So in the interest of full disclosure, I am a licensed esthetician, an entrepreneur and a freelance writer…I am not a licensed counselor, psychologist or life coach of any kind! That being said, I have had a positive experience as an individual with my own personal Vision Board, and in response to a request for a post about them, I felt motivated to deliver! If a Vision Board can lead to health, happiness and peace of mind, then our skin will reflect that, so it is in fact relevant to my interest in the natural health and beauty of your skin!
By the way, also in the interest of full disclosure, I am a follower of Christ, and I seek to be more like Him and more in love with Him everyday. Because of my faith in God, I tend to shy away from books like The Secret and any other “prosperity Gospel” type of materials, and I’ve really prayed for discernment when determining if a particular fad/idea/concept is or isn’t in line with Biblical teachings. While I absolutely believe that I have some very Libra qualities, I don’t put much weight into horoscopes and I don’t prefer to participate in psychic readings. I am not equipped to provide answers to any of these questions, if these statements were to be posed as questions, but I do believe that a) humans are created in God’s own image and we share that ability to create with God (Genesis 1:26-28); b) the words that come out of our mouth are powerful and could even have the power to build others up or do the opposite (Ephesians 4:29); and c) we tend to create our reality based on what we most often think about, good or bad, “for as a man thinketh, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7 KJV).
Ok so that all being said, what is a Vision Board? It is simply a means of really thinking about (one might say envisioning) what you would like to have in your life…from the most insignificant material things to the most poignant matters of the heart, mind and soul, and representing them on a physical board (think: posterboard or foamboard) by cutting out actual photographs of them and pasting them on in a creative manner. It may seem quite silly or trivial, but in reflecting on my own personal Vision Board, I was astounded, tickled and convinced by the results!
I created my personal vision board sometime in 2008 or so. Sadly, I don’t have a more accurate date but I do know that it was created after moving to Houston in 2007 and before going back to school in early 2009. I suggest that you note the creation date on the back–you will appreciate me later! I believe that I got the original idea from an Oprah episode but please don’t quote me–I’m sure that I had also encountered the concept from my years of training as a direct selling consultant where I was encouraged to cut out photos of my goals, hang them on my mirror, my phone, my desk… same concept except that a Vision Board is a collection of these images representing your life goals.
The first step is to simply gather as many magazines as you can find–from fitness to hobby to home/lifestyle to business magazines. Next, simply flip through and cut out pictures when you are inspired–from a fit body that you admire to a gluten-free lifestyle that you are interested in to quitting smoking to joining a women’s group to becoming a fashion designer! Next step is to generally layout the photos in whichever way you choose. Nobody told me to do this but I like the idea so I’ll share–I chose to lay mine out based on the area that they fell in. Examples include: Faith/ Health/ Career/ Love/ Home/ Fun/Miscellaneous. I finished my board, shared it with some close friends and more or less tucked it away for a while, forgetting what exactly I had pasted onto the board, but it did stay with me over the next couple of years and moves.
Fast forward to 2013 and I will share with you just a few of the images that have since become my reality!
~Bible Study…I have been consistently attending Bible Study for several years and have found a wonderful church home in my new neighborhood that I adore. Specifically, I pasted “Biblical Womanhood”, and I love attending Bible Study with such a strong, God-loving group of women. I just completed another Beth Moore women’s Bible study today!
~Love…I had quotes that said “Love” and “Happily Ever After”, and photos of Tim & Faith, a photo of Matthew McConnaghey (who represented a sexy confident Texan man with a bit of a drawl), and photos of happy couples embracing. In 2012, I married my sexy, confident Texan husband with a slight drawl, Devin, after a brief 9 month courtship. I kissed a lot of frogs in my 30+ years and just as I was beginning to give up on love, I met Devin, in the most unassuming places, but that is for another blog topic! I especially love it when he calls me “Darlin'”!
~Career…I pasted the quotes “Skincare Expert” and “Say Yes to Success”! I had been in Skincare for 10+ years when I decided to go back to school in early 2009 to achieve my Esthetician License, without even remembering what this Vision Board projected about it; in fact, I hastily enrolled after being laid off from a very short-term recruiting position. I also pasted the word “Write”, and as you are reading this, I am clearly a freelance writer!
~Miscellaneous… pictures of yoga poses, berries, acoustic guitar, and even a small fluffy white dog… all came into fruition! I eventually began doing Bikram yoga, eating berries everyday, dabbling in guitar (still working on that) and my dream guy literally has a 6 pound, white, fluffy Havanese pup that could double as the dog on my Vision Board! He had it before I met him! I never even recall wanting a small white pup–I think I just chose that photo to represent the idea of having a small doggie. But isn’t it amazing to see how accurate the Vision Board actually has been? (Full disclosure: I am still a hopelessly awful dancer, but maybe in the future this too will improve!)
Here is my personal Vision Board:
So I appreciate your patience as this was a LONG blog post! And I hope that I have inspired you to create your own Vision Board today–don’t overthink it! Collect the magazines, cut out what inspires you and past it onto your Board! Don’t forget to date it and perhaps even forget about it for a while… I challenge you to see if yours doesn’t also start to come true piece by piece! Happy Creating!