I believe your home, apartment, studio or cardboard box should be the center of your universe. It should be your place in this world where you go to find peace and to plot world domination. Today, I want to help you to create a vision board with purpose, and I want to start with your home. Forget about me being an interior designer for a second and let’s talk about the psychology of the home. How it feels and how it makes you feel. The home is where your vision starts. It’s a good idea to create your vision board with specific sections in mind. This will help you to be as detailed as possible about what you want to have happen in your life.
For the home, I cut out words and images that answer the following questions:
- How does your home need to function to be the center of your universe? Clipping out pictures of organized closets, kitchens, and pantries is a good place to start.
- What does this mean for your husband or your future husband? Think of making it a place where he can find peace. Giving him his own space is nice, but what else could you do to nurture his soul? Don’t just put him off in a forgotten part of the house, visualize him enjoying his down and private time as well.
- What does this mean for your children? Children need a place to grow and develop and to be creative and to explore. Put books on your vision board in the section for your children. Put language learning DVDs or Chemistry sets. Put as many images in that corner of your board that you can think up. The goal is to let them know that you believe that the sky is no limit for them.
- And finally, what does this mean for friends and family? Many times when we have a guest, it is to celebrate or to console. Set out to create a place of refuge and comfort for your friends and family. This is where that image of a beautiful bedroom from Pinterest comes in.
Many times when people sit down to make a vision board, it’s because they feel something is going wrong that needs to change. I see vision boards often with words. I like to look for images and quotes in magazines. I like words, but I feel that words need a little more help. For instance, when I am adding items to my vision board about work, I use the words “I am” in front of the goal. Such as, I am creative and full of fresh ideas. Or I am capable of managing a 2 million dollar account. Start with I am and write out what you’d like to be doing.
I consider my career my ministry so I look at it a little differently. No matter where or who I work for, I am on this earth to do one specific thing. Because I do that one thing unto God, my vision board often reflects images of what being excellent in my field looks like in this world. Sometimes it’s magazine covers, other times; it’s phrases like, “She went for it and won.” It could seem egotistical but in my mind, it’s offering up my best effort. I like that careers, unlike jobs, span a lifetime. I keep the visions out there but don’t pressure myself to have achieved them all by 30 or 40.
There are times when you have to bring in help to fully focus on your vision. When it comes to my health, I go to the Bible. My favorite verse is 3 John 2.1 which reads “Beloved; I wish above all else that you prosper and be in good health.” When pasting pictures of girls with abs that are truly a vision or a yogi doing a pose that I can now only dream of landing, I scribble scripture all around it. Sometimes it’s even a prayer such as Father, you said in your word… You get the picture.
Mental health is just as important as physical health and deserves just as much space on your vision board. This is where words might be enough.
– I am focused.
– I forgive often.
– I live in the present.
– I have everything I need today.
– I am cared for.
Before hanging the board, preferable somewhere you will walk by it every day, add some motivational quotes. Your Instagram feed is full of them, but you want one or two that make it into your everyday life. The things you say to yourself when times get hard. The serenity prayer hung at the top of our hallway my entire childhood. Every time, you flipped on the lights, there it was. It should be the foundation of how you live your life.
Finally be creative about the things you’d like to see happen in your life. I collect invites from events I’d like to be invited to in the future. I just google the event, and sure enough, someone posted there. Got it!
Your goal is to be honest and specific. This is your life, and you have an idea of how you’d like it to go. Don’t like the categories I offered up? Choose your own. Your life is unique, and what you’d like to do with it is up to you.
I always finish off my vision board with a very high in the sky idea. I might post something like travel across Asia with my family or renovate a historical landmark. If you want big, you have to think big. What do you envision in your future?