Creating your vision board
Now that February is nearly over and the first glimmers of Spring are on the horizon, it is the perfect time to set yourself up to (actually) achieve those champagne-induced ‘resolutions’ you made at the start of the year. Gone is the social pressure of proclaiming ambitious targets and unrealistic objectives… this time round you can really focus in on yourself and engage in the therapeutic, creative activity of producing a vision board; a visual representation of your aspirations and dreams for the rest of 2022.
What is a vision board?
A vision board is a creative way of visually representing your goals and dreams, typically using images, inspirational quotes, and key words (although you can really use anything that inspires you!) all compiled together in one place (virtually or physically). The process of creating your board will really help you to clarify what it is you want, how to get there, and keeping it somewhere you can see it daily will help keep you motivated, accountable and on track to reach your goals.
How to create your board
Firstly, sit down with a pen and paper and really reflect on what it is you want to achieve. If you are struggling, ask yourself questions like, who do you want to be? What and who is important to you? What do you want to spend more time doing? Or, what makes me feel good about myself, and why? This should help you to clarify a list of goals e.g. a healthier diet, consistent workout routine, a promotion at work, more family time, better communication skills, or even a new kitchen.
Next, decide where you are going to keep your board as this will dictate how you create it.
Visualization is a powerful tool, so this board must be kept somewhere where you will see it daily to keep you inspired and motivated to reach your goals. This could be on your bedroom wall, office pin board, your mirror, your laptop or phone background etc.
Now for the fun part! You need to start sourcing and collating images and quotes/words that visually represent your chosen dreams and aspirations. You can cut out images or quotes from magazines and/or print off images from online sites such as Instagram, Pinterest, or Unsplash and add these to your board. Play around with the layout until you are happy. You could arrange your images into sections e.g. health, relationships, work etc, or even create a different board for each one depending on how many goals you have. Make sure your board is visually exciting and reflects you!
If you are creating your vision board digitally for your laptop, tablet, or phone backgrounds, there are multiple ways of producing your board. We’d recommend using the online sites mentioned above to find your images and then uploading them to a site like Canva (free and easy to use) to arrange them in your desired layout. Alternatively, you could arrange your images on PowerPoint or Word etc, screenshot this, and make it your background. If both these suggestions sound a little too technical, you can always create your board by hand, take a photo of it, and make it your background.
Now that your board is complete, get it up and start realising those dreams! Seeing your board everyday should help keep you inspired and on track but make sure to consciously check in on your progress and ask yourself ‘how can I get there?’. You may find that overtime goals change or new ones pop up, so make sure to update your board to reflect these.
At Floella, we use visual aspiration boards like these vision boards as one of the first steps in our interior design process. They are such a useful way to get all our ideas in one place and keeping us on track as we progress through the project. Our virtual design service is available to anyone looking for interior inspiration – find out more here.