Practical Well-Being

Inspire Change with a Vision Board

Tune in to your grandest self, trust your intuition even if you don’t understand it, and choose uplifting and inspiring phrases and photos.

Inspire Change with a Vision Board
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Don’t recycle so fast. Save those magazines and catalogs for this winter pick-me-up project that just may inspire you to take action on new ideas before the snow melts.

Creating a vision board is a fun and introspective, no-pressure way to lift the winter doldrums and begin looking ahead to brighter days. It’s an opportunity to let your mind wander, daydream and envision “What Could Be.” What are the changes you’d like to see in your life? What do you want to be different in your work, relationships, finances, garden, home, travel, neighborhood? Wishing won’t make it happen but creating an intention and consciously taking this first step can begin to propel you towards your longings.

Don’t just dive in though: as with anything important and possibly life-changing, mindfulness is needed. For several days or even weeks, contemplate what you want to be different in your life. Let this be an organic process: when you find moments of solitude during the day, let your mind wander, follow those wispy tangential trains of thought and let your ideas percolate. At the same time, start gathering magazines and catalogs that inspire you.

Any colorful publication can be useful: Give yourself permission to be drawn to colors, shapes, words, fancy lettering, and photos. You will edit later so don’t judge what you’re choosing, just collect. Then when you have amassed a nice pile of media, make some tea and find your scissors. Cut out everything that speaks to you. Look at the words and find new meanings in the headlines and article titles. See the photos and illustrations for what they could represent—it doesn’t have to make sense to anyone but you. This is a chance to rest the left hemisphere of the brain and allow the images to spark the creativity and dreams of the right hemisphere. What draws you in? What calls to you? Quiet your intellect and let your intuition lead.

Get a large piece of thick poster board or foam core (about 20” x 30” is a good size) onto which you will glue your magazine cutouts. If you pick a bright color then any small empty spaces will peek out at you later with liveliness. On a quiet morning when you feel ready to begin, first do something that grounds you. Center yourself with a yoga practice, a deep breathing practice, meditation, chanting or a solo walk in the woods. Finding stillness is challenging in our wildly whirling interconnected times, but it’s the soil from which our dreams grow. In 1938 long before our electronic age, Walter Lippman said, “Many a time I have wanted to stop talking and find out what I really believed.”