Now that we’re well into 2017 [how is it March already?!] it’s a good time to reflect on the resolutions we may have set for ourselves + make adjustments to our goals as necessary. Maybe you started the year thinking you’d run a marathon, but then got hit with a pulled hamstring + had to take a break from training, or you still haven’t worked up the nerve to apply for that job promotion // summer internship you were hoping for — Wherever you’re at in your journey, take a moment to remind yourself that you’re doing ah-mazing + that it’s totally normal [+ healthy!] for your goals to change with you.
Looking ahead, what do you want to do differently? Where do you see yourself in three months, one year, or the rest of your lifetime? Thinking about the future might seem overwhelming at first, but a great way to simplify it is by creating a vision board that’s a collection of your creative thoughts, personal truths, + honest desires. Grab the magazine clippings, scissors // tape + don’t be afraid to dream big <3
WRITE IT DOWN
Think about the parts of your life that are most important to you — friends, family, health, career, relationships. Are any of these areas no longer serving you in a positive way? What adjustments can you make to ensure that you’re getting the most out of what’s around you? Set a timer for 10 minutes [that’s it — really!] + write out whatever comes to mind. Now, fine-tune your thoughts + highlight what really stands out to you — this is what you’ll want to focus your goals around. Putting pen to paper helps turn abstract ideas into something more concrete + identify what you *really* want for yourself.
SET THE MOOD
Turn off the TV + put the group Chat on silent — unplug for an hour [or more!]. Put on a favorite playlist + start looking through old magazines // Pinterest boards for images that go along with the list of goals you’ve written down. Vision boards are a creative endeavor that don’t need be taken too literally — “Run a 5K” doesn’t have to leave you searching the internet for pictures of sneakers to include. Instead, let your ideas serve as inspiration for your creative side, as the basis for all the things that make you feel happiest just by looking at them.
CHOOSE A DESIGN
Maybe you’re a more organized thinker + would prefer your vision board to be neatly separated into sections or categories, with images evenly spaced and fonts of similar sizes. You might be feeling creative + decide to mix up all the pictures together into a perfectly messy collage that’s all your own — either way, your vision board is all about what works and feels best for you. Feel free to experiment with different layouts and color/image combinations before deciding to glue or tape ‘em down.
MAKE IT HAPPEN
Display your finished vision board somewhere you’ll see it frequently, like on your bedroom wall or next to your desk at work. Remind yourself each day of where you *hope* to be + set mini-milestones to track the progress towards your goals. The more you imagine these dreams becoming reality, the more likely you are to focus your daily energies on achieving them + attracting the people // resources necessary to make them happen.
A vision board is more than just an arts and crafts project on a rainy afternoon — it’s a way to reevaluate the path you’re on + find new ways to get excited about the life that you’re living.
+Alyssa (amatts_inchaarg) // UConn CHAARG