I really wanted to make a Vision Board for 2016. Collages are my jam but I also knew I wouldn’t sit down on my own and take the time to get artsy…
So, I hosted a Vision Board Party for a few of my closest girlfriends at the beginning of the year. I was convinced they were going to laugh at me when I proposed the idea to them. Most of my friends aren’t on the #goodvibes #yogaeverydamnday” train like I am 🙂
The party was a HUGE success, though, and a lot fun… and not just thanks to all the Angry Orchard hard cider we were drinking. Even my most skeptical friend enjoyed the goal setting meets arts + crafts pow-wow.
Looking back, I’m SO happy I made a Vision Board for 2016. It’s been a BIG year of change (uh, I lost my full-time job, started a business and decided to go to grad school last minute!) and having this collage is a lovely reminder of how many of my goals I actually have accomplished this year.
I’m so flipping excited to throw my second annual Vision Board Workshop partay on December 19th, this time with Holistic Happening at Primary Co-Working Space and you’re ALL invited!
It’s gonna be a seriously awesome evening of yoga, arts + crafts and healthy snacks — all materials provided. Additional details + tickets here!
And if you’re still skeptical about Vision Boards or curious as to why I’m SO obsessed with them, here’s why I think you need to make a vision board for 2017:
Yes that’s the vision board I made last year, and yes it’s framed and hanging on my bedroom wall!
It’s a snapshot of what was going on in your life at that time.
Looking back at my vision board, I remember exactly what was happening at that time in my life.
I was studying for the GMAT with the plan to apply to Business School. I was frustrated with my job but didn’t really understand why. I wanted to be a full time blogger so badly.
Between studying, full-time work, blogging and being a good friend/girlfriend, I felt like I was being spread too thin.
While I’m still crazed and busy AF right now, my time is filled with work and projects I love.
It’s easy to forget how far you’ve come in a year and my vision board is definitely a reminder of what a year it’s been.
It helps you vocalize goals that are hard to write down.
Last year, I was scared to admit was I unhappy at work, this job that seemed like a dream job and really should have been. As someone who had already jumped from job to job, I was starting to wonder if there’s something wrong with me.
I knew I wanted to create something, to feel ownership over a business and be my own boss. Actually saying that terrified me because I didn’t know how to make it happen.
This board symbolizes those wants, my craving for entrepreneurship and being my own boss.
It can help you realize goals you didn’t even know you had.
A lot of my goals for 2016 were hard to articulate. I couldn’t quite grasp what it was I wanted and didn’t know how to put in words.
I had a few ideas in mind while I was creating my board (mainly the MBA aspect and I knew my word of 2016 was fearless) but besides that, I used whatever jumped out at me from the magazines I was leafing through.
Everyone jokes that my vision board screams girl power. I don’t disagree, although that was not my intention! Being surrounded by my closest girlfriends and doing something positive made me feel both really excited and empowered. I joke that it was my first mini-Holistic Happening!
At the time I didn’t even realize how badly I wanted to create something like Holistic Happening, wellness events where like minded strangers can connect. I couldn’t articulate it, but it’s there on my vision board indirectly.
Getting crafty is good for the soul
This is probably not surprising to hear considering the popularity of adult coloring books. Crafting and collage creating are not only great digital detoxes (I’m oh so guilty of staring at a screen all day!) but also let you go into a brain state that’s similar to mediation. Yeah, seriously!
When’s the last time you did a little arts + crafts? Trust me, it feels surprisingly therapeutic
It’s a constant reminder of your goals
My Vision Board for 2016 is currently hanging over my bed. It’s something I see every day whether I acknowledge it or not.
It’s easy to set goals for the new year and totally forget about them come February. Having this constant visual reminder kept my goals at the front of my brain. Bonus that it looks all cute on my wall 🙂
And don’t forget to sign up for Holistic Happening’s Vision Board Workshop on December 19th. See you guys there!