it myself.
Make Your Own
Now that I’ve been talking so much about vision boards if you’re feeling left out I would highly recommend doing a workshop next year (or if there are still some available!) That being said, you can totally do this on your own or make it a fun girls’ night with your closest friends (it also obviously doesn’t have to be done at the beginning of the year, you can do it at any time!) All you need is a bunch of magazines, some mod podge, a blank canvas (easy to pick up at Michaels or A.C. Moore) and maybe some paint if you want to paint the canvas first (though I didn’t do this last time, I did like this part this year!)
One of the greatest parts of the vision board is that it’s not supposed to involve much thought in the creative process. That for me is perfect. I spend so much time in my head. Like way too much time. I also am not the most confident creative person and so the fact that you just rip or cut out what speaks to you and then put it on your board works for me.
Have you ever made a vision board? Does it sound like something you want to try? I bet you’d be surprised I was hesitant at first but am totally hooked!
I’m already dreaming of a day when I have a ton hanging on a wall in some cool space somewhere :).