Do you have a vision board? I do!
I was reminded of the power of this activity when fellow blogger Katy from the midlife rambler did a beautiful post on vision boards. In fact, when you are done here, click on over to Katy’s because she is offering a free planner with printables for you to do your own board!
But for now, I want to tell you about my own vision board.
Last year, I was part of a growth group. It was put together by my therapist and consisted of seven other people who were also in various transitional stages of life. We learned a lot from one another and I made some great new friends.
When the therapist, Ryan Elliott, first suggested we were going to make vision boards, I silently groaned. Ain’t nobody got time for gluing pictures on a board! That’s kid stuff.
Boy, was I surprised! He didn’t give a lot of specific direction, just suggested that we look for images that spoke to the changes we wanted to make in our lives.
I decided to organize my board into sections. I looked at my goals and dreams in these areas:
- Emotions: I looked for images and ideas that had to do with how I needed to work on my emotional life.
- Mission: As a midlife woman, I have been exploring my mission beyond mothering and I addressed that concept here.
- Adventure: Midlife is far from dull! Here, I explored the adventures I sought to have.
- Finances: Every life has financial goals. In this section, I memorialized my dreams for this area.
- Realtionships: More than just love, in this space I explored friendships and more.
- Health: Health becomes more important in midlife. I set goals here.
- Learning: I never want to stop learning! How about you?
While I was initially resistant to doing this, my board is now displayed on the shelf of my whiteboard in my home office and I look at it every day. It has been nearly a year since I made it and many of my goals have been met, and several dreams realized!
The Midlife Rambler reminds us to put the board somewhere where you’ll see it often! In addition, it announces to others that you have these dreams and that you are entitled to them! Katy also says there is power in doing a board in a group. I did mine in therapy, but you can also have a vision board party!
I’ve listed some resources below if you want to read more.