In early 2016, I was encouraged to create a 2016 Vision Board. Vision Boards are a fun way to use your creative side to visualize a future. My Vision Board for 2016 was full of color, created a very positive feel for my year, and supported the word of the year I had chose – which was JOY. I kept my vision board front and center all year – it was hanging where I often did my morning journaling. As I looked back at it at the end of 2016, so much of it came true!
Before I share with you my vision board, here’s How to Create a Vision Board:
Pick up 6-10 different kinds of magazines that you’re “attracted to”. I’ve gotten mine at the local half-price bookshop! Then thinking about “what do I want to happen this year?” or “what is my vision for my 2017”, flip through and rip out pictures that you feel a connection with. Using scissors and glue stick, cut and paste your pictures onto a poster board. When you are done, if you are a word-girl like me, you can then “write the story” of the year you’ve created.
Pat’s Vision Board 2016
The Story: There are a lot of words, because I love words. It starts with embracing today. I view this first picture as a sunrise… the beginning. I do believe that I am beginning a new phase of my life. It’s time to stop putting things off and to embrace and enjoy today and this time of my life.This heart at the beginning. It represents my Hubby… his heart is in the beginning, the foundation that lets all this happen in my year. He’s there in my soul…not bright color, but swirled inside.
So much color! I was attracted to color and roundness when I was creating this vision. Endless color, color bursting out, joyfulness, moving forward. Color is about spring time. This is my year of beginnings. Color/joy in creating the home I want. Color/joy in having fun with friends. Color/joy in day trips.
The Route 66 picture – reflective of moving forward on my path (and a road trip I want to take, maybe not this year!) Doing stuff. What are you waiting for? And then even more words – Be playful. Out & about. Let her zip. Life is eating, laughing and loving. All those words reflect the year I want – happy, playful, and ACTIVE. Doing. Fun with friends. Time with Tim (hubby). Less work/more play.
At the end of the year I can say… 2016 was a year of many beginnings and a year of joy. While 2016 was not all positive, both personally and on the greater side of society, I was more happy and playful and active than ever before. I found joy in daily living, accomplished a number of my yearly goals, and tried on a number of new things – from pottery to cooking class to zip lining to starting a foodie club to regular yoga!
Yes, I am creating a vision board for 2017. If something seems to work, you keep doing it right? This is one (super fun) tool in my tool box for retirement transition!
Have you considered doing a vision board for your year?
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