Making a vision board is a great because it’s fun, and you give your imagination room to run wild. My friend shared this quote with me, and I think it’s a good thing to keep in mind while you create your vision board: “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.” William James US Pragmatist philosopher & psychologist (1842 – 1910)
After shooting Tony LeRoy’s (Tony is featured in this August 2012 Marie Claire about intuitive counseling.) episodes I was reminded of things to do, ways to be, to get my heart’s desire. One of Tony’s suggestions, after getting clear about what you want, is to make a vision board (or treasure map or dream board). And I started thinking, “I’ve got to make another vision board.” It was fun the last time I did it. I love looking at it, and a lot of it has come to pass in weird and beautiful ways. The first and last vision board I did was in 2007. And I put all this stuff about making movies, videos, being my own distributor of content, being in NY (where I lived full time), going west, having a house, being Happy. You get the picture. I even put the word, in big pink letters, HAPPINESS on my vision board. Never realizing that I would do a show, a website, a series called Happiness! So fast forward to now. Is it time to do another vision board? I thought, “yeah, I loved the other one but let’s make something that’s fresh and resonates with my path now, where I am and where I want to be.”
So first of all, what is a vision board? A vision board is a collage of images, pictures and affirmations of your dreams, desires, hopes. Images that mean something to you, that are beautiful and powerful. It can also be called a dream board, treasure map or vision map. Vision boards can be a great way to make you feel positive, and are helpful if you’re using the law of attraction.
Next step, meditate on what you want in life, where you’d like to be and where you’d like to go… Don’t worry if nothing comes to you. Because when you do the third step of going through all your magazines and finding pages, words, photos that are special to you, you’ll get a picture of what you want. And remember: these images, pictures, photos, don’t have to be exactly what you want or are looking for… they just have to be something you relate to, something that could represent the exact thing you’re looking for but can’t find.
Find scissors, poster board, and glue. And do the fourth step: cut out the things you like, the things that mean something to you.
Fifth step: arrange them on your poster board, in as artful a way as possible. And the sixth step is to glue them in place. You can totally collage out, putting words on top of images and vice versa. Have fun with it.
And then the final product, your vision board. Mine really makes me happy. I added a few phrases after I finished it. It’s fun to tweak it. Tweak your vision of your life. And if you’re a parent, make a vision board that reflects what you want for you and your family. Make it a fun family project. Share a heart’s desire with those you love.
And then find a place you’d like to hang it, look at it, live with it for a while, and then like Tony LeRoy advises, put it away, you can forget about it, let it work it’s magic on you and your subconscious.
Send us pictures and stories of your vision boards! Let’s all share our journey, making our dreams happen! Most all of all, though, have fun with it!
About the Author: Tania Van Pelt is the creator of Happiness Series. After working in film, she realized that creating content for an online world that moves and inspires people is where it's at. She loves the immediacy and the vibrancy of working online. Tania created Happiness Series because she wants to empower people to live healthier, longer, more joyful lives through fitness, nutrition, stress management and integrative wellness. After years of research and practical application, she is excited about the newest project, Ageless Diet™. Ageless Diet is a lifestyle that promotes an Ageless You. Because getting older doesn't have to mean aging, and losing weight doesn't have to be hard. Happiness Series and Ageless Diet are going in new directions, bringing people together in beautiful settings with retreats and conferences. Books and a cooking series are soon to follow. Tania also recently completed her sitcom web/TV series pilot Employees Only, at http://employeesonly.tv.