“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”
Adult crafting, colouring & scrap-booking seem to be all anyone can talk about these days…. & I am positively LOVING it! Besides the fact that this new trend presents the most perfect opportunity to embrace my inner child, all of these activities can be extremely therapeutic!!! At least they have been para MOI! However there’s one trend that’s always intrigued me, yet I’ve never actually tried… vision boards! I’m generally more of a visual person so I love the idea that vision boards transform your goals into an actual, tangible “entity”! Here’s a quick peak into my 2016 vision board & how you can make your very own!
Before the Board – Determine Your Goals
Last week, our contributor Jamie wrote an INCREDIBLE article on tips for setting parameters to help achieve the “elusive New Years’ resolution”: setting goals that are specific, measurable & easy to define. Using these guidelines, I picked four resolutions/goals that I wanted to focus on for my 2016 vision board:
- Career: By 2017 I want to finish my studies at The Edison Institute of Nutrition and have a career in the natural health and wellness industry!
- Save More, Spend Less: I’m hereby declaring 2016 as my year of saving! AKA… I’ll be holed up in my room until NYE! Just kidding! My boyfriend & I are each setting aside a set amount of money every month because we’re saving up to move in together by 2017! SO exciting!
- Lift Weights AKA Get Gainz: I’m so lucky to be surrounded by such strong women! LITERALLY! One of my closest friends happens to be a wildly successful bikini competitor/fitness model & I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the owner of the woman’s fitness studio, Doll Fitness! I’m typically more of a cardio girl, but these women have completely inspired me to step outside of my comfort zone & into the weight room! So by next year, I want to consistently strength train 3-4 times per week.
- Travel & Adventure: This is an extension of last year’s resolution! I actually achieved this goal but I had so much fun doing it that I’m throwin’ it out there again for 2016! Side Note: by travel, I also mean discovering more about where you currently live now… go on hikes, tours & adventures in your own city – you’ll learn a TON & save a LOT!
Making it Happen – Steps to Building the Perfect Board
Okay, Goals = CHECK! Here’s what you’ll need to actually transform these dreams into some tangible goodness!
- 1 piece of regular printing paper
- 1 frame – preferably a frame that the paper actually fits into it. I made the mistake of creating my board only to later realize it was actually too big for the frame. Don’t ask why I didn’t check first because I most definitely do not have an answer for you. Le sigh. For MINE, I used this gorgeous frame from Homesense for $9.99 in “distressed ivory”… fancy.
- A variety of magazines
- Glue Stick
- Flip through your magazines & pick out pictures, words or phrases that represent each of your goals. Cut them out & set them aside for later.
- Aside from your resolutions/goals, choose one phrase that you feel completely emulates what you want your 2016 to be all about… a year-long mantra if you will! Mine was: “Your Voice, Your Choice”. This will serve as the centre of your vision board!! Place this phrase in the centre of your printing paper, but don’t glue yet.
- Now attribute 4 spaces of the board to your goals. For example, top left was dedicated to my career resolutions, top right was financial, bottom left was fitness and bottom right was travel.
- Begin to assemble your magazine clippings in their respective “section” of the board, surrounding your “2016 mantra”. Make sure the mantra stands out on its own! Don’t glue yet!
- Once you’re satisfied with the placement, you can begin to glue down the clippings! I took a picture of the board before gluing just in case the items became displaced which, Spoiler Alert: they totally did.
- Once all of the clippings are securely glued into place, you can insert your board into the frame!
- Voila! Hang wherever you deem worthy!
I hope that you all found this helpful! I was truly SO motivated both during & after creating this vision board so I highly recommend giving it a go!!
Are YOU going to be making a vision board this year?!
PS: Use the hashtag: #HHH2016 to track your resolution progress! We’re all in this together! Yes, I totally just quoted High School Musical.