Vision boarding into the new year

Simple practice to keeping your goals this new year

Dahlia Herman, Staffer

Vision boarding is a practice many people use to help visualize their year and set an intention for who they want to be. Vision boarding has become a tradition for me and it helps me to keep my goals visualized and consistent for the rest of the year. As the new year is among us, it’s easy to implement this practice into our lives. Here are some simple instructions on how to start your vision board journey.

The first thing is planning out what you want from this year. Who do you want to be in each aspect of your life? I made categories: family, sports, school, home, etc. I also had categories like habits, mindsets and dreams. Then I wrote down what I wanted from each category. For example, for family, I want to be more patient with my brothers. You can journal this, write it down in your notes app and make them completely personalized to you. There is also no limit to how many goals you can have per category.

The second step is putting your ideas on paper. You can be as creative as you want with this. I cut out images from magazines, but you could find images online or draw them out. You can also use a digital program like Canva for the board if you are more of a tech person. I like using inspiration from Pinterest for quotes and layout ideas. There is really no “right” way to do this step, just have fun and be creative. Make sure this is something you can make accessible on a wall or desktop. I like adding words and quotes that speak to me, or pictures of a place I want to travel too. The goal of this vision board is to inspire you and keep you on track with your goals.

Now that you have this masterpiece and tool, it is important that you know how to use it. If it’s digital, I would suggest printing it out or making it your home screen or desktop. If it’s paper or a physical medium, hang it on the wall or somewhere where you will see it daily. Now that you can see it everyday, I would recommend visiting it at the start of the month or at the beginning of the week. This makes sure you are staying on track of your goals and the intentions you set for yourself. If something doesn’t speak to you anymore you can cross it off or add new things. If your vision board looks too overwhelming, try one thing, only one, for a week. For example, I am going to wake up and make my bed everyday for one week. Then you can add on more for every week to turn it into a habit and make it less overwhelming and more manageable.

The tool of vision boarding can be started whenever you want, it doesn’t just have to be at the beginning of the year. You can add it at any point in your year. Use it to help you accomplish goals and manifest the life you want. There are also a lot of resources on YouTube or Pinterest if you’re feeling a little confused or don’t know where to start. I hope you try it out and it helps you keep track of your intentions.