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Explore: A Word-of-the-Year

Learn: Create a Visual Map

A vision board is one resource that helps me map my heart’s true path. Last fall I created my first vision board (pictured below) as part of Path Finder, an online course offered by writer and photographer Karen Walrond. I like how Karen describes vision boards in this post:

"Vision boards are simply a visual way of making your intentions concrete … beautiful guideposts that help steer you in the direction you hope for yourself."


Vision Board 2011-2012 GROW
Throughout this past year, I have referred to my vision board both when things have been rolling along nicely—for inspiration and confirmation of the direction I’m heading—and when I'm low in a dip in the road—to help spark my way out of the rut. I have referred to my vision board to reflect on what I've experienced and where I've been through the year and to consider where I'd still like to go.

How to Create a Vision Board

At Karen’s post linked to above, she describes the basics of creating your own vision board. While you can put a vision board together in just one evening, I like to take a more meandering route, collecting clippings over the course of a few weeks. No matter how you approach the project, your results will be the same: a visual map of what you’d like to experience in the coming year.

For your journey toward creating a vision board, you will need:

  • A board, any size (e.g. cardboard, tagboard or sturdy paper, art canvas, a file folder)
  • Magazines
  • Embellishments, optional (e.g., buttons, scrapbooking embellishments, fabric scraps)
  • Scissors
  • Glue (e.g., glue stick, white glue, rubber cement)

First spend some time flipping quickly through magazines. Tear or cut out any images or words that appeal to your heart. Don’t ask why; just trust your intuition.

Once you have a stack of varied clippings, sort through them and set aside no more than ten images that pull most at your heart. Do the same with the words and phrases you've collected.

Next, you can dive in and begin gluing clippings directly to your board, or you can arrange them before starting to glue.

In the next post, I'll dig deeper, discussing adding a word-of-the-year (or One Little Word) to the board.

If you’ve never used a vision board, I encourage you to give it a try. (Also, let me know if you have questions about the process, though there’s really no wrong way to create a vision board.) If you have already used vision boards, you’re invited to share your own tips or experiences. Connect through comments here, via twitter or on our community Facebook page.